Episode 1-41: Old Timey Fisticuffs Wherein I review: 150. The Lost Plot (Invisible Library #4) by Genevieve Cogman 151. A Map of Days (Miss Peregrine #4) by Ransom Riggs 152. Desperate Measures (Stone Barrington #47) by Stuart Woods 153. The Mauritius Command (Aubrey & Maturin #4) by Patrick O’Brian It’s all on the fours. Fourth swashbuckler, fourth Miss Peregrine’s Steampunk X-Men, fourth Invisible Library. It’s all very old school, and enjoyable. Fourthbook is a big deal, because it’s either revamping or saying, “We’re in this for the long haul, kids.” And seeing as how the 47th Stone Barrington is the most […]
Episode 1-36: Ferris Bueller’s Synthesizer Wherein I review: 136. Johannes Cabal the Detective (Johannes Cabal #2) by Jonathan L. Howard 137. Master and Commander (Aubrey & Maturin #1) by Patrick O’Brian 138. The Cold Commands (A Land Fit for Heroes #2) by Richard K. Morgan 139. The Burning Page (Invisible Library #3) by Genevieve Cogman 140. The Fear Institute (Johannes Cabal #3) by Jonathan L. Howard 141. The Guilty Dead (Monkeewrench #9) by P.J. Tracy 142. Foe by Iain Reid After chunking a zero in the Yahtzee column last week, I finish everything up this week. I pop through two more […]
Episode 1-34: It’s a Dead Man’s Party, Who Could Ask For More? Wherein I review: 134. Johannes Cabal the Necromancer (Johannes Cabal #1) by Jonathan L. Howard 135. The Masked City (The Invisible Library #2) by Genevieve Cogman I fall in love with an evil bastard and our Librarian heroine continues swashbuckling through steampunk fantasticness. And I begin to fall woefully behind in my reading.
Episode 1-33: We’re Here, We’re Queer, Get Used to It Wherein I review: 128. Hiddensee by Gregory Maguire 129. Crooked by Austin Grossman 130. The Steel Remains (A Land Fit For Heroes #1) by Richard K. Morgan 131. Hollywood Dead (Sandman Slim #10) by Richard Kadrey 132. Bloody Rose (The Band #2) by Nicholas Eames 133. The Invisible Library (Invisible Library #1) by Genevieve Cogman I wax ecstatic over the recent trend of inclusion of homosexuality in fantasy and fiction and how it makes all the neckbeards cry into their fedoras. Gregory Maguire brings his special breed of disappointing fairy tale […]
I think if I tried to fully explain the plot of The Invisible Library, we’d be here all day. This book has a LOT going on. Let me see if I can just skim the surface. Irene is a Librarian at a special Library that exists outside of space and time. Her job is to visit different worlds and collect books for the Library. Original printings, special books that only exist in one universe instead of in all of them, stuff like that. She’s sent out on a mission with a trainee, Kai, to retrieve a special version of Grimm’s […]
While this is part of one of my favorite ongoing series, this installation was a little meh; 3.75 stars. The problem I think was that this story was focused on too many potential threats, as opposed to one big one. There’s internal problems in the Library (politics and doctrinal differences mostly, but also some likely hidden agenda from an unknown in the upper echelons), Alberich is back (Librarian gone bad final boss type), Irene is still on probation and getting unpleasant job assignments, something’s wrong with Vale, and Zayanna (a Fae lady from the previous story) tracks Irene down for […]
This book was a lot of fun, if not quite as good as I expected. I think a lot of that is due to it being consumed by world-building, as the first book of a series, so I’m eager to see if the second one improves on that as far as plot goes. “And she didn’t want great secrets of necromancy, or any other sort of magic. She just wanted—had always wanted—a good book to read. Being chased by hellhounds and blowing things up were comparatively unimportant parts of the job.” Basically, our main character, Irene, works for the Library […]
I finished The Invisible Library on Saturday and I had almost completely forgotten about it by today, which is Monday. It’s not that the book is bad, because it was perfectly enjoyable to read, it just didn’t really stand out much. This was, I think, my local Vaginal Fantasy chapter’s pick to read for February and or March. It’s either this one or A Curious Beginning- but fortunately I have time to read that one before the meeting as well. At any rate, I’m struggling to say anything about the book and feel like my contribution at the bookclub will […]