Here is the compiled list of all the books I read on my trip and my thoughts on them (in brief, obviously). Or else this post would be astronomical. So here you are, everyone:
1. The Invisible Ring
, Anne Bishop. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of this one. Not nearly as good as BJT, but still enjoyable. Set in the same world but with different characters. It made me happy every time Lucivar and Daemon were mentioned. And the reference to Jaenelle very nearly made me squee.
Yes, I know.
2. Good Omens
, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. Thank you thank you thank you
for recommending this one. Seriously. I think I laughed more during this book than I have in a long time. So damn good. I want to write fanfiction, but I don't think I could manage it without butchering canon. *chews fingernails*
And besides, there's not much I wouldn't give for some mad hot Crowley sex.
3. Silence of the Lambs
, Thomas Harris. This one was my second favorite of the triad of Lecter novels. And I have to echo Mimi here: Ooooh, Dr. Lecter!
Secksy, in a psychopathic sort of way. Grisly, but good reading. And I
liked it, anyway.
4. Red Dragon
, Thomas Harris. Mmmmph. I didn't like this one so much. There was very little Lecter, and Will Graham was annoying. And the Dragon dude was just...weird. Grisly, but without the quality of Silence of the Lambs
, Bob Thurman. Been planning on reading this one for a while, finally got around to it, loved it. The narration has a snappiness to it that I like, and the voice is uniquely modern and thoroughly enjoyable. I'm looking forward to reading the next one, and will be sure to give people updates, if they want them.
6. The Bell Jar
, Sylvia Plath. Sweet and sad. I sort of love Esther. Parts of this one felt eerily real to me, personally. That was a little scary.
, Carol Berg. Read this as a follow up to Transformation
in the same series. I enjoyed it immensely, but not nearly so much as the first one. I wanted more Aleksander/Seyonne interaction. (You know, the slashpurtunities just occurred to me there. Must write that down.) I also felt like it had a little too much information in it. I got a little lost about halfway through: took me a while to find my way again. The emotional ending was the best part. No, I'm serious. Really.
, Carol Berg. I liked this one a lot. This may be my favorite. It effectively showed the dark sides of power, even power for good reasons, and it made me think more than other books have. I enjoyed it. I didn't really like the romantic angle, though. It just sort of showed up, and it felt a little tacked on.
, Morgan Llewellyn. There was one character in this book who really got on my nerves: Evleen, the Druid woman. I realised why halfway through - she was clearly, obviously, and unashamedly a mouthpiece for the writer's views on Christianity. I hate it when people do that in fanfiction, let alone published works. She also used third person omniscient, which I don't like and is really hard to do without seeming clunky. She didn't manage it. The story was good, though, and I love Grania's character.
10. Case Histories
, Kate Atkinson. Oh, this one was good. One of the best mysteries I've read in a while. Can't say much without giving stuff away: suffice it to say that the ending of one mystery in particular had me very, very surprised.
, Anne Bishop. Am definitely reading Belladonna
. Duuuuude. Sebastian. Yum. Anyway, I loved this one too. It was excellent, flowed along well, no awkward third person omniscient. I like. I like very much. And Sebastian is terribly sexy. *actually thinks about snagging him for DF*
*and probably will*
12. The Last Templar
, Raymond Khoury. A Da Vinci Code
rip off. There are better thrillers. There are better ripoffs, too. Don't read it.
13. The Dancers at the End of Time
, Michael Moorcock. OMG. So good. It was bizarre and delicious. Picked up this one off my book list I got for Christmas at W.H. Smith, a UK bookstore (and omgwtf all the covers were so purdddddyyy I want purdy covers!!! squee) and read it in about a day.
I can't decide who I heart more: Jherek or Amelia? The best part, hands down, is Jherek in London.
14. The Time Traveller's Wife
, Audrey Niffenegger. You've heard of this one, I'm sure. Trust the hype. It's weird, it's a little hard to wrap your mind around, but it's good. And the ending is a little heartbreaking. Beautifully written, besides. Not Charles Dickens, but still beautiful. Books Left to Read:
, Joanne HarrisHannibal Rising
, Thomas HarrisAirs Beneath the Moon
, Toby BishopShip of Magic
, Robin Hobb (and the rest, if I like it)The Lady and the Unicorn
, Tracy ChevalierMoon Called
, Patricia BriggsBelladonna
, Anne BishopMoonshine
, Bob ThurmanJonathan Strange and Mr. Norrel
, Susanna ClarkeThe Hidden Stars
, Madeleine HowardA Game of Thrones
, George RR MartinBone Doll's Twin
, Kate Flewylling or something like that.The Gunslinger
, Stephen King (and maybe more)Shapechanger's Song
, Jennifer Roberson (and the rest of the series.)Kushiel's Scion
, Jacqueline Carey
The Chanur Saga, CH CherryhNew Spring
, Robert JordanChocolat
, Joanne HarrisA Probably Future
, Alice HoffmanDragon Prince
, Melanie RawnInterview with A Vampire
, Anne Rice
And maybe I'll finally get around to finishing Les Miserables
, Victor Hugo.
And probably a reread of BJT in there somewhere.
And now, a meme.