41. Dragon Slippers – Jessica Day George
Having read her version of 12 Dancing Princesses and liked it, I thought I’d find some of her other work. This is her first novel, and it is quite different than the Princesses, in a good way. It reminds me very much of Patricia C. Wrede’s Dealing with Dragons series, but is slightly less flip. I enjoyed it. A
42. Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency – Douglas Adams
I had read this a long, long time ago, probably when I was 15 or so. I love Douglas Adams. It was interesting to go back and read this after having read all of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s work. It’s amazing how much they remind me of one another. It also reminds me of Dr. Who/Torchwood, now that I’ve seen a bit of that. I love it all. A
43. Goblin Hero – Jim C. Hines
I actually had to buy this book because the library only has the first and last in the series. This one was not as good as the first one, but I admire the fact that Hines added new characters and didn’t continue to focus solely on Jig. The thing is that when you write a book that has a complete character arc, it’s very difficult to follow it up with another book about the same character and also have a complete character arc. He cleverly kept the same character, but added someone else to support the arc thing. I didn’t like it as much as Goblin Tales (see 46), but it was good. B
44. Dragon Flight – Jessica Day George
This is the sequel to Dragon Slippers and it was quite good. I’m not sure if she wrote the first one with the intention of following it up, but it is a very natural continuation of the story, I thought she handled it quite well. The dragon characters are surprisingly complex, as are the intercontinental politics. B
45. The Pluto Files – NdGT
I am in love with Neil deGrasse Tyson. He is so hysterically funny and bombastic and snarky. But he killed Pluto, and that was so sad. But today they discovered a fourth moon for Pluto, so maybe Pluto’s going to be OK. This just tells the story of the downfall of Pluto, it’s very good. A-
It is week 30!
31. Hogfather – Terry Pratchett, read by Nigel Planer
I saw the BBC version of Hogfather and I loved it and it’s a large part of the reason I decided to actually read (listen to) the Discworld series. I love Susan, she’s an excellent character. Half Mary Poppins, half Death. I loved this book.
32. Jingo – Terry Pratchett, read by Nigel Planer
In general, I like the books about the watch, but this one really didn’t do it for me. The book is basically satirizing war and nationalism and that sort of behavior, but I just didn’t find it that compelling for whatever reason.
33. Last Continent – Terry Pratchett, read by Nigel Planer
This book is about a continent that is not Australia. I didn’t much care for this one either. It’s a Rincewind book. The best part was the drag queens.
34. Carpe Jugulum – Terry Pratchett, read by Nigel Planer
Yay! A witches book. This one had vampires and was pretty fun to read in light of all the modernization of vampires lately. Because these are old world vampires in the old world trying to evolve beyond being subject to people’s superstitions. I also really like all the witches.
35. Dealing with Dragons – Patricia C. Wrede
This is a re-read, haven’t read this book in ages, but I loved this series as a younger person. I can’t recommend them strongly enough. I imagine the rest of the books will appear throughout the year, if I can find them at the library. I like what she does with the series, each of the four books has a different main character, but they interact closely with the characters you already know and love. Third Person Limited FTW!