liv: Bookshelf labelled: Caution. Hungry bookworm (bookies)
Recently read The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu (c) 2006 Liu Cixin, translated Ken Liu, translation (c) China Education Publications Import & Export Corp Ltd 2014, Pub Head of Zeus 2014, ISBN 978-1-784-97154-0.

detailed review )
liv: Bookshelf labelled: Caution. Hungry bookworm (bookies)
Recently read: The examined life: how we lose and find ourselves by Stephen Grosz. (c) Stephen Grosz 2013; Pub Random House Vintage 2014; ISBN 978-0-099-54903-1. This is a book of vignettes from Grosz' practice as a psychoanalyst, lent to me by [personal profile] angelofthenorth.

reviews, including glancing mentions of genocide )

The last two weeks have been a roller coaster, I've had loads of fun including a couple of long weekend breaks, and also quite a lot of stress both work and personal, and all that adds up to never getting time for DW. I feel a bit deprived that I'm only managing to talk about books here, I have lots of thoughts and lots of articles I want to link to and I miss all of you. But anyway, talking about books is a start.
liv: Bookshelf labelled: Caution. Hungry bookworm (bookies)
Recently read: The Fresco by Sheri S Tepper. review has minor spoilers and some abortion politics )
liv: Bookshelf labelled: Caution. Hungry bookworm (bookies)
Recently read:
  • Lady of mazes by Karl Schroeder. (c) 2005 Karl Schroeder, Pub Tor 2006, ISBN 0-765-35078-5.

    long reviews with political commentary )

    OK, wrote this on the train yesterday, it's actually Thursday by the time I've got online to post it.
liv: Bookshelf labelled: Caution. Hungry bookworm (bookies)
Recently read

Currently reading: Lady of mazes by Karl Schroeder. I'm enjoying it really a lot. It's sort of doing that slightly clichéd thing of whether it's better to have safety or freedom, but it's also got some really interesting world-building exploring post-human civilizations, with some very nice characterization and plenty of exciting plot.

Up next: I don't know. I think I should maybe stop answering this question as I'm pretty rarely right about what I'll pick up next; I often don't decide until I find out where I physically am and what's available when I finish what I'm currently reading. I'm thinking of trying out the Your Blue-eyed Boys Captain America fanfic that people have been raving about, even though I'm not terribly into the canon; does anyone have a reading guide?
liv: Bookshelf labelled: Caution. Hungry bookworm (bookies)
Recently read
  • The girl with all the gifts by MR Carey. read more )
liv: Bookshelf labelled: Caution. Hungry bookworm (bookies)
Recently read:
  • Finished the draft of my friend's unpublished novel that I've been reading for some weeks now.

  • In a blue velvet dress by Catherine Sefton. read more )

Narnia

Jun. 25th, 2015 10:12 am
liv: Bookshelf labelled: Caution. Hungry bookworm (bookies)
Narnia-related conversations in several places have sparked my curiosity: where were you when you understood that the Narnia books are about Christianity? Or did you always know?

my experience )
liv: Bookshelf labelled: Caution. Hungry bookworm (bookies)
Recently read I've been travelling and had more time than usual for reading, so there's a few reviews to catch up with. read more )

Also, I'm having lots of fun with [personal profile] jadelennox's Dreamwidth Friending meme. Welcome, new people, and current readers, if you are looking for more people for your DW circle, the meme is well worth checking out.
liv: Bookshelf labelled: Caution. Hungry bookworm (bookies)
Recently read Balancing act by Joanna Trollope. (c) Joanna Trollope 2014, pub 2014 Doubleday Black Swan, ISBN 978-0-552-77855-8. read more (includes spoilers) )
liv: Bookshelf labelled: Caution. Hungry bookworm (bookies)
Recently read The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison ([livejournal.com profile] truepenny). (c)2014 Katherine Addison, Pub 2014 Tor, ISBN 978-1-4299-4640-7

read more )
liv: Bookshelf labelled: Caution. Hungry bookworm (bookies)
Recently read Tea with the black dragon by RA MacAvoy. (c) 1983 by RA MacAvoy, published Bantam Books 1983, ISBN 0-553-23205-3. read more )
liv: Bookshelf labelled: Caution. Hungry bookworm (bookies)
Recently read: Clive Barker: Imajica (c) 1991 Clive Barker, published Harper Collins Perennial 2002, ISBN 978-0-06-093726-3. read more )

BTW, I am completely loving all your comments on my Passover post. I have the best friends, and I am rather amused at how much of my Passover has ended up being devoted to discussion of whiksy and Trinitarian theology. Thank you all for being interesting and knowledgeable and explaining so patiently.
liv: Bookshelf labelled: Caution. Hungry bookworm (bookies)
Recently read:
  • The shambling guide to New York City by Mur Lafferty. read more )

    Conclusion: Wednesday reading posts are definitely not quicker to write than my usual style of book reviews. But never mind!
  • liv: Bookshelf labelled: Caution. Hungry bookworm (bookies)
    Author: Joan Slonczewski

    Details: (c) Joan Slonczewski 1986; Pub The Women's Press 1987; ISBN 0-7043-4069-0

    Verdict: A door into ocean has some excellent world-building but I found it a little depressing.

