So here's what I read over the holidays:
(I will post reviews from previous months as time allows. I will also try to pull the numbers together from 2013, but I didn't keep track as well with all that was happening.)
This book is unbelievable. I'm not kidding. I have no idea how Robin Sloan did this. What kind of brain comes up with things like these? I really don't want to explain ANYTHING about this book, because it's lovely as a complete surprise. I'll just say this: it combines history, bibliophilia, and science
ps. This book glows in the dark.
pps. Ernest Cline (Ready Player One) and Robin Sloan are on my watch-very-carefully list.
I adore Neil Gaiman. I adore his writing too. I'm one of those fans that automatically reads anything new, and this book was no exception. My parents gave it to me for Christmas, because they know books are the best gift. I read it in an evening. It's a poignant, dark, slightly terrifying tale about one boy's journey into a realm of myth and magic and his subsequent loss of innocence.
Neil's writing is so evocative and atmospheric, the settings so palpable. I feel I've walked the English countryside with his characters.
This was a gift I received in the mail on my birthday. It's all of Episode IV in iambic pentameter. Seriously. The whole film. And it totally works.
This is the kind of stunt I would be tempted to do. Ian Doescher, you are a fan after my own heart.
I'm sure this book is much more entertaining if you've memorized the original script, which of course, I have.
Thank you, Geary. You know me well.
YA fiction. Really, a treatise on loss and grief. I have experienced sensations similar to what this main character goes through, so I could identify, but those more interested in a plot driven tale might be a little bored. This book is character driven and Wren's road through her veil of tears is a tough one.
Warnings on some sexual situations? Language? I can't really remember. But there might be some of that. So sensitive readers be aware.