April 25th, 2006

The Librarian

More homework ...

Today I was given the uncorrected proof of Daniel Handler's (known to young'uns-at-heart as "Lemony Snicket") latest "grown-up" book to read and review for work .... poor li'l me. ;-)

BTW, the score on the last two books:

Looking Good Dead, by Peter James. This is the one with the horrifying run-on sentences. NOT recommended ... I had trouble grasping the fact that this author has managed to have fourteen books published already. Along with the sentences, he uses lists of brand names instead of description, and the key event that sets off the whole plot involves, to quote my own notes to the boss, "doing something with a computer that even my mother, who has never touched a PC in her life, would know is impossible".

Christine Aziz's The Olive Readers, on the other hand, was a very pleasant surprise. The blurb on the cover is very misleading, since it accidently makes the novel sound as if it's an imitation of Kage Baker's Company novels. Happily, 'tis nothing of the kind; it's a very original futuristic novel ... kinda reminiscent of "The Handmaid's Tale", "1984", "Fahrenheit 451", and "Max Headroom", but without imitating any of them. Definitely recommended.