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50 Books Starting Over

I decided I'm going to start, appropriately in January. I know, I know . . . all those books that no longer count. But it will be a lot easier to track this way. And I even have a spreadsheet!

So far:

1. The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. LeGuin

I loved this book. It was a slow read, but definitely worth it. I particularly liked the first person POV shift between Genly Ai and Estraven. I'm glad I'm not the only one who does that!

2. In the Woods by Tana French

God. Another heart-wrencher mystery. It was very different in pain from Special Topics in Calamity Physics, but similar in that there's definitely a central mystery plot along with the part that is depressing. The main difference is that the major incident of pain in In the Woods happens earlier, and progresses into a heavy depression, while in Special Topics in Calamity Physics, you have a building depression that's followed by a knife to the gut. Anyway, the book was exquisite. I just don't want to ever read it again, because I'm not that much of a masochist.

3. Fool Moon by Jim Butcher

In the Woods was a hard crime novel at times, and I wanted to keep that atmosphere, so I went with Dresden and the strange urban fantasy noir effect I get from it. Very fast paced with lots of good humor. I'm already looking for the next one, which seems to have mysteriously disappeared from all bookstore shelves.

No idea what next, but I'm craving something. Give me books!


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Feb. 5th, 2009 03:48 am (UTC)
I really liked the Left Hand of Darkness too, and it's been so long that I forgot about the shifting POV. That's how well she did it.

The Dresden series is really addictive, and you only see Butcher grow as a writer as the series continues. Unlike most (okay, all) neverending fantasy series, I haven't suddenly become bored or annoyed with it. I have to say that I almost like his Codex Alera series better.

Right now I'm also enjoying Naomi Novik's series, which mixes Britain's war with Napoleon...and dragons. It's a nice twist.
Feb. 5th, 2009 06:11 am (UTC)
Yes, I'm finding Dresden to be very addictive. I ended up buying #3 and #4 from Powell's and am very anxious for them to get here! I'll have to try out the Codex Alera series, too, as well as the Naomi Novik series. Thanks for the recommendations!
Nov. 7th, 2009 03:52 pm (UTC)
I know it's been a long time since you posted this, but it just occurred to me that maybe the reason you haven't become bored or annoyed with the Dresden Files is that, although there is a definite character progression, it's not one whole long story that never stops. In other words, each book is really a different book with it's own clear beginning and ending. I've since finished all the books, and you're right: they just keep getting better. Although, I have to say my personal favorite is still Dead Beat.

I was, lately, thinking about how much I like Monk, the TV show, as opposed to Heroes, which I used to really like, and one of the key things for me is that each episode is complete in itself. I think the same thing might be going on with those long fantasy series.
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