January books

I have optimistically labeled this with a monthly name with the idea that I may actually post on a somewhat more regular basis.

The Knight by Gene Wolfe – Given the reviews I read for this, I really expected to like it a lot more than I did. But, though I found the use of the old skald tropes intriguing in a literary sense, the main character was so unlikeable that I never really got hooked.

Bridge of Birds: a Novel of an Ancient China That Never Was by Barry Hughart – I’ve owned this one for years. I probably bought it about the same time as my Jessica Amanda Salmonson phase (and some of those I still need to read as well). I quite enjoyed the read, though it got off to a somewhat slower start than contemporary fantasy tends to and the style may be a little bit of an acquired taste. But, really, how can one go wrong with a book that has extended description about the proper way to prepare porcupine so it is non-fatal. Winner of the 1985 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel.

Carpe Demon: Adventures of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom by Julie Kenner – Fun and on the frothy side. The only struggle I had was with how long it took our heroine to figure out the identity of the badguy. I’d probably read the sequel.

I also read The Queen’s Bastard by C.E. Murphy, Deep Trouble by Brenda Hiatt, and partial bits of Elizabeth Bear’s Dust. I have just begun Walter Jon Williams’ Dread Empire’s Fall: The Praxis (but I’ll let that be a February book). I’m looking forward to Jay Lake’s Stemwinder and getting my hands on a copy of Ink by Hal Duncan, among others.

Books acquired in January include: Julie Kenner’s Carpe Demon, Alan Campbell’s Scar Night, and C.S. Friedman’s Feast of Souls. Also: Joyce Goldstein’s Italian Slow and Savory and Dorie Greenspan’s Baking.

2 Responses to “January books”

  1. Jay Lake Says:

    I’m very much looking forward to seeing what you think of Stemwinder.

  2. Of Two Minds » Blog Archive » September / October Books Says:

    [...] Demon by Julie Kenner: Back in January when I read Carpe Demon, I decided I’d probably read the sequel. And now I have. This one was fun too. [...]

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