book notes: read ’em now

note: tumblr experiment, while interesting, is too tricky to be sustainable. it’s really not what tumblr is for, i have decided. posts will resume here! but if you like pictures of cats and cartoons of literary characters, that is the place to be. also it has been like two months since i did one of these, so this is long.

Frederica / The Devil’s Cub, Georgette Heyer: Heyer is not playing by the same rules as anyone else in Regency romance as far as i can tell. her books are ridiculously addictive, i can’t even tell you how obsessed with them i am now. she dispenses with pretty much all of the physical romance side of things (which i was surprised to find i didn’t mind as much as i thought i would) and plays the emotional romance game like a master. LIKE A FREAKING MASTER, YOU GUYS.

Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead, Sara Gran: this was my Hurricane Irene read and it was pretty much perfect. we all know i like my private detectives hard-boiled and caustic, and Claire is no exception. what sets this apart from other mysteries, for me, was the crazy-ass mystical school of detection that Claire is the lead detective of (not in the magical realism way, though, an important distinction to make) and. also it is set in post-Katrina New Orleans and dayumn is it a gut-puncher.

Three Shadows, Cyril Pedrosa: this is an incredibly moving and beautiful graphic novel that i read thanks to P Money. great example of the less-is-more school of storytelling that dovetails so perfectly with visuals-heavy GNs.

The Sisters Brothers, Patrick Dewitt: i was surprised and pleased to see this on this year’s Booker shortlist. a Western with a strong and singular voice, highly recommend.

The Stand, Stephen King: i basically did nothing but read The Stand (the complete/uncut edition, you guys, WHICH IS 1400 PAGES) for about 20 hours (minus about five for sleep). FLU BAD. DEVIL BAD. wolves — ALSO BAD.

The Long Goodbye, Raymond Chandler: i wrote a post inspired by this book over on tumblr.

Sex at Dawn, Ryan and Jetha: stephanie and i agree that reading this book is reminiscent of reading Zinn in high school — you are so gobstruck by a revisionist narrative of things you thought you already knew that you can barely contain all the “YOU GUYS DID YOU KNOW THAT THIS IS ACTUALLY NOT THIS” churning around in your brain. will make you reconsider everything you think you know about humans, evolution, and relationships.

The Magician King, Lev Grossman: uhmahgah READ THIS BOOK IMMEDIATELY. no wait, have you already read The Magicians? read that first, THEN read this. ready set go. rebecca agrees.

The Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin: this whole exchange sums up my feelings pretty well. [feminism alert]

We the Animals, Justin Torres: tight, striking, and pointed. three boys who grow up practically feral, and the tense and intense family relationships that produced them.

Zoo City, Lauren Beukes: did i really not already write about this? i could swear i did. Zinzi December is on a par with Harry Dresden in my pantheon of magical detectives, AND THAT IS REALLY SAYING SOMETHING. urban fantasy noir. delicious.

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book notes: read ’em now

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