Book Project: 2012
(I've been reading, somewhat, but not posting. Here's where I'm at.)
1. Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter - Tom Franklin
This was free or nearly free on my Kindle, and self-published. There was some racial undercurrents here that I wasn't terribly comfortable with. I think they were trying to show that the main character was racist, but the whole thing came off as more racist on the part of the author, and I wasn't willing to go back and read it any closer to figure out which was which. Blech.
2. Life On Hold - Karen McQuestion
Another free Kindle selfpublished book, YA this time. It was actually pretty good.
3. Elvis has Not Left The Building - J.R. Rain
Elvis faked his death, then was bilked out of all the money he'd squirreled away, so now he's a private investigator. It was actually pretty good, and I'm kinda disappointed it isn't a series.
4. My Sister's Keeper - Edna Curry
Kindle freebie. Typical romance novel. I actually liked the plot more than the romance angle, and wished it was just a mystery novel.
5. Firebird - Jack McDevitt
I love Jack McDevitt's stuff, although I'm really getting tired of Chase getting drunk once per book and dancing on a table or a bar, or doing something otherwise out of character. She's an intelligent, accomplished woman, and yet McDevitt always feels like she needs to do something stupid. The story itself was really good, though.
6. Arctic Rising, Tobias Buckell
Toby hit the ball out of the park with this one. The oceans are rising, and having a huge effect on the world economy, trade routes, etc. I was so happy to finally read this, after having heard Toby read from it at the last handful of conventions. It was every bit as awesome as I'd hoped.
7. Throne of the Crescent Moon, Saladin Ahmed
Another one I've been anxiously awaiting. Saladin is local, and I'd missed his reading at ConFusion this year. It's so refreshing to see fantasy that isn't set in a European setting. I loved the characters and can't wait to read more, and I'm thrilled to know there's more coming.
8. Discount Armageddon - Seanan McGuire
I was a little unsure about this one at the start. Seanan is amazing with urban fantasy, and the idea of a family tasked with taking care of all the fantastical animals hiding in our midst was interesting. The fact that she moonlighted as a ballroom dancer seemed kinda weird. But it worked, and I really enjoyed it. Here's hoping there's more!
9. Shay's Story - Scott Westerfeld
This was a manga, telling the story of Scott's Uglies from the point of view of Shay, not Tally. I read it in a couple of hours last night while half-watching the hockey game, and it was definitely interesting to see everything from that POV, and in a different format. I'll probably pick up the rest of them as they come out, but I'm a crazy Scott Westerfeld fan, so. ;)
10. Triggers, Robert J. Sawyer.
I think you either love Sawyer's stuff or your hate it. They are very thinky books - delving more into the social and psychological aspects of the science-fictional things going on in his books. In this one, an experiment in deleting PTSD-causing memories causes a bunch of people to be mindlinked in a chain - person B can access Person A's memories, and Person C can access person B, etc. Which is all fine and dandy, except one of those people is the President of the United States - and there's a huge counter-terrorist attack planned in the next week, and they have to figure out who it is that can access those memories, and make sure they don't tell anyone ahead of time. I'm listening to this one on Audiobook.
I'm already six books behind for the year, but I'm slowly, slowly breaking out of whatever funk it was that made me not read for months at a time. Here's hoping this trend continues.