Thumbs up for Boy Meets Girl by Meg Cabot. Chick lit.

Love and office politics, told via chat transcript, email and answering machine message. Pretty funny. Good way to kill a couple of hours.

Yes, but I am older and wiser now, and no longer prone to be impressed by surgical enhancement.

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Thumbs up for Wrapt in Crystal by Sharon Shinn. Science fiction.

It’s been a long, long time since I’ve read Sharon Shinn: indeed, on revisiting her work, I realize I was overdue. This was not quite as good as her Samaria series, or my (perhaps idiosyncratically) personal favorite, Heart of Gold, but that’s a relative sort of thing. Wrapt In Crystal is a murder mystery, a romance, and a speculative fiction novel.… >> Read more

Thumbs up for Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder. Fantasy.

I had heard good things about this trilogy from various sources, so when a copy of the first one showed up at work I took it home with the thought of sampling a few pages. 71 pages later, I looked up and realized it was past bedtime. The main character is a woman convicted of murder who is offered, instead of execution, the chance to become the local dictator’s food taster.… >> Read more

Thumbs up (provisionally) for I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith. Romance.

A Jane Austen “one of us had better marry for money, and damn soon, or we’re all going to starve” story set in the thirties, narrated in diary format by a young woman who wants to be a writer. I have a problematic relationship with this book. I first read it years ago – pre- or early teens.… >> 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