Want to hear something totally embarrassing? There are books I read last October that I haven't reviewed yet. Yeah, I'm really that far behind. (Well, kinda. I've been really good this summer about blogging a book shortly after I read it, but there's all this stuff from before then... oiy.)
Today's song is Tyrone [Live Version] by Erykah Badu. It has nothing to do with anything, it's just in my head.
Oh, and I'm over at Geek Buffet today, talking about banned books. I hope y'all take a look at the banned books lists in the right sidebar. The 2007 list has had a lot of books added in the past week or so.
Anyway, some good books for an upcoming winter, with short reviews because I read them a really long time ago...
As Simple as Snow by Gregory Galloway
Otherwise known as the book that totally ruined Looking for Alaska for me.
Our nameless protaganist is just a normal guy, until he meets Anna, the new girl in town. Anna's written an obituary for everyone in town. Anna likes codes-- especially the one developed by the Houdini's and is obsessed with the numbers stations.
But then, Anna disappears, her dress found by a hole in the ice. But is she gone? And if she is, where?
Haunting and tragic. Be sure to check out the website.
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke.
I liked it. English magicians have long studied magic, but few have dared try to actually use it. But Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell will break that taboo to help England win the Napoleonic Wars and become the toast of London society. Their partnership will turn to rivalry and the fairies aren't really that happy about any of it, either.
A delightful Regency comedic romp, complete with footnotes about the history of English magic.