February 12, 2005
Three Books

Three books to add to the list today, bringing the 2005 total to 8 so far.

Ann Brashares' The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
Sarah Zettel's In Camelot's Shadow
Jim Butcher's Furies of Calderon

Possible spoilers behind the cut...

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
Ann Brashares
Hardcover from Delacorte Press, 2001

This book has been on my to-read list (but not the to-read pile) for a long time, ever since another YA-addicted reader at Flights of Fantasy recommended it to me. I had no idea what it was about, but when I saw it at Barnes and Noble in a display with the second and third books... I finally managed to pick it up.

This is not fantasy or SF or mystery or romance. This is a book about four girls who find this pair of thrift shop pants which fit them. All of them, despite the fact that they are all very very differently shaped. They decide the pants are magic, and vow to send them to spend a week with each of them while they are separated for the first time for the coming summer vacation.

At the end of the summer, each of the girls has grown and been transformed and learned something about herself. The style of the novel was hard getting used to at first -- it skips very quickly from girl to girl and makes it hard to settle into any one viewpoint. But by the middle I loved the girls and ached for their decisions. By the end I knew I'd be buying the next book, because I want to see how they turn their lives next.

In Camelot's Shadow
Sarah Zettel
Trade paperback from Luna, 2004

I'm working my way through that stack of Luna books I have, especially since I'll be catching up on those I don't own yet when I get to Boskone. This book of Zettel's is different from the other pieces of hers that I've read, but then again, those were SF and this is fantasy. It was good, but not great. I'm probably not going to put it in Kev's to-read pile -- I don't think it breaks enough out of the fantasy mold for him, although he'd like the Arthurian parts. This follows Gawain and his new ladylove (who *is* a strong character). I like the way it casts Morgan, and I'm looking forward to a sequel (which I assume is forthcoming) to see what happens next. It was, perhaps, a bit lighter and sweeter than I was expecting, which while not unpleasant, just wasn't what I thought I was getting.

Furies of Calderon
Jim Butcher
Hardcover from Berkeley, 2004

Mm, Butcher. Yum! Need I say more?

This is NOT the Dresden novels. But the characters still pop. They still rock through the book. His worldbuilding is wonderful, and I love what he's done with magic and Furies. I definitely want to see more in this world. Adventure, mystery (and I'm still *knowing* there's stuff I have guesses on but no definites yet... he weaves that curiosity well), and a bit of romance as well. Politics. War. All good, all wonderful really.

Just go buy it already.

Posted by Deb Atwood at February 12, 2005 09:27 AM | TrackBack
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