Wow, this month flew past. January is over. This isn’t a new year anymore…
So, mini reviews, because these days I don’t seem to have enough brain power left at the end of the day to write reviews the size of essays. Most of the books I read this month fists one or both challenges. (Read Harder Challenge and PopSugar Reading Challenge)
Binti by Nnedi Okarafor
I was really surprised by how short this story is. A total of 92 pages, the story is exactly as long as it needs to be. Adding more would have been needless filler. And it is still rich in world-building and drama. There are a few explicitly violet moments, but to dull it would take away from the impact.
Binti as a character is a wonderful blend of culture and science. She is portrayed as a strong, brave female without her needing to resort to violence herself.
The story is able to point at real world social problems without doing so heavy handily. It’s definitely an universe open to more exploration and it will be interesting to see it expanded in the sequel.
This book is ready to be made into a film and I’m surprised that there isn’t one already.
Heroes by Stephan Fry
Stephen Fry weaves the stories of Heroes together in a coherent narrative that is both entertaining and educational. I can again recommend the audiobook wholeheartedly. I liked Mythos more, but I can’t explain why. Perhaps it is because the gods carry on, while the heroes have endings and most don’t end gloriously. It makes them so much more human.
Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
Yet again I can only use certain words to describe a Stiefvater novel.
Beautiful and brutal. A brilliant mixture of the mundane and the whimsical. Her world-building is so amazing that you can feel the sea sand under your nails.
Whose Body? By Dorothy L. Sayers
This is a delightful mix of P.G Wodehouse and Sherlock Holmes. I love a murder mystery that shocks me with the sudden realization that something very sinister is going on. As a warning: It has some un-PC views and is definitely a book of it’s time.
Artemis Fowl: The Eternity Code by Eoin Colfer
A fun heist with Artemis and his fairy friends. I am really enjoying this series.
The Steel Prince by V.E. Schwab
I love Victoria’s work, but The Steel Prince is just too short. Even for a comic. The art and story is good, but both feels rushed and a bit anti-climactic.