What I’m reading
Dodger by Terry Pratchett (YA, quasi-historical fiction, Dickensian, street urchins, humor, ARC) pub. 9/13
I’m 44% of the way through Dodger and it has moved to the top of my ‘reading’ pile because I’m getting into the story. I love the characters and the Dickensian tone, and I can’t wait to unravel the mystery of the girl. While I am enjoying the who-dunit story, the tone of Dodger is different from any other Pratchett book I have read. The writing is a bit melancholy and introspective — characters spend a lot of time thinking about death and their legacies. Perhaps this book is more influenced by Pratchett’s life than previous books?
On a different note, historically inaccurate word usage is a pet peeve. This book has several annoying errors. For example, the informal use of the word ‘kosher’ to mean ‘legitimate’ did not enter the lexicon until the 1920’s (long after Dickens’ time). It was just beginning to be used to mean ‘fit to be eaten’ in the 1850’s. A minor but aggravating quibble.
Forest Born this is the fourth book in the Goose Girl series by Shannon Hale (YA or older MG, fairy tales, beautiful writing)
I’ve had some ups and downs with this series. I’ve enjoyed all the books but none quite so much as Goose Girl (the first book). I’ll go through my thoughts on the whole series when I finish it.
What I’m listening to:
1Q84 by Haruki Murakami (Japanese magic-realism, doorstop, rated R)
I’m 6 hours into it and I’m looking for opportunities to listen to this book — definitely a good sign. It’s a huge book (46 hrs), it has explicit sexual content (so I can’t listen to it while the kids are around), and it requires a fair bit of attention (I couldn’t focus at the dentist’s or at sports (while wearing headphones)).
The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle (mystery, Sherlock Holmes, PG-13)
The kids are enjoying this one so much that Gearbox has asked that I put it on his Kindle so he can listen to the whole thing himself. Another generation getting into Mr. Holmes. My work as a parent is done.
What’s on my TBR pile?
Uncontrollable by S.R. Johannes (indie, mystery, outdoorsy, strong-girl protagonist, YA) comes out today. Hurray! I’ll have a giveaway of an e-book in early October so stay tuned.
Raven Boys came out last week — I’m so, so excited. Her book tour swung through my state so my husband took a half day off and we drove down to a signing. Maggie was awesome — gracious and welcoming. We got to chat with her a little bit about the race car she bought. The bookstore was a disaster. When we arrived (10 minutes before the signing) the people who worked at the front desk had no idea there was a signing. And the bookstore HAD NO BOOKS for her to sign. What?! I don’t normally buy paper books any more but I had been planning on buying 3 copies to give as gifts. Luckily her publicist (?) had some book plates she could sign… I was tempted to have her sign my kindle.