The last two-book review I wrote was compare and contrast, because the material in each book related to the other book. This time, not so much: one is non-fiction, and one is fiction, and without performing some mental calisthenics at a level I’m not willing to do right now I don’t think I could write a unified review.
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!
This was more cheesy romance than I expected in my sci-fi western, but it ended up being pretty enjoyable. A group of people from various time periods in the “real” world have woken up randomly in the Wasteland. The Wasteland is full of monsters and not-quite-humans and some creatures sort of like vampires, and one bad dude named Ajani, who is trying to take over. The Arrivals (the folks from our world) don’t know why they’re there or how they got there, but over the years, they’ve banded together, live in the desert in a cowboy camp, and fight Ajani […]
I have an enormous backlog. My Goodreads account tells me as of today, I have 649 books on my Want to Read shelf. I still have 62 that I added on the day I joined, January 6, 2012 during my first year participating in Cannonball Read 4. What better book to knock off the Backlog square than something I was introduced to in my first week of Cannonball Read and has been languishing for more than six years on Mount TBR (and has a movie adaptation coming out later this month). The Sisters Brothers of the story are Charlie and […]
The last time I reviewed a Brandon Sanderson book, I complained of Sanderson fatigue, the review got featured, and several more people complained about it with me. So it is a bit sheepishly that I confess I not only went back to him but that I read the entire second Mistborn series minus the one book that hasn’t been published yet. And I enjoyed them immensely. In fact, for someone like me who still had fond memories of earlier Cosmere experiences, The Alloy of Law, Shadows of Self, and The Bands of Mourning were perfect way to pull me back […]
Thank you so much to caitycat! I doubt I would have stumbled across this novel without her review, and I thoroughly enjoyed it despite some minor complaints about potential red herrings or loose threads. The novel is set near Baltimore in 1880. The North never won the Civil War because of the zombie outbreak that followed the Battle of Gettysburg, leading to a quick reconciliation between the two sides to face the common threat to the survival of humanity. Slaves were declared free, but, for many, there is not much difference between their former lives and current – they don’t […]
It’s going to be hard for me to describe this book, let alone review it. I really liked it! But it’s hard to put a pin in. First, I’ll say that it took me awhile to finally get to this book. I bought it when it was on sale through a BookBub email and I saw it had very good reviews, but then every time I’d look at my Kindle and read the description I’d lose interest because I really don’t read westerns. And this is definitely a western, albeit a very unique one: in fact, it’s one fault is […]
A Texan myself, I’m a big fan of Larry McMurtry. His most famous book, Lonesome Dove, is of course a classic, both on paper and on screen. The Last Picture Show, in my rural Texas mind, is also a very good book that capture smalltown life so well. I’ve even planned a pilgrimage to Booked Up, McMurtry’s bookstore in Archer City, TX. I say all that to say this: If you loved Lonesome Dove, don’t read this book. That’s my advice. It’s probably not what you’re looking for. This is the deconstruction of westerns that McMurtry tried to write when he wrote Lonesome […]