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I really enjoy Christopher Farnsworth’s novels, and this series about a man who can get inside the minds of everyone around him is just fascinating.
I never thought I would say this, but I really do love astrophysics. I wish someone would have taught me what it was when I was in school. I was too afraid of the word physics to even consider studying it. What a shame. Thankfully, we have Neil deGrasse Tyson to teach us just how cool a subject it really is.
Claire Cameron’s new novel was so interesting when it was following Girl, the Neanderthal. When it shifted gears to a modern-day protagonist, it lost some of its potency. Still, I was upset when the book ended because I was not ready to let go of Girl and her story quite yet.
I adored Mary Kubica’s first novel. The rest have left me ambivalent. I gave her one last shot with this newest novel, but I think I’m done. Her female protagonist was almost embarrassing. There was one sentence in which she commented on how bad she was at math and therefore let her husband handle all of the finances. We don’t need female fictional characters perpetuating the stereotypes. Plus, the story was frankly boring. I feel horrible because I know Ms. Kubica is a wonderful person. I am just not a fan of her novels.
Oh my goodness…I’m so envious. I think you’ve finished more books this week than I have all summer. I’ve seriously never had a reading slump like this in my life! But I think getting back to reading my favorite blogs, like yours, might just be exactly what I need to jumpstart my reading desires again. *fingers crossed*
Good luck! I just can’t imagine not reading anything. On those rare days where I am even too tired to read before bed, I can feel the lack of reading impacting my mood and even more tension creeping into my shoulders and neck. Even if I can only read for five minutes a night, I have to read something!
I have yet to read a Kubica book, and I own them all. I didn’t see one great review for her latest, so it has put me off from picking it up. I think I’m gonna pass on it for sure.
I’m interested in what you think of The Child. And if it’s worth reading. I wasn’t a huge fan of her first book.
I still think Kubica’s first novel was excellent. The rest of her novels have been boring and completely lacking that magic her first one had.
I loved Fiona Barton’s first novel. I think The Child is just as good, if not better, than her first novel, but I do love a good, moody mystery.
Isn’t it rough when an authors follow-up novels never live up to the first?! That happened to me with Beatriz Williams…
Beatriz Williams is another author I will no longer read after being burned one too many times on her subsequent novels. It makes me sad because you wonder what happened. Was that first novel a fluke? Was it excellent editing? Is the author getting poor advice from her current editor? You just never know.