I think my streak is at an end. The two books I finished were mediocre at best. I skimmed the last two books this week because they were not good enough to warrant close reading. I am hoping Mira Grant and Andy Weir can bring my reading back up to par though!
FINISHED SINCE THE LAST UPDATE:
Whereas Hannah Kent’s first novel was dark but atmospheric, her second novel is just dark. She tries for a similar tone, but the mix of myth, religion, jealousy, anger, and poverty prove to be too much for the story to overcome.
Stanley Bing’s novel was all over the place. Part satire, part warning, part science manual, the novel raced from scene to scene without adequate explanation or setup. The science felt sloppy, and there was nothing about any of the characters that made me care how the story ended. Disappointing.
I am not certain what Jessica Keener’s novel is. It sort of feels like a love letter to Budapest, but there are enough negatives mentioned about the city that it is a cautionary love letter. Plus, I struggled with some of the inaccuracies Keener mentions – like the popularity and frequent use of cell phones in 1995. Also, the mystery was rather boring, and I didn’t care about any of the characters. I wanted to like this more than I did.
DID NOT FINISH:
There probably should have been two listed this week, but I am too stubborn to admit defeat.