REVIEWS: The House of Dead Maids, The House of the Seven Librarians, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

House of Dead Maids 192. The House of Dead Maids – Clare B. Dunkle

hardcover / library / read Nov. 5-6, 2012 / Amazon
Woah now! This was way spookier than I thought it’d be. Yes, the cover is terrifying. Yes, I had to keep it facedown at night lest I caught it staring at me from across the room. But a cover is just a cover and doesn’t necessarily reflect the insides– not so here. House of Dead Maids is deliciously creepy, and though the ending is less gloom-and-doom than I thought it’d be, it’s a great book for those who want to retain some Halloween spirit in their lives.

Note: I suppose it’d help to have read Wuthering Heights first, but I don’t think it’s necessarily required. I’m totally going to read Wuthering Heights soonish, though, because I want to understand all the references and whatnot!

196. The House of the Seven Librarians – Ellen Klages (read by Rachel Swirsky)
audio / freebie / read Nov. 18-19, 2012 / PodCastle
Technically this is a mere short story but since the audio version is a little over an hour long I figure that’s a long enough thingy to qualify it for my books read list. SO THERE. Anyway, this story was recommended to me (and to other people) by Fyrefly, who said it was about feral librarians and magic and that it was amazing and it IS. The narrator was excellent as well; I can’t remember any complaints I might have had at the time I originally listened to this story, at least, and I DO remember being pleased with the different character voices.

I really want to live in a library now. Anybody remember a kids book from the 1980s, about two sisters who got trapped in a library? LOVELY book, bit scary, and I really wish I could remember the title. (Possibly it’s just “Trapped in the Library.” Hm.) Mr Penumbra

197. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore – Robin Sloan

ARC / ALA 2012 / read Nov. 19, 2012 / Amazon
I picked this book up at ALA this summer, mostly because of the title. A book about book(store)s! That should be fun, I thought. It WAS fun! It reminded me of Cory Doctorow’s books, only the author was less intent on shoving all his personal investments/interests/etc. in your face through thinly-vieled plot points. There’s a secret society! And Google! And adventures with BOOKS! Yay!

2 Comments

  1. I do remember that book about being trapped in the library overnight! We read it in fifth grade, or maybe I just read it in fifth grade, or maybe it was one of those books the teachers would read aloud to the class at the end of the day when they were (I presume) tired of teaching. But I can’t remember the title, and a quick Google search hasn’t produced anything I recognize. Argh.

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