Archive for March, 2013

Heft, by Liz Moore

March 14, 2013

[Lesley] I thought Liz Moore did a remarkable job creating these characters, introducing the reader to their current situations, and revealing their pasts and how they are connected. Given the information about the 3 main characters you might think this is a book about obesity, teen pregnancy, or the death of a parent, but these characters are so much more than the details of their lives. Sometimes the person or people we need most appear in our lives as if by fate, and that’s what this short novel is really about – the miracle of connections.

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Alif the Unseen, by G. Willow Wilson

March 1, 2013

[Lesley] When I first heard about this book I was reminded of Charles de Lint’s Spirits in the Wires. Turns out the books are very different, but they do share an interesting tension between modern (and even futuristic) technology and old or even ancient stories and magic. The setting in “a city” in the Middle East (never really identified) was described in detail and it helped to bring the whole story and characters to life for me. The ending was a bit overly-tidy for my tastes but it didn’t undermine my enjoyment of the book. I’m so glad this was recommended to me by a friend since I don’t think I would have discovered it on my own.

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