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Over on LJ, a friend of mine ([ 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.

Spoilerrific details )

Tomorrow, The Most Underrated Book.

List of Days )
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Why? Because mere mention of my instant covetous lust for Laura Joh Rowland's new The Secret Adventures of Charlotte Brontë prompted him to order it for me off of Amazon. It just arrived.

B.) Laura Joh Rowland is TOTALLY AWESOME. I mean, I've read a lot of her Sano Ichiro novels (I've fallen behind in recent years as my time for discretionary reading dwindled), but this is just gorgeous. I'm on the second paragraph, and Rowland has just completely captured Brontë's voice.

I have sworn to take the secret to my grave, and to speak any word of it would bring censure, scandal, and disgrace upon myself and betray a sacred trust. Still, my knowledge burns inside me like a fire, a pressure that must find release or shatter the fragile vessel of my being. I cannot bear that the most singular episode of my own history should go untold.

Is she cribbing notes from Stephanie Barron, who first inserted Jane Austen into the realm of historical crime fiction? Maybe, but that franchise has to come to an end, soon. Barron's Austen will soon be feeling the effects of Addison's Disease too acutely to continue on in her sleuthing ways. Rowland's work comes along at a good time, and, at least so far, the quality of it is such that it's completely sucked me in.

Hey! Look!

Nov. 6th, 2008 09:33 am
icewolf: snowy wolf (book addict)
It's "Watch Icewolf Manage Her ADD" Time!

I've been meandering from novel to novel, not really finishing anything. So here's my reading list for, oh, probably the next four months or so. I'm still working on the order.

Any Given Doomsday, Lori Handeland (I actually got an unsolicited ARC for this in the mail.)
Timeline, Michael Crighton
Deja Demon, Julie Kenner
The Witches of Eastwick, John Updike
The Widows of Eastwick, John Updike
On Writing, Stephen King
Remedy for Treason, Caroline Roe
Jane and the Barque of Frailty, Stephanie Barron
A Flaw in the Blood, Stephanie Barron

Please, no suggestions! This is going to take me long enough as it is. I'm just posting it to help remind myself.

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But many squees! A Thomas story!


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