I finished The Labours of Lord Perry Cavendish by Joanna Chambers; it’s the 4th in her Winterbourne Series. A fun charming novella about an awkwardly unscholarly young man and a motor mouth artist (male) with anxiety. I love this series to pieces.
I have started The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax by Dorothy Gilman for the mumblety umpteenth time. I need the silliness and light thrillerness of this series right now.
I had never read this and I am a 42 year old English teacher. I have to say, I was all over the place with this book. I hated Holden Caulfield for the first half or so. Whiny, hate-filled, bitter, hypocritical, unable to get along with anyone. By the time the second half hit, I found myself understanding a bit more about him. He had suffered loss, was obviously a combination of naive, immature, and distraught. He did not want to grow up, so he froze and just tried to shut down. The section of the book where he discusses wanting to be a “catcher in the rye” and help children maintain their innocence and protect them was actually quite touching.
It’s hard to let go of childhood and hard to see children that will go through that in the future.
I did not love the book, but the second half was much better than the first half and Holden Caulfield is highly memorable.
Bone Silence Alastair Reynolds - Book 3 of the Revenger trilogy
Background: Millions of years in the future, the original planets and moons of the solar system have been destroyed and life muddles along in a collection of spaceships and space stations. A smattering of alien races now live among us. The economy is based on searching for a strange alien technology referred to as quoins that no one really understands. Kinda like Ethereum.
Into this Universe come the Ness sisters, sailing around, pursued by corrupt, greedy officials, and seeking to transport a renegade alien to safety. An alien who may have the answers to deeply held secrets.
Stylistically, the book is very much Pirates in Outer Space. It makes for a fun, enjoyable read.
I think it’s been marketed as a Young Adult novel. I’m not sure about that. It’s quite violent.
Finished it. Pretty bleak, occasionally pompous, but worth a read, I’d say, for anyone interested in BLM and racial reconciliation.
And now for something completely different: Dr. No by Ian Fleming (1958), the next as I read my way through the James Bond books in order of publication. 007 is sent to Jamaica for what’s supposed to be an easy assignment after a Soviet assassin almost kills him.
One of my all - time favorites. And yes, I was thirteen when I first read it. It was really eye - opening as a young author to realize how deeply flawed protagonists can be. I’d say Salinger had a pretty strong influence on my own voice, too.
I finished World War Z. I really liked it, a solid four stars. The ending was a bit anticlimactic. No turning point when the tide started to turn in our favor. It just ended.
*Has been through significant trauma
*Absolutely no one in your life is willing to address it
*Is tired of seeing the powerful exploit the weak
*Is tired of adults pretending to care when they obviously don’t
*Perpetually alienated from peers
Just started Zoey Punches the Future in the Dick. Second book in the Zoey Ashe series by the guy who wrote John Dies at the End. The first book was Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits. Clever, funny, sarcastic, and somewhat scary about the pervasiveness of social media and omnipresent cameras.
I loved JDATE. I read it when it was serialized on Pointless Waste of Time, before it was bought out by Cracked and before Cracked became whatever the hell it is now.* I’m going to have to put these on my read list. I’ve always enjoyed listening to David Wong talk about anything.