Monthly Archives: November 2014

Biblionomad is Back!

I’m delighted to say that my internet is up and running again, just in time for me to receive word that my sister had given birth to her first child, a little boy named Jonah Kai. Very happy news indeed!

It would be impossible to catch up with reviews on all the books I’ve read while in internet limbo, but here’s a quick recap of some of the more memorable titles:

Kingdom in Crisis by Andrew MacGregor Marshall: Banned in Thailand, this eye-opening analysis of Thai history and recent political conflicts depressed the heck out of me. I will never see the Land of Smiles in quite the same way again.

Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer: A creepy, enigmatic account of a scientific expedition to a mysterious world where the normal rules no longer apply. I already bought book two in the series because I have to know MORE.

Stone Mattress by Margaret Atwood: An excellent collection of short stories by one of my favorite authors of all time. I love that some of the stories were interconnected, and that so many featured elderly protagonists. My favorites were probably the tale of arctic murder (with a narrator worthy of Alfred Hitchcock or Patricia Highsmith) and “The Dead Hand Loves You,” because it is hard to beat that title.

Old Man’s War by John Scalzi: Imagine a world where 75-year-olds can sign up for interstellar military service, earning complete rejuvenation–at a price. This was a fun and thought-provoking read, and I was happy to see there are a whole series of books set in this world.

Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater: I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book, but I was scared to read it because I thought the Raven Boys books were a trilogy and this would be the end. Well, it’s not! It’s always a good sign when you get to the end of a book and you’re thrilled to learn it’s not over yet.

That’s a quick snapshot of some of the books I read while disconnected from the entire online universe. Full reviews to resume very soon!

Category: Reviews

Internet Limbo

I haven’t posted a single review this month–not because I haven’t been reading, but because our home internet connection has been out for the past three weeks. I’m typing these words from a conveniently located but unreliably wired cafe, with hope in my heart that this week will find me back online in the comfort of my own little office.

I have been reading as furiously as ever, and settling for one-line goodreads comments in lieu of full-length reviews. Fingers crossed, Biblionomad will be back in business very soon!

 

Category: Rant