Saturday, January 10, 2009


Sarah posted about Blockbuster books, I commented that no, I don't like them, and then I went and started reading one.

I just finished Austenland, by the way, which was excellent if you like Austen, and I do. It made fun of the style while indulging in it, and maintained all the right characters and plot twists to fit. And, by the way, much better than The Jane Austen Book Club, which I admit I only viewed, and did not read, but still, it was a modern depressed woman (Oprah) book about people who like Austen. Just because I like Austen doesn't mean I want to read about other people who also like Austen.

It's like when I gave Bruce a book about a guy who likes to golf. He didn't like it nearly as much as the books about golf.

Anyway, I got Forty Signs of Rain as a gift probably because it's science fiction about global warming. I would never have picked up this book on my own, because I had never heard of it, and it looks like every other popular novel. I have a couple of qualms, but it's decent so far. We'll see where the plot goes. Here are my qualms:
  1. I have noticed a lot of editorial errors, like missing commas and semicolons. That bothers me, and makes me think it's pulp.
  2. The science is bad. It's like the characters are using words I know, but arranging them in a completely incomprehensible order. And this is something that I really should understand: genomics and biochemistry.
I don't remember the others, but I'm sure there are more.

1 comment:

  1. I will make note of Austenland--I wasn't sure if I would like it or not, but I'll take a closer look since you enjoyed it.

    Excessive typos are so depressing.