Books 34-38

Mar. 9th, 2011 11:43 pm
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34. Faberge's Eggs: The Extraordinary Story of the Masterpieces That Outlived an Empire, by Toby Faber

I've been fascinated in the Imperial Faberge eggs since I first played Shadow Hearts: Covenant. One of the party members is Anastasia Romanov (yes, really) and her weapons are Faberge eggs (yes, really!). I was surprised at how many of them were (however loosely) based on real Imperial eggs. I really enjoyed this book, getting to learn the backstory behind all of these eggs. Most of them are beautiful, some of them are a little gaudy, but all of them are masterfully crafted. The story of the eggs after Revolution is every bit as interesting as their Imperial history.

35. Something Wicked This Way Comes, by Ray Bradbury

I like Bradbury, but from reading this book, I decided that I'm much more of a fan of his short stories. I read There Will Come Soft Rains almost fifteen years ago, and it still sticks with me. Bradbury's style, that works so well in short stories, tends to drag a bit in full length novels. I felt the same about Fahrenheit 451 when I read that years ago. That said, there's still much that's brilliant about it, and it's prodded me to (someday) make a much greater effort to read more of his short fiction.

36. Beating Heart, by A. M. Jenkins

An interesting not-love story between a live boy and a dead girl. Evan's just moved into an old house with his family and starts having dreams about a beautiful girl, the ghost. The book alternates between his perspective, in prose, and the perspective of the ghost, Cora, in verse. It actually works. Cora's sections give just the right sense of being insubstantial, and Evan does sound like a real teenage boy. Not that many of those in paranormal YA anymore. They all sparkle and stuff.

37. Cow, by Hannah Velten
38. Duck, by Victoria Rijke

Not much new to say about this series at this point. Cow felt a little sparse, but of course the topic is so big. Duck was a little disjointed. Not a favorite of mine. And any book about ducks in relation to human culture is incomplete without a mention of Scrooge McDuck anyways.

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