#1 read After the Golden Age. This is very good. DH says it’s really an anti-super-hero book… exactly the opposite formula. I liked it immensely. (Did not much care for Discord’s Apple, however. It was dull and I just don’t care for dystopias all that much.)
May Contain Traces of Magic: #2 wants to know whether it’s good! Um… I think it was ok. Obviously not memorable! Tom Holt’s earlier works are his best. I didn’t send it on, so it must be worth rereading.
In other notes, did you know that a lot of Edgar Allan Poe’s short stories are extremely similar to each other? If you’ve got a “best of” collection, that’s probably all you need. How many interminable stories about men flying a hot-air balloon to the moon do you want to get through? And boy these are sure sausage-fests. The stories and poems you’ve heard of still hold up, of course (The Raven, The Cask of Amontillado), though “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” is hampered by my total lack of belief that (SPOILERS!) an orangutan actually acts that way. It’s a somewhat uninformed fantasy as far as animal behavior.
Anyway, I’ll keep the Poe volume but my local library / Goodwill is going to get a donation of books pretty soon.
I finished The Fuller Memorandum by Charles Stross, and I continue to love all three of the series by him I am reading (the Laundry Files, the Family Business, and the Halting State series). I eagerly await sequels.
Also I am apparently the last fantasy reader in the world to read The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N. K. Jemison, but it was definitely worth it. Read it, if you haven’t. Powerful and interesting. I am eager to read the next one! (#1 had not heard of it and has added it to her wishlist.)
Also I read The Hour I First Believed, by Wally Lamb.
This book is amazing and powerful and like woah. However, it is also insanely depressing. Every bad thing the in the world happens to the protagonist. Pretty much the only awful thing that doesn’t happen is millions of snakes fall from the sky and they scratch your cornea WITH POISON.
Goblin Quest, by Jim C. Hines, OTOH, was pretty cool in a not depressing way, and although bad things happen to the protagonist, they cause him to grow as a goblin. Quite good for something that’s essentially a D&D dungeon crawl from the perspective of a kidnapped goblin. I’m ordering the set of 3 books in one after having checked out the first from the library. (DC has been looking at the library paperback cover longingly, and says ze wants it to be around when ze is old enough to read it.)
I was really disappointed with Monster by A Lee Martinez. It’s the first of his books I haven’t liked, the first one without likeable characters, and the first one that seemed like a mix of books he’d previously written. In this case, it was like a mix of and minus anybody we could possibly care about. This from an author who gets us to love kobalds in the wonderful .
Memo to self: Alan Dean Foster’s books are Just. Not. Good. I don’t know why I keep trying to read them. Stop! They range from terrible to not-my-taste. Every one I read is not enjoyable. Don’t be fooled by the cover blurb, Self, you will not like them. (#1 Disagrees! She is fond of the Pip and Flinx series and enjoyed a few of his funny early works, particularly the one about the aliens who look like giant rabbits. Also she thinks there was one about cats being in charge of the universe but doesn’t remember it exactly.)
You guys been reading anything interesting out there in grumpyland?