The Andromeda Strain … but … wetter.
I don‘t … I can‘t … what?!
I am inexplicably, mildly obsessed with this series. A solid third installment.
Between a so-so and a pick. I enjoyed it enough to plow through it ... but the plot just moved SO fast, it all felt rushed. It was all too quick to even be truly suspenseful ... too much reveal too early on. That said, I did enjoy all three of the girls, and who doesn‘t love it when the angry misogynists lose?
Finished this yesterday, but took a beat to process. I wanted to LOVE this ... but I don‘t think I did? I loved aspects of it. Like the feeling of utter disorientation you as the reader share with Mahit. And the banter. And the glimpses of the world-building we did get. It could have been so epic, but, for me, it felt a little rushed and unfinished/under-developed. That said, still a pick.
Not sure why I dug this so much. There is court intrigue and political machinations, but it is a really quiet story, if that makes sense. Or maybe that was all down to the narration. Either way ... it got me through many hours of quarantine dog walks and yard work. A solid pick.
The first time I read this was probably 10 years ago. I can‘t say it was a disappointing re-read, because I devoured it the second time around. But I have complicated feelings about this book. I don‘t think I appreciated on the first read how many plot points feel unearned ... I blame the unreliable narrator. But who doesn‘t love 500+ pages of narcissism and sociopathy?
I loved this. Not perfect, for sure. But the world-building was great. A slow burn, focused mostly on the development of the two main characters and their relationship to each other. I can only hope the underlying threat is a main plot point in the second book. Also enjoyed the narrative via correspondence for most of the book. A solid pick.
Late start to #24in48 because ... life.
But I did some #audiocleaning and finished Rosewater. Which was great. Loved that it is set in Nigeria. The protagonist is ... complicated, which can sometimes be code for annoying, but not in this case. And the narrator was excellent. A strong pick. Very much looking forward to the second book of the trilogy.
Managed a decent walk with the puppy last night. We got rained on, but made it home before the legit monsooning (totally a real word) started. Bracing for the 50 mph winds expected this afternoon.
Stay safe everyone!
We just took our morning walk in the first dusting of the year. Sadie found a stick, which she carried home and will now break into teeny, tiny pieces. I made some headway on the excellent Rosewater. #LitsyWalkers
I have not been able to get into the last three books I started, and ended up putting them back on the TBR pile. Here‘s hoping this old favorite yanks me out of my slump!
I flew through this. It was such a pleasant surprise. Told from multiple POV, which, given its length, was pretty essential for me. It is a small, familiar story at its core, but told on a grand and unique scale. I thought this was going to get me some of the way through #24in48, but now I can get started on a few other TBRs.
I am a bit of a Sherlock Holmes junkie. I streamed this on audible. It was really satisfying. The voices of Holmes and Watson ring true, and it was an entertaining take on the Ripper murders.