I’ve confessed before that I have a habit of buying books based on their covers. I totally bought this book based on the cover. I read the summary and I was like “hm.. it’s probably YA” and I don’t tend to buy YA these days, but then I said “I don’t care- that cover art!” So, it is YA, and like the cover, it’s very, very good YA. I’d say it wears it’s inspiration from Jeff VanderMeer’s Annihilation trilogy proudly, and does a lot of the things his books did successfully but with it’s own spin. This deserves to be […]
For a couple years now, people have been telling me to read Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur. I even bought it for my daughters, they read it and loved it, but it sat on the shelf unread by me. Then an adorable video of a parent and child cosplaying, with a preschool aged Moon Girl and a parent in a blow up dinosaur costume, was posted on the Cannonball Read Book Chat Facebook page by emmalita. It was adorable and gave me the push to finally fit this graphic novel into my reading. Lunella Lafayette is a super genius fourth […]
Cbr11bingo I love this. When the first Harry Potter book came out, I read a review of it in the New York Times and thought it sounded like a fun series for kids. After The Chamber of Secrets came out, the Quality Paperback Book Club (of which I was a card carrying member) offered a deal to get both volumes in hard cover, so I took advantage of it. Like millions of people around the world, I fell in love the the stories and their characters. When The Prisoner of Azkaban was published, I went to the local Borders Books […]
If the dragons from this book call you, reject the call and change your number. Actually, that’s not entirely fair. The dragons, from what I read, were fine. It was everything else that needed a lot of work. I gave up on page 139, read the last three or four pages (kind of like I did with Jane Eyre in high school, tbh) and tossed this on the “read” virtual shelf. It needs a good line editor for a start.
When Alice was born, her eyes were black from end to end, and the midwife didn’t stay long enough to wash her. (Kindle loc. 221) My mother was raised on fairy tales, but I was raised on highways. (loc. 37) Holy cats, you guys. This book and my reaction to it are probably going to fall down around my ears like a pack of playing cards or a straw house, but for the moment I am in love.
I am a big fan of the Sandman Slim series, especially the narration by MacLeod Andrews who just NAILS the character. Thus, I tried some of the author’s other books, The Grand Dark and Dead Set. I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect and yet I feel that my expectations were met. Both books deal with grim worlds and the occult. I think I could identify them as Kadrey books even without knowing, but that might be some really strong hindsight bias. I read The Grand Dark first. It is a stand alone novel about a messenger/delivery man in a […]
CBR11Bingo – Far and Away! This book is set in Australia, which according to a random internet website, is about halfway around the world from me. Will Everhart loathes her life at her new stuffy school Rosemead girls’ academy. She’s always fought loudly on the side of injustice, leaving her a little lonely and unliked at her public school, but that’s only exacerbated here. Even though the principal has got an eye on her, and even though her grades are failing, she still can’t keep her mouth shut when the swim coach makes yet another rude and sexist comment to […]
Bingo 12 (Youths!) I have to admit I’d really gotten close to giving up on The Great Library Series. The last volume was pretty bad; it had little action, and a lot of the characters started to look bad or empty. Thankfully, many of those issues were resolved in Smoke and Iron (Great Library #4). Smoke and Iron begins where Ash and Quill left off. Jess and his twin Brandon have switched places, and “Brendan” goes to the Great Library to hand over Morgan (beloved of Jess and powerful Obscurist who now can suck the life out of anything living) […]