Saturday, November 6, 2010

How did that happen?

Somehow I have seven books on my read list that I haven't done blog reviews for. That's ... so very much not going to happen.

So welcome to the first ever edition of Maree's super-short book reviews. One paragraph, or your money back. 3o day guarantee.

1): Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare: I was lukewarm mostly on The Mortal Instruments- & and I'm happy to say that I enjoyed Clockwork Angel a lot more. Clare's starting to settle in, I think, and it's a fascinating read - very atmospheric and olde Londony and all that jazz. - 7/10 Someone else cooks dinner – yay!

2): Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson: This deserves a full review. It really does, but I just don't have time right now to do it justice. Speak is brilliant. Brilliant and moving and heartbreaking, and basically everyone should read it. Melinda starts her new school year as a complete social outcast. Something happened at a party over the summer that Melinda is unwilling - and unable - to talk about. Melinda's struggle with what happened to her, and high school itself with its carefully delineated cliques is so vividly realised. It's a short book, but I had to stop reading a couple of times, because it's just so raw. - 10/10 Could not be improved on, even by angel dust and a basket of kittens

3): The Belgariad: I'm just going to throw these all into the same short-short - lol. I used to eat up series like The Belgariad as a teen, and it's been many, many years since I revisited. But thanks to #teamsilk on twitter, I've been taking a trip down memory lane and going on an old-school fantasy quest. (This isn't really so much a short review as ... nostalgia - lol). Next up: The Mallorean ... #teamsilk - 8/10 That movie that you've watched 100 times and you never get tired of

4): American Gods: I can cheat! I've already reviewed this one, and my opinion hasn't changed :D 8/10 That movie that you've watched 100 times and you never get tired of

5): Hell House by Richard Matheson: I'm still not sure how I feel about this one. I really want to read The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson, to see how well it compares. Hell House is your classic haunted house plot, but I'm shaky on whether Matheson really pulled it off - his characters are a bit flat; especially the one guy who's supposed to be the most talented psychic of them all - and the big ending ... isn't. BUT it is well-written and it is spooky. So ... - 7/10 Someone else cooks dinner – yay!

This is totally cheating, but at least I'm all caught up now. :D


Unknown said...

Love your short, sharp reviews! Great work!

rhapsodyinbooks said...

I think your short reviews captured the essence of the books just great - especially the line about Speak, that it "could not be improved on, even by angel dust and a basket of kittens." Brilliant line!

Jodie said...

Good idea to go on with the short reviews. I agree about Speak, no way to improve on it and so emotional.

Anonymous said...

I totally need to reread the Belgariad. Good mindless fantasy for my brain. :p

chrisa511 said...

Looks like we were in the same boat :p Love these reviews!! I'm finding that I like short reviews...So glad you enjoyed Speak..isn't it just such a freaking powerful book? I love Anderson so much!! Have you read Wintergirls? That's such an awesome book too. And hooray for reading American Gods again!!!! :D God I love that book!!!!

Marg said...

Hmm, being caught up. What a novel concept!

I just finished Clockwork Angel myself and thought it was very good.

Care said...

fabulous shorties! I love your enthusiasms. You can totally cheat on American Gods but if you get to Anansi Boys before i do. ... You must give full review! Enjoy your time off and congrats on having all that reading time. i'm finally getting back into a groove myself.