The Selkie Spell and Arson were both cheap or free kindle books (I get a daily email about specials), and both were BAD. I’m actually pretty proud of my review of Arson (which I remembered as longer as I type my reviews on my phone) because I think it accurately highlights the flaws.
I expected to love Cloud Atlas but it could not hold my attention. The second half went faster (which is the denouement of six nested stories), but honestly, the only stories that held my attention were the two central ones, the future-Korea and the dystopia. Conversely, I didn’t have high hopes for The Last Policeman, another kindle deal, a mystery novel about a policeman still caring to solve crimes even though an asteroid is going to end life as we know it in a few months and society has devolved as a result of this knowledge. I liked this enough that I’m planning on reading the next one (I don’t know how long this series can go, given the impending doom).
The standout, I feel, was The Children’s Hospital. It’s so different and unusual, a hospital as a modern Noah’s ark in a new god-created flood. I love the theology, I love the back stories, and I love the (controversial) ending.
GoodReads says I’m 10 books ahead of my challenge to read 100 books in 2012, 85 so far. Be my friend there. I write actual reviews of every book I read.
Page stats: 33,426 read this year, 2,031 this month. I don’t know why I keep posting these page stats. Especially when they’re so low, like this month.