More recent reads
hallieod at indigo.ie
Mon Nov 3 16:18:24 EST 2003
I recently read _The Amulet of Samarkand_, by Jonathan Stroud. Had I
heard of the hype before picking it up, I might not have bothered,
but I'm glad I did. I really enjoyed the cynical, smart-alec
djinni's voice, and Nathaniel reminded me more than a bit of
Christopher. Nothing nefarious (as Widdy put it!), but the same kind
of fairly unsympathetic boy, whose lack of emotional cop-on and
empathy is completely understandable. And he has the same dangerous
attraction to charismatic males, which is clearly going to prove
troublesome to him in the sequels! Becca's almost finished, and
giving it the thumbs-up too.
I still haven't got _The Thief_ back, so haven't been able to reread
for those DWJ tributes, which is annoying. But I forgot to mention
that a sequel to Thief and _Queen of Attolia_ is supposedly coming
out next year sometime. Can't wait!
Much to my surprise, I found _Paladin of Souls_ in a bookshop today.
(Surprise because the bigger shop which regularly has Bujolds, even
US-published ones, hasn't had it, *and* I got a message from
Amazon.co.uk yesterday saying that it wasn't going to to be available
from them in the foreseeable future.) This is a UK edition, and
doesn't have the DWJ endorsement, which strikes me as very weird.
But I've done the head-shaking thing over publishers enough already
here, so will leave it. (Ugly, ugly cover IMO though!)
Next-to-last, nobody took me up on my offer of _Paper Mage_. I'm
willing to send this anywhere - and will be anyway, if nobody wants
it here - someone on BookCrossing is bound to want it, I'm sure. I
just want to see if anyone else sees the DWJ resonating ripples I saw
Finally, I just finished _Mister Monday_, which I enjoyed, though I
agree with all those who found the writing less appealing than that
in some of his other books.
The thing that annoyed me was the way Arthur's
originally-going-to-happen death was set up. The kid had such severe
asthma that he'd been hospitalised for it, was just out of hospital,
was starting at what *seemed* to be a rather snooty, exclusive school
(ok, this might just be my impression, but think of the
neighbourhood, and the library, and so on) his mother was a
super-important medical researcher, and nobody at the school was
aware that he had this medical problem and needed NOT to be packed
off on a cross-country run?
May just be my being picky, but, seems to me the 'real world'
elements of a fantasy (if there are any) should be done realistically
to make it all work, and DWJ always does it better than this.
Anybody else notice this or disagree?
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