The month in books

A Dance with Dragons, George R. R. Martin – Enjoyed this, though watching [character] digging himself into a deeper and deeper hole was painful, not that he had any good options. And now I wait.

As a side note, I have discovered the best way to read a book in a series after a gap during which I’ve forgotten most of what happened in the last two books: First, I got J watching the HBO miniseries. Then, he read the books. So I waited until he was well into ADwD before starting it. It was like having a voice-activated ASoIaF encyclopedia sitting in my living room. I could just ask, “When’s the last time we saw [character]?” and get a short essay. I plan to try this again sometime.

The Princess Curse, Merrie Haskell – This was fun to read. Not only is it a great book (did I mention you should buy it? you should buy it), but since I critted it, as I read I was thinking, “She changed that, and that…” which was more entertaining than I expected. And I now have a signed copy, which I hope will baffle future lit students.

Doomsday Book, Connie Willis – I hadn’t read this before. I went through it very quickly, so I know I missed things, but I still enjoyed it. (I decided I would skim until they figured out that Kivrin wasn’t in the year she was supposed to be–I didn’t realize this would take most of the book.)

The Golden Cord, Paul Genesse – I plan to pick up the sequel to this soon. I loved the setting of this book, where everyone lives on top of a plateau and dragons and other winged creatures are dangerous, evil, and/or hated. There are hints of a complex history which I’d like to know more about.

And this flowchart for NPR’s top 100 SFF books has been going around. I tried it out and no matter what I chose, got books I’d already read. Which I guess means…not much.

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