Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Reading, reading and more reading.

We had a challenge at our writers' group to write two-line book reviews. It was kind of fun. So maybe I'll try to restrict my blogger reviews to around two lines, but you can still click on the blue links to find the full-length reviews on gather.

We've got a new challenge to write two-line descriptions of what we're writing. Now that should be fun...

Anyway, here's what I've been reading this last week:

Before you Launch, by Ruchira Agrawal: A useful little book for learning about yourself and your passions, and discovering whether you've got what it takes to be an entrepreneur.

Tales of Suruale: Davi, by Roy C. Booth and Brian R. Woods is a neat short fantasy with nicely drawn human and dwarvish characters in a world where prejudice and betrayal are as common as today, and love just as strong.

Terrorist Queen, by Gary Sutton: I reviewed Oskaloosa Moon for the author a little while ago (a wonderful book), and he kindly sent me a copy of Terrorist Queen when he realized I share his love of ancient Britain and Queen Boudica. This short novel presents a really evocative picture of Roman rule and tribal rebellion.

Please Look After Mom, by Kyung-sook Shin is a beautiful literary novel set in Seoul where an elderly mother has gone missing from the railway station. There's something very intriguing in the way the author brings readers so close to her characters yet keeps them distanced enough to see their own lives as well as those that the story portrays.

Dark Water, by Laura McNeal is a young adult novel set in California in the lead-up to the Agua Prieta wildfire. A teenaged girl becomes enamored of a silent young Mexican, his silence replacing the love of her father's absent voice. But the summer is building up to disaster in more ways than one.

Tourniquet, by Richard Monson
is an exciting political thriller set in the US, Mexico and the Middle East, marred by rather self-conscious warnings at the start that it might be hard to follow. Ignore the warnings, make your own decisions about the politics, and enjoy the ride.

The Werewolf Upstairs, by Ashlyn Chase creates a very nice paranormal scene in a Boston apartment block, peopling it with innocent young attorny, wild werewolf, gothic witch, annoying ghost and many other zany characters, some of whom fall in love, of course.

Unsavory Delicacies, by Russell Brooks, newly released, is a delightfully foody set of three stories involving spying, murder and crime against a backdrop of expensive restaurants, by the author of Pandora's Succession.

1 comment:

A. F. Stewart said...

Your reviews are always great.

And I just wanted to let you know that I'm passing on the Inspiration Award to you and your blog.
You can check out and pick up the award here: http://afstewartblog.blogspot.com/2011/04/awards-inspiration-and-bloggers.html