Summer reading

Here’s some of the fun stuff I’ve been reading lately:

  • Lost and Found, by Carolyn Parkhurst.  Not as wonderful as her first novel, The Dogs of Babel, but a quick read.  It’s set in the middle of an Amazing Race type reality show, which makes for some pointless absurdities (the characters spend much of the book carrying around a single ski pole and a parrot) as well as an excess of characters, but I liked the way the relationship between the mom and daughter evolved.
  • The Necessary Beggar, by Susan Palwick.  This is more of a fable than a novel, with many of the characters being more roles than people.  But I liked the idea of illegal aliens who were truly aliens, and I thought the portrayal of the pressures on the oldest daughter rang true.
  • His Majesty’s Dragon, by Naomi Novik.  Dragons and sailing ships in the Napoleonic wars.  A bit weak on character development, but who cares?
  • An Innocent, A Broad, by Ann Leary.  What may be the most flattering book ever written about Britain’s National Health Service.  A memoir of how Leary went into preterm labor while in London, and her experiences dealing with bedrest and the NICU far from home. 

I’m #283 in the holds queue for Anne Tyler’s Digging to America.

2 Responses to “Summer reading”

  1. Chris Says:

    I loved An Innocent, A Broad.

  2. Megan Says:

    Digging to America is worth the wait! I just finished it and really enjoyed it.

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