I stumbled upon Haruki Murakami’s After Dark one day. I picked it up intrigued by the cover (yep, sucker for a cover right here). With little interesting me in my stack of books, I went for the new one and barely left the couch until it was finished. Spellbound would be a good word. Am I excited about his new book, 1Q84? Umm, yeah, like hell I’m excited.
Lately, all my today’s book posts have been about additions to my TBR. The list is getting long…not that I’m complaining. 🙂
Today’s book is The Magician King by Lev Grossman. I read the first book in the series, The Magicians, liked it, actually rated it high but also had some issues with it. Overall, I thought it was well done and the snarkiness that held me back from loving it seemed, well, plain snarky of me to use it as a major reason to dislike of the book in general.
First, don’t you love the cover? Cover lover that I am, it made me want to run out and buy it for that reason alone.
Second, I love a good fantasy, and though the snarky attitude I mentioned earlier** bothered me some, the fantasy was still strong and really, who doesn’t love a fantasy book set at a boarding school?
** OK, I know part of this book was a take on other fantasy novels (Harry Potter, Narnia, Lord of the Rings to name three) but the issues the author had and the way he poked fun at the other worlds annoyed me because without those previously mentioned books, he wouldn’t be writing his own set of fantasy novels. Toss all the stones you want but make sure you aren’t doing it inside your glass house. Just sayin’.
Anyway, moving on. If you’re interested, here’s the book’s site. It doesn’t give you much but you can enjoy gawking at the covers.
I’m reading Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff, actually I’ve been reading it for the last week. It’s good, very good, but life’s been hectic so I haven’t spent much time it. Due to my unexpected reading delay, I thought I would instead talk about a new book I bought — Demon Fish: Travels Through the Hidden World of Sharks by Juliet Eilperin.
Confession time. I heart sharks. I just do. I don’t know why. On a trip to St. Thomas a few years ago, my husband and I went on a kayaking day trip and I was disappointed at not seeing a shark when we stopped to go snorkeling at a wreck. The wreck was a small speedboat so don’t be too impressed with me. Anyway, the barracudas were interesting and the tropical fish were very pretty but no sharks. While packing up and getting ready to head back our guide said, “Oh, look, a shark.” I dropped my paddle and kayak, ran back in the water, and got a glimpse of the said shark. It was a nurse shark. It’s wasn’t big, it wasn’t all that scary either, but it was a shark. Smiling, and very thrilled with my shark encounter, I picked up my kayak and got in for the trip home. My husband made fun of me all the way back, “Who runs in the water after a shark?” Hmm, I do. True story.
So this week I give you my summer reading, Demon Fish. My perfect beach book. 🙂