|A Good Book
||[Mar. 13th, 2008|03:18 am]
Kelly J. Cooper
What's the last book you enjoyed, even loved? A book that gave you so much joy that when you were done, you kissed the book?
I finally got around to reading Cairo by G. Willow Wilson (writer) and M. K. Perker (artist). It was a Christmas present from kimberlogic. I shouldn't have read it when I did (as I was getting ready for bed) because I ended up staying up late to finish it and then sleeping all day instead of actually getting some stuff done that I wanted to do... but when I finished it, I kissed the cover, it was that good. Damn.
I'm reading it right now. It is a book of short stories by Connie Willis called Fire Watch. The woman is brilliant. I am just in awe of her story-telling abilities.
Ysabel by Guy Gavriel Kay. I'm rereading it now. Evocative, glorious book.
Set This House in Order by Matt Ruff was my Favorite Book of 2007. I don't believe I actually kissed the book when I had finished it--I'm not sure I've ever done that.
Previous Favorite Books have included The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, The Book of Flying by Keith Miller and The Sun, the Moon and the Stars by Steven Brust.
I often wish that comic books were a medium I could really enjoy.
Paladin of Souls by Lois McMaster Bujold. It just went kathunk with the whole of me as I am right now. "Roads were made for young men, not middle-aged women." But the main character goes even though she's not poor or a boy.
I really liked that one, too for much the same reasons!
I'm really glad you enjoyed it!
The most recent book that I enjoyed so much that I literally hugged the book (and then began re-reading it a second time) was Michael Tolliver Lives. For a "sequel" or follow-up to the original Tales of the City 6-book adventure, it blew me away. It was relevant, moving, funny ... just ... wonderful.
Others of note: Rise of Endymion (the 4th in a 4-book set), and more recently Amulet. I'm reading The Time Traveler's Wife now and it is pretty amazing too.
I've never actually kissed a book. But the last three that really hit me in that way were:
THE DEAD ZONE by Stephen King. It's an older book with an old theme, but the way he handles it, I felt the main character's dilemma profoundly.
THE CURSE OF CHALION by Lois McMaster Bujold. It was the first Bujold I ever read, and still my favorite. PALADIN OF SOULS is supposed to be coming out in braille really soon, and many people like that one even better.
DIVINE SECRETS OF THE YA-YA SISTERHOOD by Rebecca Wells. (I hope I got that title right!)
Matter by Iain M. Banks; bought it in Sydney on the Wednesday before last; finished it a week later, still on vacation. Damn, but that's good stuff.
The Orphan's Tales, In the Night Garden by Catherynne Valente.
Good book, I loved it- its a series of stories, and stories within sotires that may or may not all have something to do with one another. It's a little bit Grimm's Fairytales, and more than a little bit Arabian Nights. It's scary and ugly and beautiful and magic.
... and there's a book 2, Cities of Coin and Spice.