Book mini-reviews

Posted: September 25, 2005 at 10:51 am in scifi

Archangel, by Sharon Shinn
I saw this in the library and I had remembered that Beemer had once recommended it to me, so I picked it up. I liked it. Interesting world, and characters that I sympathized with. Not particularly deep, and not a book that I’m likely to rush out and buy for myself, but decent and memorable. Unlike the next book…

Shadow Puppets, by Orson Scott Card
I saw this in the library, picked it up, flipped through it, and still couldn’t remember whether I had read it, a problem which I’ve had with other books in this series. After reading a couple chapters, I realized I had. It’s really a sad commentary on this particular series of books from Card that they are completely forgettable. Normally, I have an almost encyclopedic memory of the books I’ve read, aided in the past few years by my writing reviews on my website, but these books just leave no impression. Strong anti-recommendation.

The Hallowed Hunt, by Lois McMaster Bujold
I adore the Vorkosigan series by Bujold, but haven’t been as enthralled by the Chalion series. But I saw it in the library, so I picked it up and read it. It was relatively engaging, but I’m still not that excited by the series. But that’s what the library is for.

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    [...] Another area in which I’ve noticed this phenomenon of pattern reactivation is with books. When I pick up a book that I’m only partly through (which right now I have way too many of), if it’s a good book, it’s really easy for me to get back into it. Good sci-fi or fiction will carry me along and suck me right back into the story (I lent my coworker my copy of Sources of Power, and she reminded me of his description of stories as encoding patterns that we have learned and are trying to teach others, which reminds me of my thoughts about stories. Anyway.), which reactivates the patterns. Really bad books are the opposite, such as Shadow Puppets, where I had to re-read several chapters before realizing I’d already read it. [...]

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