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Q&A | February 27, 2014

Rene Denfeld: IMG Powell’s Q&A: Rene Denfeld

Describe your latest book. The Enchanted is a story narrated by a man on death row. The novel was inspired by my work as a death penalty... Continue »
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    The Enchanted

    Rene Denfeld 9780062285508


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The Complete Essex County by Jeff Lemire
The Complete Essex County

crowyhead, January 3, 2012

These are stories of intertwined families in the fictional Canadian Essex County. I suspect I should have found this book depressing, since the stories, which tell of human foibles and bungled connections, are rather sad. But for some reason I didn't. I just loved it like crazy. The artwork is wonderful -- kind of crude, yet purposeful and evocative. I especially like how Lemire draws eyes, these dots with lines of kindness or anxiety around them. At times it feels like the characters are staring directly out of the page at you.
It's clear to me that I basically loved this so much that I can't be coherent about it. Try it. Maybe you won't like it. I could understand that, I think. But I thought it was unbelievably excellent.
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A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
A Discovery of Witches

crowyhead, November 9, 2011

Diana Bishop is an historian and a student of science. She is also a witch, something that she tries mightily to ignore. This is difficult to do when you belong to one of the most powerful witching families in the world, but Diana's been doing a pretty good job. At least until the enchanted alchemical manuscript shows up. And the vampire. And the distressingly threatening other witches. And the daemons following her about like blissed out ravers.

I had a hard time getting into this at first. Diana seemed to be so willfully stupid sometimes that I wanted to shake her, and the story progressed really slowly. Things finally start to pick up about 2/3 of the way through, though, and once Diana started learning to use her powers I started to like her more.

I am interested in reading the second book in the series when it comes out, but I hope it is faster-paced than this one. I want more stuff like the last quarter of the book or so (I loved Diana's Aunt Sarah and her partner Em and their wonderful haunted house), less stuff about being self-conscious.
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Sea Dragons: Predators of the Prehistoric Oceans by Richard Ellis
Sea Dragons: Predators of the Prehistoric Oceans

crowyhead, November 9, 2011

Absolutely fascinating information on creatures from the age of dinosaurs. I've never had a chance to learn much about the prehistoric ocean reptiles (although I loved Plesiosaurs as a kid), and this book was a good introduction. The only thing that could have really improved it would have been some more illustrations.
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The Great Sperm Whale: A Natural History of the Ocean's Most Magnificent and Mysterious Creature by Richard Ellis
The Great Sperm Whale: A Natural History of the Ocean's Most Magnificent and Mysterious Creature

crowyhead, November 9, 2011

Richard Ellis sure does love Moby-Dick. If you've read his other books on whales, the chapter on Melville will be a bit repetitive. But overall I really enjoyed this, even if it sometimes gets frustrating that most of what we know about whales is still stuff we learned from killing them.
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The Caves of Steel (The Robot Series #1) by Isaac Asimov
The Caves of Steel (The Robot Series #1)

crowyhead, November 9, 2011

This classic SF novel combines a well-realized future world with a good mystery. Lije Baley is a New York City cop in a future where all humans on Earth live in vast hive-like cities. Society has begun uneasily making use of robots, but there is a great deal of mistrust of them, particularly since they can replace many workers. There is also a lot of mistrust of the Spacers, former colonists from the outer planets who have returned to Earth and live in their own enclaves. The Spacers don't live like Earthers: fresh air and open space are important to them, and they consider robots an integral part of their society.
When a Spacer is murdered, possibly by an Earther, Lije is asked to investigate. If he handles this well, it could mean a real step up: better food, better housing, maybe even an apartment with a private bathroom for himself, his wife, and his teen son Bentley. There's one problem, however; the Spacers insist that he take on a robot, R. Daneel Olivaw, as his partner. And Lije hates robots.

Asimov was never a great prose stylist, and his characterizations tend to only be as good as he needs them to be, but this is a fun, fast-paced scifi mystery, and I very much enjoyed it.
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