Monday, March 3, 2014

Books of 2014 - February

1. Write Good or Die. Nonfiction edited by Scott Nicholson. Free for Kindle. Covers all aspects of writing, from getting ideas to publishing, promoting, and pricing. Great advice and you can't beat the price.

2. My Man Jeeves. Fiction by P.G. Wodehouse. My Goodreads review: Great fun. This is the first Wodehouse I've read through. The short stories made it an easy bedtime read. Love the use of language and turns of phrase. I think I actually laughed out loud while reading this one.

Recommended for: fans of British humor, fans of funny (rather than gothic or tragic) short stories.

Free for Kindle:My Man Jeeves(Yes, I love free books.)

3. Right Ho, Jeeves. Fiction by P.G. Wodehouse. More fun and games. Full length, instead of a story collection. (Did find myself feeling rather sorry for Bertie in this one, and I'm not sure that's the reaction the author was going for.)

Yes, you guessed it, free for Kindle:Right Ho, Jeeves

4. Archetype. Fiction by M.D. Waters. My Goodreads review: Compelling story but not as clever as I would have liked. Rather too many scenes better suited to a romance novel for my taste. Still, it's provocative in good ways and hard to put down while you're immersed in the story.

The main character grew on me, although I found her dreams (memories?) to be less interesting as the book went on. I never did find myself attached to either main male character. So, not exactly a home-run but I think I'll be reading the follow-up book when it comes out this summer.

Recommended for: sci-fi fans, dystopian fiction fans.

5. Goners. Nonfiction by Gordon Kerr. Quite the odd lineup. Monsters and princesses and Hollywood royalty and a few folks I'd never heard of. I suppose the recent death of Philip Seymour Hoffman might be one reason this book jumped out at me at the library.

Recommended for: the morbidly curious.

6. The Complete Stories. Fiction by Flannery O'Connor. Not necessarily easy and not necessarily enjoyable but completely unforgettable. Whether you like them or not (and honestly I mostly did not), these stories will grab your mind and resonate there for longer than you might think possible. Flannery O'Connor is one of a kind.

Several of these caused me to run online and see what smarter folks than I have thought. "But what does it MEAN?!" is pretty much how I reacted after most of the stories.

Also available for Kindle: The Complete Stories, and that is the format I'd suggest because I had the paperback and it was heavy and unwieldy. Not great bedtime reading, for a variety of reasons. (I can't imagine what kind of dreams you might have after reading O'Connor!)

Recommended for: folks who are curious about the recent Flannery O'Connor resurgence, fans of Southern Gothic literature. Stories just don't get more Gothic than this.

7. A Man Lay Dead. Fiction by Ngaio Marsh. First in the Inspector Alleyn series, but I had somehow missed this one. When I found I could check it out from our library to my Kindle, I snapped it up. The expected good fun, although I did miss Detective Inspector Fox and Agatha Troy.

Totals for February: 7
Fiction: 5
Nonficiton: 2

What did you read in February?

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