Tuesday, June 26, 2012

The Language of Bees (Mary Russell, #9)The Language of Bees by Laurie R. King
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I almost gave it only four stars due to the slower-paced (than usual) opening chapters, then I came to my senses and gave it what it deserves. Ms. King's world and characters are so well-developed and authentically real to the Holmes universe that it truly reads like a real memoir. This novel delves in to the creepy world of religious cults led by sociopaths (are there any other kind?) and the stakes are, as expected, high. It doesn't end on a cliff-hanger, but it is definitely a two-parter, and I'm looking forward to diving in to "The God of the Hive" asap.

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Three Days to NeverThree Days to Never by Tim Powers
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fascinating of spy thriller where the political history is laced with metaphysical, supernatural, cosmological elements that don't allow for skimming. I was a bit confused at times, but that's on me as I'm a bit distracted at the moment. Powers has done his research into Jewish history, the kabbalah, Newtonian physics, cosmology, and general occult studies with a vengeance. I didn't give full marks only because it's not amongst my favorite of his novels. It's still time well-spent, and I needed his writing style and skill with character development to clear my head after reading "The Iron Duke".

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Thursday, June 07, 2012

I just picked up a Nook Color and am obsessed with making it neo-Victorian/Steampunk-esque. Anybody who wants to beta test this wallpaper can ping me and I'll shoot you the .jpeg to try on your device.