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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Slaughterhouse Five

I finished reading Slaughterhouse Five yesterday. This was a good book, on the surface it seems fairly straight forward, and is an easy read, one fo the hallmarks of good writing. It has some seeming absurdity to it, but I think this is a device to render amusing, if not ridiculous - one of the tragedies of World War II - the firebombing of Dresden. Also, it allows us to look at the faculty of memory and the relativity of time. Both are fairly dense concepts, and no where near as straightforward as poeple like to think.

Kushiel's Dart

I finished reading Kushiel's Dart last week, though with work, I haven't had time to add any blog posts, so today, two will be forthcoming. This novel was interesting, I especially liked the near our reality setting, with minor differences created by an active god and fallen angels breeding with humans a la the nephilim. Kudos there. I also liked the political intriguing that happened in the novel, really the first part of the book was very well done. But the second half was pretty boring to me. Maybe I am tired of High fantasy, I don't know. I do know that I'm sick of the slave who empowers and frees him/herself plot device. If this spoils th ebook for anyone, I'm sorry - after all it is only a minor part. Plus who reads these posts anyway =)