Monday, July 13, 2009


Now that I'm back from Vegas and not spending time preparing for Vegas, I'm hoping to get back into writing some of these book reviews that are piling up. (At some point, there may be a post about Vegas adventures but right now I'm too tired.)

The books I've read but not yet reviewed are Last Argument of Kings by Joe Abercrombie, Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs, and Archangel by Sharon Shinn (which did end up being my book for airplane reading since so many recommended it, it was a book I had, and it was the book I had with the cover that made it least likely that John would leave me in New York if I read it in public). Since there are plenty of reviews of Last Argument of Kings already, I may end up just writing a few thoughts on that one depending on how long it takes me to write the other reviews. Cry Wolf was somewhat of a disappointment for me in comparison to the Mercy Thompson series, but it picked up enough by the end that I'll probably give the next book a shot sometime after it comes out next month. Archangel was very good although the main character was the type that you just wanted to talk some sense into sometimes.

Now that I will (hopefully) have some time again, I am going to finish Catherynne Valente's The Orphan's Tales: In the Night Garden, which I am very impressed with so far. It's a beautiful intertwining of stories, but it is also definitely a book that is best read all at once. I felt a bit lost when I picked it up last night after a bit of a break from reading it. After that, I'll probably start Best Served Cold by Joe Abercrombie, Medicine Road by Charles de Lint, or Twilight of Avalon by Anna Elliot. I want to read Best Served Cold by the end of the month but I might try to squeeze in something shorter first if time permits it.


orannia said...

Welcome back! I hope everything went well in Vegas..or is in a case of what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas :) (Sorry, my attempt at humour!)

I'm sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy Cry Wolf that much, but I am glad you tried it. I look forward to hearing your thoughts on it.

And I must re-read Archangel! BTW, does John not know that now you are married, you can read books regardless of cover, anywhere :) It's in the small print *grin*

Kristen said...

Orannia - Thanks! Even the airport signs in Vegas said "What happens here stays here." ;) But no, I'm too boring to do anything that needs to stay in Vegas.

I thought Cry Wolf was somewhat good but it took a while to get going. I have hopes that the next one might be better, though, since toward the end was better than the beginning.

Hehe, I actually started Archangel on the way to Vegas, which was before we were married so I didn't have that privilege. Next time, though... ;)

I'm still not sure why he thought that was worse than the Ill Wind cover, though. Personally I would have found that one less embarrassing to read in public than Archangel. He thought it looked like a bad album cover from the '70s, though. Even so, that seems less cheesy the Archangel cover to me.