You remember how this works, right? I’ve read ~20 books since I did the last review haiku round-up, but don’t worry – some of them I intend to write full reviews for. Trashy Tuesday might even make a comeback. Not sure yet. Regardless, here are some mini-reviews and crummy poetry for the books I haven’t got much to say about.
I tried to like this
but I really just didn’t
blah blah daddy blah
So, I don’t know what it was about this book that I just could not get into. I think I prefer my sf just straight pulpy goodness (much like my orange juice), and I’m not interested in a literary novel disguised as science fiction. Seriously, I went in expecting something like Doctor Who meets Thursday Next (time machine repairman lives in a fictional universe), but instead it was an exploration of daddy issues. I feel betrayed by every reviewer that suggested this was what it would be like if Douglas Adams and Philip K Dick had a baby – I assume they’re talking about when PKD wrote himself into the VALIS cycle as Horselover Fat, since the protagonist’s name in HtLSiaSFU was Charles Yu, but where Dick succeeded (heh, twss!) Yu did not. Also, the lack of full stops really turned me off. C’mon, dude. There’s a period key on your keyboard for a reason. No one likes a run-on sentence, especially not one that goes on for A PAGE AND A HALF. Just…no. No. Sorry.
I like the thought of
match dot com for deities
dunno who I’d choose
I generally find A. Lee Martinez to be highly entertaining, and Divine Misfortune didn’t fail me. I read this between Mockingbird and the new Thursday Next (man, I can’t stop talking about Fforde today, can I?) and it was a nice way to spend an afternoon. I enjoyed the idea of what was essentially a dating service for choosing your religion (er, punintentional) and got a few giggles out of it. That’s pretty much what I’ve come to expect from Martinez. If you haven’t read any of his other stuff, this might be a decent place to start.
I’m a sucker for
the modernized faerie tale
Guess which one this is.
Insatiable Bookslut Susie recently wrote a Reading Rage post about crappy foreshadowing. This book was the first thing that popped into my head when I read her post.
While I enjoyed thinking of Cinder Wench as a cyborg (the story opens with her searching for a new foot to replace the cybernetic one she’s outgrown), the foreshadowing hit me in the face VERY EARLY ON. I’ve read other reviews that suggest this was a deliberate choice on the author’s part, but it just annoyed me. I don’t want to figure out the whole thing an eighth of the way into the book. Will I be reading the rest of the books in this series? Um, probably. Like I said, I’m a sucker for faerie tale retellings. Shut up.
double ewe tea eff
how was this book of the year?
I don’t understand
So, I feel kind of bad for not liking these as much as pretty much every single other person on my friend list at goodreads did. The first book got four and five stars all around, and I am having a difficult time understanding that. Maybe it’s because I’m not the target audience, but I felt pretty ripped off. How are we supposed to accept the scenario that’s lain before us if we have zero world-building or explanation? Granted, that was somewhat explained at the end of the second book, but the first book should have had some kind of setup or something. I couldn’t stand the main character, and I don’t know how the hell she could have avoided realizing someone was in the same faction as her when the other person was only TWO YEARS OLDER. It…it makes no sense and WHY IS NO ONE QUESTIONING THIS?! rant rant grumble rant. Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t HATE these books, I just don’t see what makes them different from every single other YA dystopia out there. They have the same voice as a hundred other series. [sigh]
Meg is reading Divergent right now, so maybe she’ll weigh in with her thoughts, I can’t actually write a full review for it because I was too annoyed.