Saturday, July 23, 2016

Books Finished in June: Part II

33. Pretties by Scott Westerfeld

I read Uglies a while ago, and ran across this at the library. I like the concept of the series--a world where everyone is cosmetically and neurally changed/enhanced--but I can't bring myself to care that much about the characters. I may or may not pick up the rest of the series at some point.





34. Two Years Eight Months and Twenty Eight Nights Salman Rushdie


My favorite Salman Rushdie so far. Also, totally contradicts the assertions of my fiction workshop leader that the intrusive nineteenth century style third-person narrator is dead. "They" are very much alive in Rushdie's book, written from the perspective of the future of tumultuous years in their past (and our future). There are jinn.

35. All the Queen's Players by Jane Feather


Found this in an antiques shop, and they gave it to me for free. It skews more toward romance than historical fiction, but actually an interesting perspective on the Babington plot.I enjoyed it for its view on a slightly less-fictionalized aspect of Elizabeth's reign. Recommended for fans of the Tudors who don't mind some romance.




36. The Silkworm (audiobook) by Robert Galbraith


More intricate plot than the first book, and we get to know Cormoran and Robin even better. I also can't help thinking J.K. Rowling is having her fun mocking old-school white male authors. Overall, showcases her strength of plot and character, though I wasn't as impressed with the language as in the first book.

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