Two thumbs up for A Swim in a Pond in the Rain: In Which Four Russians Give a Master Class on Writing, Reading, and Life by George Saunders. Writing.
With the exception of two or three SFF authors, I don’t enjoy reading short stories, which means I don’t write them with any confidence, either. I am always suspicious that they are merely vignettes rather than stories.… >> Read more
Thumbs down for A Christmas Proposal: A Betty Neels Best Selection, Vol 1 by Natsu Momose adapted from novels by Betty Neels. Manga/romance.
Manga-ized versions of some of my favorite old-school romances. Simply dreadful. Not even fun dreadful. I just had to know.… >> Read more
Thumbs down for The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. Children’s book.
Someone else already wrote the perfect review of this obnoxious book. Thank you, Goodreads reviewer Sava Hecht for summarizing my own feelings so succinctly.… >> Read more
Thumbs down for Jagannath by Karin Tidbeck. Science fiction/fantasy short stories.
I really wanted to like these stories; foremost I chose to read this anthology to explore some Swedish science fiction, but also, I won’t lie, the cover is just fantastic. The stories themselves made almost no impact on me. “Rebecka” had a nice frisson of a twist to it; “Aunts” was gross but interesting; but there was only one story that stuck in my head, “Augusta Prima.” It reminds me of Saki.… >> Read more
Thumbs down for Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. Young adult fantasy.
I am tempted, so very tempted, to go all teenage girl and write a review that consists of nothing but “It was ok I guess.” This book has much okay about it. The writing is okay, the characters are okay, the worldbuilding is okay, the plot was okay, the love triangle was okay.… >> Read more
Thumbs down for Ghost World by Daniel Clowes. Graphic novel.
There are very few times when I’ll say that the movie was better. This is one of them. In a nutshell, the girls in the movie are bitchy and entertaining. The girls in the graphic novel are depressed, bitchy and very far from entertaining.… >> Read more
Thumbs down for Lord Kelvin’s Machine by James P. Blaylock. Fantasy.
First off: Worst. Illustrations. Ever. Nothing can be quite so bad as a bad photo montage. About the book: well, it’s in three sections. In the first, there’s a comet passing close by the earth. The villain, Ignacio Narbondo, is threatening to set off volcanoes on the opposing side of the earth in order to push the earth into the comet’s path.… >> Read more
Thumbs down for Martian Time-Slip by Philip K. Dick. Science fiction.
Oh God. I could not wait for this book to be over; I thought I had slipped into a time loop of my own when it would not end. I grant you, there is a good idea in here – for a 50-page novella. Unfortunately, the edition I read came to 220 pages of small type.… >> Read more