I review everything I read, on my blog and on Goodreads. Most reviews are of a decent length but sometimes you don't have much to say about the book because of its length or you DNFed it or various other reasons. In cases like that it makes sense to write a few mini reviews in one post and clear them out your way! So lets catch up with reviews from earlier this year.
1) Max Gladstone-Three Parts Dead
A god has died, and it’s up to Tara, first-year associate in the international necromantic firm of Kelethres, Albrecht, and Ao, to bring Him back to life before His city falls apart. Her client is Kos, recently deceased fire god of the city of Alt Coulumb. Without Him, the metropolis’s steam generators will shut down, its trains will cease running, and its four million citizens will riot. Her only help: Abelard, a chain-smoking priest of the dead god, who’s having an crisis of faith. When Tara and Abelard discover that Kos was murdered, they have to make a case in Alt Coulumb’s courts—and their quest for the truth endangers their partnership, their lives, and Alt Coulumb’s slim hope of survival.
There's nothing really wrong with this book other than I couldn't get into it. Granted, it is not my usual kind of read so that may have played a part. We meet Tara as she is being expelled after graduating then makes a misguided choice to defend her people that gets her cast out. While I'm not one for over description, this was all dealt with quickly and left me with a few questions in my head. It was the Craft that I struggled with. I actually felt that by the time I stopped reading, I still didn't really know anything about it and how it worked, or got a real sense for the setting of the murder. I sort of feel like I started reading book 2 by mistake. This led me to struggle to engage with the book and I DNFed. It just wasn't for me.
Read January 2018
2) Sarah Andersen-Herding Cats
With characteristic wit and charm, Sarah Andersen's third collection of comics and illustrated personal essays offers a survival guide for frantic modern life: from the importance of avoiding morning people, to Internet troll defense 101, to the not-so-life-changing futility of tidying up. But when all else fails and the world around you is collapsing, make a hot chocolate, count the days until Halloween, and snuggle up next to your furry beacon of hope.
I very much enjoyed this latest book in the series and hope there are many more! While I'm not a cat lover, I can relate to her social anxieties, worrying over things and meeting people, and holding grudges. I too know the pain of sweaty legs getting stuck to chairs sitting out in the sun, stubbing my toe on various deadly things in my house, the nightmare of wrapping presents, the 'did I switch the cooker off' panic and the day to day things that can cause a meltdown! I particularly enjoyed her time of the month personna where she grows fangs! Funny illustrations and very relatable!
Read May 2018
3) Louis Bertrand Shalako-Thirty Years Gone
What would your town look like if the lights went out and never came back on again? Trevor Ratigan has lived long enough to find out. Seventy year-old Trevor is the closest thing to a general on hand when an invasion fleet arrives to seize the strategic twin span of the Bluewater Bridges. In a world where cattle and corn equates with money and power, the rivaly between Detroit and Chicago for control of the upper lakes is heating up.
This was a strange sort of book. With things regressing to life before electricity, the people and places feel more like you are reading about a kind of civil war community with everything and everyone feeling old fashioned rather than modern day people. That is different from other apocalypse disaster books but I wasn't as keen on the way this played out. It does take a while to get to the main point of the people under attack by a rival area, concentrating a lot on Trevor's past memories and current surroundings. The battle itself was surprisingly short and lacked description, tension or much interest. It then comes to a sudden and unsatisfying ending that left me thinking 'was that it?' I had no issue with the actual writing or storytelling in relation to the skills of the author but I just found the overall story lacking for my personal tastes.
Read May 2018