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Read: Catching Fire; Mockingjay

April 8, 2011 Leave a comment

Had to rush a little with Catching Fire and Mockingjay because Mockingjay was on express checkout from the library, which meant I had to finish both of ’em in a week.

My basic reaction to these books is that, as with the Harry Potter series (which I read) and the Twilight series (which I haven’t), I don’t see what it is about them that has caused the Millennial generation to pick them out of the crowd and turn them into mammoth blockbusters. Which is not to say that they’re not deserving! Let me put it this way: as far as I can tell, the success of the Hunger Games trilogy (and the Harry Potter septet, and, I guess, the Twilight series) relative to the success of all other books is not proportional to the quality of the Hunger Games trilogy relative to the quality of all other books.

And good for Suzanne Collins! I don’t mean that this is unjust. Perfectly good story and I’m going to check out what else she wrote. I don’t know why it happened, that’s all.

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Read: A Few Quick Ones

April 7, 2011 Leave a comment

Had a bit of time to rip through a Wodehouse before the next batch of library books came in. This one’s a collection of short stories that Brona found on sale in a doctor’s office; it was one of the few that we didn’t already have. It’s a pretty safe bet that I’ve read it before; certainly I’ve read at least some of the stories before. But that’s okay. It’s Wodehouse, after all, which means it’s automatically at least as worthwhile as anything else I might have been reading, no matter how many times I’ve read it before.

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7/4/2011 Superhero of the Day: Blue Avenger

April 7, 2011 Leave a comment

Read: Shades of Milk and Honey

April 6, 2011 Leave a comment

Polished off Mary Robinette Kowal’s Shades of Milk and Honey this evening. It’s a well-regarded fantasy and Regency romance. I liked it, but I don’t think I liked it as much as I was supposed to like it. The Regency-romance thing is nothing special to me, as I have a wife who is way big into Georgette Heyer and who has recommended many of Heyer’s books to my attention, so all the period stuff Kowal puts in there is already familiar to me. Perfectly serviceable, but not remarkable.

What’s more interesting is the magic, which is a) pretty neat, b) elegantly limited, and c) appropriate to the setting; she did a nice job of working it out. I like how Kowal is brave enough to let the story be small: there’s no danger of the world being destroyed or anything; the stakes are important to the characters and so they’re important to us.

The natural comparison for this book is to Wrede and Stevermer’s Sorcery and Cecelia; they’re both Regency fantasies, and yet very different in how they go about it. I think the comparison actually makes both books look good.

That may not be my strongest recommendation, but it is a recommendation. I liked it.

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Read: The Escapement

April 5, 2011 Leave a comment

That didn’t take me long. K.J. Parker’s awesome. I’ve got a couple more of her books on the to-read pile and I’m going to save them, I think.

The ending surprised me. I had been expecting a bloodbath like the end of Othello or something, but what we got instead was both more and less brutal than that. I admire it.

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Read: Evil for Evil

April 5, 2011 Leave a comment

Second book in K.J. Parker’s Engineer Trilogy, and it’s excellent. I’m already about a third through the third book, The Escapement, and it’s all I can do not to drop everything until it’s finished. I’m going to be rereading these ones.

At least, I hope I will. Thing about putting all these books on hold at the library the way I’ve been doing, it cuts into my rereading. I’ve got a lot of books on my shelves that I kinda miss and would like to revisit, but there’s just no time with this steady stream of new books always coming in. I grant you that, as problems go, this is probably the best one to have.

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31/3/2011 Superhero of the Day: Count Geiger

March 31, 2011 Leave a comment

24/3/2011 Superhero of the Day: Captain Cloud

March 24, 2011 Leave a comment

Captain Cloud. He’s so cool.