September / October Books

Better late than never.

Un Lun Dun by China Mieville: I’m a fan of China’s work and have read several of his adult novels. This had the same lovely writing and the fantastical imagination that informs his world-building. But I do have to say that I occasionally felt as if he was trying too hard to make it a children’s story, so the tone sometimes didn’t quite ring true. Definitely worth the read.

California 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. The mother-daughter relationships are especially entertaining and the paranormal back-drop rather tongue-in-cheek.

When Madeline L’Engle passed away earlier this fall, I decided I wanted to dig out my old 1970′s Dell trade paperbacks of A Wrinkle in Time, A Wind in the Door, and A Swiftly Tilting Planet. I own the 4th book in the sequence as well, but somehow it never quite clicked as much as with me. Perhaps because it was written years later. In any case, I settled down with these and had a nostalgic trip with Meg and Charles Wallace.

Due to an ongoing interest in the forensic sciences, I’ve compiled a tidy little pile of books on crime that I am reading my way through. Stanton E. Samenow’s Inside the Criminal Mind made for an interesting read. His thesis is that criminals choose their behavior and he largely dismisses the influence of social and financial advantages and disadvantages. Setting that bias aside, one still gets some insight into the psychology of criminal thinking. It’s worth the read, especially when taken in conjunction with other more objective texts.

The Mark by Jason Pinter: Well-written and suspenseful thriller. The set-up in the opening pages really hooked me and I quite enjoyed this one.

Believe it or not, as I go back through my book entries so far this year, it seems that I have only read 29 published books that weren’t by clients so far this year. Since I used to read 2 or 3 a week (many, many moons ago) that seems like a small number to me. Of course, this weekend I also read two manuscripts on submission and a client novella. I guess that could have something to do with it. Still it doesn’t bode well for putting a dent in my reading pile that now numbers a few hundred books.

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