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1amysisson
Bearbeitet: Nov. 30, 2018, 8:49pm

1. Artemis by Andy Weir. Science fiction. Read 01-24-18.
2. Envy of Angels by Matt Wallace. Urban fantasy. Read 05-01-18.
3. The Pros of Cons by Alison Cherry, Lindsay Ribar, and Michelle Schusterman. YA. Read 06-28-18.
4. In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware. Mystery. Read 07-06-18.
5. The Queen of the What Ifs by Norma Klein. YA. Read 07-08-18.
6. IQ by Joe Ide. Mystery. Read 07-11-18.
7. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin. Literary fiction. Read 08-19-18.
8. Plane Insanity: A Flight Attendent's Tales of Sex, Rage, and Queasiness at 30,000 Feet by Elliott Hester. Read 08-22-18.
9. Love Has No Resurrection and Other Stories by E.M. Delafield. Read 09-12-18.
10. Legion: The Many Lives of Stephen Leeds by Brandon Sanderson. Read 09-28-2018.
11. Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan. Read 11-24-2018.
12. One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus. Read 11-29-2018.



FORMAT
Audio book -
E-book - 1
Print - 11
TOTAL - 12

REPEAT OR NEW?
Repeat - 1
New - 11
New in German, previously read in English -
TOTAL - 12

LANGUAGE
English - 12
German -
TOTAL - 12

GENRE:
Children's - fantasy -
Children's - general fiction -
Children's - science fiction -
Fantasy -
General fiction -
Humor -
Literary fiction - 2
Literature - American -
Literature - British - 1
Mystery - 2
Nonfiction - 1
Science fiction - 2
Thriller -
Urban fantasy - 1
YA - fantasy -
YA - general fiction - 2
YA - historical fiction -
YA - historical -
YA - mystery - 1
YA - short fiction -
YA - science fiction -
YA - vintage -

TOTAL - 12

2amysisson
Bearbeitet: Jan. 25, 2018, 5:41pm

1. Artemis by Andy Weir. Science fiction. Read 01-24-18.

This book was OK, but I had a few issues with it. First, I think I was 40-50 pages in before I knew the main character was female. Someone refers to her as a "delivery girl" at one point, but it was meant to be an insult, so I interpreted it as a "you throw like a girl" kind of insult and still didn't clue in. For me, the voice didn't remain true; it was still the author's trademark voice, with an occasional "I'm a girl" stereotypical tidbit thrown in, as when she suddenly is interested in the future equivalent of reality TV gossip news.

Second, I couldn't like her very much, because even though the company she was sabotaging turned out to be a big, bad company, she didn't know it was that bad when she agreed to do it. Her motives were purely financial, so in my opinion she doesn't get credit for wanting to take down the bad guys.

Third, some information was conveniently left out until the end of the book. We know Jazz is a smuggler, but we don't find out until the end of the book that she's so good and ethical in her smuggling that she's driven every other lunar smuggler out of business. Especially because she specifically won't import guns or hard drugs, I can't believe that other smugglers haven't retained their own little pieces of the black market pie.

Finally, there's just some clunkiness here. When a smuggler main character has a very specific, odd amount of money as her goal but won't tell anyone why, of course it's going to mean she's going to reveal herself as a noble good egg by the end -- but not give up her law-skirting ways completely.

In the end, I just didn't care about the characters that much, I'm sorry to say.

3AnnieMod
Jan. 25, 2018, 6:33pm

Welcome to Club 2018 :)

>2 amysisson: I think I will end up reading the book just because everyone will be talking about it but I disliked Weir style in the little I had read from The Martian (yeah, had not read it yet...)... Sounds like he may be one of those writers that are more popular than good and not my kind of popular.

4amysisson
Mai 2, 2018, 12:57am

2. Envy of Angels by Matt Wallace. Urban fantasy. Read 05-01-18.

This is a short novel, or possibly a novella, first in the Sin du Jour series. To me, it felt a bit like a Christopher Moore outing: a bit out there, a bit over the top, a bit dark in its humor. Two chefs get hired on by a company that caters events for demons on behalf of the federal government, reminding me a bit of the late seasons of Angel after they all go to work for Wolfram & Hart. I was mildly amused, but I won't be reading further in this series.

