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16 February 2009 @ 10:35 pm
books in the blood  
It seems I have read far too many books lately to be able to do individual posts about them all, so I've decided to just list them instead, under these headings:

Fantastic = the best of the best - the books I feel the urge to tell everyone about, multiple times, including strangers on the bus.
Great = the rest that were best - books I really enjoyed and will re-read often.
Good = books that I enjoyed, but when recommending them to other say, "save your money and get them from the library", because us book-lovers can't afford everything :o)
Okay = I don't regret reading it, but can't help feeling it could have been better.
(Forgettable = I find myself wondering why these books were published, at least without a solid editorial session.)

I tend to recommended almost every book I read, because there's always someone, somewhere who I know will like it. (Even the Forgettable 'Breaking Dawn' has it's fans, after all *grins*.) So I did like every book here, although I'm open to a chat about why you think I should really have put one under another heading ;o) Hell, the whole point of posting this list is because I like to chat about books, so if anyone wants to chat to me about any of these, for any reason, bring it on. I'd love to book-natter with you!


Fantastic

Nation by Terry Pratchett
The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon

Great

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch (sequel to Lies of Locke Lamora)
The Last Watch by Sergei Lukyenenko (fourth book in the 'Night Watch' series)
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
Fatal Voyage by Kathy Reichs
Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Good

HIVE (Higher Institute of Villainous Education) by Mark Walden
Skulduggery Pleasant: Playing with Fire by Derek Landy
Living with the Dead by Kelley Armstrong (the latest book in the 'Otherworld' series)
Death du Jour by Kathy Reichs
Deadly Decisions by Kathy Reichs
The Chysalids by John Wyndham
Valiant by Holly Black
Knife by RJ Anderson
Numbers by Rachel Ward
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
Wicked by Gregory Maguire
The Cure by Michael Coleman

Okay

Blood Price by Tanya Huff

(Just under half of the books on this list can be found in the Young Adult section. Guess I must be on a YA streak at the moment.)
 
 
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luvscharlie: Jack Readluvscharlie on February 16th, 2009 11:29 pm (UTC)
There is nothing that makes me happier than a rec list from people I know like the same stuff I do. The books I've loved the most have all been recs from my f-list.

Thanks hon!
inkvoices: girl readinginkvoices on February 16th, 2009 11:34 pm (UTC)
I love books - talking about them, recommending them, basking in their lovely presence. *grins* This is self-indulgence.

I could see you liking Kelley Armstrong's 'Otherworld' serise - first book is Bitten. She's sometimes found in horror, sometimes in fantasty. The first book is about a female werewolf, but it's done in an urban fantasy style, so she's trying to juggle being 'normal' with the need to turn into a wolf every so often and a tremendously fast metabolism. Also, the stalker-ish werewolf boyfriend, who happens to be the guy who turned her in the first place. It's fun, and has sex scenes - 'cause I know how you love those ;o)
luvscharlieluvscharlie on February 16th, 2009 11:50 pm (UTC)
You know the curse in writing is that now I read every sex scene as potential new body placement for my next fic. I'm warped by this fandom I tell you. I'm writing down Bitten by Kelley Armstrong before I head out to the bookstore. I only allow myself to go there every so often, as I have no control when I get there.

Is The Graveyard Book appropriate, you think for someone Riley's age (8)? I've heard such good things about it.
Fanartist in training: yeildkath_ballantyne on February 17th, 2009 12:44 am (UTC)
I second the Kelly Armstrong books. I adore them. I couldn't pic my fav. I read most of them ages ago but I recently read No Humans Involved and Personal Demon. Personal demon was good but No Humans Involved was so fucking awesome. Great story, great characters and the hottest UST and then resolution I've read in a while.
inkvoices: girl readinginkvoices on February 18th, 2009 11:47 pm (UTC)
I think I'd pick Industrial Magic at the moment as my favourite, because of the part where a load of the characters come together - I love huge interactions between lots of characters - but I have a soft spot for the werewolves and Industrial only just slides in there. No Humans Involved UST was definitely amazing and the ending was love.

You know how Personal Demon just wasn't quite as good as what had gone before? Well, the next one, Living with the Dead is kind of step down again. It had interesting ideas, plot, fun characters, but it wasn't the story I was expecting. I feel like she's building up to something and I can't wait to see it, so I think I was a bit disappointed when Living didn't have it, if that makes sense. The Summoning - the first of the 'teenage' books is very fun though. :o)
inkvoices: girl readinginkvoices on February 18th, 2009 11:43 pm (UTC)
*grins* I was learning some banking stuff the other day (as you do learning to work in banking) and all I could think of was how I could use it or twist it to fit into a story about Gringotts.

