Books for July and August 2009

Oddly enough, all three books I read over the last two months of the summer were ARCs (Advance Reading Copies).

Four Freedoms by John Crowley [4/5]

The story of a handicapped man’s life before and during WWII doesn’t sound like something I’d normally read, but John Crowley is a good enough writer that I ended up quite liking this book. While I might quibble with some of his structural choices, the prose, atmosphere, characters and voice were all great.

Canticle by Ken Scholes [4.5/5]

This sequel to Lamentation is another brilliant outing for Ken, and it has all of the many strengths of its predecessor. My only complaint might be that the very beginning of this one felt a bit slow while it was going over events from the first book, but that’s not enough to stop me from highly recommending it.

Boneshaker by Cherie Priest [4.5/5]

Let’s see, this is a steampunk novel with zombies that’s set in the ruins of Civil War era Seattle. Oh, and it’s written by the very talented Ms. Priest. There’s a reason why this book has so much buzz, and that’s because it’s both well-written and a ridiculous amount of fun. Highly recommended.

As-yet-unpublished manuscripts read:

  • Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal (final draft)
  • Unnamed projects (7 partials, a long outline and 2 short stories)

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