On the 15th of every month The Modern Mrs Darcy talks about the books she’s been reading and invites others to join her. Today I’m going into what I’ve already read, what I’m reading, and what’s next.
The Expanse: Leviathan Wakes – James S.A. Corey
Technically this was a September book, but I spent the whole month reading this so I’m gonna chat about it. (I know, I’m already breaking my rules.)
I decided to give the first book of The Expanse series a try after watching the first season of the TV show. There were certain elements of the show I liked but I felt that something was missing, and hoped the book would fill in the gaps for me. While I probably enjoyed the book more than the show, it wasn’t by a huge margin.
The worldbuilding is top notch and the biggest appeal for both the book and the show, but I had major issues with the characters. I was happy that the two leads improved in the book, and I can tell both authors really cared about developing Miller and Holden. I just wish the secondary characters got that much love.
The rest of the Holden’s crew were just cardboard cutouts. Naomi the dream girl that’s perfect at everything, Amos the horny hot-head, who I was expecting to be some kinda foil to Holden or hell, bring some conflict at all… but nope. But I think the pilot got it the worst, to the point where I cannot for the life of me recall his name.
With that said I was interested enough in the plot/world that I would be willing to give the second book a try. I’m just not racing out to get it.
House of Leaves – Mark Z. Danielewski
I planned on writing a review for this book so I don’t want to completely tip my hat but Uggggggghhhhhhhhhhh. This book. I’ve never worked so hard to get to the end of a book. I contemplated quitting and decided to press on because I was interested in the core story.
House of Leaves is a story within a story within a story. All three layers I was interested in at first but it quickly unravelled, leaving the story about the Navidsons and their bizzaro house my sole focus. Most of the experimental elements didn’t do much for me, which is a shame because I can tell how much love and work went into the construction of House of Leaves. Lots to talk about in my review!
Rosemary’s Baby – Ira Levin
A couple of years back I read The Stepford Wives and was blown away. I knew the plot going in, and yet the story still put ice in my veins by really tapping into fears that I didn’t even know I had! Since then, Rosemary’s Baby has been high on my to-read list.
I’m about a one-third through and just so excited. The story is definitely different from Stepford, but the style and build-up is similar and I’m just buzzing. I just feel like I’m in safe hands because even if the ending doesn’t have a ‘twist’ I know that Levin has the ability to make it poignant and relevant.
Subtle Knife – Philip Pullman
**Spoilers for The Golden Compass**
With His Dark Materials debuting next month on HBO I decided it was finally time to read the series. Last month I read The Golden Compass (aka Northern Lights) and I couldn’t believe I was reading Middle Grade books. I felt like Pullman has a high respect for his audience and kids who crave fantasy that challenges their imagination. As a 30-something I was completely taken in by the world.
Which is why I was a bit shaken when I started The Subtle Knife and we were in our world (or at least one very similar). I knew from the end of The Golden Compass that we would be going to different worlds, but I didn’t realize that ours would be highlighted!
I think Pullman realized that this might be a touch of a letdown and created this ‘in-between’ world that is compelling, along with touching base with the world we left behind. I’m not to the halfway point yet, but I’m really interested by everything that has been introduced and where it’s all going to end up.
To Be Read
A Long Way to a Small Angry Planet – Becky Chambers
I’ve been meaning to start this series for awhile now, as I keep hearing about it and seeing all the love it’s been getting from different Sci-Fi awards. And like most of my books, I’m finally getting to it now due to an upcoming book club!
The Shining – Stephen King
With Doctor Sleep coming out it is a perfect time to revisit both the book and movie version of The Shining. I love both and really want to talk about each next month. Also I can’t think of a better Halloween read!