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Entries from Jan 2011

Lynne Rae Perkins: As Easy as Falling off the Face of the Earth

28 Jan 2011 · No Comments

Wow. There are so many things I love about this book. There’s careful prose like this:
Ry’s grandfather, Lloyd, took his first cup of coffee out onto the screened porch, sat down on a glider, and waited in the dark for the birds to start chirping. Between him and the sun, there was a thin bit [...]

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Tags: a-title · p-author · young adult

Diana Peterfreund: Ascendant

17 Jan 2011 · No Comments

This sequel to Rampant is not the sort of book to make a lot of concessions. The opening scene, in which narrator/hereditary-unicorn-slayer Astrid Llewellyn matter-of-factly harvests her dead prey, serves as a litmus test for Peterfreund’s dark, historically informed take on unicorn legends. I imagine that more than a few gentle souls will decide [...]

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Tags: a-title · fantasy · p-author · young adult

Rachel Cohn and David Levithan: Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares

10 Jan 2011 · No Comments

This was my first exposure to either Cohn or Levithan, aside from seeing the film version Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist (without, I’m ashamed to say, even knowing it was based on a novel). But it’s their third collaboration, in which the authors write alternating chapters, “without planning anything out beforehand. That’s the way they [...]

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Tags: c-author · d-title · l-author · young adult

Lisa Goldstein: Dark Cities Underground

09 Jan 2011 · No Comments

Lisa Goldstein has long been on the list of writers I thought I should read something by sometime, and now she’s on the list of writers I want to read everything by.
The set up for Dark Cities Underground reads like something from the manual of how to write a novel that appeals to me: Ruthie [...]

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Tags: d-title · fantasy · g-author

Janet Evanovich: Wicked Appetite

03 Jan 2011 · No Comments

I was curious but skeptical about Evanovich’s foray into fantasy themed fiction, and was quite pleasantly surprised. (It turns out, it’s not really her first foray; the “Between the Numbers” novels apparently introduced supernatural elements into the Stephanie Plum books some time ago.) Anyway, Wicked Appetite’s find-the-ancient-mystic-artifacts plot and plethora of quirky characters reminded me [...]

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Tags: e-author · fantasy · w-title

Phil Sutcliffe: AC/DC – The Ultimate Illustrated History

02 Jan 2011 · No Comments

Sutcliffe’s history of rock’s Down Under bad boys is lucidly written, with a rather reportorial remove. (Sutcliffe for instance is always careful to note whenever the attribution of a quote is difficult to definitively establish.) The book is clearly marked as “not licensed or approved by AC/DC,” but it’s scarcely adversarial. Sutcliffe will occasionally note [...]

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Tags: a-title · biography · rock · s-author

Orson Scott Card (ed.): Future on Ice

02 Jan 2011 · No Comments

Future on Ice is a collection of short stories selected circa 1998 by Orson Scott Card representing his take on the best short science fiction of the eighties (it follows the earlier, similarly themed Future on Fire).
It was a strange exercise in cognitive dissonance for me. Many of Card’s selections are terrific — the list [...]

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Tags: c-author · f-title · science fiction

Angie Fox: The Accidental Demon Slayer

01 Jan 2011 · No Comments

Like John Connolly’s The Gates, The Accidental Demon Slayer made me think a lot about my preferred ratio of novelty and familiarity in straightforward escapist genre fiction. The Accidental Demon Slayer’s mix is a bit too calculated for my taste — Lizzie’s struggle with her suddenly revealed identity as a chosen “slayer” and its accompanying [...]

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Tags: a-title · f-author · fantasy