I got offered this book as a free read or a Kindle deal. I can’t remember which. Either way, I figured why not try it? It combines some of my favorite things: science fiction, psychic abilities, archaeology, mystery, and new cultures.
Most of the reviews I’ve read call it a page-turner, and it is that. But it’s also disjointed, and not only because of the split storylines. The quasi-omniscient POV reads more like head-hopping, making it hard to follow who is thinking what from time to time. Beyond that, Irin and Orin and the Pwin-T are a lot more interesting and sympathetic than the contemporary folks. Read On
Unlike the last book, I don’t have a ton to say about Donna Leon’s Death in a Strange Country. It’s a better-than-competent mystery, an enjoyable read of a quintessentially Venetian character, researched well enough not to make me cringe. That seems damning when I hardly mean it to be. The Guido Brunetti series, of which this is #2 is like lunch with a good friend. Comforting, warm, and welcome. Perhaps it’s less scintillating than lunch with a brand new crush or less electrifying than meeting a soulmate or an old enemy, but it’s no less treasured for being already reliable. Read On
I got a recommendation for this one at the RMFW Writer’s Retreat from Angie Hodapp and Kelly Smith. So damned glad I listened to them. Hugh Howey’s Wool takes dystopia to a horrifyingly plausible extreme. He doesn’t stop with a fascinating sci fi concept, though. Not at all. He’s done what so many sci fi writers forget to do, and given me characters I can (and want) to cheer for. Even better, despite the burgeoning romance between two of the characters, there’s no insta-OTP and they have wildly conflicting opinions at the beginning; they feel like real people, instead of pre-programmed fuckbots. Read On
If you follow my twitter, @sosayethallie, or Emphemerallie over there on the sidebar, you’ll see the occasional tag #bookrace2014. It’s pretty much what it says on the tin. A couple of people (and you’re welcome to join us!) are “competing” in a friendly reading Olympics. Scare quotes there, because, seriously, who can possibly lose if they’re reading? More to the point, how can anyone lose if more people are reading more books?
So, we decided to share what we were reading on Twitter and keep a count, just for fun, and occasional omgyouhavetoreadthises. Hush, that’s totallie a word. 😉 Since I just started Anecdotallie, I’ll skip the mass flood of posts on what I’ve read already, but here’s the list so far: Read On