Wrap-Up: August 2012

I am quite proud of my August reading list. Not only did I finally finish the Heinlein book that has followed me through many months but I also finished N.K. Jemisin’s Inheritance trilogy, caught up on some YA dystopia classics and finished the Parasol Protectorate series. I’d say way to go for finishing series (and starting new ones…).

THE BEST:

Rob Reid – Year Zero 8/10

This book was just so much fun. It is full of silliness, jokes about copyright laws, music, aliens and Microsoft. This was the perfect popcorn read that combined a nice plot with funny characters and a theme that concerns all of us internet users. Plus: Rob Reid is a super nice guy and I can’t wait for him to write more books in the same vein.

Richard Matheson – I Am Legend 8/10

I understand why it’s a classic of science fiction literature. The atmosphere is so dense that reading the book made me really uncomfortable. As short as it was, as impressed I became by the style and tone of the story.
Highly recommended.

N.K. Jemisin – The Kingdom of Gods 7,5/10

While it wasn’t my favorite of the trilogy (The Broken Kingdoms was) I still enjoyed Jemisin’s beautiful prose. Sieh made a great protagonist. The plot was all over the place at times but the ending was satisfying and the bonus ending actually left me with a huge smile and a full heart.

Lois Lowry – The Giver 7,5/10

A young adult dystopian novel to my liking! The dystopia was convicing, in that it seemed more like a utopia in the beginning, and the style was so fluid that it was hard to put the book down. I wasn’t a fan of the ending, because the plot simply got a bit boring. The very end was appropriate and leaves a bit for the readers’ imagination.

Robert A. Heinlein – Stranger in a Strange Land 7/10

A great novel about a man from Mars teaching Earthlings his way. It started with a lot of plot, gripping style, and compelling characters. Towards the middle, there was almost no more plot, but all the more ideas and thoughts about religion, sexuality and human society. As a story, it failed to keep me interested at times, but as a combination of ideas and plot, I was hooked. Jubal Harshaw is one of the coolest and most memorable characters I can remember reading about.

THE WORST:

none of my August books was really bad 🙂

THE REST:

Jay Kristoff – Stormdancer 6,5/10

Japanese steampunk is this debut novel’s elevator pitch and Janapese steampunk is what you get. There are chainsaw katanas, shogun, a thunder tiger (a griffin with a tiger’s body), airships, steam-powered suits, … Yukiko made a good protagonist and I enjoyed her relationship with Buruu but there were some major first-novel-flaws. The plot became predictable and the ending was too Hollywood for my taste. I will read the second part in the Lotus War series but I’m hoping for great improvement.

Gail Carriger – Timeless  5,5/10

Alexia is back! And she’s bringing her usual entourage. In fact, if you’ve read the rest of the Parasol Protectorate series, everything about this one is usual. Gail Carriger doesn’t bring a single new idea, she just rehashes old ones. The same goes for her jokes. Her writing style is as whimsical as we’re used to and Ivy still wears silly hats. Some matters do get resolved but there are many questions left unanswered and, honestly, I don’t much feel like reading any more Parasol Protectorate.

COMING UP IN SEPTEMBER:

Hugh Howey – Wool

Wow! This is my surprise of the month already.I’m glad I got the omnibus edition (1-5) because I did not want to stop reading. I still don’t. Dear Hugh Howey, please write more faster. Because I’m afraid, once I’ve read the latest instalment in the Silo series (which I already bought), I’ll still be yearning for more. It’s that good. Also, at the rate I’m going I’ll probably finish this before Cloud Atlas…

David Mitchell – Cloud Atlas

I have 30 pages left in this big novel-made-of-stories and while my overall impression is a good one, I didn’t enjoy all the stories equally. Also, I’m still hoping for a big surprising ending.

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