Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Books Read: February 2014

Below is a listing of the books I read in the month of February.  I read some solid fiction this month.  All links go to my reviews. 

1. The Hypersonic Secret, by Franklin W. Dixon
2. Midkemia: The Chronicles of Pug, by Raymond E. Feist and Stephen Abrams
3. Hyperbole and a Half, by Allie Brosh
4. The Lowland, by Jhumpa Lahiri
5. Allegiant, by Veronica Roth
6. How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, by Mohsin Hamid
7. Range of Ghosts, by Elizabeth Bear
8. Ironweed, by William Kennedy
9. Barrayar, by Lois McMaster Bujold
10. The Star Scroll, by Melanie Rawn
11. Hellbent, by Cherie Priest
12. The Good Lord Bird, by James McBride
13. When Will You Rise, by Mira Grant

Best Book of the Month: Range of Ghosts, easy.  This is must read fantasy. 

Disappointment of the Month: Disappointment might be the somewhat wrong word because I didn't have high expectations, but the Midkemia book from Feist and Abrams.  It is written as it were a series of diary to note the personal perspective of Pug on the events of the various Riftwars.  The greatest focus is on the earliest wars, or the earliest books.  But, everything is so abbreviated and choppy that not only are there no real revelations, it makes the entire thing come across as dull.  Later entries are even shorter, with suggestions (from Pug, and later Magnus) that they'll write more in the future, but then they never do.  It's just not worth it. 

Discovery of the Month: I must read some more Lois McMaster Bujold and do so soon.  Barrayar was excellent.

Worth Noting: If you've never read Melanie Rawn's Dragon Prince and Dragon Star trilogies and you're a fan of fantasy novels, I think you are seriously missing out.  The Star Scroll is the second book in the first trilogy. 

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