Stephenson's books, for me, are almost unreadable or really great. Basically, I love him best when he's not buried in actual history, and is instead mStephenson's books, for me, are almost unreadable or really great. Basically, I love him best when he's not buried in actual history, and is instead making shit up. Because when hes buried in actual history, the exposition about that history gets so heavy that it's kind of like being buried in snow. This is why I've never gotten through Cryptonomicon and despite the fact that I should love the Baroque Cycle, I only got through the first book. I enjoyed Snow Crash, though, and I LOVE Anathem, and I really liked this one.
Of course, when he's not explaining all of history, he does explain all of the tech, which is why someone else's review said that Orbital Mechanics is basically a main character in this book, which is so true I've quoted it to other people.
Anyway, good book. Extremely epic. Worth a read if you like Stephenson at all....more
I saw this billed as the next 50 Shades (I book I couldn't quite finish) and I thought "aha! I will FINALLY be right on the crest of the wave and readI saw this billed as the next 50 Shades (I book I couldn't quite finish) and I thought "aha! I will FINALLY be right on the crest of the wave and read the newest trashy novel while people are still hearing about it!"
Well, achievement unlocked!
However, this book is nothing like 50 Shades of Grey. It's more reminiscent of The Talented Mr. Ripley (well, the movie--I haven't read the book), in that the protagonists are very similar. There is certainly a lot of sex, but a lot of books have a lot of sex, and frankly, the sex in this is nothing like the (surprisingly vanilla, really) sex in 50 Shades.
I totally enjoyed it. The writing is better than that in 50 Shades, definitely, though I wouldn't say that it rises above most, like, fun beach books. By that I mean that it's workaday and strong, not particularly lyrical (though the author does have her moments).
It's a must-read if you enjoy stories about outsiders in high society (though I'd recommend Everybody Rise before I'd recommend this, in that vein), and if you have a thing for fashion.
The plot is completely ridiculous, but not intrusively so, and it is at least a plot you can follow....more
This was a lovely book. I don't have it in me to write a long review, but I will say that it's interesting to me that people think Mathilde is entirelThis was a lovely book. I don't have it in me to write a long review, but I will say that it's interesting to me that people think Mathilde is entirely unlikeable.
It's a love story, from both sides, both with complications. And it's worth reading....more
The thing about Seanan McGuire is that her writing voice is the writing voice I have inside my head but which never shows up on paper (instead, my wriThe thing about Seanan McGuire is that her writing voice is the writing voice I have inside my head but which never shows up on paper (instead, my writing voice is reminiscent of a snarky yet cute little animal who is also a school marm). Which is to say, I love every bit of her work that I've read and her style very much speaks to me.
This book is no exception. My only complaint is that I wish it was a longer book. It had a simple, YA feel to it when compared to, say, the October Daye or the Feed (written as Mira Grant) novels, but that's not a complaint, just an observation.
You can read the description to get the basics, but I'll say that my favorite bits were this idea that all of these kids needed a perfect place for them to be, and they found it. I loved the idea of directions within all of these realms--Virtue vs. Wicked, Nonsense vs. Logic--and I imagine that from now on when I read a portal fantasy, I'll be categorizing as I go along. I loved the characterization, particularly that of Jack & Jill.
It's not necessarily my favorite of McGuire's (that would probably be one of the later October Daye books), but it's definitely a good, fun read....more