Recent Reading

I've been reading quite a bit lately, though not a lot has left a bit enough impression for me to write about... I burned through a bunch of Terry Pratchett, and while I love him, his books are like delicious bon-bons for me.

After I finished my latest book I realized I really should take some notes on what I've been reading to share. 

The Rook - Daniel O'Malley

The book opens with our main character opening her eyes for the first time - her memory haas been wiped - surrounded by corpses, with a letter from the previous-occupant of that body in her pocket. Turns out, she worked for a supernatural spy agency, with a mole. 

I really enjoyed The Rook. The main character is likeable, and the writing is quite good. I have some qualms about the last quarter, but not nearly enough to make me question reading more, when it appears. 

Ancillary Justice, Ancillary Sword - Ann Leckie

I don't want to say too much about these two; I am of the opinion that the more blank you go into the first one, the better the first book plays out. What I will say is that Leckie is building a fantastically interesting science fiction universe, and I enjoyed both books. 

I found the second book to be a smidge weaker, but I think that is because I have a feeling it is really part 1 of a larger book. 

The Golem and the Jini - Helene Wecker

The lives of two magical creatures, a Golem and a Jini, cross in turn of the (20th) century New York. A really satisfying read drawing from two different historical mythologies. I found there was a small section that dragged on too long, but the book was redeemed by the ending. 

Good Omens - Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

I thought I had read this before, but about half-way through I was convinced I'd never seen it before. 

Unfortunately, I seem to be the outlier. I didn't particularly enjoy this book. I have loved much that each author has done individually, but... I don't know. It's hard to summarize simply why this one didn't do it for me, but, at the end of the book I was more relieved that it was over than happy I'd had the ride. Could just be me.