Wednesday, March 26, 2014

10. Tales from Indian Country The Apple

By Andrew Genaille (85 pp. ebook)

I was chasing down a URL for an anthology that I have a story in, also called Tales from Indian Country and this title popped up. I'm always thrilled to see Indian writers (Genaille is First Nations, I don't see his affiliation in his bio) getting their stories out there. I liked this book a lot, great settings and characters, however I felt at times that the stories were weighed down by issues.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

9. Ancillary Justice

By Ann Leckie (384 pp)

I keep starting more books and then setting them aside to start more books. I intend to finish them all but my reading-in-progress pile is out of control. I (half-heartedly) swear that I won't start any new books until I finish some books I've already started. But this book is really good.

It's sci-fi which I realize is a hard sell for a lot of people - but's also a thriller, only in space. I will admit I had a little bit of a tough time at first because the world building is so rich and you get dropped in there and a bunch of stuff is introduced. I'm not generally a patient reader and I had to go back and re-read parts but totally worth it. It's one of those, the more I got into it, the more I got into it books. I would recommend even to people who think they don't like science fiction if you like stories with political conflict and interesting culture and customs.

I don't know how to sum up in a sentence. It's about a soldier who is on a mission and nothing is quite what it seems. Recommend.

Monday, March 17, 2014

8. The Round House

By Louise Erdrich (321 pp)

I used to read everything Erdrich wrote and then I didn't like a couple of books in a row and gave up. This is the first of hers I've read in a long time and it is terrific. It is terrific in the way that a book that is tough and sad but also has funny moments can be. Erdrich manages to squeeze in a lot of information about the unique legal issues involved for crimes in Indian Country. The story is about a 13 year old Indian boy whose mother is assaulted and how their family deals with the crime. Lots of details about life in Indian Country. Recommend.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

7. Graceling

By Kristin Cashore (320 pp ebook)

This book has been on my list forever and I LOVED it. It's a fantasy set in a kingdom where some people are born with graces - special abilities. The hero has the ability to be an amazing fighter and the King uses her to bully people into doing what he wants. A grandfather is kidnapped, his graced grandson appears and all kinds of adventures happen. Very entertaining and fun book.