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Holiday reading

December 31, 2008

I’ve fallen a bit behind in reviewing my free Kindle books, and with the holidays I’ve had time to do a bit more reading than usual.  The latest:

  • Through Wolf’s Eyes, by Jane Lindskold. I was expecting this to be mediocre at best, and instead ended up enjoying it enough that I’m thinking about actually paying for the sequel (if Tor gets around to releasing it for the Kindle).
  • Tobsha Learner’s Soul. Now this one was thoroughly mediocre. It bills itself as a thriller examining whether we are formed more by nature or nurture, but the “examination” is cursory at best. Plus the story isn’t particularly thrilling, and there are a number of plot holes and threads that don’t seem to have any purpose. On the other hand, Learner can create pretty good characters, which is more than the authors of some of the free Tor books have been able to do.

I think I’ve only got two free Tor books to go, but then I’ve got 9-10 other freebies to tackle.  In the meantime I’ve also been reading a few Xmas gifts:

  • You’re Stepping on My Cloak and Dagger, by Roger Hall.  I actually heard about this through Bruce Schneier’s blog; it was entertaining (although perhaps not quite as good as Bruce billed it to be) and a fast read.
  • Watchmen, by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons.  I’m not quite sure how I made it so long without it, but I’m glad I finally got around to it. I’m not sure I would list it as one of the 100 best English language books since 1923 (which TIME did; and what’s with the 1923 cutoff?), but it’s easily well worth the time and $ to read.

Overall, I’d recommend three of the four (and the fourth was worth what I paid for it).

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