Wowza! Another summer gone!

wwhhhoooooosssshhh… *heads turn* Watch it go, folks! Now it’s on the home stretch!  Aaaand Summer 2013 has now crossed the finish line!!! *polite applause*

Yet another passel of beautiful, fun-packed work-packed months have taken my attention away from this book blog.  But, as proof of my good intentions, here’s a teaser of how I spent the summer:

Me & Rick Bass, chilling by Delta Lake

Me & Rick Bass, chilling by Delta Lake


Mea culpa

Oh, my poor book blog!  Oh, how I’ve neglected you!  I’m surprised to find that you still exist on the netz.  It’s been a whirlwind past few months, involving lots of schoolwork, work-work, moving, starting new work, and still doing schoolwork.

I did get some reading done, although I didn’t actually keep very good notes, the result of which is that I’ve completely forgotten several books. BOO ME!  For example, all I wrote for Parrot and Olivier in America is “7 out of 10? 6 out of 10?”  I was, apparently, so unimpressed with the book, that I gave away my copy, and so I can’t even skim through it to remind myself enough to write a mini-review.

So, with that said, here’s a list of the books I read over the past two and a half months while I was incognito; some of these I hope to actually post reviews of someday.  I’ll be back, reviewing regularly, in no time!


Card, Orson Scott (or is it Scott Card, Orson?): Ender’s Game:  Believe it or not, I actually wrote a full review of this book.  Stay tuned.

Card, Orson Scott: Speaker for the Dead: And here’s ANOTHER one that I wrote a review about! No way!

Card, Orson Scott: Xenocide: You know, after the first two Ender books, it kinda just went downhill from there.  The books all sort-of blurred together, and the little nitpicky annoyances (and big annoyances – like, hello women? hello lgbt peeps?) that I had with the first two books were magnified after reading, what, seven more? They weren’t annoying enough that I stopped reading, of course, but it was enough to lump all of them into one review, which is coming shortly.

Card, Orson Scott: Children of the Mind: see above

Card, Orson Scott: Ender’s Shadow: “ “

Card, Orson Scott: Shadow of the Hegemon: “ “

Card, Orson Scott: Shadow Puppets: ditto

Card, Orson Scott: Shadow of the Giant: ditto

Card, Orson Scott: Ender in Exile: yup

Carey, Peter: Parrot and Olivier in America: Can’t remember much. 7 out of 10? 6 out of 10?

Cline, Ernest: Ready Player One: Enjoyed it thoroughly. review pending.

Eugenides, Jeffrey: The Marriage Plot: Pretty darn good reading. 8 out of 10.

Herbert, Frank: Dune: Guffaw! Was this seriously taken seriously when it came out?? And through the dozen further books and movies and games, all of which were dozens too many? Wow, I can’t even. 4 out of 10.

Hochschild, Adam: King Leopold’s Ghost: LOVED IT. Cried buckets. review pending.

Shaffer, Mary Ann and Barrows, Annie: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society: A beautiful book.  Made me cry (and for surprisingly similar reasons as King Leopold’s Ghost). Review most likely not coming… depends on how lazy I get.  For now, 9 out of 10.

Shinn, Sharon: Jenna Starborn: hooooooly shit. So bad. review pending

Shinn, Sharon: Summers at Castle Auburn: this book, despite being written by the same author as Jenna Starborn, is actually really good. review pending

Smith, Alexis: Glaciers: Absolutely beautiful. review pending

Smith, Sherwood: Crown Duel: An old Y.A. favorite, featuring a headstrong protagonist, swordfighting, intrigue, dastardly deeds, and romance of the very innocent kind. 8 out of 10.

Stephenson, Neil: Snow Crash: Chillin’ at Grandma’s. Meh. Let’s say 7 out of 10, shall we?