Is it really so long since I posted any links to book reviews? No wonder the list's so long. Anyway, here goes, and as usual, just click on the links to read my reviews on Gather.
Two science fiction books: The eye of the storm, and Barok's Exodus, books 1 and 2 of the Stritonoly Chronicles, by William L.K. (who I'm hoping will visit this blog soon). The novels are both fairly short, operatic in scope, with some deeply imagined characters and backstory. I tend to prefer more real science and historical myth, but they're certainly interesting.
One young adult fantasy: Curse of the Opal by Christy Frazier is the first of a new series with very contemporary high school girls interacting with Pirates of the Caribbean.
Immortal Champion by Liza Hendrix is both historical and sci fi / fantasy--well paranormal anyway. It's the third in a series and I'm addicted--heroic Norsemen stranded in a well-researched and evocative Britain, with history slowly moving forwards in each passing tale. This one's set in the 15th century and is equally as fascinating as the others.
Another historical novel: Disciple, Ed Lewis's sequel to Witness, and the second in his Seeds of Christianity series. I've just Christian Ed Lewis's Sowing the Seeds blog one of my favorite internet sites--how could I resist, great book reviews, great historical research, and even some mathematics! Disciple was really good too.
Contemporary mystery: Ted Dekker's Thr3e; my first Ted Dekker book and a worthy introduction. His characters are all very real, Christian or otherwise; nobody exists just to be converted or condemned; and the whole is a fascinating story with lots of intriguing (yes, and sometimes annoying--it is a mystery) twists and turns.
Contemporary romantic mystery is represented by Claire Collins' Fate and Destiny, where fate takes a hand in the life of the tragic Destiny after thugs try to kill her; a fine cozy mystery to read by a fire while it snows outside.
Another contemporary mystery, and a delightfully literary and musical one, is The Devil's Trill by Gerald Elias, which introduces a fascinating blind musician with Holmesian powers of observation and a fascinating outlook on the modern music scene.
Then there's The Unnamed by Joshua Ferris--definitely contemporary, definitely odd, and definitely well worth reading. I read in a review that it's not meant to be metaphorical, but I don't know if it's true. It certainly felt to me like the protagonist's life represented something far more than just a man dealing with a very odd incurable illness.
And finally, delightful to read and serving a serious purpose in lightning my mood and directing my thoughts in more positive directions, there's Daily Deposits for the Soul by Henry Matlock. The timing couldn't have been better; it's a book I really needed to read, and one whose lessons I really should put into practice.