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Books read: 14 - 11 fantasy, 3 mystery
Pages read: 5290
Total books read in 2013 to November 30: 152
Two favourite books from this month: Sorrow’s Knot by Erin Bow and A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan.
Sorrow’s Knot is the second book by Canadian author Erin Bow. Like her first book, Plain Kate, Bow creates a detailed world for her characters to explore. In Sorrow’s Knot, the universe Bow creates is loosely based on ancient North America, yet she manages to create something that is both familiar and strange. Both the story and the characters are intimately drawn without getting bogged down in too many extra details. On the negative side, death, so much death….and yet, what else can you expect from a book that is mostly about ghosts and spirits?
A Natural History of Dragons is a Victorian style would-be memoir of what natural history explorations might had been like in the event that dragons existed. The book does a great job of capturing both the Victorian times and the scientific study of dragons, while adding in some adventure along the way. My one concern with the first book in this new series was that the dragon mythology that is alluded to will hopefully not overtake the scientific aspects of the book. With any luck, this mythology will be a further avenue for study rather than a magical explanation for dragons.
In 1944 a children’s book club sent a volume about penguins to a 10-year-old girl, enclosing a card seeking her opinion.
She wrote, “This book gives me more information about penguins than I care to have.”
American diplomat Hugh Gibson called it the finest piece of literary criticism he had ever read.