If Naomi Novik's novels are the Napoleonic Wars with dragons, Jo Walton's Among Others is English girls' school with fairies. This is a strange, unclassifiable novel. Is it adult or young-adult? Is it literary fiction or fantasy, or magical realism, or ...? Whatever it is, it's wonderful. The voice of the 15-year-old protagonist, who is … Continue reading English girls’ school with fairies
Herewith the eagerly anticipated 2011 Dibby Hill Book Awards, based on what I read in 2011, not what was published in 2011:Book of the Year, Skippie Dies (a grand tale, brilliantly told, Holden Caulfield meets Oscar Wao in an Irish prep school)Best Young-Adult Novel: The Evolution of Calpurnia TateBest Crime Novel: A Single ShotBest Non-Fiction: … Continue reading 2012 Dibby Hill Awards
Get to host author Taylor Stevens at the Southern Festival of Books next week. Really looking forward to meeting her. Link to my review of The Informationist is below.The 2011 list so far:32. The Informationist, Taylor Stevens-http://www.chapter16.org/content/deadly-information31. The Penderwicks, Jeanne Birdsall29-30. Palladin of Souls, The Hallowed Hunt, Lois McMaster Bujold26-28. The Treason of Isengard, The … Continue reading Review of The Informationist
Hit a pretty rich vein in the past couple of weeks with Nos. 19-21 on the list. Lord of Misrule, the *ahem* dark horse that won the National Book Award, is a florid, self-absorbed love fest with the author's own long-ago affair with low-rent horse racing. An amazing book, but hard at first to get … Continue reading Three Good ‘Uns
Just finished Mr. Chartwell, by Rebecca Hunt. Winston Churchill's famous Black Dog rents a room from a potential client, a young librarian whose husband committed suicide. Excellent, gulped it down. I, however, better acquainted with the Black Bird that hangs around my neck at times.2011 List so far.17. Mr Chartwell, Rebecca Hunt16. The Shadow of … Continue reading The Black Beast: Dog or Bird?
So far I've been in a re-reading mode.4. The Warrior Heir, Cinda Williams Chima3. The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate, Jacqueline Kelly2. Armadale, Wilkie Collins1. The Rise and Fall of Mount Majestic, Jennifer TraftonRe-Read:5-6 The Woman in White, The Moonstone, Wilkie Collins1-4 The Nine Tailors, Gaudy Night, Busman's Honeymoon, Lord Peter, Dorothy L Sayers
So, 57 books in 2010. Off my mark from last year. But some fabulous reading.I'm inclined to pass out awards, the First Annual Dibby Hill Awards for Literature:Most Unforgettable: Dog Boy, Eva HornungBest Novel: 2666, Roberto BolonaBest Mystery/Thriller: The Girl Who Played with FireBest Juvenile Fiction: Catching Fire, Suzanne CollinsBest Non-Fiction: The Hemmingses of Monticello, … Continue reading First Annual Dibby Hill Awards for Literature
I finished Dog Boy by Eva Hornung last night about midnight, with a gasp. Literally.Dog Boy is a stunning novel about a four-year-old boy in late 20th century Moscow, abandoned by first his mother, then his alcoholic uncle, as their apartment building on the outskirts of the city is abandoned. Romochko ventures out after all … Continue reading Dog Boy
Arkansas Delta: High CottonSpring River: PerfectFriends of my Childhood: Adorable (photos by Evette Kimbrell Chapman/September 2010)Reading Update: Forest of Hands and Teeth: Hunger Games with zombies, that's a compliment.Reading right now: The Perks of Being a Wallflower, awesome.Through Sept. 2133. The Forest of Hands and Teeth, Carrie Ryan32. Lord of the Changing Wind, Rachel Neumeir31. … Continue reading Welcome Autumn! Hurry Cold Front!
Strange collection of stuff. Finally finished 2666, which was magnificent, wild, tortured, exotic. And it actually did all come together at the end, although without resolution, but at least the circle was completed.The English Major was like guy lit. If hen lit is a woman getting a divorce in middle-age and suddenly finding herself, this … Continue reading Reading Update