Sunday, January 27, 2013

3. The Marriage Plot

by Jeffrey Eugenides (406 pp.)

I have mixed feelings about this book. I enjoyed reading it but it didn't totally work for me. Although now that I'm writing this I realize what didn't work for me was what happened in the story. It's not like it's the author's job to make the characters do what I want them to do. It's set in 1982 and it's about three college graduates trying to figure out what they're doing with their lives. Also troubled romance.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

2. City of Dark Magic

by Magnus Flyte (448 pp.)

This book is about a music student who is invited to Prague to work on restoring Beethoven for a museum. One of her professors was also working on the project and appears to have committed suicide. Turns out there is a lot going on with this museum and a number of people with something at stake in the collection. There's also a speculative element. The story is silly at times especially the ending. But I liked the setting in Prague and it was perfect bus reading.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

1. The Waste Lands

by Stephen King (588 pp.)

This is book #3 of the Dark Tower series and yike-a-roni, it's a slog. Fortunately, SK had the foresight to end it right in the middle of an action bit so people would have a hard time skipping #4. I'm going to assume the books get better since the series goes to #7. In this tome, our band of heroes wander around and do lots and lots of talking by the campfire. They deal with some crazy-pants stuff. I think SK could have knocked out 200 pp and had a real page turner. But I liked the good parts enough that I'm going to continue with the series. After I read my stack of xmas books.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Book List for 2013 Starts Here

I read 37 books in 2012. Not bad but I'd still like to read more. You should see the stack I got for Xmas/Birthday. Yay.

For 2012 My list of short stories/novellas/novelettes says I read 166 and that's not everything. I don't always keep track of the shorter stuff.

For a change in 2013 I'm going to count pages on novels. Counting for the short stuff is too much work. How about a goal of 15k?

My favorites for 2012 were the pair by Kendare Blake: Anna Dressed in Blood and Girl of Nightmares. Among Others by Jo Walton, Angelfall by Susan Ee, Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout, the Megan Whalen Turner series and the two by Patrick Rothfuss, Name of the Wind and Wise Man's Fear.