Monday, October 22, 2012

What I've Been Reading

I've joined some reading and writing groups on and have been reading their offerings. I'm going to use my blog to review these books.

Libriomancer by Jim C. Hines. The novel tells the story of a librarian who can reach into any book and pull out whatever it describes from disruptor guns to Alice in Wonderland "Drink Me" potions. He is up against vampires of every variety that has ever been written about from sparkly Twilight vampires to the southern vampires of Charlaine Harris. I rated it 3 stars. I enjoyed the book, but I had a few problems with it. The first is simply personal preference. Since he can pull anything out of a book, he frequently uses sci-fi books and gets the described weaponry. This way he mixes fantasy with science fiction. I am not a science-fiction fan and prefer my fantasy a little purer. Second, the romance didn't work for me. It wasn't developed enough, and I don't buy the conclusion he comes to in the end. The whole romance has a YA feel to it without a YA solution. I think it should have been either left out (which would hurt the book) or spent more time on so that you could truly feel their attraction to each other.