Tuesday, January 6, 2009

I read a book!

I just finished Jim C. Hines's newest book, The Stepsister Scheme. It was much better than I expected, although I'd been looking forward to it. It also wasn't at all the story I'd expected.

One of the things I like and admire about Hines's books is his ability to blend light and dark. You go in thinking you're reading a fun romp about three princesses who go to rescue a prince, and by the end you've explored the strange dark places of the human heart, the appalling details of old fairy tales, and the myriad violences and passions of mother and child. And it still manages to be a fun romp, too.

It's been raining hard for two solid days here, and my work week has managed to be 100% completely crappy and it's only Tuesday, and my feet are cold, and tomorrow I have to convince the idiots at the water commission that I moved out of that house six weeks ago and paid my final bill so I don't need to be receiving past-due and shut-off notices. Life is really just a series of annoyances, isn't it?

7 comments:

Catherine J Gardner said...

Sounds like the kind of book I'd love. :)

Jamie Eyberg said...

Actually that sounds like the kind of book even I might enjoy. I am a fractured fairy tale kind of person.

K.C. Shaw said...

The book just came out yesterday so it should be available pretty much anywhere. I recommend it!

Aaron Polson said...

As long as it's fractured, I might take a peek. I'm sick like that.

K.C. Shaw said...

Hines doesn't so much fracture as grab the fairy tales by their short hairs and twist. :)

Jamie Eyberg said...

I could handle that, as long as he isn't doing that to his reader and just the story.

K.C. Shaw said...

No, he plays fair with the reader. :)