More book reviews…

The Grand Tour, Patricia C. Wrede & Carolyn Stevermer. Not as good as The Enchanted Chocolate Pot. For some reason, the authors chose to have the characters travel together and write diaries instead of travelling apart and writing letters…so, there’s a lot of “my version of events” “your version of events.” And the action occurs behind the scenes, too, so…not as good. Good characters, above-average writing…

Eight Days of Luke, by Diana Wynne Jones. A so-so Diana Wynne Jones book is better than an excellent book by pretty much anybody else. Loki is accidentally freed from prison by a kid…reminds me of a kid’s version of Roger Zelazny. As always, Jones shines at cutting through the crap.

I, Robot, by Isaac Asimov. Every few years I try to reread Asimov. I want to read about what he’s writing, but his writing style puts my hackles up. I was finally able to finish this without wanting to strangle him: I attribute this to working for the government. (My ability to restrain myself from strangling someone has been greatly increased). Writing typical of the era. Characters typical of the era. Dialogue and pacing typ–you get the point. But the ideas!

In other reading…trying to catch up on Cardcaptor Sakura and Tsubasa: Resevoir Chronicle. The library had a copy of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds, by Charles MacKay, but everything not directly related to economics was removed! Aaaagh!