REVIEWS: The Big Over Easy, A Confusion of Princes, Talking to the Dead

I’ve decided to stop differentiating between “tiny,” “mini” and “regular” reviews and just call them all “reviews.” Because it’s easier!

Anyway, I’ve finally got caught up on my reviews for the end of September through October, and I’m working on catching up with November’s reads. Since I haven’t read that much this month (yet), it’s going very well. I’ll be posting the reviews out of order because, er. Because. Here’s the first batch!

182. The Big Over Easy – Jasper Fforde
paperback / library / read Oct. 8-9, 2012 / Amazon
This is like if hardboiled detective stories took place in the real world, only the real world has got fairy tale characters living amongst real people and detectives are more concerned with writing good stories than with solving crimes. Funny/absurd Jasper Fforde stuff: check! Interesting mystery that unfortunately is still mostly subsumed under the funny/absurd stuff: check. Better than The Eyre Affair? Check! Am I going to continue reading this series? Check-a-roonie. Also: literary references I can recognize! Yay!

188. A Confusion of Princes – Garth Nix
hardcover / library / read Oct. 17-18, 2012 / Amazon
Garth Nix, writing sci-fi! For some reason I didn’t realize that this was the case with A Confusion of Princes, and so I was expecting a fantasy with romantic, swordfighting pretty boys. Instead it’s a futuristic space opera only without a lot of the opera and the pretty boys are really just one dude and his sister and also there’s not really any swordfights. There’s space monks! And space pirates sort of show up near the end. And a bit of romance. Eh. It’s okay. I’d definitely recommend reading one of his other books before this one (like Sabriel, for instance) if you’ve never read a Garth Nix book before.

Insert here a review of The Labyrinth of Dreaming Books!

190. Talking to the Dead: Kate and Maggie Fox and the Rise of Spiritualism – Barbara Weisberg [DNF]
hardcover / library / read ?-Nov. 3, 2012 / Amazon
Apparently reading about fictional Spiritualism stuff is slightly more interesting than nonfiction– although Talking to the Dead ain’t a bad read, for all that I couldn’t finish it. It’s interesting to learn about the beginnings of the Spiritualist movement, and to learn about the women who started it all. For some reason I got stuck about halfway through and couldn’t continue; I think I lost momentum, and as this happened right in the middle of my last reading blahs I’m not surprised I had to DNF it for now. It probably also didn’t help that I couldn’t remember the three Fox sisters’ names for, like, the first six chapters or something.

Recommended for people who are interested in ghosts, religious history, and/or want to know more about all that Spiritualist stuff found in books like A Drowned Maiden’s Hair.

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