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18Apr/14Off

daphne?

The Rosie Project

Graeme Simsion

The Rosie ProjectDon is a genetics professor. He's a creature of schedules, rules and routines.
Though never explicitly stated he's obviously somewhere on the high functioning end of the autistic spectrum.
After a disastrous date Don decides to initiate The Wife Project. A futile attempt to apply rationality to matters of the heart. His life and the book takes a turn for the screwball comedy when he meets Rosie and starts helping her identify her biological father.
This a fairly enjoyable romantic comedy that I picked up after seeing on sale cheaply in my local Tesco.
I felt that the portrayal of the inner mental workings of Don's mind was a bit stereotypical and didn't really feel authentic.
A decent little romance, worth reading if you have a fondness for screwball comedy.

Rating: B

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11Apr/14Off

boo?

The Name Of The Star

Maureen Johnson

The Name of the StarThis is a thoroughly enjoyable YA supernatural thriller.
Rory, an American girl, has moved to London from Louisiana for school while her parents teach in Bristol.
On the day of her arrival a murder very much in the style of Jack the Ripper is discovered.
Just as she begins to make friends and starts to adjust to living in a strange country she finds herself caught up the murderous events.
This book is really entertaining and I'm looking forward to reading the sequel even though I've heard rumours that it has the worst cliffhanger in the world!

Rating: B+

9Apr/14Off

hunter?

Veronica Mars:The Thousand-Dollar Tanline

Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham

Veronica Mars: The Ten Thousand Dollar Tan LineThis novel is the follow up to the Kickstarter funded Veronica Mars movie.
It finds our plucky heroine working her first big case as a professional Private Investigator when two teenage girls go missing during Spring Break.
There are some nice twists in this tale and one very important figure from Veronica's past returns.
I really enjoyed this book - it felt like a satisfying episode of the TV series. I'm willing to bet the audiobook voiced by Kristen Bell is even more enjoyable.
Recommended for fans of the TV series.

Rating: B+

29Mar/14Off

wadjet?

Half-Off Ragnarok

Seanan McGuire

half-off ragnarokThe latest Incryptid book is the first to feature Alex Price as the lead character, taking over from his little sister Verity.
Alex is a scientist specializing in reptilian cryptids and the book finds him working the Reptile House of a Zoo under a false identity.
When people and animals start turning to stone Alex has to investigate.
While this book was fun in the same vein of the first two books there were just a couple too any convenent coincidences in this one and it took me out of the book for a while.
Still don't let that put of the series I think they're well worth reading if you like a slice of escapist Urban Fantasy.

Rating: B

28Mar/14Off

scunner?

Pacific Rim

Alex Irvine

pacific rimSolid novelization of one of my favourite genre films of the last couple of years.
There was a richness to the world of the film that made me wonder if any of that would be on display in the novelization.
It's there but not to the extent that I expected. What was intriguing is that several small details must have changed between script and film because there are a few things that happen differently in the book.
If you're interested in giant robots fighting giant alien monsters then check out the film first. While the book is enjoyable in it's own right it's probably only really of interest to fans of the film.

Rating: B

22Mar/14Off

taptap?

The Cormorant

Chuck Wendig

the cormorantThe third Miriam Black book (after Blackbirds and Mockingbird) finds our favourite foul-mouthed and (ever so) slightly unhinged psychic pulled into a seemingly inescapable trap in the weirdest parts of Florida.
I found this book hugely enjoyable. It started off slowly but as the plot unfolds it reveals itself to be the strongest entry in the series yet.
One way it does this by giving Miriam some resolution about parts of her past. It also helps that when Wendig gets to the sharp end of events he makes it deeply personal for our nomally detached and cynical protagonist.
This is also the most overtly fantastical Miriam Black book to date but it's applied in a way that adds depth to Miriam's world without losing the noir feel.
The Cormorant is highly recommended but you will need to read the earlier books to get full value (luckily they're also great reads).

Rating: A-

21Mar/14Off

basset?

The Disreputable History of Franke Landau-Banks

E. Lockhart

THE DISREPUTABLE HISTORY OF FRANKIE LANDAU-BANKSFrankie Landau-Banks is one of the most interesting characters I've come across in a book in ages.
A sophomore at an elite Preparatory called Alabaster she discovers that her boyfriend is a member of a secret society. After he balks at every opportunity to tell her about it she takes an opportunity to use the group to her own ends.
I really enjoyed this book and I really like Frankie and share her frustration with the double standards which are applied to women. I would love to read another book set later in her career to see where that stylishly twisted and pin-sharp mind takes her.
Recommended.

Rating: A-

8Mar/14Off

idlewild?

Anne Of Green Gables

L.M. Montgomery

Anne of Green GablesThis much loved novel tells the story of the irrepressible orphan Anne Shirley who is adopted by sober elderly siblings Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert in late Victorian Prince Edward Island in Canada.
It's an enjoyable read and it's hard to not love the three lead characters for their various strengths and faults.
I basically only read this because various Lizzie Bennet Diaries fans really love it.
You can find yourself a copy at the Gutenberg archive - it's well worth a read if you like a good bildungsroman.

Rating: A-

6Mar/14Off

maladicta?

Monstrous Regiment

Terry Pratchett

monstrous regimentThe 31st Discworld book is the story of Polly who goes to war disguised as a boy in order to find her brother.
It's a rare one-off story in the Discworld series even though it does feature Sam Vimes, William de Worde and a few other characters from earlier books.
Some people love this book and think it's one of Pratchett's very best. I personally think it isn't quite that good - but it's still a great read.
I read it back when it came out but apparently I didn't get around to putting it up on the blog - entries were much more intermittent prior to 2005.
If I remember correctly I thought it was OK but not great. I enjoyed it more and I definitely appreciated the overt feminist themes better this time around.
Monstrous Regiment works as an introduction to Discworld but it wouldn't be my first choice as the book to begin with.
You do know you should be reading Pratchett right?

Rating: A-

5Mar/14Off

hypno?

All My Friends Are Superheroes

Andrew Kaufman

all my friends are superheroesThis novella is mildly funny look at love and relationships.
On Tom's wedding day his new superhero wife The Perfectionist is rendered unable to see her new husband by her arch-enemy Hypno.
Tom spends the rest of the story attempting to become visible to her again.
Every one of the superheroes powers is an amplified personal quirk which the author seems to think is funny and clever but it came across as a bit heavy handed to me.
It's a very quick read and worth checking out of the library like I did.

Rating: B+