Thursday, June 18, 2009

If I tried to Read in the Sun, I might Melt

The Language of Bees, by Laurie R. King. I'm not always so good at following where the story is going, mysteries not being my forte, but I love love love these, and I was even able to make some good guesses about clues. I'd read these for the language alone. Some one please buy me the set-- this series would be on my Read-Every-2-Years list. I love that in this book we are starting to see a little more intimacy between the characters. Not bedroom scenes, which would clash with the class of the rest of the novel, but moments in keeping with the characters and the writing, and with the quiet intimacy of no-longer-new marriage: leaning against each other by the window, walking arm in arm down the street. I noticed the lack of this in previous installments, and it may have helped the characters had we seen their humanity in this way a little sooner.

Sea of Monsters, by Rick Riordan. Another excellent book! It didn't strike out and impress me the same way the first book did, but it is still wonderful, active, informative, adventurous, and well-written, and I'd recommend it to anyone and/or everyone. While I was reading, I do remember thinking for a moment, "hey now, that is not correct," but I can't remember what it was in reference to, so I won't call Riordan on it. I'm having to buy replacement copies for my library-- one copy went "missing" (... but let's not get started on that...), and my second copy no longer has the pages attached to the spine: the result of 9 circ's this year alone, plus we've had this one since 2006. I really enjoy spending my budget on books that need replacing-- they are a sound investment, because they will continue to be read. Complete with shiny new cover!

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