30 March 2003

Reads & Listens, March 2003

Reads:

Abhorsen by Garth Nix
You must read it.

Summers at Castle Auburn by Sharon Shinn
I would have liked to know more about Jaxom and the aliora, but otherwise I found this book to be a quite satisfying light read. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys Patricia McKillip's novels.

First Truth by Dawn Cook
Pretty good first novel. Excellent world building, good character development, and an interesting plot. The ending was a bit of a disappointment, but I still look forward to reading the sequel.

The Apothecary Rose by Candace Robb
Fairly unexceptional medieval mystery. I think I'll stick with Ellis Peter's Cadfael series. They're generally better developed and better written.

Milton & Milton Goes to the Vet by Hayde
Absolutely charming books about Milton the cat.

Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) by Example by Steve Callihan
Using this book and the downloadable examples, I found it very simple to master the basics of CSS. And that's the problem, really. I've learned enough basic CSS to do the examples, but no real idea how to adapt to my own needs or desires. I suppose that's where O'Reilly's CSS Pocket Reference and css/edge come in. I would recommend borrowing this book from the library, but I most definitely would not fork over $29.99 for a copy of my own.

The Sword of Maiden's Tears by Rosemary Edghill
I felt a strong sense of deja vu when I read this book. In many ways it is similar to many other fantasy books I have read or movies I have seen. Quite frustrating as I always knew where the plot and character development were headed. I spent a lot of time thinking "I've seen this movie" even though there is no movie.

The Binding Chair, or, A Visit from the Foot Emancipation Society by Kathyrn Harrison
Enjoyable even when the story kept bouncing between different time periods and characters.