30 July 2003

Reads & Listens, July 2003

Reads:

Terminal Velocity by Blanche McCrary Boyd
Thelma and Louise with Sixties psychodelic drugs and lesbian communes.

The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger
Too long, badly edited, lacking continuity, and extremely repetitive. Even less palatable than The Nanny Diaries.

The Blind Assasin by Margaret Atwood
Hard to follow, but that may be because I was not giving the book my full attention. The pulpy bits were just hilarious.

The Dark Horse by Marcus Sedgwick
You know when you go to the movies and you realize all the really good stuff was in the trailer? That's what reading this book was like. The premise sounded quite good, but the book itself was only mediocre. Nice cover art, though.

My Lady Notorious by Jo Beverly
The cross-dressing theme was amusing, the villians were terrible, and the violence disturbing. Overall, you could read the first half of the book and be content. Once "Cyn" brought Chastity home to his family the novel became annoyingly predictable. God save me from reading more books with Rothgar and the stick up his ass. Apparently, he's supposed to be quite the hottie from the whole tortured soul/Healthcliff school of romantic heroes. Or something. Stick up his ass, I tell you.

Fireflies: A Winter Tale by Alice Hoffman (illus. by Wayne McLoughlin)
Beautifully illustrated and utterly charming allegory.

Native Tongue by Suzette Haden Elgin
Hodge podge of linguistics, science fiction, feminist theory and alternative history. Some interesting points are raised, but mostly it's pretty dry going.

Jennifer Government by Max Barry
Wow.

Troy by Adele Geras
Real purty cover art. Pretty good interpretation of the Trojan War, but the ending is really rushed and hard to believe. I'd expected that one or more of the main characters would die during the destruction of Troy and no-one did. Quite improbably, we have an (almost) happy ending.

A Cat Named Darwin: How a Stray Cat Changed a Man into a Human Being by William Jordan
A bittersweet little book about love and loss. While I found some of the philosophical ramblings to be a bit over the top, the book is well worth frittering an afternoon away on. A two hanky read.

Unless by Carol Shields
What a beautiful book! Lyrical and thoughty -- it should be read slowly and savoringly with lots of pauses for consideration. Amazing.

Darjeeling by Bharti Kirchner
A love triangle. A changing culture. Tea. Food. The perfect novel for a lovesick foodie.