Belenen (belenen) wrote,

self-educating 2007: 33-43

much belated, yes. Getting it out of the way so I can start posting this year's reads.

How I star them:
1 star -- DREADFUL. Don't read even if your only other option is is staring at the wall.
2 stars -- not really worth the time it takes to read it, but if you're superbored...
3 stars -- pretty good, nothing outstanding, but decent entertainment. Worth 1 read.
4 stars -- very good, has some outstanding features. If it has flaws, the benefits overwhelm them. Worth reading twice or maybe once every few years.
5 stars -- AMAZING!!! memorable, captivating, with no glaring flaws. Worth reading over and over (maybe once a year), because you'll get more from each reading.

33. The Serpent Mage by Greg Bear (fantasy) 3 stars
354 pages (last half of "Songs of Earth And Power" omnibus)
ditto with the first book ^

34. Dark Moon Defender by Sharon Shinn (fantasy) 4 stars
466 pages
Amazing new turn for the series! Shinn balances characters, plot, and setting/culture so well.

35. The Opposite of Fate by Amy Tan (autobiography) 3 stars
398 pages
bits and pieces of her writing -- essays, short fiction, journal-type prose. Interesting, but it would have been better if it were half as long.

36. The Godmother's Apprentice by Elizabeth Ann Scarborough (fantasy) 4 stars
294 pages (total 13,133)
Absolutely fascinating! even better than the first book in the series, with its mixture of modern and Irish fairy tale.

37. The Godmother's Web by Elizabeth Ann Scarborough (fantasy) 4 stars
295 pages (total 13,428)
Liked this one a lot, but the characters were weaker -- I didn't really feel for them. Still, the Native American mythology and culture woven in was fascinating.

38. The Forest Lover by Susan Vreeland (biography) 5 stars
420 pages (total 13,848)
INCREDIBLE book! About a person who chose to be single and dedicate her life to painting, though she faced disapproval from every side. Such an inspiration in artistic, culture-loving, and feminist/equalist ways. I both want to learn more about Emily Carr and read more by this author.

39. Reader and Raelynx by Sharon Shinn (fantasy) 5 stars
420 pages (total 14,268)
annnnd Shinn has outdone herself again! I really can't even say. You must read this series if you have any interest in magic.

41. Eccentric Circles by Rebecca Lickiss (fantasy) 3 stars
218 pages (total 14,486)
cute and fun to read, with very unexpected plot twisting.

42. Coming From the Light by Sarah Hinze (non-fiction) 4 stars
183 pages (total 14,669)
Very interesting reading -- accounts of those who did not forget the beforelife when they were born.

43. Venus Envy by Shannon McKelden (contemp. romance) 2 stars
336 pages (total 15,005)
rather silly, almost offensively sexist, but always so pointed that I suspect the author was poking fun. The only thing that really bugged me was her constant talk of how hot two of the characters were, assuming that everyone would find them attractive because they fit today's social norm. ugh.
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