Review: 1Q84

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: 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

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

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

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

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.