Tag Archives: 5/5 Stars

Review: The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi

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The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi
2009, Night Shade Books

Review Summary: The Windup Girl exceeded my expectations in every way – a wonderfully crafted, timely, subtle and complex storyline set against a grim, almost hopeless – and depressingly realistic – environment.

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Review: A Fine and Private Place by Peter S. Beagle

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A Fine and Private Place by Peter S. Beagle
1960, Ballantine Books

Review Summary: It is definitely a novel of an earlier time, but at the same time the characters are such that the novel has a touch of timelessness about it as well. Or perhaps its just the pacing I’m reacting to, as Beagle shows a unique touch in bringing an otherworldly sense of unhurriedness to the novel that dovetails remarkably well with the subject matter.

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Review: Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs

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Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs
2008, Ace Books

Review Summary: I continue to highly recommend this series, though I do occasionally feel like I’m reading a not-quite-trashy romance novel – highly intelligent, endearing, and fascinating, but nevertheless “romance”.

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I continue to be extremely impressed with Briggs’ characterization in this series. Though her plots continue to be not that complex, the complexity of the characters makes this an entirely engrossing novel. Her take on the supernatural is likewise fresh and unique in my experience, retaining some awe and mysticism while at the same time helping through her down-to-earth main character to make the supernatural characters as real as any ordinary human.

I continue to highly recommend this series, though I do occasionally feel like I’m reading a not-quite-trashy romance novel – highly intelligent, endearing, and fascinating, but nevertheless “romance”.

05/04/08 CSL