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.

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.

The Thousand

The ThousandThe Thousand by Kevin Guilfoile
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Very entertaining read. Kinda like a grown up Dan Brown novel. Fast paced, but not choppy like DaVinci Code. Interesting and intriguing, if not convoluted plot. About my only complaint is that it is a little bit clunky at times (a bit *too* reminiscent of Dan Brown). Still, a quick read that actually uses more than a fifth grade vocabulary, nice.

Style and the Man: How and Where to Buy Fine Mens’ Clothes

Style and the Man: How and Where to Buy Fine Mens' ClothesStyle and the Man: How and Where to Buy Fine Mens’ Clothes by Alan Flusser
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I’m trying, slowly but surely, to incorporate some of the many, many tips I gleaned from reading this essential treatise on style into my wardrobe. But let’s just say that I have a long way to go. I may not be able to afford to shop at the places he recommends, but I can at least take into account some of the good advice he provides on making sure things fit properly. Starting with: you don’t wear a large, dummy!