May 18th, 2006

firesea: self-portrait

book catchup (#18-22 of 2006)

All rereads, so I'm not going to do much in the way of a review for these; just want to get them recorded before I forget that I read them.

18. The Book of Dragons, by E. Nesbit
A collection of 19th-century kids' fantasy stories - one of my favorites growing up, and still great fun.

19-21. Kushiel's Dart, Kushiel's Chosen, and Kushiel's Avatar by Jacqueline Carey
This trilogy rates very high on my all-time-favorites list - erotic, romantic, political intrigue that I can actually follow (unlike, say, in Melanie Rawn's Sunrunner series), all based on a wonderfully Thelemic philosophy. Can't really say enough good stuff about 'em.

22. Orphans of the Sky by Robert Heinlein
When I was cataloguing my fiction on LibraryThing, I found I couldn't quite remember which one this one was, which obviously called for a reread. It's one of this juvenile SF books, a quick and simple read, but placed in a fascinating future universe where a colonization ship has been lost for generations, and for the inhabitants of the ship, there is no universe beyond it. Creates a very interesting culture. The sexism in the society makes me shudder, but it makes sense in context.

Currently rereading American Gods, as, while I usually love Gaiman's writing, for some reason whenever I read this one it goes in one eye and out the other. Still trying to figure out why that is.
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