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fablejack

A non-blog from a non-blogger. Just readin' books and stuff.

Currently reading

Double Feature
Owen King
The Portable Dorothy Parker
Dorothy Parker
Strengths Based Leadership: Great Leaders, Teams, and Why People Follow
Barry Conchie, Tom Rath
The Hobbit
J.R.R. Tolkien
The Complete Stories
Flannery O'Connor
Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time
Brian Tracy
Good to Great in God's Eyes: 10 Practices Great Christians Have in Common
Chip Ingram

The Fall (The Strain Trilogy, #2)

The Fall (The Strain Trilogy, #2) - Guillermo del Toro,  Chuck Hogan Better than the first because it moved a bit more quickly, but could be better.

The Dog who Came in from the Cold (Corduroy Mansions, #2)

The Dog who Came in from the Cold (Corduroy Mansions, #2) - Alexander McCall Smith Mostly pleasant.

Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse #1)

Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse #1) - Charlaine Harris I rolled my eyes a lot and it is quite flawed, but ultimately, trashy fun.
Sharp Teeth - Toby Barlow

Jazz. Mysterious, sexy, violent, dark, sweet, gritty, cruel, casual jazz.

Voices of the Dead

Voices of the Dead - Peter Leonard,  Elmore Leonard Has all the elements of a good, fast-paced mystery/suspense novel, but ultimately missing some of the heart of better books in this style.
Magic for Beginners - Kelly Link Really creative and about 50% brilliant but in some of the stories the magical leaps didn't take me along for the ride.
That is All - John Hodgman

Laugh out loud funny in small doses but the law of diminishing returns kicked in about halfway through. This is the third of these I read nearly in a row and, while a few hundred pages of fake trivia amused me, I probably should have rationed 7-900 pages of it out over a year or so. I take partial responsibility for that.

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) - Mindy Kaling Pretty funny but offputting at times. A very quick read.

Nobody Move (An Unabridged Production)[4-CD Set]

Nobody Move - Denis Johnson, Will Patton Oh, the gritty, gritty minutiae. So much description to accomplish so little.
No One Belongs Here More Than You: Stories Read Aloud - Miranda July

Compelling. I always wanted to hear what was next as I listened to this audio book read by the author. However, sometimes the stories lose a little bit of their effectiveness or bite when they trade the interesting and weird character studies for what I feel is, at times, a cheaper kind of shock value.

Luka And The Fire Of Life

Luka And The Fire Of Life - Salman Rushdie Should have been much better, but it gets bogged down with with names and mythology allusions.

Robopocalypse

Robopocalypse - Daniel H. Wilson A page turner with a choppy narrative style that works for the most part. Some of the characters aren't very well fleshed out (and there are quite a few of them) but a few that are described in more depth are pretty interesting. Lacks some detail in favor of exposition (saying a character was later recognized as a hero rather than describing or demonstrating how that happened). Overall, I enjoyed it and will look forward to the movie if it's well done.
Quiver - Peter Leonard I can't think about this book without thinking about his dad, Elmore's writing. It spent a little too much time on side stories that didn't advance the plot and got a little distracted trying to get in the heads of the characters, but the underlying story was kind of gripping. And messy. Maybe his second book will be better.
More Information Than You Require - John Hodgman It may be a mistake to read this from front to back like any ol' book. I probably would have enjoyed it more in bite-sized, fake trivia chunks since I had to push myself to keep going, despite finding it pretty clever.

The Real

The Real - James Cole I never would have finished this if I weren't stubborn and hadn't borrowed it for free on my Kindle. From the stilted language to the unbelievable dialogue to the laborious exposition, I cannot recommend it.
Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch - Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman This was a lot of fun and I enjoyed it. Given free rating rein, I would probably give it about a 3.6-3.8 because I felt that the writing got less clever as it went along instead of sustaining it and I actually found myself becoming less engaged as it built toward the climax. Still, quite fun.