June 16th, 2006

firesea: self-portrait

The Practical Starbeastkeeping Affair, run Widdershins (books #27-30 of 2006)

Grumble. I wrote up 90% of the reviews on this batch earlier, and then my computer crashed. So you get the short short versions.

#27: The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
A fun, Connie Willis-style time travel romp. The first half was entertaining but not terribly memorable, but the second half was riveting. Not to mention the Rocky-Horror-meets-Shakespeare moment, which left me googly of brain for a little while!

First in a series; I'm definitely planning to look up the sequels, but am in no huge rush to do so either. I imagine I could OD on this style fairly quickly, since he doesn't quite have the same spark that Connie Willis does.

#28: Practical Demonkeeping by Christopher Moore
About halfway between Lamb and The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove in terms of its profundity-to-ludicrousness ratio. Also a prequel to Lust Lizard. Very entertaining, and a quick and easy read.

#29: Widdershins by Charles de Lint
An absolute must for de Lint fans, and an absolute "wait until you've read the rest of them" for anyone else. It's a direct sequel to Onion Girl, and all but demands a deep familiarity with the characters of his Newford stories to keep track of the myriad plot threads and over half a dozen viewpoints.

#30: The Star Beast by Robert Heinlein (reread)
A good old Heinlein juvenile, with some entertaining peeks into twisted alien politics and psychology. It's not terribly deep, but it's not supposed to be, and there are still places that make you think, dated as some aspects of the story are.


Currently reading: The Sky So Big and Black by John Barnes. Not sure what's coming after that. I might dip back into a non-fiction phase for a while.
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