Ten books into my challenge. Here are the books I read this week since last Friday!
- Kubrick’s Game, Derek Kent: I liked the puzzle theme, but I probably missed a lot by not being a fan of Kubrick’s films. Also, having the main character (who is the pov character as well) suffering from autism (half-undiagnosed) results in several plot points that simply weren’t believable.
- American Gods, Neil Gaiman: Interesting premise, but repeated dream sequences and subplots that were never fulfilled resulted in me being confused for most of the story. I’m still not actually sure how Shadow figured out what was going on when no one else did or why half of the book happened.
- Coraline, Neil Gaiman: I got the impression there was a lot going on that Gaiman didn’t feel like sharing. Forgivable for the age, but I’d have liked a more fleshed out world.
- The Hero and the Crown, Robin McKinley: My main question was really just “Why?” Too many important events happened off-screen and too many of the events happened on-screen didn’t really seem important. The main character’s life appears to be driven by random coincidences, rather than her agency.
- The Knife of Never Letting Go, Patrick Ness: Longer review on Sunday, but a great book with fantastic world building. I highly recommend it.
- Flowers for Algernon, Daniel Keyes: Somehow, I’d never read this. It’s a great story and exploration of intelligence. Definitely worth reading.