Marissa Lingen (mrissa) wrote,
Marissa Lingen

Books read, early April.

Lloyd Alexander, The Kestrel. Discussed elsewhere.

Lois McMaster Bujold, The Sharing Knife: Horizon. Not a stand-alone book by any means. This is still my least favorite Bujold series, but I liked the way it ended pretty well.

Georgette Heyer, Devil's Cub and Arabella. Continuing diversions. None of them so far have measured up to The Grand Sophy, but luckily that is not their only success condition. Getting me through times when my concentration is low is good enough.

Tony Hillerman, Sacred Clowns. I'm still mostly enjoying the local color aspects of these, but the overall character arc is failing to arc so much as hang in the air and dither. There was a bit of decision at the end, so that's something.

Rudyard Kipling, Just So Stories. In the copy Grandpa and I read together when I was little. I had forgotten a few we didn't read together as often as the others. It was good. I needed it, and here it was.

Gillian Linscott, Stage Fright. I found this to be mildly entertaining but nothing special. The period heroine who just happens to have modern opinions seemed to be a particularly strong feature. Do the rest in this series change in some direction, or is this a pretty good indication of what the others are like?

Elizabeth Moon, Command Decision. The fourth in the Vatta series. I thought it was the weakest so far--not that it was bad, but it felt to me very much like it was bridging book three and book five more than being its own thing. Still, I look forward to the thrilling conclusion etc., and would very much recommend this series to those who like space opera, or even those who don't dislike it.

Simon Schama, A History of Britain: The Fate of Empire, 1776-2002. I discovered with this one that my great difficulty in the 19th century is not that I don't know what happened in the early Victorian period and what happened in the late Victorian period. I just have difficulty making them join up in the middle. Many of the things that would help with that are outside the scope of this book, so I guess I know what I need to do about that. More Chartists! Always more Chartists! Well. Maybe not always. And actually what I mean is post-Chartists. Still.
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