    Reasons for reading it: I've consistently heard this recommended, both as hard SF with plausible biology, and as feminist SF. I've been looking for a it for a while, and not finding it. I know these days you can pretty much get any book published in the 20th century for £3 from Amazon, but I am always reluctant to resort to giving money to the evil empire unless I get desperate.

    How it came into my hands: Happily, [personal profile] forestofglory gave me a copy as a present, which was really exciting, it's so nice to get a book you've been meaning to read!

    detailed review )
    liv: Bookshelf labelled: Caution. Hungry bookworm (bookies)
    Author: Max Gladstone

    Details: (c) 2012 Max Gladstone; Pub 2012 Tor; ISBN 978-1-4668-0203-2

    Verdict: Three parts dead is a great read, with some cool original concepts including magical lawyers.

    Reasons for reading it: Gladstone is nominated for the Campbell, and several friends were enthusiastic about him. I somewhat regret being over-optimistic about how much time I'd have to read the Hugo nominees, and given that I wasn't actually going to get through everything, I should have started with the Campbell, as that's the most interesting category, instead of working my way up through the shorter works.

    How it came into my hands: Tor, unlike Orbit, went out of their way to make sure their nominated authors actually got a decent shot in the Hugo voting, by including full works and even previous episodes in series, in the Hugo packet. So I read this as a professionally formatted, non-DRM ebook.

    detailed review )
    liv: Bookshelf labelled: Caution. Hungry bookworm (bookies)
    Author: Mary Renault

    Details: (c) Mary Renault 1953; Pub Virago Press 2013; ISBN 978-1-84408-950-5

    Verdict: The Charioteer is an amazing historical artefact, though as a story has a bit too much angst for my taste.

    Reasons for reading it: I've been searching for this for ages; I've read and appreciated most of Renault's classical setting novels and was really intrigued to read her contemporary stuff where she actually writes directly about people who would be considered gay in the modern sense.

    How it came into my hands: I turned up at the library 5 minutes before closing time on the day my books were due back, and this caught my eye on the promotions table, so I grabbed it and stamped it out in the last few minutes before they threw me out.

    detailed review )
    liv: Bookshelf labelled: Caution. Hungry bookworm (bookies)
    Author: James SA Corey

    Details: (c) 2010 Daniel Abraham & Ty Franck; Pub Orbit 2013; ISBN 978-1-84149-991-8

    Verdict: Caliban's war is an exciting sequel which really improves on the first volume of the trilogy.

    Reasons for reading it: I enjoyed the first in this series, Leviathan Wakes a great deal. And [livejournal.com profile] rysmiel assured me that the sequel benefits from more female characters, fewer vomit zombies which made me all the more inclined to read it.

    How it came into my hands: I attempted to buy it from Barnes and Noble for my new shiny Nook. But something went wrong with the DRM somehow and I couldn't read the file. Which did not exactly give me great faith in using my Nook as intended, a terminal for B&N's online shop. So I kept meaning to break the DRM or download a pirate version or even argue with B&N about taking my money and selling me a file I couldn't use, but in the end I happened on a copy in the library sooner than I got round to doing any of those things.

    detailed review )
    liv: Bookshelf labelled: Caution. Hungry bookworm (bookies)
    Author: Kristin Cashore

    Details: (c) Kristin Cashore 2008; Pub 2009 Gollancz; ISBN 978-0-575-08530-5

    Verdict: Graceling is pacy and exciting but fairly generic YA swords-and-sorcery.

    Reasons for reading it: There's been quite a bit of buzz about it as the next big thing in YA so I was curious.

    How it came into my hands: Charity shop.

    detailed review )

    Soundbite

    Miscellaneous. Eclectic. Random. Perhaps markedly literate, or at least suffering from the compulsion to read any text that presents itself, including cereal boxes.

    Top topics

    September 2017

    S M T W T F S
         12
    345 6789
    10111213141516
    17 181920212223
    24252627282930

    Expand Cut Tags

    No cut tags

    Subscription Filters