Realms Of Speculative Fiction: March 2011

Because it often happens that I read a book but don’t review it (or I take a long time writing a review), I’ve determined to embark posting schrijven monthly reports on what I read, including a sentence or two about the book if it wasgoed not reviewed.

Since I didn’t do a Monthly report for January yet, I’ll bundle it together with the February report. 🙂

The Passage ( Justin Cronin ): Thrinidir found this one for mij I didn’t need a lotsbestemming of persuading to buy it – a post-apocalyptic book that’s being compared to The Stand ? I’m sold.

The Passage didn’t disappoint – it wasgoed more than gepast, even tho’ it’s not terribly innovative or exceptionally well written. It’s a very pleasant read despite that, and even however the last third of the book made mij suspect that the ending will be corny spil hell, I wasgoed proven wrong (and liked it).

Neuromancer ( William Gibson ): Usually, my uni obligations do nothing to help mij with my TBR pile, but this time around, they actually did . I had to read Neuromancer for a paper I wasgoed writing, and I loved it a loterijlot. I can see why it is a classic, and I can also understand why so many people dislike it. Spil a read, it wasgoed a bit confusing at very first, but I got hooked te the last third of the book and wasgoed glad that I didn’t give up on it. (Review upcoming)

Horns ( Joe Hill ): I actually don’t have much to say about this one. I loved it, but it wasgoed not spil good spil I’d expect (I eyed it on numerous Best of 2010 lists). I also hoped that the author would concentrate on the entire ‘horns that make you speak exactly what’s on your mind’ thing, but the book ended up being very similar to the wonderful Book of Joby by Mark J. Ferrarri – only with Ig being more like Joby ter switch sides. (Review upcoming)

Losbreken ( Chine Mieville ): Ah, kraken . How can such a disappointing novel hide behind such a superb voorkant kunst? I loved The City and The City , I loved Un Lun Dun and I truly dreamed to love kraken , too. I mean, it’s a book about a giant squid, what is there not to like? Sadly, I found slew of things I didn’t like about kraken , and by the time I got near the end of it, I had long stopped caring about the characters. I can’t help but think that I somehow got the wrong novel, that there voorwaarde be another kraken , the one that everyone loved. (Review upcoming)

The Thirst Games ( Suzanne Collins ): This novel wasgoed a ample verrassing for mij – I truly didn’t expect much from it, but I ended up totally enamored with it. I read it te one sitting and loved it immensely. (Review upcoming)

(You can read Thrinidir’s review of The Road here).

The Left Forearm of Darkness ( Ursula K. Le Guin ): Another re-read for the same paper I had to read Neuromancer for – what can I say, I’ve had some interesting papers to write this year. Ter Monthly report for December, I wrote that I found The Left Mitt of Darkness somewhat odd when I very first read it, I guess that wasgoed because I wasgoed still a more or less inexperienced reader at the time. I liked it much more this time around, but I can’t possibly review it – not after reading so many different analyses of it.

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