27 February 2004

Reads & Listens, February 2004


One Kiss from You by Christina Dodd
Pretty good for an impulse pick off the shelving cart. Some of it's a bit trite and some of it's a bit silly, but it made a nice change from Information Literacy and Instruction: Theory & Practice.

Pirates! by Celia Rees
Brilliant. Strong female protagonists, a truly creepy antagonist, lots of historical detail ... perfect. Must own.

The Companions by Sherri S. Tepper
I loved it, of course, but that was a given. As with a lot of Tepper's books, this novel is very dense with ideas and I'm going to need to read it a second or third time in order to "get everything out of it."

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke (trans. by Anthea Bell)
Pretty nifty cover art and an interesting premise, but the story drags a bit in places (tho' the end felt rushed) and the characters are a little ... bland. Capricorn, I expect, is supposed to scare the bejesus out of me and I just found him mean and ... campy. Never quite understood what was going on with Dustfinger and Farid, either. This book is a translation and perhaps it reads better in German?

The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
Picked this up, because it reminded me a bit of Irma Walker's Portal to E'ewere (or what I remembered of that book from having read it fifteen years ago, anyway). Turned out to be nothing like, but that was fine as City is quite brilliant all on its own. Cover art is pretty interesting, too. Ending was a bit of a disappointment as I expected more to happen, but maybe there will be a sequel. Or, maybe, I'm just supposed to use my imagination.

Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie
Sexy, cute, fun ... pretty much just like the others. I mean, it was good, but I won't go buy a copy, because I don't think I'll be reading it again as it was also annoyingly repetitive and full of undeveloped ideas. It is as if someone had said, "Write a story using Krispy Kreme donuts, chicken marsala, and the following stock characters: the dippy blonde, the tempestuous redhead, the chubby girl, the controlling mother ..." Very sad, because this novel could have worked.