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BOOK PROJECT: Books 18 and 19

August 26th, 2010 (09:56 am)

(Yesterday I finished my first book since June. I have no idea WTF my problem is this year. I am not setting aside time to read AT ALL. I need to deal with this.)

18. Rosemary and Rue, Seanan McGuire
I picked this up because Seanan is a friend of a friend. I enjoyed it a lot, although I did feel like it was flawed in some ways - I read a review afterwards that said that things always seemed to happen TO Toby rather than her actually DOING anything, but maybe that's just how she is. I don't know. I finished it in a couple of days, I enjoyed it. It wasn't the best book I've read all year but it's certainly not the worst, either.

19. WWW:Watch, Robert Sawyer. The second in his WWW trilogy. I got this on audiobook, same as I did the first one. There's a ridiculous amount of infodumping in this one, made less believable by the fact that the protaganist is a 16 year old girl. Yes, she's a math genius, but I promise you, when a 16 year old girl is curled up on the lap of the boy she hopes to lose her virginity to, they are NOT talking about hard science. At least not for long. Still, an interesting concept and I look forward to the conclusion.

Meanwhile, there have been SIX books this year I started and didn't finish, which stresses me out. I'm currently listening to the audiobook of The Hunger Games, since the trilogy is now finished. I still need to finish The Windup Girl. I also bought Paolo Bacigalupi's YA novel, The Ship Breakers on audiobook, so that's up next, audio-wise.

I've never read this few books in a year before. I seriously need to deal with whatever is blocking me.

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Posted by: The Answer Witch (realmjit)
Posted at: August 26th, 2010 02:14 pm (UTC)

I wondered what happened with you on this project. Glad to see you're still plodding through.

Posted by: dionysus1999 (dionysus1999)
Posted at: August 26th, 2010 02:22 pm (UTC)

I just finished www:watch as an audiobook as well. I think it's funny the author was bitching online about not being to make it as a full time author. Most authors don't write full-time, they do other writing or have other careers.

I enjoyed the book, but I think it could have used another couple passes by a good editor. Too much dialogue, though the fact that one of the protagonists was insubstantial was part of the problem. And I agree, the 16 year old wasn't authentic, at least for some parts.

Posted by: JenX (jenx)
Posted at: August 26th, 2010 06:50 pm (UTC)
The Reader

I got through The Windup Girl as an audiobook, and I think I would have floundered if I had been reading it. There's some pretty slow spots there, and the descriptions of heat and humidity make me lethargic. But - it doesn't go where I thought it would, and ends up being really interesting and fast-paced. If you can slog through the part where you're stuck, it's worth it.

Posted by: We're flat broke, but hey - we do it in style.... (kshandra)
Posted at: August 26th, 2010 09:38 pm (UTC)
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I promise you, when a 16 year old girl is curled up on the lap of the boy she hopes to lose her virginity to, they are NOT talking about hard science. At least not for long.

When the 16 year old in question is emphatically non-neurotypical (perhaps not in the same fashion as her father, but her brain is quite literally wired differently...), I think it's at least plausible.

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