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I've been terrible about LJ lately, both updating and reading. I'm making up for it today with a mad flurry of entries. I'm sure I'll fall back off the wagon almost immediately. ;)

I haven't been reading as much lately. My packing and other prep for the impending move has eaten up my spare time. It's both good and bad - less reading, but also a sense of being productive. But I've read a few interesting things since I last updated here.

Beware of God by Shalom Auslander - A great collection of short stories by a Jewish writer clearly exploring his own faith through humorous stories. Some, actually most, of the stories are LOL funny. A quick read; highly recommended.

Un Lun Dun by China Mieville - I like Mieville's writing and this is his first attempt at a novel for younger readers. It works. It's a fantasy of an alternate universe (read the title aloud fast) with Mieville's characteristic fascination with urban life. It goes on a little too long, but I recommend it.

Insanity, Illinois by Mark Sumner - This is the second novel in the "News from the Edge" series about a plucky good reporter who winds up at a tabloid (think Weekly World News) to pay the bills. She investigates stories with supernatural implications and unravels mysteries. It was a pretty good mystery and a quick read.

Christine Falls by Benjamin Black - Benjamin Black is the pen name of John Banville, an Irish writer who writes "serious literature." (His novel, The Sea, won the Booker prize last year.) He's using a pen name to dabble in mysteries. Set in both Dublin and Boston in the 50's this is a great one. A little predictable, but it's more about setting a tone of mystery and dankness, a great noir feel. It's beautifully written and I recommend it highly.

Mutants Amok by Mark Grant - In complete contrast to Christine Falls, this is complete fluff. rosepurr found it for me in the dollar clearance section of Half Price Books. It's violent, gory, predictable, preposterous and badly written. It's the literary equivalent of a movie on MST3K. It was also the perfect fluff I was in the mood for.



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