I don’t think I’ve ever gone three months between book posts!
Reamde by Neal Stephenson. Amazing. There’s no way I can sum this up in a few sentences. This is a techno/gaming thriller, but there’s more to it than that. Stephenson has finally learned how to write a good ending.
Humiliation by Wayne Kostenbaum. This was an uncomfortable read. Kostenbaum explores the concept of humiliation both personally and societally.
Deadline by Mira Grant. Deadline book 2. I never thought I’d be this interested in the reporters of the zombie apocalypse.
Take the Cannoli by Sarah Vowell. I like Sarah Vowell’s essays. These slices of American life weren’t as interesting as her more narrowly themed books. I like her much better when she’s applying her wit to a topic (Puritains, presidential assassinations) than everyday life.
Brandwashed: Tricks Companies Use to Manipulate Our Minds and Persuade Us to Buy by Martin Lindstrom. A consumer’s guide to advertising.
Barnheart by Jenna Woginrich. Woginrich’s second memoir, this one chronicles her attempts to by a farm and get a sheepdog.
Westermeade: A Collection of Tales by Scott Thomas.A charming collection of mythic fiction stories that follow the residents of Westermede through a year, starting with spring and a birth and ending with death in the winter.
The Green Man by Michael Bedard. I thought there were two or three stories competing for the reader’s attention. The bookstore/poetry story was ok, and the evil magician felt like a cliched add-on. If this book jut focused on O’s relationship with her aunt and poetry, it would have been much better. Since the book’s name is The Green Man, I was expecting one thing, and Bedard took the Green Man myth in a different direction.
The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell. When and how do things go viral? Gladwell explores the phenomenon of influencers, epidemics, stickiness, and context and how they all relate to tipping points.
The Devil You Know by Mike Carey. A Dresden Files-esque paranormal detective novel. Felix “Fix” Castor is a freelance exorcist/stage magician who solves crime. It was an entertaining read, just the thing for spring break.
Discount Armageddon by Seanan McGuire. Fun, adventurous novel featuring a cryptozoologist who daylights as a ballroom dancer.
The Child Who by Simon Lelic. Psychological mystery. Who is ultimately responsible when one child murders another?
Glaciers by Alexis M. Smith. Lyrical vignettes of Isabel’s daily life interspersed with memories of her childhood in Alaska. Dreamy and beautiful. It almost had a “put a bird on it!”/Portlandia quality, with its setting of Portland, and Isabel’s love of vintage, but, thankfully, it didn’t.
A Local Habitation by Seanan McGuire. October Daye book 2. Toby investigates mysterious deaths in a part of the Summerlands linked with Silicon Valley. Techno-fantasy, with a definite “ghost in the machine” edge.
A Thousand Cuts by Simon Lelic. A psychological novel centering around a school shooting in Britain.