Friday December 6, 2013
I love museums, especially natural history museums. I also love myth and folklore and fantasy. So when I came across a book set in a Museum of Unnatural History, you could not possibly stop me from reading it. And I was not disappointed. In fact, I fell in love, and really wish I could have the sequel now, please. Luckily, I only have to wait until February. I think I might go pre-order it...
If anyone can suggest other great YA books set in museums, please do. Also other books that combine steampunk and fantasy in a way that really works.
Cover image © Simon & Schuster.
Wednesday December 4, 2013
I absolutely loved the first book in Jonathan L. Howard's Russalka Chronicles. Katya's World was a well-written, exciting adventure on a fascinating ocean planet with excellent worldbuilding. You can read my review here. And now, I have finally read book two in the series, Katya's War, and while it didn't feel quite as amazing (possibly because it was no longer so new to me), it's still a very good example of SF, whether you're a young adult or all grown up.
This time, the story ended on more of a cliffhanger. Not that the plot was unresolved, it wasn't, there was just a very significant event right at the end that will no doubt lead into the next book. So now, of course, I want the next book right now. Alas, it hasn't even been announced yet, as far as I know.
Cover image © Strange Chemistry.
Friday November 29, 2013
You might have noticed I like adventure novels (maybe not quite as much as I like faery books, but not too far behind). I've read so many recently that I decided to finally write an article. Like the faery list I wrote about last post, it's not exactly a "Top 5" since there are many in the genre I haven't read. But it is a list of five books I really liked, and that I think you might like, too.
It was actually really hard to pick just five, but I realized halfway through that many of the ones that made my list were about airships or flying machines, so stay tuned for an article featuring five of my favourite adventure novels about flying. And, as always, if there's anything you think should have made my list or you loved and think everyone ought to read, please leave a comment.
Cover image © Strange Chemistry.
Wednesday November 27, 2013
Maybe it's because I'm still working my way through the Iron Fey series, but I finally decided to write my "Top 5 Favorite Faery Books" article. Except it's not really a top five. I have a ton of faery books yet to read -- many of them already on my bookshelf, and probably plenty as yet undiscovered. So if I waited to do a real top 5, I might never get around to the article. So instead I just picked five I really liked.
What do you think? Which of the books I listed did you enjoy most? Are there any you think I should have included? I'm always looking for more faery books to read, so if there's one not listed, please do leave a comment on this post to let me know. I plan to keep updating and expanding this list, and know I'm going to miss things. Maybe someday, with your help, dear readers, this will be an actual Top 5 article. Someday.
Faery image © Niko Silvester, all rights reserved. Used with permission of the artist.