July 2009 log

I’m going to try to go back to using this as a booklog; I have better internet access now (and hopefully will have it on my own computer instead of competing with others soon; it’s still better than the library, though). Hopefully I can go back to trying to at least comment on things as I read them and so actually post here more often. I read an appalling amount of books last month and finished most of them: 17 fantasy (2 new, the rest reread, 1 new and 1 reread unfinished), 1 science fiction (reread), 8 mystery (2 reread), 8 manga (1 new, the rest reread, all fantasy), 1 romance (reread), 1 parody? (new), 1 political thriller (new) . My classifications might be a bit off, but the numbers are correct.

Tanya Huff – Sing the Four Quarters, Fifth Quarter, No Quarter, The Quartered Sea (possibly started reading in late June, own, reread)

Stephen Brust and Emma Bull – Freedom and Necessity (own, started, possibly late June)

Mercedes Lackey – Bardic Voices, The Robin and the Kestrel, The Eagle and the Nightingales, A Cast of Corbies, Four and Twenty Blackbirds (own, reread) — I didn’t really realize how much of these were descriptions and internal monologues instead of action (especially Four and Twenty Blackbirds); I was kind of annoyed. I also seem to have lost The Eagle and the Nightingals when I moved.

Dorothy Heydt – Point of Honor (own, reread)

Erle Stanley Gardner – The Case of the Lucky Loser (reread), The Case of the Shapely Shadow, The Case of the Hesitant Hostess, The Case of the Sulky Girl, The Case of the Duplicate Daughter, The Case of the Angry Mourner (all from the library; new library = new-to-me books)

Elizabeth Bear – New Amsterdam (library) — read Seven for a Secret first (library there had it, but not this); it has the same characters but is set considerably later (the last here was 1903; that is WWII-ish (possibly a little earlier, but Hitler is in power)). This is set in a world where the English/British empire eventually acquired New Amsterdam from the Dutch, but did not rename it to New York. It is still a colony, with a duke representing the empire and a mayor of the city itself. Abigail Irene Garrett is a forensic sorceress in service to the crown (a Crown Investigator, works with the colony police but is under the duke). Sebastian de Ulloa is a vampire; he needed a change of scenery and ended up in New Amsterdam. Together, they fight crime. This is a collection of stories: the first involves a murder during Sebastien’s journey; the second starts with Abigail Irene investigating a murder, and Sebastien takes an interest (both in the case and in her); the rest involve them working together (at first, he intrudes, but eventually it becomes more of a partnership). Seven for a Secret did mention some of the events in the last story, so I did know something of what happened at the end, but wasn’t sure until I got near the end that it would actually be part of the story (I didn’t remember the details at first; it was probably obvious much sooner than that).

Arina Tamemura – Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne 1-7 (own, reread, debating selling)

CLAMP – xxxHOLiC v13 (library, though I do plan to buy it) — more of Kohane’s story, less plot than v12

Georgette Heyer – The Reluctant Widow (own, reread)

Katherine Kurtz and Deborah Turner Harris – The Adept, The Adept Book 2: The Lodge of the Lynx, The Adept Book 3: The Templar Treasure, Dagger Magic, Death of an Adept (own, reread)

Jay Lake – Trial of Flowers (library) — did not finish, stopped at the beginning of the second section, decided I did not care enough about the characters to want to read about what was likely to happen next

Agatha Christie – And Then There Were None (library, reread)

Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith – Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (borrowed) — mildly amusing, might have liked it better if it didn’t mostly feel like it was done by search and replace; they claim the next will have a higher percentage of original material.

Erle Stanley Gardner – The Case of the Crying Swallow (library) — which should have had “and Other Stories” on the cover somewhere but didn’t; I was very surprised when I opened it up and found it wasn’t a novel; the title story was a Perry Mason story and was a novelette, though, and it was kind of interesting to read some of his other stories.

Neal Stephenson and J. Frederick George – Cobweb (own) — kind of slow; I might have liked it better reading it at the time it was released (set in 1990-1991, originally released in 1996; deals with events leading up to the Gulf War). I did finish it, though I don’t know if I’d ever reread it.

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