August 8th, 2007

mysteriousparis

On Vox: Curiously fascinating

I picked up the curious incident of the dog in the night-time based on a recommendation. The idea of a book told from the point of view of an autistic teenager seemed unusual.

What I didn't expect was such a fast-paced emotional read. I finished this book in less than a week, which is unusual for me these days. At first I was drawn to the story of this boy who is trying to figure out who murdered the neighbor's dog. And I loved the quirkiness - he decides whether he's going to have a good or bad day based on how many red and yellow cars he sees on the way to school - after all, it's no less arbitrary than someone deciding based on the weather (if that person spends the day inside).

But this book is much more than a mystery. Although we do learn "whodunit", we also go on an emotional roller coaster, as Christopher learns the truth about his family and explores outside his comfort zone.

Originally posted on mmarques.vox.com

mysteriousparis

On Vox: Reading soon

Two books arrived today from Amazon (finally spending gift certificates). Now that I have them in hand, I can hardly wait to read Crystal Rain and The Lies of Locke Lamora.

I read about Crystal Rain on Pat's Fantasy Hotlist. I couldn't resist the idea of Caribbean pirate steampunk. I read about The Lies of Locke Lamora on many blogs, including Pat's. I don't know if I needed to read another fantasy about a thief, but how could I resist reading about the leader of the Gentlemen Bastards?

Originally posted on mmarques.vox.com

mysteriousparis

International blog against racism week

When I first read about International blog against racism week, I didn't think I would have to add to the discussion.

But then today, my copy of Crystal Rain arrived. I've only read the prologue and start of the chapter so far, but I'm already wondering about the cover art. See, the book starts with a man with dreadlocks and dark skin.... and everyone else so far is also dark skinned. Yet, the people steering the airship on the cover seem to be white.

Is this another case of the cover art not reflecting the racial reality of the book, as Elizabeth Bear notes happens with her books? Or do I just need to read further into the book to find the people depicted on the cover.