Saturday, January 1, 2011

Short reviews and my top five of 2010

Somehow I ended up being backed up by about seven books. I'm still not sure how that happened.

My final total for 2010 was 44 books, which I'm aiming to at least double. In fact, I think one of the challenges I joined for 2011 is related to that but more on challenges in a later post.

Given that I have only read 44 books, here are my top five, in no particular order:
1) Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness - the final book in the Chaos Walking trilogy. Perfection, Mr Ness. Now, what are you working on next?
2) The City & The City by China Mieville - Well aren't you a clever author then Mr Mieville? Yes you are. (Disclaimer: sleep and coffee-deprived blogging)
3) Guardian of the Dead by Karen Healey - Kiwi YA at its very, very best.
4) Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert - Heartbreaking.
5) The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson - Smart mystery.

Okay. Short reviews:

Juno of Taris and Fierce September by Fleur Beale:
Kiwi YA dystopic novels about a young girl living in a biodome with 500 other people; sent away when it looked like the world was going to crumble around them. Juno is rebellious and outspoken, questioning everything. The world of Taris is a kind of careful, not always benevolent dictatorship, but the dome is failing ...
A very readable duo of books, and I'm hoping there's more in the Juno series :-)

8/10 That movie that you've watched 100 times and you never get tired of

Enchanter's End Game and Guardian of the West by David Eddings:
Mr Eddings, I still have nothing but much love for you <3
9/10 So good, you'd take it to meet your Mum

By Nightfall by Michael Cunningham:
When Peter Harris's wife's younger brother Mizzy comes to stay, Peter knows that his world is going to be turned upside down. Mizzy is young, charming - and a drug addict. It's a recipe for disaster waiting to happen. By Nightfall is good, but there's something at the core of it that left me slightly cold.
7/10 Someone else cooks dinner – yay!

The Wench is Dead by Colin Dexter:
Detective Chief Inspector Morse finds himself in hospital with a perforated ulcer. When someone visiting another patient drops off a self-published book about a 19th-century murder,  Morse finds himself intrigued - and bored enough to do a little investigating of his own. It's a good premise, but The Wench is Dead didn't quite live up to its summary for me.
6/10 Leaving work 30 minutes early

Luka and the Fire of Life by Salman Rushdie:
When Luka's father falls ill, Luka travels to the magic lands, searching for a cure. Everything there is something from a story his father has told him, and Luka finds himself on a quest with a very disparate group. Luka has a certain charm to it, but once again, there's something lacking at the core of it for me - a certain warmth. 
7/10 Someone else cooks dinner – yay!

Hercule Poirot's Christmas by Agatha Christie:
I've read this so many times - lol. Hercule Poirot investigates the murder of a very old, very rich man, whom no one liked. It's a classic locked-room mystery, and there is a lot of blood. Perfect Christmas reading!
8/10 That movie that you've watched 100 times and you never get tired of


Catherine said...

There is another book coming after Fierce September - it and Juno of Taris were the first two books in a trilogy. :)

I haven't found a specific release date/title yet for #3 but I assume it comes out later this year.

Maree said...

Awesome, thank you! :D

Memory said...

Yay, you picked some top books after all! I knew you'd have MONSTERS OF MEN on your list. :)

Alex (The Sleepless Reader) said...

Something escaped me with Steig Larsson :( He's good, bnut is he THAT good. I've been hearing a lot of buzz about the Chaos Walking trilogy, will take a closer look.

Maree said...

Memory: I did! Lol of course Monsters of Men is on there ;)
Alexandra: It's not for everyone, for sure. Chaos Walking is amazing :-)

Jodie said...

Heartbreaking - Yes, that's right, take that people who don't feel sympathy for Emma.