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Virtual Light William Gibson PDF Print E-mail
Written by Selaine Henriksen   
Saturday, 07 March 2015 16:33

Published in 1993, this book is fresh and reads like it was written yesterday. Not only by the technological descriptions, also the character interactions, male/female, and dialogue feel modern. I love the idea of the cult of television worshipers; it's just so possible.

I know I'm late to the William Gibson party:) One good thing about discovering an author late in their career is that you don't have to wait for the next book in the series. I can binge read the lot, which I will be doing.

The Girl Who Was Saturday Night by Heather O'Neill PDF Print E-mail
Written by Selaine Henriksen   
Tuesday, 27 January 2015 00:40

I couldn't decide if I liked this book or not, at first. I felt the language, while lovely, sometimes pulled me out of the story. As though the author is checking off a list of "things that should be included in descriptive writing: sounds - check, smells - check, sights - check, touch - check. In other words, yup, the five senses are covered. Some of the sentences sound like they come from too young a protagonist. The narrator is 20, not 12.

But, about a quarter of the way in, I realized I was reminded of my favorite author of all time, Louis Ferdinand Celine. "Journey To The End Of The Night" and "Death On The Installment Plan" helped me through some hard, depressing times. I read and re-read them at one time. (It's been a long time,though). I'm not sure if the sense of familiarity is the milieu. O'Neill's book is also set in a world of poverty, of the grotesque, the tragic, and the absurd. She keeps the tone fairly light, even though the story isn't. We know what's coming but the humor and tone keep us from feeling for the characters too much.

There are some wonderfully funny scenes and descriptions that still have me laughing. I just have a feeling O'Neill could have gone further with the absurd aspect. Really go there. Instead of the absurd peeking around corners and climbing through mirrors, let the 'reality' story do the peeking and cut the absurd loose. Let the reader decide what's true or not.

I hope she continues to write in that direction. I haven't come across a recent writer who has the potential to tap that absurd humor like Celine.

I ended up enjoying the story and liking the book, as much for what it is, as for what I hoped it could be.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 January 2015 01:09
Enemies At Home Lindsey Davis PDF Print E-mail
Written by Selaine Henriksen   
Sunday, 04 January 2015 21:44

In this, the second Flavia Albia novel (or Falco reboot), Lindsey Davis seems to have found Flavia's voice. Without the need for as much back story there is a better flow. The plot was okay; I figured out who dunnit fairly quickly, although I was surprised by the ending. I like the pace; we know Flavia and Faustus are meant for each other but she's taking her time and I'll certainly read more installments to see how they get together. I'm especially excited for Faustus and Falco to meet. I imagine that won't happen soon. Falco could easily dominate the story. I want to see Falco through Flavia and Fautus' eyes. Definitely a good second book in the series and I am looking forward to more.

Last Updated on Sunday, 04 January 2015 21:51
The Ides of April Lindsey Davis PDF Print E-mail
Written by Selaine Henriksen   
Saturday, 03 January 2015 22:08

I'm a huge fan of the Falco novels. My dream is to go to Rome and go on one of the Falco tours (there are such things). No other series has ever brought history to life for me in the same way; not only are the main characters important but the side characters also work to illuminate the daily lives of average Roman people of the time and make me think of them, and their lives, and even feel bad that they are no more. Takes a special writer to make you have "feels" for people long dead.

"The Ides of April" does not feature Falco. Instead it's a Falco reboot. His British, adopted daughter, has become an investigator in her own right. Davis keeps it realistic in the sense that her heroine really can not do things as a woman that a man could do. The first part of the book is slow; there's a lot of back story she has to cover. It seems, too, that Davis has a little trouble establishing Albias's voice. Although, by the middle of the book, it picks up and away we go. I don't care for summarizing the plot of books, because why give anything away? Although, by then, I already had the plot figured out, without trying. I don't do that. I'm not one who tries to figure out the plot, like a puzzle. Still, it was satisfactory to see how it all unfolded. At first, I was thinking it was a disappointment, but by the end I was keen to read the next installment.

Skin Game Jim Butcher PDF Print E-mail
Written by Selaine Henriksen   
Wednesday, 31 December 2014 04:03
Skin Game had everything, an excellent plot that kept me guessing and kept upping the stakes, interesting character growth as Dresden really feels being a father, his fears of changing. However, I never really worried about Dresden changing, or will, he's a good guy, man! But how he keeps from doing it will be interesting, right? The best thing about this book, that was a tad lacking in the last couple, was the humor. It was really funny, good jokes throughout. A great read.

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