Tiny reviews for the end of August

160. Scaramouche – Rafael Sabatini e
ebook / public domain / read August 17-19, 2012
I can’t seem to write a good enough review of this, so instead I’ll just link you to my comments over at Tasha’s Project Gutenburg review of Scaramouche. Also here’s a gif expressing my feelings:

161. The Scarlet Pimpernel – Baroness Orczy e
ebook / public domain / read August 19-20, 2012
I expected this to be more of a swashbuckling sort of thing instead of what it actually is, a marriage drama thing with bits of history and intrigue and also there’s a very exciting bit near the end. I don’t really like marriage dramas? Especially when at least one of the people in the marriage is a terrible person and the other one’s a weird kind of romantic doormat– I don’t want to root for them, and generally I prefer rooting for protagonists than wishing they’d get stabbed by the bad guy. Oh well.

162. The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas e
ebook / bought (the Buss translation, which is AWESOME) / read August 20-24, 2012
As I have already talked a bit about this book elsewhere, I’ll just say that a) you should probably take notes when reading this to keep track of characters/aliases/etc., b) the thing with Haydee was EW (but I guess it wasn’t gross at that time? idk), and c) Stephen Fry wrote a kind of modern retelling of this which I reviewed back in 2009.

163. Not in Kansas Anymore – Christine Wicker
hardcover / library / August 28-29, 2012
This is one of those weird books where you think it’ll be scholarly and interesting because the writer is a journalist and also apparently she started researching modern paganism stuff as part of an assignment for her newspaper (magazine?) BUT ACTUALLY it’s more like a memoir of how she stopped being afraid of the ookier parts of life/magic/whatever and met lots of interesting people. That’s not a bad thing, necessarily, but when someone talks about specific things in a religion(/whatever) that they aren’t a part of and haven’t really spent any time around, and there aren’t even any footnotes, I start to get side-eye-y. So.

164. The Diviners – Libba Bray
ARC / ALA 2012 / August 30-31, 2012
Flappers! Flapper slang! New York flappers speaking flapper-y flapper slang! etc. Also ghosts or whatever. I liked this book, but it did that thing where the reader knows the key to the mystery that the protagonists are looking for THE ENITRE BOOK and that is ANNOYING, omfg. I don’t think readers should be dumber than the protagonists they’re reading about, but if you ruin the mystery right from the start you should give the readers something else to do besides obsessing over that fact. Hmph.

BONUS LIFE UPDATE
I am working on some posts but WOAH does it take a lot more energy/time than it used to (or it seems like, anyway). For now, updates will be sporadic and I probably won’t be online a lot. Send me links to interesting things! Also, if you tweet at me I’ll probably see it sooner rather than later. Yay Twitter!

Right now I’m trying to work on a LIBRARY BOOKS POST omg, yes, I have been to the library again and I got even more books! YAY LIBRARY BOOKS. Today I’m hoping to go to a different library and track down more Terry Pratchett books. I have a real craving for Discworld books right now. Also zombies. Discworld and zombies! Yay!

6 Comments

  1. *shakes head sadly* I am shocked you did not love The Scarlet Pimpernel considering how wondrous it was to eight-year-old me. And grown-up me! And if you liked Scaramouche you should read Captain Blood for sure, and you should also especially read Beau Geste. Beau Geste is amazing, and nobody has ever read it.

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