June and July Books

For various reasons, I’ve been behind on updating blogs lately, but that didn’t stop me from fitting in a few books (and manuscripts) over the last couple months.

Ink by Hal Duncan: I didn’t like this quite as much as the first book, but that was a high bar to beat. This continues to track several non-linear narrative threads that criss-cross at various intervals. It’s not an easy read, but it’s still a worthwhile one. Having heard Hal read a brilliant and mad epic poem at World Fantasy, I tried to imagine this in a Scottish accent, late at night in the pub (and I probably should have had a few pints while I was at it).

Rapture in Death by J.D. Robb: This is the fourth book in this entertaining series set in the near future and focusing on the investigations of police officer Eve Dallas who continues to also deal with her dark past and her evolving relationship with self-made wealthy entrepreneur Roarke. I’m still enjoying this, though the mystery aspects don’t tend to hold a lot of surprises. My thanks to Lou for loaning me the next 3 books.

Snow White Bride by Carol Grace: Technically I was reading this for work but I had such a fun time with the story that I decided to include it here. Category romance can be very hit or miss so it’s a pleasure to find a new writer to enjoy.

The Art of Detection by Laurie R. King: Even though I’ve only had time to read the first couple books, I’m a fan of the historical series featuring Mary Russell, protege of Sherlock Holmes. This was touted by the cover copy as a cross-over between that and the contemporary Kate Martinelli series so I decided to give it a try. I think the description was a bit misleading, but I did enjoy all the Sherlockania. However, I didn’t find Kate as compelling as Mary, so I think I’ll be sticking with just the one series for the future.

Grey by Jon Armstrong: A strange book, though once I got into it my mind shifted into this peculiar future earth run by fashion corporations. This got some really impressive reviews, including a cover quote from Michael Chabon. It was elegantly written and the narrative was very compelling despite the sheer oddness of the world-building.

The Privilege of the Sword by Ellen Kushner: A number of people I know very much enjoyed this book. I found it a fun read but I think the hype had me feeling it should have made more of an impact. All the same, I enjoyed it and found the characters very engaging. Many buckles were swashed!

I’m now reading Broken Angels by Richard K. Morgan, having previously enjoyed Altered Carbon, an interesting blend of science fiction and noir.

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