Book Reviews: Reader Requests!

I’m waaaaay behind on my book reviews. So here is a list of some of the books that I’ve read recently. Let me know which ones you would like to see a review for, and I’ll do those ones first.

Practical Magic, by Alice Hoffman

White is for Witching, by Helen Oyeyemi

Garden Spells, Sarah Addison Allen

Sugar Queen, Sarah Addison Allen

The Peach Keepers, Sarah Addison Allen

Glimmerglass, by Jenna Black

A Red Herring without Mustard, by Alan Bradly

I know why the caged bird sings, by Maya Angelou

The Birth House, by Ami McKay

There is a sad lack of SF on this list, but that’s because I’ve already left it too long to do proper reviews on some of the recent SF I’ve read. The above books are simple enough that I can let time and other novels get between me and the books without losing too much… I’m working on a review for Alistair Reynolds’ “Revelation Space” but I need to skim it for a refresher. So, anything spark your interest?

6 thoughts on “Book Reviews: Reader Requests!

  1. I have read some these, and enjoyed them, especially the Birth House! Garden Spells was great! Would like to read the others!

    1. If you liked Garden Spells, you should read Practical Magic. I think S.A.A. borrowed heavily from Hoffman’s text. In many ways, I think Hoffman’s is superior (but there were some things I didn’t like about it, which I’ll go into detail about in my review). I think “White is for Witching” might be a little dark for you. But you probably like “I know why the caged bird sings”. “Glimmerglass” was gawdawful. I don’t know how a person can screw up a book about faeries, it should be fun and interesting without even trying… but Jenna Black defies the odds. I have all of these if you want to borrow them… And I still have your copy of garden spells!

  2. I confess I don’t know any of these books, but it looks like you’ve really gotten into Sarah Addison Allen recently! I presume she’s worth a read?

    1. Mmm, I’m not sure if I completely want to recommend them. I’d suggest picking one up at your local library before investing any hard earned cash! If you’re into “magic realism” they’re probably okay. But they’re definitely lightweight! I have to confess, I’ve mostly been reading them to give my brain a break when writing and editing… They’re kind of cute and whimsical, none over 300 pages, you can easily read one in a day. But SAA has this thing about thirty something “never been kissed” heroines that just doesn’t jive with my sense if reality, lol. Her relationship and character building isn’t great, actually it downright sucks sometimes, but I love the way she seamlessly weaves folklore and magic into her stories without feeling the need to apologize for it. There’s a mini review for you! I’ll do a full review soon to give you a better idea…

      1. Hmmm. Does sound like one to try at the library first!
        But sometimes a bit of fluff is just what you need I find. The old brain can’t live on meat and cabbage alone – sometimes it needs a marshamallow for variety. 🙂

        1. Ya, SAA is definitely marshmallow reading, haha. But I knew that when I picked them up, so I can’t complain. I find that even books on the light and fluffy side have things to teach me. The pacing is usually very well done, and there are often little plot twists that help to maintain interest (SAA is good for this, and I like her sense of whimsy) Cheesie political thrillers usually have great action. Crime noir has it’s pithy dialogue. I almost never feel like what I’m reading is a waste of time. Everything on the above list I could recommend for one reason or another. Except Glimmerglass. It has no reseating qualities…

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