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Cavalcade of Book Reviews #1

May 21, 2004
Cavalcade of Book Reviews #1

It’s been a while since I reviewed any books, so instead of posting lengthy reviews, I’m just going to put a blurb up on each:

Quicksilver, by Neal Stephenson. Brilliant, though difficult in places. I had to take a break before jumping into the next one, The Confusion, though. That’ll be a couple of books from now.

Fool’s Fate, by Robin Hobb. I’ve had problems with how she wraps up her trilogies prior to this, but not this time out. Fitz gets an ending worthy of the character, and for anyone who read the Farseer books but stopped after that, I can’t recommend these enough. There’s a sequence near the end that left tears in my eyes, as you finally understand why he’s been the way he’s been for so long. Great stuff from a great writer.

The Last Light of the Sun, by Guy Gavriel Kay. I love Kay; there’s no writer in the genre of fantasy today who is a better writer, in my most humble of opinions. His latest, set in his world’s version of northern Europe, post-Roman retreat, is wonderful. Filled with the touches I’ve grown to love about his work — in particular, the younger generation dealing with something left from the prior generation — this one is simpler than many of his other works, which reflects the style of the people involved in the story. High praises for this one, folks.

Angels & Demons, by Dan Brown. Neither of us have read The DaVinci Code, yet, as we’re waiting for it to come out in paperback. This was my introduction to his work, and I loved it. When a book makes me want to just keep on reading, ignoring subway stops, I know I’m onto something good. Excellent history here, including his take on the Illuminati.

Deception Point, by Dan Brown. Yes, another one by Brown (and I have Digital Fortress queued up shortly). I just finished this one on the way home last night, and loved it. Brown has the knack of writing movies in his novels; the two I’ve read so far are so cinematically written that I can’t help but see them as movies. In this one, I kept seeing Martin Sheen as the President, and everything fell into place. A great thriller that feels timely in regards to NASA.

The Assassin’s Edge, by Juliet McKenna. The fifth and final book of the Einarinn, I couldn’t finish this one. I liked this world in the beginning, and enjoyed her style, but as the last two or so books have come out, I’ve been less-than-enchanted. This one felt so close to being a romance novel that it became serious work for me to slog through it. Thank the gods Kim finished the Kay book, putting me out of my misery — I just tossed this one aside. Save your money, as it’s obvious McKenna has grown bored with this particular story.