How was your weekend? Ours was a mix of relaxation and wide-open busy. Sock class went well, and I’ll get photos of the mini socks up soon, but in the meantime, let’s talk books.
I finished up Neil Gaiman’s Stardust and started Garth Nix’s Sabriel. Both stories talk a lot about a wall that separates the world as we know it from a more magical one. Both books were gifts from Coffee Yarn. She chooses well for me!
Stardust calls itself an adult fairytale, but short of one little not-so sex scene and a tiny bit of profanity, it isn’t strictly adult. It sucked me in quickly, but the last third or so of the book lagged along, despite the story’s timeline. It was nowhere near as dark as my two Gaiman favorites, Anansi Boys and American Gods, nor did it offer as much insight into folklore as those two did. It was basically a fairytale morphed into an adult novel, but since I like fairies and other magical creatures, I would have liked to have heard more about the magic and spells than I did.
I’m still very early into Sabriel, but so far, it seems to be an older (in her last year of school already), girl-powered Harry Potter. Lots of detail about her powers, and I’m hoping that in time, I’ll learn more about the Charter (a code? a group?) and its magic. Seems appropriate to be reading about a good necromancer right about now.
I’m also pleased that it’s first in a trilogy. I think I know what I’ll be reading next and after that!
What are you reading? Do you have any friends who choose books well for you?