Monday, March 18, 2013

Books I've Loved Lately: "The Wildings," "Was," and More

The Wildings was beautiful. Lovely story, engrossing characters -- I hadn't thought a novel populated with just animal characters could be so interesting! -- and beautiful illustrations. Buy it, for yourself or a lucky child. If you're not convinced yet, read Jai Arjun Singh's lovely detailed review.

If you liked the Oz books as a child (or even as an adult -- I would like to reread them soon, and discover the ones I haven't read), you might like Was by Geoff Ryman. It's not a children's book, and the defining mood throughout is sadness, but it's hauntingly beautiful. (I found it through here.)

I'm really enjoying Steven Havill's Posadas County series. They are police procedurals set in a tiny town in New Mexico. In the earlier books, the hero/narrator is an elderly man, who has heart problems, eats too much, and isn't very fit. But he's sharp and funny. In later books, it's his younger protégé, a female undersheriff who's almost an adopted daughter to him.

The paper books on Flipkart are expensive, but the first of the series is free on the Kindle, so maybe start with that and see if you like it. I started with Red, Green, or Murder, also free on the Kindle. I especially enjoyed Scavengers, though.

Since I've been spending a lot of time in bed lately (first the ankle, then food poisoning that left me so weak I barely got out of bed for four days), and haven't even had the energy to read anything new and interesting. So I've been re-reading old Agatha Christies on my Kindle. I can see all the flaws in them now (racism, misogyny, lazy writing, stock stereotypes in place of actual characters), but they're still such comfortable reading.

What have you been reading lately?

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