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posted by [personal profile] kchew at 11:26am on 12/04/2009
The ratio of books acquired to books read is still out of whack, but it was my birthday last month and that always throws things off.



Read in March and the first week of April:

The Book of Negroes (Lawrence Hill) - very interesting. I wish I'd made it to the book club meeting I was reading it for, as one person mentioned to me that she was comparing it to Toni Morrison's Beloved and it was falling far short and therefore annoying her. I can see how you would, but I kept thinking "oh, Hill read this book and he must have read that one too."

Territory (Emma Bull): sequel in the works. Yay! I'm now interested in the Old West where I have never been before.

Dreamers of the Day (Mary Doria Russell): I love her work. I was expecting this one to be as emotionally devastating as her last book, but this one instead made me want to know much more about Lawrence of Arabia.

RMR: The Book (Rick Mercer): a series of rants about Canadian politics from Canada's top political satirist.

Snake Agent (Liz Williams): I was expecting more from this book, given some of the glowing reviews I'd seen of it. It did have a great premise, and I loved the total immersion into another culture (an alternate, franchised Singapore) and its religious structure, but it seemed that Williams had too much to say and not enough space to do so. There were too many viewpoints, and a number of loose ends that seemed to have been dropped more than left for the next volume. Characters seemed lightly sketched, and there wasn't enough depth, even though it was supposed to be a police procedural/horror/fantasy novel. I'll read the next one, but if she doesn't resolve some of these issues then I'll not read any more.

Bought (February and March):

The Book of Negroes
Coalition of Lions (Elizabeth Wein)
Ink and Steel (Elizabeth Bear)
Slumdog Millionaire (Vikas Swarup)
A History of Histories (John Burrow)
The Slave Trade (Hugh Thomas)
Territory
The Tiger in the Well (Philip Pullman)
The Tin Princess (same)
The Winter Prince (Elizabeth Wein)
What I Know Now: Letters to My Younger Self (ed. Ellyn Spragins)
Cherry Cake and Ginger Beer (Jane Brocket)
Court of the Air (Stephen Hunt)
The Conscience of a Liberal (Paul Krugman)
Books v Cigarettes (George Orwell)
Timbuktu (Marq de Villiers and Sheila Hirtle)
Inkheart (Cornelia Funke)

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