I really can’t believe I’m reviewing my 52nd book of 2018, because I never thought I’d get here. 2018 was a slog, y’all. The funny thing is, I thought it was because I hadn’t read that many great books this year, but that wasn’t true at all–I could barely find a one least favorite for the CBR wrapup post because I had enjoyed almost everything I read. I just couldn’t get into writing the reviews this year. Luckily, I am extremely competitive with myself, and since I cannonballed the past 2 years there was no way I was going to […]
The whole time I was listening to the audio version of Drew Magary’s The Hike, I wasn’t sure why I was listening, and yet I could not stop. It was a weird mix of my thing and so not my thing. When I was finished, I wasn’t sure what the point was, but weeks later, I’m still thinking about it. I was initially drawn to it because I remembered Scootsa1000’s review, and that she had really liked the crab. Funny. Surreal. Foul mouthed talking crab. Those were all pluses. A whole book with mostly just a woebegone middle aged man […]
Before this week, if you had told me that one of my favourite fantasy books I’ve ever read would be a retelling of Rumpelstiltskin of all things, I would have laughed in your face. But that is one way to describe Naomi Novik’s Spinning Silver, her follow-up to Uprooted (which was far and away one of my favourite books from a few years ago). Tonally, Spinning Silver is similar to Uprooted. Both feature a non-traditional European fantasy world, in that the Polish grounding for Uprooted and the Slavic folklore for Spinning Silver aren’t as common as Vikings or Regency or knights in armor. Both feature the kind of […]
Came home to a nice package in my mailbox, and these two lovely gifts from Malin! I might already have started reading Silver in the Road last night before deciding I should put it away so I could, you know. Sleep. And the Picture of Dorian Grey is probably my favorite thing Oscar Wilde wrote, so Creatures of Will and Temper looks to be an interesting re-imagining. Thank you, Malin!
Monsters Beware! by Rafael Rosado and Jorge Aguirre is the third in the series of Claudette and her friend’s adventures. There is Giants Beware! and Dragons Beware! as well. And while this is a mostly standalone story, find the first two and read them first. Of course, if I had done that I probably would not have read this one. First, let me say the writing is great. There is a lot going on, you are wondering how they will fight the monsters, churn that butter, plow the field, beat the Sea Queen and keep their hair styles neat. The […]
To review this book I need to analyse it in three parts based on the movie, fairy tale and how it has been written. Disclaimer: I saw the movie before reading the book. As any avid reader would know, that is pretty much illegal and does not allow you to give a subjective critique of the book as you will always compare it to the movie, as well as the thrill of what to come has been taken from you. So, all that I can say is that the book has been written from the screen play which would […]
Why are a lot of holiday stories sad before they are happy? And even at the end, when you know it is alright, they might still be a bit sad? Mr. Hollyberry’s Christmas Gift is that kind of book. As I was reading I was thinking, “I know it will be okay, yet…” Kate Westerlund is a meanie and made me almost cry! Seriously though, she has created some lovely language here about love and friendship. All its mixed up with a bit of special Christmas magic! Eve Tharlet has created some amazing illustrations as well. They are soft but […]
3.5 Stars After I read the lovely The Prince and the Dressmaker, I went looking for more books by the same author, Jen Wang. I found In Real Life, which she wrote with Cory Doctorow. I really liked his book Little Brother, but I never got around to reading the sequel. I liked this book too, but it was very preachy. The story is about Anda, who spends a lot of her time playing Coarsegold Online, an MMO where she is a badass redheaded fighter. Anda is about the same age I was when I realized hanging out with fellow […]