Good Sunday to you. The camping trip was a success and all I brought back was this nasty cold! I guess I’ve been lucky this year as many of my colleagues have been out sick for days with a cold that turns into a cough and lasts for weeks. By staying in (except for a bit of gardening) and resting this weekend I hope to have it licked for the final few weeks of school…knock wood. And luckily a friend told me about this. I have taken care of Mr. G’s next birthday present!
I have just finished two books and hope to review them soon, but there are many books I’ve read over the past couple of months that I know I will never review. So here are a few of them, with brief comments.
The Testament of Jessie Lamb by Jane Rogers. I read this because it was on the 2011 Booker longlist and sounded interesting. Then it actually won the Arthur C. Clarke award. It didn’t thrill me, I felt no real connection to the characters and was actually quite appalled by the outcome. I really didn’t buy Jessie’s reasoning. Then again she’s sixteen, I remember what it is like being sixteen. The only other 2012 Clarke nominee I’ve read is Embassytown. Maybe the committee didn’t feel they could give China Miéville another award…
The Broken Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin. The second novel in Jemisin’s Inheritance Trilogy. It’s been ten years since The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms and godlings are free to roam the streets of Sky. The only problem is that someone is killing them. Another fun read from this author. She has just publish the first book in a new trilogy.
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness from an idea by Siobhan Dowd. This is a wonderful fulfillment of another author’s idea. Siobhan Dowd, author of Bog Child and several other young adult novels, died from breast cancer at the age of 47. Ness, the author of the Chaos Walking trilogy, was invited to complete her final novel, and he has shown great skill and compassion in doing so.
Through late winter and early spring I also read books for sheer entertainment, including Blackmoor, Dark Matter, 1222 and An American Spy, all of which were great fun. Sometime I read for the joy of it, books I don’t have to “think” too much about. How about you? What do you read when you just want to get lost in a book?
Sunday Salon is a way for book people to share what they have been up to through the week and to share their thoughts about books and reading. There is now a Facebook group.