Books 13-23

Apr. 1st, 2015 10:36 am
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13: The Throwback, by Tom Sharpe

Okay, Sharpe's humour is puerile and party really gross, but I can't help it, I chuckle every time. This was a re-read of a long-time favourite.

14: Dyslexia in the Second-Language Classroom, by Joanna Nijakowska

Uhm ... riveting read? Seriously though, it wasn't really as concise as I'd hoped too.

15: Speaking from among the Bones, by Alan Bradley
16: The Dead in their Vaulted Arches, by Alan Bradley

Okay, my overall judgment is that I really loved the turn these books have taken, however I think a bit more shadowing about some of these things might have been nice. That there was more to Harriet's death than met the eye I think was wonderfully set up (like, you think it's your average children's novel death off-scene until you realise that Harriet would have been climbing the mountains in the middle of a war why would she do that???) but couldn't they have made passing mention of Lena before? And that American pilot?

17: Going Postal, by Terry Pratchett
18: Making Money, by Terry Pratchett

When I found out about his death, I just had to re-read those because they might be among my favourites of his. He and his genius will be missed.

19: Takedown Twenty, by Janet Evanovich
20: Top-Secret Twenty-One, by Janet Evanovich

These are nice brain candy now and then, but I think the plots get *really* weird and the jokes really repetitive. Also could she just make up her mind about the boys?

21: Soulless, by Gail Carriger
22: Changeless, by Gail Carriger
23: Blameless, by Gail Carriger

You guys, I am so in love with these books. The author doesn't have the slightest clue about British titles and I couldn't care less. I just love love love them. I am going to get the final two from the library this afternoon. It's a bit pulp fiction-y (but in a steampunk!fantasy! manner) but such a refreshing read!

Date: 2015-04-01 08:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shemmelle.livejournal.com
Its probably the lack of knowledge about british titles that meant I couldn't get into that Carriger series.

Date: 2015-04-02 09:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lizzardgirl.livejournal.com
It might well be. I saw all those egregious mistakes and knew they would tick you off because they were just the same things that would usually tick me off and our pet peeves are very similar in that way.

But for some reason it didn't bother me :)

Date: 2015-04-01 02:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] swedepea.livejournal.com
Re: #s 21-23, I'm so glad to hear that! I've been reading her Finishing School series and really enjoyed those. Haven't started these yet, but now I definitely plan to!! :-)

Date: 2015-04-02 05:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] brightly-woven.livejournal.com
And I just read "Prudence" after devouring both the other series.

YAY!

I didn't go to Gail's book event at the end of March because it was 1.5 hours away and no one wanted to go with me.

I wish one of you lived closer.

Date: 2015-04-02 09:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lizzardgirl.livejournal.com
Indeedio!

Is Prudence a completely new series?

I haven't been able to get hold of the Finishing School series yet but I hope I will!

Date: 2015-04-02 09:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lizzardgirl.livejournal.com
You know, I found those because I was searching for the Finishing School series because someone (you? Meg?) was raving about them, but our library only had this series, so I thought, better than nothing.

Maybe I'll drop a hint about the other series in the suggestion box.

Date: 2015-04-01 04:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eattheolives.livejournal.com
JUST WAIT UNTIL AS CHIMNEY SWEEPERS COME TO DUST!

I really intent to give the Carringer books a try someday.

Date: 2015-04-02 09:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lizzardgirl.livejournal.com
Arrrrgh don't tease me! It'll be ages until it comes to my library!

You know, the Carrigers are a bit brain-candy-tastic, but totes engrossing! (also consciously breaking a few stereotypes of the genre in a nice way, and also have gay characters portrayed in a sympathetic way and a heroine who is intrigued about another woman ;-) )

Date: 2015-04-03 06:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lise-lise.livejournal.com
Our library has suffered budget costs. What do they cut on: yeah, English books.

They donated all the French and German books away, even.

This is when i bloody PAY subscription. In other countries libraries can be free.

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