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January Books

Taking a break from Possessing Lucy (some 1400 new words so far; expecting to finish chapter 3 today), figured I'd do that reading run-down I mentioned yesterday. So, I give you, with brief comments where I felt like making them, my...

January Reads

Kids and YA fiction

Inkheart (Cornelia Funke) - I am adverse to hype, and this book seemed to have a lot of it, so it took me forever to read it. How glad am I that I finally did? Very glad. Dark and scary yet still managing to have hope, and all wrapped around an intense love of words and stories.

Voices (Ursula Le Guin)

I really didn't read much YA this month. Must fix that.

Adult Fiction

Finder (Emma Bull) - First work of hers I've read; loved the world-building and the characters, must check out more.

Blood Rites (Jim Butcher) - Got my first look at the Harry Dresden series with the sixth book, because it'd been the best reviewed and I figured, since there was a possibility I'd only read one, might as well make it a good one. ;) Actually liked it rather a lot, may check out some of the other books in the series when my to-read list gets a little shorter.

The Long Goodbye (Raymond Chandler) - My favourite of all the early noir/crime fiction I've been reading. One of the few where you get a sense of the narrator's personal life and feelings rather than just the case. Bought myself a copy for future re-reading.

Shadows in the Darkness (Elaine Cunningham)

On The Road (Jack Kerouac) - What can I say? It's a classic, right. Mostly, it made me want to go on a long road trip with a bunch of crazy characters, and yet, also not. Which I think means it worked.

Urban Shaman (C.E. Murphy)

Deadlock (Sara Paretsky)


Voodoo Queen: The Spirited Lives of Marie Laveau (Martha Ward)

Tokyo Underworld: The Fast Times and Hard Life of an American Gangster in Japan (Robert Whiting)

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