The blog survived its first month! Hip hip hooray! I’m well on track with my Goodreads challenge and made a small dent in my TBR pile.
Thank you to everyone who commented or liked a post. You guys are great and I’m so glad to be part of the book-blogging community.
This is a wrap-up of reviews that are too short for their own post. Mostly books I’ve read either in December or January.
Doughnut (Youspace #1) by Tom Holt
Theo Bernsteinis a brilliant physicist down on his luck after an unfortunate accident with the Very Very Large Hadron Collider. Some more bad news comes his way in the form that his friend Professor Pieter van Goyen has died. Theo inherits a box of rubbish items and a letter offering him a job at a strange hotel with weird people.There are mysteries to be solved, including who these people are, why empty bottles and doughnuts are important and if his ne’er-do-well brother, Max, is still alive.
It has the flavour of Douglas Adams mixed with Erwin Schrödinger.
Fun, weird, whimsical and hilarious, but can tip to annoying or frustrating with characters keeping information to themselves.
Artemis by Andy Weir
Jazz Bashara lives on the moon. She smuggles contraband into the city of Artemis. When she is given a lucrative offer to commit more than smuggling, she takes it and lands herself in trouble.
It’s a fun, action pack caper set in 16.6% gravity. All the side characters are sweet and charming, while Jazz is a self-proclaimed bitch. It wasn’t great, but I did enjoy it.
BTW I do not want to live on the moon.
Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School #1) by Gail Carriger
Fourteen-year-old Sophronia Temminnick is sent to Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality (quite a mouth full) were she will learn how to be a proper lady. But the finishing school is not all that it seems to be. The girls receive additional training in espionage and assassination while acting with decorum.
It’s set in an alternate version of Victorian Britain. It’s steampunk with added vampires, werewolves and flyway men. Sophronia is a curious and brave lead with a proper head on her shoulders. She is surrounded by interesting characters with fabulous names. It’s a most enchanting world with dirigibles and child inventors.
There was a lot I would have wanted to know more about, but it was mostly skimmed over. It ended in bit of a farce and felt rushed. I could describe it as PG woodhouse meet Jane Austin, but set in the 1850s with mechanical animals.
It is a book busting with interesting ideas, but too short to give all of them their due.
Red Seas under Red Skies (Gentleman Bastard #2) by Scott Lynch
Locke Lamora and Jean Tannen are back at it and this time gambling houses and pirates are involved.
This book was amazing. We get the strangeness and mystery of the world with dramatic action and charismatic, but not infallible, characters. I really like the character of Zamira Drakasha and how she interacts with her children.
Conrad’s Fate (Chrestomanci #5) by Diana Wynne Jones
Twelve-year-old Conrad needs to work at Stallery Mansion if he is to deal with his bad karma. But someone at the Mansion is changing the world with magic.
I’ve been reading the Chrestomanci series out of order and it does not seem to matter much. Diana Wynne Jones has a different viewpoint character for each book as far as I can tell. Conrad’s Fate has been my favourite so far.
There are a lot of plot lines and twists in this short book. Magical, whimsical and charming.