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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)


( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Feb. 2nd, 2007 06:15 pm (UTC)
Isn't Marie Laveau fabulous, creepy, and lovely? My YA wip takes place in N.O. and there's voodoo in it. The research was really fun.

By the way, I tagged you. See my lj for details. :)
Feb. 3rd, 2007 01:44 am (UTC)
I really enjoyed reading about Laveau and her daughter, although the book jumped around rather a lot (I tend to prefer a more linear narrative even in my nonfiction)--but really captured the atmosphere. Chris and I are planning on visiting New Orleans some time, and reading that book made me all the more eager to.

And I saw your tag, and posted my five here. Thank you! I don't usually do memes, even when they look like fun, but you gave me a good excuse. :D
Feb. 2nd, 2007 07:38 pm (UTC)
Oooh! I love Urban Shaman! Thunderbird Falls is good, too!
Feb. 3rd, 2007 01:45 am (UTC)
I enjoyed it quite a lot--I particularly like the main character, never met/read anyone quite like her. :)
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My Books

Earth & Sky
(Earth & Sky #1, science fiction YA)
Skyscape/Razorbill Canada, 2014

The Clouded Sky
(Earth & Sky #2, science fiction YA)
Skyscape/Razorbill Canada, 2015

A Sky Unbroken
(Earth & Sky #3, science fiction YA)
Skyscape/Razorbill Canada, 2015

The Way We Fall
(Fallen World #1, apocalyptic YA)
Disney-Hyperion, 2012

The Lives We Lost
(Fallen World #2, apocalyptic YA)
Disney-Hyperion, 2013

The Worlds We Make
(Fallen World #3, apocalyptic YA)
Disney-Hyperion, 2014

Those Who Lived: Fallen World Stories
(Fallen World #3.5, apocalyptic YA)
self pubbed, 2014

Give Up the Ghost
(paranormal YA)
Henry Holt, 2009

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