Books to Read September 2015

Splintered – A G Howard

Public Enemies – Anne Aguirre

Nightwise – R. S. Belcher

Silver on the Road – Laura Anne Gilman

The Sleeper and the Spindle – Neil Gaiman

The Man Who Wasn’t There – Anil Ananthaswamy

Chapelwood – Cherie Priest

Book Review: The Graveyard Book

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (Illustrations by Dave McKean) is a children’s book. But in a way it isn’t as well.

After his family is murdered Nobody Owens (Bod) is adopted by the graveyard near his home. He grows up in that world of magic and it protects him as he grows. The book is the story of how he went from child to adult. The characters are well-drawn. The emotions are true. And the under-current of danger and adventure that weave through the whole thing keep it from becoming bogged down in sentimentality.

It’s written simply, but beautifully. And the ending made me cry, though it was perfect and right. The hardest part of life is growing up and this book handles the bittersweetness properly. I would put it on a par with The Dark is Rising Sequence and the Narnia books on my must-read list. I highly recommend it for adults and children alike.

Books I want to read

Okay, I’ve got a list of books I want to read stored in a bunch of places. I’m going to throw it here so I don’t lose it anymore.

Halting State – Charles Stross

Making Money – Terry Pratchett – (EDIT: 4-12-09: Read)

Devilish Greetings: Book of vintage devil postcards

Catastrophe’s Spell – Mayer Alan Brenner

George’s Secret Key to the Universe – Lucy & Stephen Hawking

The Book of the Damned – Charles Fort

Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse

The Computer: An Illustrated History

Cheap Laff’s: The Art of the Novelty Item

Fragile Things – Neil Gaiman (EDIT: 11-14: Read)

Flesh and Bone – Jefferson Bass

Overclocked – Cory Doctorow (EDIT: 11-14: Read)

The Jennifer Morgue – Charles Stross (EDIT: 4-12-09: Read)

Sun of Suns – Karl Schroeder

The Ghost Map: The Story of London’s Most Terrifying Epidemic – and How it Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World – Steven Johnson

Sudden Gravity – Greg Ruth

What Got You Here, Won’t Get you There – Marshall Goldsmith (ED: 5-6-10: Read)

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