Sunday, September 11, 2016

Bookworming: Envy of Angels

Envy of Angels, Matt Wallace, ***
If you have ever wondered what you might get when you cross urban fantasy and "reality TV" cooking shows, then this is the novella for you. While the characters are playing it straight, the author is not, bringing a healthy dose of absurdist humor to the story. (The general tone reminds me of Pratchett's The Color of Magic.) If you like your characters deep and arcs complex, this may not be for you, as the short work doesn't bother with anything more than the barest of sketches. That said, the writing is excellent and the story moves along nicely. While not entirely in my wheel house, I suspect I will be checking out more of the series.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Bookworming: Quiet

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking, Susan Cain, ****
I will say up front that I am an extremely introverted person, and that informs/influences my interpretation of this book. It would have been handy to have had twenty years ago, and perhaps even better had my parents been able to read it. I'm not in a position to evaluate the rigor of the scientific research presented through the book's many anecdotes, but it does ring true to my experiences. Quiet is an easy read, with some interesting things to say to all sorts of people. If the subject sounds interesting to you, give it a go. Plus I would especially recommend it to anyone raising a shy or sensitive child.