This is a good retelling of some of the basic elements of Norse mythology, but it felt a little light and incomplete to me. I was hoping for a fuller presentation of the whole saga, which granted would make this book twice or thrice as long as it is. For example, there is very little about the lady goddesses, some of whom do have their own stories. There’s a note in the introduction about how many Norse stories have been lost, which is true of a lot of stories including Loki’s origins, but more is preserved than is presented here. […]
Best for: Those who enjoyed Arrival; people who aren’t totally sure that they are into science fiction but want to see. In a nutshell: Eight short stories connected only by the fact that they are science fiction. Line that sticks with me: “What he insists on is that they not love God under a misapprehension, that if they wish to love God, they be prepared to do so no matter what His intentions. God is not just, God is not kind, God is not merciful, and understanding that is essential to true devotion.” (pg 234) Why I chose it: I […]
Remember my New Year’s resolution to stay current on my reviews? Yeah. This is review number 43 and I’ve finished 53 books so far in 2017. Naughty Badkittyuno…. So a lot of other people have reviewed this anthology, and I am firmly in the camp of those who loved loved loved it. Neil Gaiman can’t really do any wrong in my book anyway, but I thought this collection was particularly enjoyable. I’m not overly familiar with Norse mythology, beyond what I’ve learned through American Gods, but I’ve always enjoyed mythology as a whole. “Because,” said Thor, “when something goes wrong, […]
The best way to describe Harlan Ellison’s prose would be “lyrical.” This short collection of stories varies from from a hopeless, post-apocalyptic landscape to the a contemporary California in an emotional spiral after his divorce. Just describing the plot likely won’t hook you. It’s Ellison’s words that do all the heavy lifting in his stories. This collection of stories was published in the late 1960s and Ellison’s views on women tend to reflect this. But this shouldn’t let it deter you from reading one of the masters of speculative science fiction.
I have been a fan of T.C. Boyle for the past few years. I first read “Tortilla Curtain” in 2011, and followed that up a few years later with “Drop City.” Boyle has a distinctive voice, cutting and dour, but also reflective. His examination of topics through, and he tackles tough subjects and places characters into situations of existential crisis with almost a relish. His books cover hard topics and hardened people, often in hopeless situations, but his writing forgives him for taking you down such dark roads. I’m glad I was equipped with this knowledge when I picked up […]
I just realized I finished this review without saying anything about the book, so I’m back with a short summary. This book groups together 21 essays from minority ethnic people in Britain today, talking about how their ethnicity impacts their every day life. Some of them are famous – actors, comedians, journalists, bloggers -, none of them were known to me. The essays are raw and real, and paint an incredible picture I believe everyone needs to see. And they caused me to reflect deeply on my own life, and my own prejudices. Read it. I was born in Brazil. […]
This is a retelling of Sleeping Beauty, with some Snow White mixed in. Since I read it on my Kindle, I didn’t realize before I started that this is actually a sort of graphic novel, or maybe an illustrated short story? I’m not sure what it looks like in actual book form. I had just assumed it was a regular novel, but it’s not even 75 pages long. The Sleeper and the Spindle is the story of a queen, who sets out with three dwarf companions, to find a famous enchanted sleeping princess and try to wake her and break […]
Well, I started the year off with a whimper. This book was glowingly recommended to me by a good friend who has led me in the past to some good stuff, so I jumped on it. I was disappointed, but the let-down was actually a little freeing, because I had just started another book she recommended, and my disappointment in Taking What I Like allowed me to give myself permission to put the other one down.* This is a book of short stories tied together thematically in the loosest way by all being based on a Shakespeare play, set in […]