January 2010

February 2, 2010

If you'd like to buy any of these books, please consider not purchasing from that online outfit in Seattle (for reasons why, see here, and here). There are plenty of independents out there. Online, for Canada, the big-box alternative is, of course, Chapters. I'm hearing good things about The Book Depository as well (among them, free international shipping). At least one of the books below is a Macmillan (Tor) title. See my previous post for context.

Storm Front, by Jim Butcher

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, by David Wroblewski

This book was beautifully written and contained many lovely passages. For the most part, I found it captivating. The ending wasn't quite for me, but this is simply a matter of the kind of reader I am.

Three Cups of Tea, by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin

One man's admirable quest to educate the world's poorest children. While not a perfect book, a must-read.

Wizard's First Rule, by Terry Goodkind

I'm never certain if I want to start a really long fantasy series, but I decided to check this one out. I was quite enjoying myself, although my gore-meter occasionally ticked a bit high. An interesting premise, strong world-building, plenty of adventure. About two thirds of the way through, I was intending to keep moving on with the series, and then the main character was put through 60+ pages of physical and mental torture. This, unfortunately, left me deflated. I know as writers we're supposed to make our characters suffer, and I understand what the writer was trying to do here. But for some strange reason, this pushed one of my personal reader buttons - again, purely a matter of taste. Other readers will feel differently.

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