Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

I have a love-hate relationship with Apple in that I love their products when they work, but hate them when they don’t. More importantly, though, I’m super interested in the history of technology, especially computers! I’ve been wanting to read this Steve Jobs biography for a while now but got discouraged because the hardback is frickin’ heavy; luckily there’s an ebook version on Scribd, so I read it on my iPhone instead. Steve Jobs was Read More …

The Girls at the Kingfisher Club by Genevieve Valentine

I love GV’s previous book, Mechanique, and I absolutely adore fairy tale retellings, so I was fairly certain The Girls at the Kingfisher Club would be a huge hit with me. No surprise: it was! It’s not just the fact that it’s a retelling of one of my favorite fairy tales, the 12 Dancing Princess. It’s because the writing was so beautiful, the setting so interesting, the characters so lovable in a tragic kind of Read More …

REVIEW: (George) by E.L. Konigsburg

Maybe I just read too many fantasy books, but when George first showed up I totally thought he was some kind of ghost. One of the ways Ben describes him is as his concentric twin, and that totally makes sense to me in the context of a SFF story. But (George) is not SFF– it’s a contemporary, and I’m pretty sure E.L. Konigsburg didn’t mean for it to be even a magical realism sort of Read More …

Mercury by Hope Larson

Okay, so, I like the art and everything and the story is fascinating in a spooky, almost time-travel kind of way. But it’s also super boring, and I don’t know if that’s because I rushed too quickly through it or if it’s a fault inherent in the book itself. Here’s my problem: it’s a story about two different people in two different time periods, one in the past and one in the present. The present Read More …

REVIEW: The View From Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg

The ultimate in “real life” books, where all the excitement is emotional and there are no car chases or spies or vampires needing slaying. It’s also kind of slow and boring. But I love it anyway! Maybe it’s because the story’s told from the POV of all the kids and their teacher, and each section really FEELS like it was written by an intelligent sixth grader and/or adult. E.L. Konigsburg is SO good at doing Read More …

The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper

I skipped rereading the first book, Over Sea Under Stone, because it’s such a summer book and I wanted something wintery. Winter means The Dark is Rising! It takes place over December, with Christmas and big snow storms and omg, I wish I lived somewhere where it snowed. I miss snow. I miss the feeling of possibilities and adventures that snows brings with it. A standard “young boy comes into power” story, The Dark is Read More …

MINI-REVIEW: Bloodsucking Fiends by Christopher Moore

I both love and hate Christopher Moore’s writing, but in a way that’s less life-or-death and more will-I-read-more-or-not. His books are weird and funny, but not in a way that makes me want to read it all RIGHT NOW OMG (unlike Terry Pratchett’s better books, say). The only reason I finished reading Bloodsucking Fiends was that by the time I realized I didn’t care about the story and/or characters any longer, I was almost done Read More …

MINI-REVIEWS: Bloodsucking Fiends, ‘Salem’s Lot, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

062. Bloodsucking Fiends – Christopher Moore paperback / source: library / read Apr. 9, 2013 / Amazon (fantasy / humor) To be honest, I was bored with this book after the first 50 pages or so. I probably shouldn’t have kept reading it but it was the only book with me at the time and I was desperate to read something. Not the best circumstances for reading ANY book, but especially not a humor book. Read More …

REVIEW: Dust and Shadow by Lyndsay Faye

I still haven’t finished reading the original Holmes stories, but that won’t stop me from reading pastiches! Pastiches, for those who don’t know, are basically professional fanfics of things. They usually refer to Sherlock Holmes pastiches, of which there are many. Lately there have been quite a few good Sherlock Holmes pastiches coming out, and most of them seem to be Holmes vs. something. So Dust and Shadow, for instance, is Holmes vs. Jack the Read More …