March Reading Log

I had expected to get through more than 6 books this month. Unforuntately, I’ve come down with this shitty cold that’s going around the office I work out of. It’s kept me off work so I won’t infect others, and because I’m so damn tired all the time. Since I’m tired, I’m not reading much, so almost everything I got accomplished, I did in the 20 days of the month I wasn’t sick.

Tris’s Book – Tamora Pierce

The second book in the Circle of Magic series, and unlike Sandry’s book, it tends to center on Tris more. She’s a weather witch with a short temper, and Niko spends a lot of time getting her to get her temper under control, and see what her magic can do. He also uses her magic to help bolster his own strength.

I don’t know, I’m just not supremely thrilled with this series so far. This book is more interesting than the first, since we know the characters, so half the book isn’t spent learning them. But, the pirates, and the attacking they do wasn’t that interesting to me. I guess I’m just not meant for a book series with characters this young.

Daja’s Book – Tamora Pierce

This was probably my favorite of the four books. In this one the kids find their magic is out of control, and has been blending. Briar channels lightning and incinerates a row of bulbs, and Daja ends up creating a living plant that absorbs metal. A group of traders wants to buy Daja’s plant, but since she’s an exiled trader, it’s a big problem.

The book largely centers around Daja & her feelings, the kids mixed up magic, and to a lesser extent, the kingdom that’s having a drought and copper shortage. They all tie together better in this book, and in the end, as you’d expect, Daja gets a solution for her being an outcast. I had a feeling it would happen.

Briar’s Book – Tamora Pierce

The last of the books, I think this one might have been my favorite. It deals mostly with Briar. He and Rosethorn, his mentor, get caught in the city during an outbreak of sickness. They’re stuck in quarantine, and then get to come back to Winding circle, where they set to work trying to find a cure for the illness, amid people getting ill and dying.

I think this one shows the kids in the most adult form, working to care for the people they love. All of them have a part to play: Daja makes magically sealed boxes for samples, Tris helps track down the source of the illness, Sandry weaves bandages, gloves, and masks, and Briar assists with the cure. They’re all busy, they’re all acting like mini adults, and I don’t know, I just like the tone of this book better.

Etiquette & Espionage – Gail Carriger

This one I thought had been recommended by someone I follow on Goodreads, but it turns out they never finished it. I was interested in a boarding school novel, and so I picked this one up. It’s okay, but not great.

I’ve never read a steampunk novel before, and this portion of the book I loved. There are steam powered mechanical butlers and maids, as well as mechanimals, steam powered pets. Sophronia ends up attending a school, Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality, to be exact, and it’s a floating airship. There’s a great device that will allow people to speak to each other, miles apart, without wires! And instead of highwwaymen, you have flywaymen, who come after you using small airships. All of that was fun.

Sophronia is okay, I guess? She does okay, and she likes to climb and visit people she’s not supposed to, and get into trouble, so she’s more interesting than most. She’s also adaptable, which is enjoyable.

However, her friends are sort of strange, and the people she shares her rooms with are more like stereotypes. And their teachers are just strange. The werewolf I quite liked, especially with him keeping a top hat tied on him at all time. But the vampire’s word choices are annoying, and the rest of the teachers only so so.

I guess I’m just a bit too old to relate to these characters. Sophronia is 14, so I think I need to avoid reading about characters under 16-18, since I’m having a terrible time relating to them.

Paw Enforcement – Diane Kelly

This one was a $3.95 book on Audible, and the blurb made it sound cute. I love German Shepherd Dogs, and the idea of Officer Megan Luz getting stuck with the dog because she tasered some asshole in the balls was awesome. The blurb is far more awesome than the book.

Where do I start? Well, let’s start with her tasering her partner, Mackey, in the balls. In the book, Mackey is painted as an asshole who won’t stop. Megan seems right to taser him in the balls, but her commander’s reaction to the incident is bullshit. HE said Mackey is good, so he has to keep him around. I don’t believe that for a second. This guy is a walking sexual harassment lawsuit. There’s no way any department would have kept him on.

Second, Megan drives a smart, and the author has obviously never been near one. It’s called a Smartcar through the novel, and she makes all kinds of goofs with it. She leans the seat all the way back so Brigit can get in, and claims it touches the back windows. You can’t do that in a smart. She ties the dog carrier to the roof, scratches the paint on the roof, revealing metal, and once she ties the carrier to the roof, she has to climb in an out of the window. The roof of a smart is either plexiglass (if you have one like mine) or plastic, not metal. And the doors open if you tie things through the window openings, the windows slide to the roof, not to part of the door. As a smart owner, that really annoyed me.

Beyond that, the book’s okay, but not great. Megan is always so angry, and that gets so old, as do all the sound effects, and her twirling her baton. I guess I’m just not a fan of this sort of mystery.

The Color of Magic – Terry Pratchett

So, Sir Terry Pratchett died. The world was sad, and I realized I’d never read one of his Discworld novels. So I got the audiobook from the library, and I’m not quite sure what it was I was listening to. It’s entertaining, but kind of in a “wtf?” sort of way.

Rincewind is a dismal character. He’s inept, uninteresting, and a coward. I suspect this might be why he’s a good choice for a main character. He doesn’t want to go adventuring, so he’s bound to find someone more interesting than he is to go along with.

Twoflowers was a strange character, but I liked his luggage, and his camera. The luggage was made of sapient pearwood, and possessed a mind of its own. It would eat people trying to hurt Twoflowers, which I liked. The camera, which isn’t called a camera, but has a similar purpose, was also great. There’s a demon inside that paints the scenes for you.

I’ll keep reading the series, just to get a feel for it, but I was left feeling bewildered by it.