Books for November and December 2009

Still catching up from last year….

The Summer Tree by Guy Gavriel Kay [2/5]

I’d been looking forward to finally getting around to reading this book, as I really liked both Tigana and The Sarantine Mosaic, but I only made it about 75 pages in before I quit. The stock crossover fantasy tropes made it feel very dated to me, and some of the techniques used (such as head hopping) just weren’t my cup of tea.

The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon [4.5/5]

This was my first Michael Chabon book, and I very much enjoyed it. A detective story on the surface, this novel was also a lot more, and pretty much everything, from Chabon’s deft use of language to the setting and atmosphere, worked for me. Highly recommended.

As-yet-unpublished manuscripts read:

  • Unnamed projects (8 partials, 1 full, 1 short story)

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