black_queen (black_queen) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

books #54-57

# 54 Naomi Novik: Uprooted.
A wonderful fantasy book. Every tenth year a wizard from the tower takes one girl from the valley to be his servant. Usually it is the most beautiful and accomplished girl, but this time his choice is surprising even to himself. I liked it, that the fantasy was based on Slavic legends and fairy tales. And the ending was very satisfying. Highly recommended.

# 55 Deborah Harkness: A Discovery of Witches.
The book had a very promising beginning and makings of a nice thriller. A mysterious manuscript found in Bodleian library, which is wanted by all the three types of creatures: witches, vampires and daemons. But then a witch meets a vampire and everything descends into her interminable soppy descriptions of how wonderful he is and into a lot of hurt-comfort. I found it somewhat hilarious that the witches in the book immediately tell their names to whoever is asking. Seriously? Never heard that a thing named is a thing mastered? There is a sequel, because at the end of the book the couple are going to hide in time and are going to meet Kit Marlowe. I know, Tudors are fashionable at the moment, but unfortunatlely I feel myself completely saturated with them. I feel like I can recognise all the courtiers and family members from the 500 year old portraits and say who is related to who and how. So, probably not going to go on with this one.

# 56 Dorothy L. Sayers: Whose Body.
Dorothy Sayers is something Miss Fisher and Dot are known to read occasionally. And I have realised that I have never actually read any of her mysteries. The story itself was quite well done, I think. Good twists and enough suspense. The main detective, though, reminded me too much of Bertie Wooster to be interesting. I like Bertie, but mostly as a plot device.

# 57 Celeste Ng: Everything I never told you.
A 16 year old girl is missing. Her body is later found in the lake, and her history and the history of her family is revealed. All the misunderstandings and inadvertent secrets and silences. An American born Chinese father, who always wanted to belong and to fit in, and a mother, who always wanted to be different - to become a doctor, rather than a housewife, whose only joy is in knowing 6 different ways to cook an egg. They both fail in their aspirations and put all their hopes on their oldest daughter, pretty much ignoring their other two children.
A deep, wonderfully written, completely engrossing book.
Tags: fantasy, fiction, mystery

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