JLS (jlsjlsjls) wrote,


Have just finished reading Blonde Bombshell, Tom Holt's first foray into science fiction ... branching out from his usual humorous fantasy and historical novels, but just as wickedly funny as ever. My oh my oh my ... how to describe it? Especially since a Holt storyline is generally far too complex to sum up and I have an aversion to giving away plot (though I can promise you that you'll never again be able to look at a laptop without thinking of dead octopuses ***GRIN***), so it's all down to description via comparison ...

Closest I can come up with is that if Douglas Adams had had a plan when he wrote the original H2G2 radio series instead of just winging it (to the point where he was frantically writing only a few lines ahead of the actors as they recorded the show), then he likely would have come up with something like "Blonde Bombshell". Yep, Tom Holt is THAT good. Again. :-)

Which reminds me ... also read Holt's recently re-issued Someone like me a couple of weeks ago ... a gripping little tale that's very VERY different from his usual work. Hope to see more from him in this vein ... he writes suspense well. The story's nowhere near the same, but the feel is a bit like "Pitch Black" set in our own backyard instead of on another planet.

anotheranon has asked what everyone is reading ... mebbe if I post my current to-read pile(s) here, I'll magically get through more of it. ;p In no particular order, other than that in which they come to hand from their various locations:

The sealed letter, by Emma Donoghue.
Knitting around, or, Knitting without a license, by Elizabeth Zimmermann (normally my knitting books are pattern collections or look-up type reference works rather than something one sits down and reads, but this one is half autobiography and even a Zimmermann pattern reads more like a short story than a set of instructions)
Not less than gods, by Kage Baker.
Deliverer, Conspirator, and Deceiver, by C.J. Cherryh. These are vols. 9-11 in the Foreigner series and I already know I need to go back to vol. 1 and read my way through the whole series again before I tackle these.
Ôoku: the Inner Chambers, vol. 3, by Fumi Yoshinaga.
Ngaio Marsh : her life in crime, by Joanne Drayton.
Ice Age cave faunas of North America, edited by Blaine W. Schubert, Jim I. Mead, and Russell Wm. Graham.
Floods, famines, and emperors, revised ed., by Brian Fagan.
Success through failure, by Henry Petroski.
Evolution : what the fossils say and why it matters, by Donald R. Prothero.
Dirt, undress, and difference, edited by Adeline Masquelier.
The middle class : a history, by Lawrence James. (actually close to the halfway point in this tome ... fascinating, but so much info on every page that I find I have to read it in small "bites" so that the brain can assimilate it ... the author has helped out by kindly breaking it down into a zillion brief chapters instead of a few long ones)
Veracity, by Laura Bynum (publisher's advance copy from work ... we've a help yourself bookcase full of the things in the lunchroom ... passed on by a co-worker who said it was good)

Not so scary looking in teeny print on a screen, but trust me, they make an impressive and scary tower when all piled together, being the core "books that need some time to read properly" collection (other books that are faster reads whiz in and out of the pile all the time)
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