5amysisson
Bearbeitet: Jul. 10, 2018, 2:24pm

3. The Pros of Cons by Alison Cherry, Lindsay Ribar, and Michelle Schusterman. YA. Read 06-28-18. .

OK, this one I liked. Three teenaged girls are at three different conventions in the same convention center: a fanfic-con, a taxidermy convention, and a high school percussion competition. Plus there's a baby-bopper beauty pageant going on. The girls' lives intersect in unexpected ways. I thought this book tried a little too hard in some regards, but overall it was nicely done, and I enjoyed all the fannish in-jokes.

6amysisson
Jul. 10, 2018, 2:22pm

4. In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware. Mystery/thriller. Read 07-06-18.

5. The Queen of the What Ifs by Norma Klein. YA. Read 07-08-18.

I read both of these while staying at my parents' house for a few days. Both were so-so. The mystery in the Ruth Ware book was too easy to figure out, and the ambiguity of the book's last sentence annoyed me. In the Norma Klein book, although I know it's typical of her fiction, it bothered me how casually sex and drugs were treated, particularly the fact that the older sister, a freshman in college, was sleeping with one of her professors and they talked about living together the following year. Yeah, no.

7amysisson
Jul. 11, 2018, 2:55pm

6. IQ by Joe Ide. Mystery. Read 07-11-18.

This book was interesting but also clunky, and the ending was unsatisfying.

8NanaCC
Jul. 14, 2018, 12:12pm

I haven’t read anything by Ruth Ware, but have a couple of her books on my kindle. Have you read anything else by her?

9amysisson
Jul. 16, 2018, 6:11pm

>8 NanaCC: No, that was the first Ruth Ware book I've read. My mom really likes her stuff, though. I might try her The Woman in Cabin 10 at some point.

10amysisson
Bearbeitet: Aug. 22, 2018, 1:45pm

7. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin. Literary fiction. Read 08-19-18.

This was a charming, quirky, literary, and relatively short novel. I loved it.

11amysisson
Bearbeitet: Aug. 22, 2018, 1:50pm

8. Plane Insanity: A Flight Attendent's Tales of Sex, Rage, and Queasiness at 30,000 Feet by Elliott Hester. Read 08-22-18.

I was frequently amused throughout this book, but felt that the author is not a born storyteller. He often ended anecdotes anticlimactically, or chose anecdotes that simply weren't that interesting. He also used way too many similes. At times it seemed that every other sentence started with "It was like..." or "It was as if..." I feel this book could have been brilliant if written by someone more skilled.

Excerpt (emphasis mine):

They sat shoulder to shoulder in pre-flight agony, kicking mercilessly against the bags stowed improperly beneath the seats in front of them, battling for sole possession of the armrests, redirecting reading lamps, twisting away at the air vents, tucking books and portable CD players and God knows what else into bulging seatback pockets that pressed against their knees like inflated air bags in a Volkswagen Beetle. I guess you could say the passengers were packed in as tight as proverbial sardines. They were wedged into elfin airplanes seats that left them scrunched together, row after identical row, like cigarettes in a pack of Marlboro Lights.

Yeah, I think we got the point!

12amysisson
Bearbeitet: Jan. 1, 2019, 2:10pm

9. Love Has No Resurrection and Other Stories by E.M. Delafield. Read 09-12-18.

I had to get this book through interlibrary loan, and even had to pay a bit to do so, but it was worth it. I love the way Delafield writes characters. They have a lot of layers!

13amysisson
Bearbeitet: Jan. 1, 2019, 2:11pm

10. Legion: The Many Lives of Stephen Leeds by Brandon Sanderson. Read 09-28-18.

I enjoyed reading the conclusion to this trilogy of novellas, and truly think this is one of the more interesting premises I've come across, but I can't shake the feeling like there's something missing. And if that missing something were in these stories, they would be earth-shattering. But I don't know what's missing....

14amysisson
Bearbeitet: Jan. 1, 2019, 2:12pm

11. Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan. Read 11-24-2018.

A pleasant re-read, although I continue to think that the love interest is a whiny brat.

15amysisson
Bearbeitet: Jan. 1, 2019, 2:13pm

12. One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus. Read 11-29-2018.

This was a well-written YA mystery, about one of five students in detention mysteriously dying right then and there. I changed my mind several times about whodunit, and actually hit on it, but then changed my mind to someone else. An enjoyable read with lots of commentary about what it's like to be a high school student in the world of today's social media.

16amysisson
Jan. 1, 2019, 2:14pm

Only a dozen books read in 2018, which is unthinkable for me. I'm finally finding my reading mojo again, though. I think! On to 2019!