Thursday, February 28, 2013

What I read: February 2013

Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure by Rachel Fershleiser and Larry Smith. This was a gift. So, mine is: “Still trying to monetize my daydreams.” What’s yours?

“PercyJackson 5: The Last Olympian” by Rick Riordan. Now I can stop. Phew. The server at our Saturday restaurant had been bugging me to finish.

“Conrad’sFate” by Diana Wynne Jones. She is just such a good writer.

“TheLast Ringbearer” by Kirill Eskov. I don’t know why I started this, since I had two things going already. This is basically a fanfic, not worth reading unless you know the Lord of the Rings pretty well. In true fanfic tradition, the  dialog was occasionally painful. Every time Faramir called Eowen “baby” I just cringed, and I just can’t imagine Gandalf calling Saruman an asshole.  It was originally written in Russian, and there are some problems with the verb tenses – past perfect seems to have turned to present tense. This made some of the time flow difficult for me to follow. There was a whole sequence in the middle with a thriller-style thing happening with a Gondorian spy/baron that I found quite confusing. I somehow expected Frodo to be the ringbearer referenced in the title, but no.Ultimately it was a fun read, if you like that sort of thing.

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