Monday, March 31, 2014

What I read, March 2014



“Nightwatch” by Sergei Lukianenko. People talk about this one. I don’t know what I expected. It’s three novellas really, and proves once again that stories are about characters. The Russian perspective on good and evil was really fatalistic and interesting.

“One Salt Sea” by Seanan McGuire. I finished this book standing crying in the line for customs in the Houston airport coming back from Mexico. Ed skipped this one, reading the series, because the boy was reading it,but there was a lot of background explained, and I’m glad I have it.

“Ashes of Honor” by Seanan McGuire. I was glad I grabbed this one too, since I still had a few hours of flight. SM really has a way with dialog. April’s dialog was the best. Reading these back-to-back, I was kind of wishing Toby did something other than missing children sometimes.

“Desert” by J.M.G. Le Clezio. Got it for Christmas as a random gift from my dad. You know how when you start a fantasy novel, sometimes you just let go and the places and descriptions just wash over you, and you don’t worry about it too much, whether you’re keeping track of it in your head? That was the mode in which I started this book. I haven’t read that much in translation, but I felt like I had to make allowances for it – misplaced antecedents and tenses that wandered. Still, it was strangely addictive reading. However, I guess I’m accustomed to things with a little more plot.

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