Monday, December 24, 2012

The Time Traveler's Wife

I expected to enjoy The Time Traveler's Wife more than I did. Part of the problem may have been that my expectations were higher than usual, since I'd heard so much about it and felt like I was rather late to the party when I did finally get to read it.  But somehow, it didn't quite measure up to the hype.

That's not to say the book was bad, because it wasn't.  There were parts of it that I really enjoyed.  But something about it just didn't quite strike a chord with me.  What I did like was the structure of the novel, and the way the past, present and future all unfolded simultaneously.  I liked most of the characters, too, but did feel there was something of an uneven quality in the narration — little bumps along the way that made the read a little less smooth in some bits than I was ready for.

It's not a complete waste of time to read the book, especially if you are interested in the question of time, free will, etc.  But it wasn't amongst my favorites from my 2012 reading list either.

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Saturday, December 15, 2012

Fish Eats Lion

Apologies for the recent hiatus.

Now... Fish Eats Lion!  This anthology of speculative fiction from Singapore was quite a pleasure to read.  It includes one of my own short stories, and we had quite a good time at the recent launch.  But I don't mention it here simply because it includes my story.  The fact is, I thought the quality of fiction included in the anthology was pretty impressive, and the range of themes and styles was much broader than I expected.  Jason Erik Lundberg did an outstanding job editing the volume, and the book is a beautiful product in its own right.

You can visit the Books Actually website for more details.

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