Thumbs up for White Cat by Holly Black. Young adult fantasy.
Holly Black’s Tithe and Ironside are two of my favorite fantasies, which outweighed my hatred of novels written in the present tense just enough that I thought I would give White Cat at the very least a half-assed try. Well, on p45, after a slightly slow start, things started taking off and I whizzed through the rest.… >> Read more
Thumbs up for Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld. Young adult science fiction.
I avoid series like the plague. It’s a commitment issue; there are just too many books out there I want to read. But the first of this series, Leviathan (see my review), was on my list of steampunk books, and it rocked, and the author unfairly did not end it!… >> Read more
Thumbs up for Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld. Young adult science fiction.
Finally, some steampunk I wholeheartedly enjoyed. This was the book that Airborn (see my review) should have been – wonderfully creative, vivid, and adventuresome on a grand scale. WWI is just beginning, and it’s the gigantic Germanic war machines and AT-ATs – I mean, sorry, “stormwalkers” – versus the British “Darwinist fabulations”: genetically-engineered creatures such as the eponymous Leviathan, an airship that’s sort of a whale, and is definitely an ecosystem all to itself.… >> Read more
Neither thumbs up nor thumbs down for Airborn by Kenneth Oppel. Young adult science fiction.
Another in the steampunk line. Not bad, though for a book aimed at fourteen-year-old boys, I would have expected a little more swashbuckling. There’s nothing out of place that I can point to, I just wish it had been “gripping” rather than “mildly enjoyable.”
“Well, no, [grandfather] wasn’t [willing to take me on an expedition].
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Thumbs up for An Old-Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott. Young adult.
So very earnest. That’s what I remember about Little Women, too; actually, that’s one of the things I liked most about Little Women. Sometimes I feel that there isn’t enough unabashed earnestness in books these days. The heroine is proper and warm-hearted and cheery and industrious and charitable etc.… >> Read more
Thumbs up for The Fairies of Nutfolk Wood by Barb Bentler Ullman. Young adult.
A very cute story about a girl who moves with her recently-divorced mom to the country, and discovers something out of the ordinary. Well-written (for its age group), and perhaps more importantly, well-constructed; I was surprised to read in the back that it was the author’s first book.… >> Read more
Thumbs up for The Blue Castle by L. M. Montgomery. Young adult.
All sorts of grim, melancholy and disfunctional Japanese literature have made my desires swing entirely in the opposite direction: in other words, romances. L. M. Montgomery is about as romantic as I can stand. I’d heard this one was particularly good, so I thought I’d give it a try.… >> Read more
Neither thumbs up nor thumbs down for 69 by Ryu Murakami. Young adult.
No, not THAT Murakami, the other one. And no, not THAT 69 (get your mind out of the gutter), the title refers to the year – 1969 – in which it takes place. Having read the blurb for Murakami’s other work Coin Locker Babies I was expecting something dark from this book, but frankly it was so light it could float away.… >> Read more