Monday, May 31, 2010

14. Bellwether

by Connie Willis 247 pp

This is my least favorite of the Connie books I've read so far. It's about a woman who's a research scientest studying how fads start and after a series of setbacks ends up working with this other scientist doing something with chaos theory. It was perfect for reading on a long day of travel. It's hilarious and but feels a bit researched at times.

Friday, May 28, 2010

13. Liar

by Justine Larbalestier 384pp

This is a YA book about a teenaged girl who tells you on the first page that she's a liar. Her boyfriend is found murdered and she tells her side of the story. Tina said she liked it as a writer and as a reader and I agree. I don't want to say too much for fear of being spoilery. Recommend.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

12. Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned

by Wells Tower 238 pp.

I can't remember where I heard about this writer. It must have been a review. I was intrigued and found a story online and liked it enough that I bought the book.

I'm in love. Every story had a moment that made me laugh outloud or made me cringe or both at the same time. The characters are all deeply flawed, some of the protagonists are outright shitbags, but I liked them anyway.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

11. The Quiet War

by Paul McAuley 403pp.

I read a bunch of good stuff about this book and got it for a gift. I really wanted to like it more than I did and I probably wouldn't have finished it if it hadn't been a gift. It's set in the future and there are people on earth and people who live out around Jupiter and Saturn and the two groups have strained relations. The story is told from several points of view of people on both sides of the conflict. The characters, the world and the set-up are all interesting but I had a tough time getting into it and a tough time keeping everything straight.