February Books

As I optimistically titled my entry for January, I was hoping to post every month on books that I was reading outside of work (technically speaking, since just about everything I read informs my job to some extent). I’m a bit later than I wanted to be posting this, but March has been a month that has started off rather unevenly.

The Praxis: Dread Praxis Fall by Walter Jon Williams – Even though, to some degree, some of the plot developments of this one were a bit transparently forecast as one read along, I quite enjoyed it. The complex political system in this universe between the various human and alien races is intriguing. The two main characters are compelling, and the evolving relationship between them really hooked me. I’m tempted to read the next book in the sequence.

A Taint in the Blood by Dana Stabenow – A friend of mine has been singing this author’s praises for some time now and I received this novel in the Kate Shugak series as a gift a couple years ago. I wish I’d read more of the earlier books in the series, since there were some things that I think I would have appreciated more in that case, particularly with respect to the characters’ histories. Still, the Alaskan wilderness setting was very evocative, leaving me with a sense of hoping to someday visit. And I appreciated the aggressive pace that didn’t leave me feeling as if my attention was squandered.

Must Love Dragons by Stephanie Rowe – This one was a gift, too, and I really wanted to like it. Unfortunately, I have to admit that I didn’t make it through the whole book. I found the heroine’s narrative voice just didn’t work for me. My favorite, line, though was quite early (page 4, in fact): “You never knew if the skinny little delivery boy might be packing a sword in his stay-hot pizza bag.”

I have also begun Mary Gentle’s A Sundial in a Grave: 1610 (so far I like the historical aspects but I’m finding the narrative structure a little uneven) a few weeks ago but have had to largely set it aside because the aforementioned Stemwinder has arrived, along with a new Anne Bishop book, an Anna Leonard story, and I sense the new Jim Butcher on the horizon (poor, poor me). I still haven’t gotten my hands on a copy of Hal Duncan’s new book…

One Response to “February Books”

  1. Paul Says:

    I really liked the Praxis series, and I thought the second novel was even better in some respects than the first even though its a middle novel. It quite deliberately sets out a vision of a limited high tech universe and it works for me.

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