Friday, February 11, 2011

Leather Maiden, by Joe R. Lansdale

I've read many of Lansdale's novels.  I've not read any comic/graphic books, and only a handful of his short stories.  But when it comes to the novels, I've read several.  Loved his Hap Collins & Leonad Pine books and I've read all 8 of those; It was Hap & Leonard that got me started with his work.  But from there I've read just about all he's published including:

Act of Love
Cold in July
The Bottoms
A Fine Dark Line
Sunset & Sawdust
I really liked The Bottoms, but they're all fun reads.  Leather Maiden wasn't my favorite, but Lansdale has a way of writing that makes you not care that much about the plot, it's just fun to read.  But if someone were looking for a good place to start with Lansdale, this would not be my choice.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Ship Breaker, by Paolo Bacigalupi

A coworker was looking for Sci Fi recommendations for her young daughter as part of a high school reading requirment.  I suggested a few books I'd heard of, and in the course of her searching she came up with this book, Ship Breaker, that she thought I might like.  I don't read much youth literature, but I did really enjoy Ender's Game & Z for Zachariah, so I wanted to give this one a try.
It's a fun book, and I could see having really liked it as a teen.  Not the greatest book for an adult, I found a lot of pacing off and the characters lacking.  And the beat-you-over-the-head global warming message was a too much for me.  None-the-less a decent, action packed book that I overall enjoyed.