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Book report

The Lies of Locke Lamora and Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch - I love these books, which might best be described as fantasy heist novels. They're like The Sting meets high fantasy, but not nearly as cracked-out as the discription makes it sound. They're tightly plotted and set in a detailed, believable, beautifully described world; and I love the characters and their snappy, funny dialogue. I'm trying not to think about the fact that the next book won't be out until 2009. *whines*

Beloved by Toni Morrison - A very well-known book, of course, about slavery and its aftermath, which has been on my "to read" list for ages. I sometimes get impatient or bored with books that are not linear in narrative, and it took me a little while to settle into this one, but once I got used to the frequent shifts in time and viewpoint, I really enjoyed it. Painful and beautiful and very emotionally taxing to read in places, but a book that everyone should read.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon - A slim and fascinating book from the viewpoint of an autistic boy who finds the body of a dead dog in his neighbor's yard and decided to investigate it like a murder. The author does a fantastic job of capturing his narrator's unique viewpoint and making it sympathetic to the reader, and I love how he stays entirely within the boy's limited and slightly inaccurate view of the world, while still making it evident what's really going on (even if the protagonist never understands all of it).

Blood Ties by Elizabeth Christiansen - yet another SGA tie-in novel. Like most of the other ones I've read, it was promising at first but ended up weak and unsatisfying, with too many plot threads going in too many directions, and a non-resolution that I really didn't like. The only part that really did anything for me from an SF standpoint was the vivid and intriguing planet where they spend a little time at the beginning -- the world from "Siege" with the T-rex. Otherwise ... meh.

Empire of Ivory by Naomi Novik - book four of the Temeraire series, and my favorite one yet. I had a few problems with the way that the non-Western cultures and characters in the third book were depicted, but this book is much better at that, and like the third book, it did a great job of hitting my "travel the world, see new places, meet new people!" fiction kink. I love how we're seeing the many, various effects of draconic presence on different cultures around the world, and how each continent has its own unique flavor. (And I've gotten my history-buff dad hooked on the series now! Yay!)

What I'm currently reading: Jim Butcher's Furies of Calderon.

EDIT: Um, is it just me, or is this a new thing where you can expand LJ threads in all styles, even in the light and format-mine styles? I can't figure out if they just added that, or if I just never noticed the "expand" link before, but in any case, I have much love for LJ right now!
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