Tuesday, June 26, 2012

17. The Tesseract

By Alex Garland (273 pp)

When I visited Kira she had credit at the used bookstore and told me to pick something out. I picked this. Alex Garland wrote The Beach and the movie 28 Days Later and other things that I like. It's about a bunch of different people in Manila with switching POV characters and it takes awhile to see how it's going to connect in the end. Also its suspenseful. I liked it a lot. I'm thinking about reading it again. But I think it might be a hard sell for folks who like their narrative more straightforward.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

16. The Gunslinger

By Stephen King (300 pp)

I've intended to read this series forever and I finally started it. This book was published the same month I graduated from high school. So: a long time ago. Now I've got 6 more books to look forward to. Actually a new one came out this year, so 7! It's about a pitiful but badass guy who is traveling the ends of the earth (or someplace like earth) to find the man in black.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

15. The Fear Principle

By B.A. Chepaitis (196 pp ebook)

One of my stories is in an ebook collection and I had a coupon to download it. While I was getting it, I decided to support small presses and buy a book and I decided on this one. I put it in my cart and turns out it was on a freebie promotion. So I ended up buying the book I was in.

I really wanted to like this book more than I did. There were a couple of parts where I felt like it was getting into "don't want to put it down" territory but then the scene would change to a long explainy bit. It's set in the future after "the killing times" a mass murder free-for-all. The protagonist is a woman who treats criminals using telepathy. It has some good moments but not enough for me to check out other books with this character.