Because I have been reading. And you know, all those other necessities of life. And running after the now too-mobile wee reader. Because of all that and more, I have not been writing about what I read. And it is a pity because some of what I read has been Awesome (capital A there, in case you didn’t notice), of course others were more like an eh. As in, eh, shouldn’t have bothered.
So the Awesome
The Lions of Al-Rassan. The word to describe this book by Guy Gavriel Kay is perhaps not Awesome, but Magnificent. Its swooping soaring battles, its love, its heart, its bro-mance. Magnificent.
Castle Waiting Volume 2. What fun I had revisiting the castle and its quirky inhabitants. And now, dwarves! Or Hammerlings as they are known. And a chance to explore the castle and learn more about Jain’s childhood. Awesome!
The Last Werewolf. And once again, I go into a book written by a new-to-me author with no expectations, and am blown away. Clever, intriguing, kind of exciting. Written as a journal, The Last Werewolf is Jake Marlowe and he is being pursued by World Organization for the Control of Occult Phenomena (WOCOP).
Somewhat Awesome/Not too bad
Empire State: A Love Story (or Not). Cute and kinda geeky, this graphic novel features Jimmy, who works in a library, and whose best friend Sara is moving from Oakland to NYC. Jimmy decides to hop on a Greyhound to go find her and win her back. It’s sweet and awkward.
Scott Pilgrim Vol 1. Another geeky graphic novel, a lot of fun, but first I have to get onto the rest of the series – and then check out the movie – in order to say more.
The Kingdom of Gods. So I gushed about N.K. Jemisin’s The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms and The Broken Kingdoms, books one and two of the trilogy, but have yet to say anything about book three. Well, I didn’t really like it as much. Perhaps because the main character is the godling Sieh, the trickster god, the child, and he is (horrors) growing old. It took me a while to get into the story, but it grew on me.
The Wolves of Willoughby Chase. A gorgeous snow-filled setting, a mansion with secret passages, a vile governess and wolves. I wish I had read this as a kid. But I had great fun reading it as an adult.
D’Aulaires’ book of Norse myths. Gorgeous illustrations that fill the page (and they are big pages). And cross-dressing Norse gods! And a one-eyed Odin, and magic apples that revive one’s youthful looks (that illustration of befores and afters is worth the book)!
Dating Mr December. Read it to fulfill the ‘romance’ portion of the Mixing it Up challenge. What was I expecting? Silly, frivolous, lust-filled. Check, check, check.
There, that wasn’t too bad was it. Just in time for breakfast.