30 Aug 2021

Gideon the Ninth


Gideon the Ninth, Tamsyn Muir

Worth reading for the language itself. Check out that first sentence.

What follows is an incredibly promising story, warped imagination, drama, dialogue, tension, wit and jokes until the last page. It's just that that last page is a bit disappointing, the resolution feeling a bit cheap.

It's good enough that I'm reading the sequel and enjoying it. This is like Neuromancer meets ummm... The Addams Family? Never seen anything like it, and the flaw I feel a less challenging book might have avoided is more than made up for by Gideon's irreverent literacy.

9 Aug 2021

Shibumi


Shibumi, Trevanian tr. Anne Damour

Super good story. A little compressed though. There's a fairly uneventful section on spelunking in the middle whose purpose I understand but of whose length I am a little unsure.

Nevertheless, the book shows an extraoridnary balance, making me think that maybe the middle is long for a mystic reason at which my shallow mind can only grasp.

On a personal note, Shibumi argues very strongly against American–and American-influenced Western–culture. I am looking at North Americans in a new light after this.


Lavinia


Lavinia, Ursula Le Guin

Well-told story in Le Guin's characteristically calm depth.


1 Aug 2021

Nineteen Eighty-Four


Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell

Bad, then good, then really bad.

I've always felt that one should read all books that draw one's curiosity, but this book is one I would prefer to read about rather than read.