Maribou (maribou) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

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God's Pleasant Interstellar Musician; Thinking In a Cat

God's War, by Kameron Hurley
This sf-fantasy is extremely intense. SO intense. (War stuff, torture stuff, boxing stuff, other stuff.) Lots of great world-building, excellent plot, interesting characters, all so much so that I read it despite not really clicking with the narrative voice (and narrative voice is normally my primary criterion) - definitely curious to keep reading her, will resist later books till I have read the earlier ones in the hopes that she keeps being progressively more my cup of tea. (I love it when that happens.)

Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, by Roz Chast
A heartbreaking and funny graphic memoir of her parents' getting older and needing more help. Really well-done. Grief, loss, but restorative rather than emptying.

Interstellar Cinderella, by Deborah Underwood
Kid's picture book that was charming but fluffy. Wanted more from it than I got.

The Green Musician, by Mahvash Shahegh, illustrated by Claire Ewart
Really cool to read a story from the Shahnameh presented in typical picture book fashion. Also the illustrations were lovely. Made an excellent present for my Farsi uncle (to read to his grand-nieces).
(235, O47)

Listful Thinking, by Paula Rizzo
Meh. I really thought this might turn out to be useful for someone who already makes tons of lists, to be more effective with them, but instead it was more trying to TURN you into someone who makes tons of lists. Which I really don't need. Plus there was magical thinking a la The Secret, which is my least favorite kind of magical thinking.

In and How to Be a Cat, by Nikki McClure
Both of these were perfectly perfectly illustrated; How to Be a Cat was prettier but more straightforward; In was slightly less lovely but much more playful. I'd read more of her books, but have not swamped myself with her backlist (in case it turns out to be less wonderful).
(237, 249)

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