Monthly Archives: July 2014

Lioness Rampant (Song of the Lioness #4) by Tamora Pierce

Lioness Rampant (Song of the Lioness, #4)

Having reached the end of the Alanna books, I’m really sad to be done with the series. Not just because Alanna is a fantastic heroine – seriously, I’m currently drafting legislation to make these books required reading for sixth grade girls everywhere – but also because this is one of those rare occasions where I feel like a book could have been longer, and should have been longer. The entire Alanna series has felt very rushed, since Book One when we sped through two years of knight training in about two hundred pages, and I wish that these books had been published at a time when children’s series were allowed to contain 700-page epics.

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An Infamous Army (Alastair #4) by Georgette Heyer

An Infamous Army (Alastair, #4)

Although I had read three other Georgette Heyer novels before this one, those were all detective stories, instead of the historical romances that she’s more well-known for. I found this one in a bookstore a few weeks ago and thought that it would be a good introduction to Heyer’s other body of work – although her mysteries aren’t the best I’ve ever read, her characters are always well-formed and the writing is witty and clever, so I was looking forward to seeing how she applied this skill to another kind of story. (A quick note: although this book is technically part of a series, it functions very well as a stand-alone novel, to the point where I didn’t even realize that I was reading a book from a series until I went to write this review)

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Bookstore Haul: Myopic Books, Chicago IL

Welcome back to Part 2 of my book-buying adventures in Chicago! I’m going to be really upfront with you guys: I may have gone a bit overboard with this store. Spoiler alert: I visited Myopic Books twice and ended up buying a total of seven books. Which, when you add that to the three books I had already bought at Centuries and Sleuths, means that I left Chicago with ten new books. My suitcase was heavy, let’s just say that.

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Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch

After being unimpressed with Neverwhere and dismissing it as Early Gaiman, I was delighted to read Good Omens and find that even though this was written several years before Neverwhere, it’s just as good as Gaiman’s later works. Possibly this is due to Pratchett’s influence – at the end of the book, there’s a nice afterword where the two authors talk about the process of creating the story and who was responsible for writing which parts, so you can get an idea of how the story was shaped and developed. I’ve never read anything by Terry Pratchett before this and was unfamiliar with his work, but I’m very familiar with Gaiman’s writing style by this point, having read five or six of his books. That being said, I was unable to see where Gaiman’s writing ended and Pratchett’s began, which was ultimately a good thing. If two authors must insist on co-writing a book, they should at least try to mesh their writing so the reader doesn’t notice the book has two authors (I’m looking at you, David Levithan and John Green).

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Bookstore Haul: Centuries and Sleuths, Forest Park IL

 

After a semi-long haitus, I have returned! I know that my updates are sporadic at best, but this latest hiatus wasn’t my fault – I was out of town for a week, and then when I got back my laptop decided that that was the ideal time to crap itself and die, so I haven’t been able to update this blog for a few weeks. But I’m back, and with a very exciting two-part Bookstore Haul!

I went to Chicago for a relative’s wedding recently, and while I was there, I had a few extra days to devote to sightseeing. Did I eat deep dish, take a selfie at the Bean, or climb the Sears Tower? No, dear readers – I went to bookstores. I mean, I did other stuff, too. But bookstores were the only thing I researched before leaving, so do with that what you will.

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