Playing Catch Up…

I’ve fallen pretty far behind on reviews, so this is just a quick post to write about WHAT I’ve been reading, and what you might expect in the near future.  If there’s a book you want to hear more about, let me know!

WWW.Wake by  Robert Sawyer —  a really interesting story; I didn’t always love it but I’m definitely curious to read the next in the series.  This is a book set in the very near future about a blind teenager who becomes able to connect to the Internet through a device implanted in her eye.  The Internet in this story is a thinking being who lacks the knowledge or ability to connect to humans until this eye device is implanted.  I’m not going to pretend I understood all the science in this book, but like I said an interesting story and I want to see what happens next.

Bloodsucking Fiends by Christopher Moore – So many people recommend Moore that I was looking forward to this one.  The writing is funny and I loved the parts written about the guys working in the grocery store.  But overall I didn’t love the two main characters so I may not be back to this series.  For those who like Christopher Moore I recommend A. Lee Martinez — read Gil’s All Fright Diner and we’ll discuss who makes monsters funnier.  On the other hand this may not be Moore’s best book so I’m open to other recommendations.

The Book of Joe by Jonathan TropperIf you read my post last week you’ll know I loved this book, which was funny and sad and, I have to say, heartwarming.  I love that it’s from a guy’s point of view, and Tropper writes like a guy’s guy (I think – I’d be interested to know if guys like his books?) Joe is a guy who hates his small home town so he leaves and never goes back, then he writes a novel that trashes everyone in it which becomes a big bestseller and a movie.  Everything in the book, including the town name, is pretty identifiable, so the whole country knows horrible things about everyone in this small town.  Then Joe’s father suffers a stroke and Joe has to return and face all of his demons.  I will say the book relies too much on trite situations and stock characters (Tropper clearly has a MILF fantasy) and feels at times like you’re reading a movie or a tv show.  But somehow Tropper turns it all into this emotional roller coaster that you can’t put down.

Tongues of Serpents by Naomi Novik – I was so looking forward to the latest book in the Temeraire series!  But this book really disappoints.  The story is just, well, dull.  There had to be many ways to make Australia exciting, and Novik just didn’t do it.  Instead the characters spend most of their time looking for water and discussing whether kangaroos make good eating.  I liked the introduction of new dragons but they didn’t come soon enough in this story to keep it interesting.  I finished it only so I can give the next one a try.

Coraline by Neil Gaiman – this book was light reading in that it’s a children’s book, but not light by any other measure!  I can’t wait to read more by Gaiman.  This book was chilling and inventive.  I only wish I hadn’t seen the movie first.

That’s all for now!  I’ve just started Middlemarch by George Eliot, so I’ll be on that for a while.  What are YOU reading?

  3 comments for “Playing Catch Up…

  1. August 7, 2010 at 9:24 am

    I’ve read a few by Christopher Moore, and my opinion is that you’re right in your guess that Bloodsucking Fiends isn’t his best. (Either that, or Moore is an acquired taste; haven’t figured out which). I enjoyed the sequel more (You Suck), and I think my favorite was A Dirty Job, which is kind of tangentially related. Still waiting for a copy of Bite Me.

    Also, I think you are right about boys liking Tropper. I’ve only heard 2 other bloggers mention him so far, and they were both boys (a rarity in the book blogging world, as I’m sure you’ve noticed). One was Greg at The New Dork Review of Books, the other was The Reading Ape.

  2. August 7, 2010 at 10:09 am

    I think I’ll try A Dirty Job, that’s the one I hear the most about. Thanks for commenting!

  3. August 8, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    I haven’t actually read Bloodsucking Fiends but I definitely recommend A Dirty Job or Fool if you want a good Moore book.

    I really need to check out Tropper. I keep hearing great things about him.

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