It’s a demonstration of how very much I liked the first book in this series, Rivers of London (see my review) that I immediately jumped into the second – something I rarely do. Blessedly, it’s just as good as Rivers: full of rich detail and wit. (Yes, Peter does do something fairly stupid in Soho…but what young man doesn’t make stupid decisions when hot women are involved?… >> Read more
A small, wise, funny book that makes birdwatching sound like the best hobby ever. And, well, I guess that was the point. Highly recommended if you have ever for a moment wondered how you might tell the difference between one small brown bird and another.
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Birdwatchers are famous for being boring.
This book came in at #31 on the BBC The Big Read list of Britain’s favorite books. All in all, Jacqueline Wilson had seven books in the top 200. Pretty amazing to me, since I’d never heard of her. I immediately marked her down as someone to check out.… >> Read more
Thumbs up for Insurgent by Veronica Roth. Young adult science fiction.
Yikes. Even more intense than the first in the series, Divergent, which frankly was pretty dang intense. Things just keep getting worse and worse in Tris’s world. This is a very violent book packed with action, but not mindless action – Tris is a three-dimensional character who thinks as well as fights, and that’s a good thing because she’s up against some bad shit.… >> Read more
Thumbs up for Rivers of London (US title: Midnight Riot) by Ben Aaronovitch. Fantasy.
Absolutely wonderful. I had to look up Aaronovitch’s bio to establish that he was not actually a cop: I wouldn’t have been surprised to find that he was, for the details about police procedure layered throughout Rivers are so concrete. I love that, because Peter Grant’s copper/failed scientist mindset makes him the perfect observer and investigator in this story of magical murders going on in London.… >> Read more
Thumbs up for Matched by Ally Condie. Young adult science fiction.
There’s no real violence in this, so it’s not so much a Hunger Games knock-off as The Giver redone as a romance. And done fairly well. (And if you don’t know what I mean because you haven’t read The Giver, what’s wrong with you? Go read it. I’ll wait.… >> Read more
Thumbs up for Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: (A Mostly True Memoir) by Jenny Lawson. Nonfiction/autobiography.
Jenny Lawson – aka The Bloggess – would be the first person to admit that she is absolutely insane. But if you’re going to be insane, you might as well do great things with it: Like making people laugh so hard they cry. People like me.… >> Read more
Thumbs up for One Shot by Lee Child. Suspense.
Do you like suspense? Even just an eensy weensy bit? Then go freaking read a Lee Child book. He’s the best in the world.
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There were five guys. Any five guys will have one ringleader, two enthusiastic followers, and two reluctant followers. Put the ringleader down, and both of the keen sidekicks, and it’s over.