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Started by Parasaurolophus, June 21, 2023, 02:55:03 PM
Quote from: hmaria1609 on October 21, 2023, 08:59:16 AMThe Lost Prince by Frances Hodgson Burnett (1915)This children's novel is new to me.I've read and own her three best known novels (The Little Princess, The Secret Garden, and Little Lord Fauntleroy).
Quote from: Hegemony on October 26, 2023, 06:09:47 PMI love The Lost Prince! Such a cool and intriguing scenario — how I yearned to be a secret messenger traveling through Europe.Also it's interesting that one of the main characters is disabled, which is rare for the period. (Also true of another of my favorites, Diana Maria Mullock Craik's The Little Lame Prince.)
Quote from: Morden on October 30, 2023, 08:25:45 AMCherryh's (and Fancher now) Defiance--the new installment of the Foreigner series. The story continues (ever so slowly). Fans of the series will buy it, but there's really nothing new, and I can't imagine new readers being drawn into it. Okorafor's Binti novellas--I enjoyed these a lot because of the juxtaposition of math-based technology and Himba culture. Scalzi's Kaiju's Preservation Society and Redshirts--fun and light.
Quote from: Parasaurolophus on November 03, 2023, 09:43:27 PMChina Miéville - The City and the City: I picked this up on a free shelf five or so years ago, and never got around to reading it, mostly because I'm not a big fan of Miéville's. But this is easily the best of his books I've read--it's weird and ambitious, and doesn't make a ton of sense when you think about the details, but it's really an admirable effort. Basically, it's a noir detective story set in two cities which are superimposed upon one another, but where everyone living in one city has to studiously pretend that everything in the other city (which, to be clear, exists all around them) doesn't exist. It was well worth reading. A bit weird to be reading it as the war in Palestine started up, though; it basically seems like the cities in question are analogues for Israel/Palestine.Frank Herbert - Dune: I've had it since I was thirteen, but only just decided to give it a go. It's surprisingly good for 1960s scifi, actually. The quality of the writing clearly sets it apart from the rest (apart from Le Guin, of course), and the scope of the story is ambitious in a way that other works from that period just aren't. It's not always successful--indeed, the plot moves too quickly in sections, and would have been better served by another novel or three. But that's okay. The gender politics are regressive, but not too bad for the period. The characters are also pretty much empty vessels, however, which is too bad. I definitely see the similarities between the Fremen and Robert Jordan's Aiel, but the thing is, the Aiel are all real people, whereas the Fremen are just deux (dei?) ex machinae. I'll stick to The Wheel of Time, which is just better, but I'm glad to have read it. I doubt I'll ever pick up the sequels.John Scalzi - Redshirts: Saw this on the free shelf and grabbed it. For anyone who hasn't read it: basically, the Star Trek redshirts figure out they're expendable redshirts and try to do something about it. It was loads of fun, although I would have liked more redshirt adventures, and could have done without the POV epilogues. On the whole, I'd say it's more fun before the part in the show where they have to go fix things. I would have preferred a wholly in-world resolution. But whatever, it was fun!
Quote from: hmaria1609 on November 06, 2023, 02:43:25 PMStarted from the library: Jane and the Final Mystery by Stephanie BarronThe final and #15 installment in the "Jane Austen Mystery" series. In spring 1817, Jane is in Winchester as her health is declining. A student is discovered dead at Winchester College, and the teenage son of Jane's friend is accused of the murder of his fellow student. There was some shady things going at the College, and Jane is determined to clear the teen's name.I discovered this series about Jane Austen as an amateur sleuth in college and have read each installment as it was published. It's been worthwhile!
Quote from: Larimar on November 06, 2023, 04:13:44 PMCool! I love Jane Austen's novels, and I love cozy mysteries. I'll need to give those a try.
Quote from: FishProf on October 30, 2023, 11:52:15 AMStormfront, the first book of the Dresden files. Harry Dresden is a Wizard/PI. It is sort of fantasy meets noir fiction meets hard boiled detective fiction. If Mickey Spillane and Harry Potter had an unintended offspring.It was a fun read. The world building has been fun, but there are MANY books in the series (17 at last check) so I expect more to come.