Review: The Leopard

January 3, 2012 · Posted in 12 Books · Comments Off on Review: The Leopard 

The Leopard
The Leopard by Jo Nesbø
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Another fine thriller by Nesbo. Poor Harry Hole is probably wishing he would stop writing about him by now, and this one definitely takes him to his limit and beyond.

Review: The Night Eternal

January 3, 2012 · Posted in 12 Books · Comments Off on Review: The Night Eternal 

The Night Eternal
The Night Eternal by Guillermo del Toro
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A fitting end to this series. Sure, it was kind of predictable to see where it was going, but I thought it was pretty well executed, all in all.

Review: 1Q84

December 7, 2011 · Posted in 12 Books · 1 Comment 

1Q84
1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
It took me a while to get through this one, it's just long. And yet, it's still Murakami at his most simple and spare. Some people might complain about the lack of resolution for the supernatural elements of the story, or the sometimes clunky language, but the most important thing was to resolve Tengo and Aomame's stories, which I ultimately thought he did quite well.

Review: Zone One

November 16, 2011 · Posted in 12 Books · Comments Off on Review: Zone One 

Zone One
Zone One by Colson Whitehead
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
It's so human for a zombie book. I can't find the words to describe it well enough. Whitehead is one of my favorite authors, and he wrote a zombie book. You should probably just go read it.

Review: The Magic of Reality: How We Know What’s Really True

November 16, 2011 · Posted in 12 Books · Comments Off on Review: The Magic of Reality: How We Know What’s Really True 

The Magic of Reality: How We Know What's Really True
The Magic of Reality: How We Know What's Really True by Richard Dawkins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It amuses me that this book reads as if Richard Dawkins has given up talking to his foes as adults, and instead decided to talk to them as children. And somehow, it totally works and is probably far more effective than any of his recent books.

Review: Ready Player One

September 15, 2011 · Posted in 12 Books · Comments Off on Review: Ready Player One 

Ready Player One
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Ernest Cline took my childhood, threw it into a blender, turned it on high, and spit out the most awesomest book ever written. Video games, quoting Monty Python word for word, pop culture trivia: these are all important PLOT POINTS. And it works too! The whole thing is just amazing, and if you are any kind of child of the 80s, you will go read this book right now. I mean, I get all my books from the library, so I don't buy hardly any books ever. But this book is getting purchased and is going on the shelf in a place of honor.

Review: Sapphique

February 21, 2011 · Posted in 12 Books · Comments Off on Review: Sapphique 

Sapphique (Incarceron, #2)Sapphique by Catherine Fisher
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Finally a sequel that lives up to the original. Sapphique takes us back into the worlds of Incarceron and the Realm, to find out what happens to our friends Finn and Claudia, Keiro and Attia. Poor Attia gets neglected a bit near the end, but the other characters all find some sense of closure, at least. Lots of magical fantasy went in to this book, and it was a lot of fun finding out how it ended.

The Devil and Sherlock Holmes: Tales of Murder, Madness and Obsession

February 14, 2011 · Posted in 12 Books · Comments Off on The Devil and Sherlock Holmes: Tales of Murder, Madness and Obsession 

The Devil and Sherlock Holmes: Tales of Murder, Madness and ObsessionThe Devil and Sherlock Holmes: Tales of Murder, Madness and Obsession by David Grann
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I really enjoyed David Grann's The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon, so when I heard he had a new book out, I went and found it at the library. This one features several interesting stories, some of which I am fairly certain I had read before in magazine form. Did I mention they are mostly pieces he wrote for the New Yorker?
So, that was the only disappointing part. The stories aren't really tied together in any particular way, but they are all intriguing in their own way, and I enjoyed reading them. If you're in to long form journalism, this is right up your alley.

Mockingbird

January 28, 2011 · Posted in 12 Books · Comments Off on Mockingbird 

MockingbirdMockingbird by Kathryn Erskine
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Another book that is a bit predictable, partially because it's a YA title, but it deals with its rather mature topics rather well even with the flaws. Death and autism/Asperger's are going to be tough topics to tackle in and of themselves, but put them together and it's really hard. It seemed to me that the author kind of compressed the timeline and forced some of the characters to get to their resolutions more quickly than they might in "real life," and that bugged me a bit. Still, I would recommend it for the category, as it does well in addressing the topics it tackles.

How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe

January 24, 2011 · Posted in 12 Books · Comments Off on How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe 

How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional UniverseHow to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This one seemed a bit scattershot at times, but I suppose it's hard to write a good story about time travel without things getting a little scattered. But of course, a good sci-fi story isn't about the gadgets and the time travel, it's about the characters and the story, and that is where this book manages to get it done just well enough. And of course, the fun spin on time travel doesn't hurt.

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