Jun. 3rd, 2010

icewolf: box of hearts (box of hearts)
Over on LJ, a friend of mine ([livejournal.com profile] disc_sophist) started a book meme. I've been wanting to jump-start my blogging, and this seems like as good a way as any.

Day 1: the best book you've read during the past year

Without a doubt, The Language of Bees by Laurie R. King. I'm dying, waiting for the followup, The God of the Hive, to become available through the library.

To get first things out of the way first, yes, Mary Russell is married to Sherlock Holmes. Yes, that Sherlock Holmes. Technically, all the Mary Russell books are Holmes pastiches, but they are really so much more. Awesome historical detail, an incredibly intricate but not unintelligible plot, and a healthy dose of humanity, which the Doyle works so often lack, make all the books impossible to put down. Additionally, in Russell King has created a character who is strong and breathtakingly intelligent. She's also emotionally backwards in that way that only genius can be. She is, at once, ahead of her time (currently 1924) and completely a product of it (flying deeply disturbs her explicitly because it is such a new technology). You don't need to read the entire series to follow The Language of Bees, but you do need to read them in order to fully appreciate the book.

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Tomorrow, The Most Underrated Book.

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