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review 2015-12-29 06:24
Little Sister Death by Gay, William (September 29, 2015) Hardcover - William Gay

One minute I liked this, the next I didn't. There are a few excellent moments of menace which then melt away. It would be far easier to read if there were a few quotation marks here and there as often it isn't clear whether a conversation is taking place or just thoughts in someone's head. All in all this book was very disappointing with one of the worst endings I've seen in a while, mainly because the book itself wasn't finished by the author. It didn't live up to the description at all.

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text 2015-09-29 21:03
Top Ten Tuesday: September 29

Readalikes: Ten Books To Read If You Like This Super Popular Book/Author  (There were several options for this one; I went for multiple titles with one or two suggestions per title).


Hmmm. I’m not good at this. I’m usually so far behind with popular books and bestsellers, I don’t know how helpful my suggestions will be. But here goes.


If you liked…


The Da Vinci Code, I would suggest Kate Mosse’s Labyrinth (since it’s part of a loosely-aligned trilogy, also Sepulchre and Citadel). It might be a bit of a cheat, as I think Labyrinth was also a popular book for a while, but it seems to have fallen off the radar rather quickly.


Twilight, I would suggest Meredith Ann Pierce’s Darkangel trilogy. It’s more complex than Twilight, and the heroine feels much more multi-dimensional.


The Hunger Games trilogy, I would suggest the classic manga Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind by Hayao Miyazaki. Another strong, resourceful, and empathetic heroine dealing with a dystopian/post-apocalyptic future.


The Harry Potter series, I would suggest both Ursula K LeGuin’s Earthsea Cycle, and Diana Wynne Jones’ Chronicles of Chrestomanci series. Both are seminal YA series about young magic users coming into their own and fighting evil forces.


The Fault in Our Stars, I would suggest Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. Probably another cheat, as E&P was no slouch in the popularity department. I won’t deny it has some issues with the portrayal of Park’s mom, but her character is relatively minor, so making a call as to whether she is a racist stereotype or simply not given enough page time to be developed is up to the reader to decide.


Gone Girl, I would suggest She Must Not Leave, by Fay Weldon. I don’t honestly know how it holds up in a post-Gone-Girl world, but the twist really caught me by surprise when I first read it years ago.


The Help, I would suggest The Color Purple by Alice Walker. Mostly because if you really loved The Help, you seriously need to read a book about black people that doesn’t revolve around a white savior.


Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy by Laini Taylor, I would suggest an older, lesser known-YA trilogy by Betsy James, The Seeker Chronicles.


Memoirs of a Geisha, I suggest Geisha: A Life by Mineko Iwasaki. I really liked Memoirs (and mostly still do) when I read it years ago, but I read Geisha right afterward, and realized that white dudes are not the best resources for stories about the inner lives of Asian women.


I ran out of steam and couldn’t come up with a tenth one.

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review 2015-09-25 15:55
Lightless by C.A. Higgins
Lightless - C.A. Higgins


T I T L E: Lightless
A U T H O R: C.A. Higgins
P U B L I S H E R: Random House Publishing Group/Del Rey Spectra
P U B L I S H--D A T E: September 29, 2015
I S B N: 9780553394429

The deeply moving human drama of Gravity meets the nail-biting suspense of Alien in this riveting science fiction debut. With bold speculation informed by a degree in astrophysics, C. A. Higgins spins an unforgettable “locked spaceship” mystery guaranteed to catapult readers beyond their expectations—and into brilliantly thrilling new territory. Serving aboard the Ananke, an experimental military spacecraft launched by the ruthless organization that rules Earth and its solar system, computer scientist Althea has established an intense emotional bond—not with any of her crewmates, but with the ship's electronic systems, which speak more deeply to her analytical mind than human feelings do. But when a pair of fugitive terrorists gain access to the Ananke, Althea must draw upon her heart and soul for the strength to defend her beloved ship. While one of the saboteurs remains at large somewhere on board, his captured partner—the enigmatic Ivan—may prove to be more dangerous. The perversely fascinating criminal whose silver tongue is his most effective weapon has long evaded the authorities' most relentless surveillance—and kept the truth about his methods and motives well hidden. As the ship's systems begin to malfunction and the claustrophobic atmosphere is increasingly poisoned by distrust and suspicion, it falls to Althea to penetrate the prisoner's layers of intrigue and deception before all is lost. But when the true nature of Ivan's mission is exposed, it will change Althea forever—if it doesn't kill her first.


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text 2014-09-29 21:17
#Bookadayuk Day 29: Book That Made You Question Everything
The Left Hand of Darkness - Ursula K. Le Guin

Maybe it didn't make me question EVERYTHING, but it did make me question one of the most influential and invisible elements of life on Earth: what is a world without a gender binary like? How do you think if not in terms of masculine and feminine? What would our world be like if we didn't make assumptions based on centuries of (mostly misinformed) notions of what "belongs" to each gender? Even LeGuin can't escape it in her own narrative; throughout, the androgynous denizens of Winter are referred to as "he," which is inaccurate and limiting in the extreme. But how would we refer to people without gendered pronouns? She never quite figures that part out, but the attempt is brilliant.


This is one of those books that sort of sneaks up on you; I didn't realize just how much it made me think about and question the shaping influence of gender until it was over.

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