Showing posts from July, 2010

Arnaldur Indridason - Hypothermia

Title: Hypothermia Author: Arnaldur Indridason Genre: Fiction Love/Hate?: Subtle love Rating: 5/5 Did you finish?: Couldn't finish fast enough! One-sentence summary: Icelandic police investigator is nagged by a suicide that doesn't seem right. Why did you get this book?: Goodreads Giveaway Do you like the cover?: Eh -- I don't hate it, but it doesn't stick out in my mind. First line from book: Maria hardly registered what was happening during the funeral. Review: Apparently this is the 6th book in a series, which I didn't know when I requested this book. (I likely wouldn't have requested it then as I hate arriving at a series in the middle.) However, this book easily reads as a satisfying standalone thriller, and I didn't feel at anytime that I was lost or missing an inside joke or reference. I've seen this book compared to Larsson's Millennium trilogy, but other than both being Scandinavian authors, I fail to see the similarities. La

Books to movies

So Daniel Craig is playing Mikael Blomkvist in the American version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo . I'm pretty happy about the casting, which got me thinking about other book-to-movie translations that I liked and disliked. Likes The English Patient : The Hours Smilla's Sense of Snow Dislikes Possession : Ohmygod. The levels of wrong. I actually liked Gwyneth Paltrow as Maud but I was pretty cold about everything else. Well, to be fair, the casting wasn't as egregious for me as the

Reading Challenge: Historical Fiction

I'm such a sucker for historical fiction it seems ludicrous I haven't signed up for a challenge yet. Better late than never! I'm aiming for 'Fascinated' (read 6 Historical Fiction novels); challenge by Queen of Happy Endings / The Royal Reviews. Update, 9/23: Challenge completed!  Books Read For the King by Catherine Delors Wildthorn by Jane Eagland Dracula in Love by Karen Essex None But You by Susan Kaye For You Alone by Susan Kaye The Rose of Sebastopol by Katharine McMahon

Quick Review: First Flight - Mary Robinette Kowal

First Flight by Mary Robinette Kowal 5/5 Short review: This fabulous and inventive take on time travel charmed me from the first moment. When has sci-fi featured a mature heroine? (Mature in age, not in rating.) I couldn't imagine what was ahead of me when I started this too-brief story; I'm unsurprised this was an award-nominated piece.

Apex Magazine, May 2010

Title: Apex Magazine, May 2010 Rating: 4/5 Original Fiction: The Last Stand of the Ant Maker by Paul Jessup City of Refuge by Jerry Gordon Interview: DARK FAITH Roundtable: Gary A. Braunbeck, Jay Lake, Nick Mamatas, and Catherynne M. Valente This issue features items from Apex's Dark Faith anthology, which looks interesting -- and if the two stories are an indication of the quality, then I'm all over it. 'City of Refuge' by Jerry Gordon was my hands down favorite -- I'm a sucker for dystopias anyway, never mind ones involving the undead and underground religious movements.

Apex Magazine, March 2010

Title: Apex Magazine, March 2010 Rating: 5/5 This was my first time ever reading Apex Magazine and I wasn't sure what to expect. This issue was almost solely dedicated to Mary Robinette Kowal's work, an author I was unfamiliar with -- but I can now say I'm a fan. The three stories are wildly different from each other but each is so well-written was I immediately sucked in. My favorite has to be "The Bride Replete" which blew me away -- Kowal's world-building is marvelous, and she does it in a way that is effortless, easy, and ... sneaky. I say sneaky because even though the story is set on an alien world with an alien race, I was able to get into the story without feeling lost or confused. My second favorite story was "Scenting the Dark" -- it had a kind of 'Pitch Black' feel to it, in a fabulous way. Kowal's other two stories were wonderful, but these were the standouts for me. This issue is definitely worth owning -- I'll be re

Eros, Philia, Agape by Rachel Swirsky

Title: Eros, Philia, Agape Author: Rachel Swirsky Genre: Fiction Love/Hate?: Love times infinity Rating: 5/5 Did you finish?: Finished, reread, finished again! One-sentence summary: Poignant break up of a marriage. (Ha, that's my sneaky summary.) Why did you get this book?: Free sample from the Sony eReader store Do you like the cover?: N/A First line from book: Lucian packed his possessions before he left. Review: Oh.My.God. I didn't know what to expect from this short piece of fiction but wow -- what I got just blew me away. In just a brief number of pages (31 on my eReader), Swirsky created a story that touched upon so many themes: marriage, abuse, heartbreak, parenthood, AI, soul ... Her writing is so readable, one just inhales the pages, and then suddenly, I was at the end, very nearly screaming for the story to go on. No wonder this was a Hugo and Locus finalist. So good.

Reading Challenge: Speculative Fiction

I've never done a reading challenge before, but I just couldn't resist the Speculative Fiction one offered by Book City Chick . Being half brave, half chicken, I'm going to declare my level at: Enthusiastic (read 6 Speculative Fiction novels). To make my life easier, I'm going to make a TBR for this challenge -- which I may or may not stick with. The Handmaiden's Tale , Margaret Atwood The Windup Girl , Paolo Bacigalupi The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker , Leanna Renee Hieber The City & The City , China MiƩville The Forest of Hands and Teeth , Carrie Ryan Finch , Jeff VanderMeer