March Books

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld : Given the buzz for this series, I was worried it wouldn’t live up to all the praise. But I was wrong to be concerned in this case. This was a really intriguing book with a lot of compelling character detail and a way to look at societal perceptions from a refreshing angle. I’m looking forward to reading the next one.

No Control by Shannon K. Butcher : I read Shannon’s first book last summer and enjoyed it. This one also did not disappoint. Full of adventure. Can’t wait to see what she comes up with next.

Fingerprints: The Origins of Crime Detection and the Murder Case that Launched Forensic Science by Colin Beavan : My token non-fiction book on the history of crime detection and the first case in the U.K. that used fingerprints to solve a murder. My interest in forensic science was satisfied with this book, and I found the discourse between the anthropomorphic mode vs. the fingerprinting system for criminal identification particularly interesting in its development. The author did have a tendency to wander from the topic somewhat which was luckily saved by the fact that the tangents were also historically interesting.

Vengeance in Death and Holiday in Death by J.D. Robb : Books 6 and 7 in the bestselling series about Eve Dallas, the sexiest and most determined cop of the future and her gazillionaire husband, the super-sexy Irish-born Roarke. Once again, I enjoyed these and I’m thankful to Lou for loaning them to me. I have two more in the queue now, though I’m not sure when I’m going to get the chance to read them. I do have to admit that I felt like Eve’s and Roarke’s relationship has begun to feel a little bit stale, and though the mysteries are well-done, the overall pattern of the plot, particularly the inevitable confrontation between Eve and the criminal near the end, are also starting to feel a little too familiar. I hope she does something to shake things up in the next couple books. Still, they’re fun.

The Chronoliths by Robert Charles Wilson : The science in this was intriguing, and conceptually I was fully engaged by the story. I have to admit, though, that the ending felt a little too manipulative for my taste, and though I thought Scott was an intriguing character, Sue didn’t quite work for me, so her fate didn’t leave me feeling as involved as it was likely intended to. But it’s a New York Times Notable Book and got a starred review in PW, so what do I know. Heh.

Snake Agent: A Detective Inspector Chen Novel by Liz Williams : I adored Chen and also poor Zhu Irzh. The world-building in this one is very original and, of course, makes the mystery element work in a unique way. I enjoyed the cultural aspects of this one too.

Given the current backlog of manuscripts, I doubt I’ll report any already-published books finished in the month of April, but I am occasionally still reading stories in Paper Cities here and there.

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