Book stores are dangerous places, but oh so very fantastic. I like going into them, and libraries, and just smiling and saying hello to all the books.

I don't like saying what books are suitable for what ages, because it depends on the person and not their age. If Riley has read the Harry Potter books - is that a daft question? - then The Graveyard Book will be absolutely fine. It's typical in that it's an obvious 'coming of age' story, but Gaiman, wonderfil writer that he is, puts his own unique twists and word play in there, and the dark parts are mostly kind of inferred or couched in language that makes them not kid-safe, but kid-accessible, if that makes sense, and none of it is really dark I didn't think. Kind of fairytale dark rather than Harry needs to die so Voldemort can be defeated dark.
♦ k a h l i a ♦: stock; bookscuban_sombrero on February 17th, 2009 06:04 am (UTC)
Ok, so the only books on that list I've actually read are The Lovely Bones and a few of the Kathy Reichs ones, but there's so many authors there I really want to check out. :D You have really good taste.
inkvoices: girl readinginkvoices on February 18th, 2009 11:52 pm (UTC)
I love, love, love books :oD

I loved the descriptions and language in The Lovely Bones and the unique-ness of the storyline, the perspective (and the 'perfect murder' idea tying into that bit near the ending *nudge nudge* was brilliant), but there was a part near the end - that I don't want to mention in case anyone reads this and gets spoiled lol - that lost my believability a bit. That part with Ruth. That's the only reason I don't have it listed as 'fantastic', because it went more far-fetched than I was comfortable with or felt fit into the story. What did you think about it?

And what do you think about the Reichs books? I watched Bones first, so I tend to compare the two. *grins*
♦ k a h l i a ♦: hp; siriusly lovecuban_sombrero on February 19th, 2009 05:09 am (UTC)
Me too. :D I'm currently in the process of convincing my dad to build me another bookcase, because I've run out of space... again. :(

I really loved the use of the narrator and the language was perfect, so because that's all I look for in a book, I obviously thought it was amazing. I do agree (kind of) - I don't think it was too far fetched so much as the author was trying to stretch the emotion in the book a little too far, and it fell a bit short. I think she tried too hard towards the end to prove her point, so it didn't finish naturally. :D

I love them, even though I watched Bones first too. My favourite thing about the books is that they go into a lot more detail about each case than the show can, and explain the technical stuff for stupid people like me. :D
inkvoices: girl readinginkvoices on February 19th, 2009 10:00 pm (UTC)
I think I now have more books stacked on the floor than on bookshelves. *sheepish grin*

Narrator and language - I couldn't agree more. The far-fetched thing: just that she'd empathised the 'seperateness' of the world her narrator inhabits and the rest of the world, the actual world, and that with the two kind of touching at that point, after all the emphasis that she couldn't influence the other world, and then with the end, where the point was the 'lovely bones' that grew up in her absence...that 'far-fetched' moment, for lack of a better non-spoiler-ish word, didn't really work for me. (Plus, yes, a little far-fetched meaning far-fetched, but then that's dependent on the reader's beliefs and I wouldn't want to 'mark a book down' because of that.)

Do you think it read more like pushing the point at the end than a conclusion? Do you mean the 'lovely bones' bit - which was more beautiful language,,,oh, or the very, very end part in that 'narrator's own world'? Because I could see that, yeah.

(Gosh, this is hard to do with giving up spoilers! *grins*)

I've only read the firest four Reichs books. I think Bones is funnier, but I did love the detail in the books, and also the politics of them, with the different police systems, the way she has to move around the country for her job/s.
♦ k a h l i a ♦: stock; summer lovin'cuban_sombrero on February 20th, 2009 05:56 am (UTC)
Maybe we could just put spoiler warning in the comment subject - it's bold then, and people know not to read. :S It's been a while since I read the book, but if the part with Ruth that you mentioned is the one I'm thinking of, then I don't know - the author clearly knows how to tell a beautiful story, but I think she just overextended herself in some areas, and tried so hard to make the perfect novel that it fell short. :S Or maybe that's just the vibe I got...

I adore Bones. The actual criminology is so far fetched, but I only really watch shows for the characters, so it's not a big deal to me.