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25 October 2010

Manic Monday: Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro & Caleb by Sarah McCarty

Each Monday (or the closest I can get to Monday) I will be posting a Past/Present/Future Reading Post called Manic Monday. Don't hate me if I post it on a Tuesday - it just indicates how "manic" my Monday really was! If you want to see more of what I have been reading, I try and update my Goodreads account with each book I am reading.

What I just finished reading
Grimspace by Ann Aguirre
Stars: 4/5

Blurb from Goodreads:
As the carrier of a rare gene, Sirantha Jax has the ability to jump ships through grimspace—a talent which makes her a highly prized navigator for the Corp. Then a crash landing kills everyone on board, leaving Jax in a jail cell with no memory of the crash. But her fun's not over. A group of rogue fighters frees her…for a price: her help in overthrowing the established order.

Why I picked it up: Rosie lent  books to me, and out of the books she lent Grimspace had the prettiest cover.
Why I finished it: It was such a fascinating story. I think I became an Ann Aguirre fan! Both Rosie and Kat have been saying I should try her books, and I can see why. The story was unique, the writing was good, and the characters interesting.
I'd give it to: Fans of urban fantasy. I know it is a science fiction, but it reads like a Patricia Briggs/Devon Monk/Ilona Andrews style urban fantasy. I've already recommended it to Dan Dan who is a fan of those authors :)

What I am reading now

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

Blurb from Goodreads:
From the Booker Prize-winning author of The Remains of the Day comes a devastating new novel of innocence, knowledge, and loss. As children Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy were students at Hailsham, an exclusive boarding school secluded in the English countryside. It was a place of mercurial cliques and mysterious rules where teachers were constantly reminding their charges of how special they were.

Now, years later, Kathy is a young woman. Ruth and Tommy have reentered her life. And for the first time she is beginning to look back at their shared past and understand just what it is that makes them special–and how that gift will shape the rest of their time together. Suspenseful, moving, beautifully atmospheric, Never Let Me Go is another classic by the author of The Remains of the Day.

Caleb by Sarah McCarty

Blurb from Goodreads:
Allie always desired mysterious, sexy rancher Caleb Johnson, but he never seemed to notice her. Until the night she's attacked by a vicious animal, and rescued by a shapeshifting vampire that she almost seems to recognize: the baritone growl, the mesmerizing eyes, the inexplicable animal attraction. That's because her savior is Caleb, and now he has no choice but to bring Allie into the shadows with him-to protect her from a rival werewolf pack, and to finally reveal his true feelings for the woman he's been afraid to love.

What I am reading next
The second Ann Aguirre book


Anonymous said...

Ann Aguirre has a great voice for first person, doesn't she?

The two books you're reading sound intriguing. Any early comments? I've read a Sarah McCarty but it was ... meh. No paranormal elements, though.

obsidiantears83 said...

My impressions:

Never Let Me Go: It is a fascinating book, but it doesn't give any reason to read it in one sitting. The narrator skips backwards and forwards through their life giving intriguing little snippets. It is compelling, but it is easy to put it down after my lunch break. The language is beautiful, and I really really want to know what is going to happen.

Caleb: I liked the thought of cowboy vampires. I am not really impressed with the actual story, or the writing. I wonder if someone has written better cowboy vampires? And if they haven't, maybe someone should? My little freak out on twitter the other day about vampire babies was in relation to this book. I have been cheating on this book with other books because I am not hooked.

Ann Aquirre was awesome! and yes, yes she does! I really want to read that Blue Diablo, or what ever it was that you told me I should read :) I would love to see how she writes an urban fantasy!

Thank you for commenting! :D

Lexi said...

The full impact and poignance of Never Let Me Go kind of snuck up on me- it reminded me of Safran Foer's Everything is Illuminated, in that only halfway through the book did I realize what the author was doing, and it switched from "Huh, this is nice" to sheer admiration and amazement. Stick with it and it'll stick with you!

Imagination said...

I just loved Never let me go, it's a real page-turner.
I guess that it's the first science-fiction book I've enjoyed in a long time :-)

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