drcpunk (drcpunk) wrote,

Recent Reading

15. At the Mouth of the River of Bees, by Kij Johnson. This is a collection. Several pieces were nominated for awards, and at least one won one. The four pieces I'd encountered before are all still good. The rest varied from solid to really good to a couple of meh ones. In other words, there were no bad stories in that collection. I asked mneme why the heck "26 Monkeys, Also the Abyss" works. It's the third time I've read it, and I still don't know how she does it. So, mnemex read it aloud to me. I know what she's doing, but not how -- I'm not sure what words are hitting what notes in that symphony. I should probably say a bit more about the collection on my Logophile blog.

16. Libriomancer, by Jim Hines. While not the deepest book I've read this year, it's fun, and it gets points for asking some of the right questions.

17. The Apocalypse Codex, by Charles Stross. The fourth Laundry novel. If one likes this stuff, and I do, it's the sort of stuff one likes.

18. Alarums & Excursions #450.

19. Alif the Unseen, by G. Willow Wilson. If the phrase "Arab Spring Urban Fantasy" makes your ears prick up in anticipation, you'll probably like this one. I did, and am pondering the broader question of how urban fantasy in general looks at religion.

20. The Troupe, by Robert Jackson Bennett. I liked this, and it's interesting to compare it to The Night Circus. I should probably also talk more about it in Logophile.

21. Lizzie Newton: Victorian Mysteries, volume 2. I hadn't yet found volume 1, but I find that picking up with volume 2 of a manga is often Just Fine. I had about as much chance of solving the mystery as in a Sherlock Holmes tale, i.e., none whatsoever, but it's all about the relationships.

22. The Thorn and the Blossom, by Theodora Goss. Well written, but there was something that happened which threw me out of the mythical stuff she was doing and made me thoroughly unsympathetic to one of the characters.

23. The Hum and the Shiver, by Alex Bledsoe. I enjoyed parts of this and got annoyed by other parts.

24. Houdini: The Handcuff King, by Jason Lutes and Nick Bertozzi. Graphic novel about one of my favorite stage magicians.

25. Lizzie Newton: Victorian Mysteries, volume 1. This felt to me like it played fairer than volume 2, but I'm not sure it really did, and I had the same chance of solving either of them.
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