By far the best book I read in September was The Engagements, by J. Courtney Sullivan, which went on my book list after Suze's recommendation in June. Thank you Suze! That was a great read, so deftly written that even an observant reader isn't likely to guess how it all wraps up. Plus it contains the most complete and wickedly satisfying revenge-after-a-jilting scene ever. Go for it.
Littering my table right now are old newspapers, a classic or two, a mystery, a Japanese novel, some poetry, a fashion review, a book about cowgirls, ads from the Sunday paper, some comics, and a steampunk novel, volume 1. Oh, and a wrapper from a Baby Ruth. I'll take a dart, throw it at my table and see where it lands.
Aha. Let's hear it for steampunk, a term I loosely associate with vaguely-Goth fashion shoots, dirigibles, clockwork, Jules Verne, metallic jewellery, top hats, and a few recent movies such as Hugo, which contained an animatron. What's not to love?
Especially with cover art like this:
Seriously, if your name were Lilith Saintcrow wouldn't you be writing books exactly like this? Actually Ms. Saintcrow has written prodigiously in the areas of urban and historical fantasy as well as "paranormal romance." I got this book for .99 on my Nook reader, just for fun. (Don't worry: the dart barely nicked my Nook.)
One of the annoying things about the Nook "find of the day" books is that they're often the first in a lame series of dumb books, and this is definitely in that category. However I do like to supplement my diet of quality reads with some cheap fun. It's like eating Cheetos once in awhile.
The Iron Wyrm Affair is all about an atmospheric, alternative-London filled with sorcerers, witches, and the like. If you're a fantasy or sci-fi buff you would probably like this book. My favorite thing about it was the off-beat vocabulary. I found myself using the dictionary function a lot, looking up a mixture of made-up words (no definitions found, duh) and slightly obscure or antiquated words. Here are some favorite words:
juddering: vibrating with intensity
homonculus: a little man
curricle: a chaise drawn by 2 horses
antimacassar: a cover to protect the back or arms of furniture
simulacrum: insubstantial image
caracole: half-turn executed by a mounted horse
greaves: armor for the shins
coja: (invented) a mind-sharpening drug
mentath: (invented) brilliant mind devoted to logic and reason
This is not a must-read book. But if you're in the mood for Cheetos then by all means, indulge.
Interested in some book ideas? Check out the Cephalopod Coffeehouse, Friday September 27, hosted by Armchair Squid: