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January 16, 2007

Book Log experiment for 2007

I've always meant to keep a log of the books that I read in a given year, maybe even with short reviews or reactions. Unfortunately, I'm very lazy. You may have noticed that there is a "Reading:" line on the sidebar of this blog. You may have also noticed that I never update it. I promise you I haven't been reading the same George R.R. Martin novel for the last 6 months. I mean, the guy writes long books, but not that long.

Since it's January, and I've decided to kick off the new year by trying this experiment. Every time I finish a book, I'll blog the title, author, and at least two sentences about it. I'll categorize them under the tag "What I'm Reading" This seems like a reasonable target. We'll see how long I keep it up. For the purpose of this experiment, I will not be including the books I read to Alex. That might be Phase 2 of the experiment...

With that said...

K-Machines by Damien Broderick
I'm two books into this series (God Players being the first book) and I'm still trying to figure out if I like it or not... The basis of the story, god-like contestants in an ancient and mysterious conflict waging war across multiple realities, had a lot of promise. There are some thought-provoking ideas about the nature of perceived and consensus reality that I like kicking around the old headbone. Unfortunately, I never really developed any kind of emotional involvement with the characters. I wasn't dying to see what happens on the next page. Still, I made it through both books, so it had at least enough of "something" to keep me reading that long.

March 16, 2007

Book Review Catch-Up

Obviously, my intentions of writing a mini-review immediately after every book I read was a little over-ambitious. Here's a little catch-up. Not everything I've read, but everything that springs to mind at the moment.

Making Love the Bruce Campbell Way by Bruce Cambell
What can I say... I'm a sucker for Bruce Campbell. Not only is he one of the most entertaining B-movie actors alive today, but he also one gosh-darn funny dude. This is his first novel... kind of a psuedo-autobiographical story of his (completely fictional) big break into the world of A-list movies. Very tongue-in-cheek. Completely over-the-top. Definitely a fun read. Pet peave: Really large type size almost doubles the length of the book. Not sure why that bugs me so much... kinda seems like cheating somehow.

Un Lun Dun by China Mieville
This novel is the brilliant China Mieville's first foray into "young adult" fantasy fiction. Two twelve-year old girls stumble into a through-the-looking-glass version of London, and embark on an epic adventure, meeting all sorts of wacky characters along the way, etc., etc. After the first few chapters, I got the sinking feeling that this was going to be another formulaic Yound Adult "Chosen One on a quest, battling evil" story. I should have had more faith in China. He manages to turn a lot of those conventions on their heads while still keeping it accessible to a young audience. Not my favorite China Mieville novel (read Perdido Street Station and The Scar), but entertaining. I'll probably buy a copy to keep on the shelf until Alex gets a little older.

Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman
A short story collection by "Sandman" creator Neil Gaiman. Like most short story collections, this is kind of a mixed bag. Some good stories, some yawns. Wasn't reallly knocked out by the poetry entries.

Virconium by M. John Harrison
I'm feeling lazy, so I'm just going to paste in this book description form Amazon:
"Available to American readers for the first time, this landmark collection gathers four groundbreaking fantasy classics from the acclaimed author of Light. Set in the imagined city of Viriconium, here are the masterworks that revolutionized a genre and enthralled a generation of readers: The Pastel City, A Storm of Wings, In Viriconium, and Viriconium Nights. Back in print after a long absence, these singular tales of a timeless realm and its enigmatic inhabitants are now reborn and compiled to captivate a whole new generation."
So yeah... beautiful writing, dark, intense, viceral story-telling. I'm really enjoying this one. I haven't gotten to read the last section yet, but I'm looking forward to it.

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