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March 13: Books That Surprised Me (in a good or bad way)

I’ve split this, and these are recent reads. Alphabetical as always.

The Good

1. Blackfoot; W.R. Gingell. I’d liked other books by this author, but really couldn’t get into this one. Months passed before I gave it another try, but I did enjoy it in the end.

2. Onwards towards our Noble Deaths; Shizeru Mizuki. War stories aren’t my favorite, but despite being tough, this one spoke to me.

3. Death by Silver; Melissa Scott. This one was a surprise because it was part of a bundle, and I had no expectations. It turned out to be a well developed mystery.

4. A Gentleman in Moscow; Amor Towles. I expected this to end tragically, and was pleasantly surprised when it didn’t.

5. Hillbilly Elegy; J.D. Vance. I saw some negative reviews for this, so didn’t have high hopes, but it works pretty well as strictly a memoir.

~~~~The Bad

6. Zen in the Art of Writing; Ray Bradbury. Not so much bad, as not as good as I was expecting.

7. Xenocide; Orson Scott Card. Just drawn out and dull.

8. Winter’s Tales; Isak Dinesen. A collection of short stories I had hopes for, that didn’t quite live up to them.

9. Dark Cities; Christopher Golden. The whopper of a first story put this book in the AHHH! category. Seriously, the first story is messed up.

10. The Best American Comics 2013; Jeff Smith. They might be the best, but I found them dull, depressing, or off-putting.

About Caitlin Stern

I have a MA in English, and have so many fantasy/urban fantasy WIPs it's not even funny. I'm an avid reader of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, romance, biography, fiction, and anything else that catches my interest. I collect books, and bookmarks I find that are visually appealing and useful.

11 responses »

  1. FranL says:

    I haven’t read any of these. I have been meaning to read Isek Dinesen though.
    Here’s my list. I interpreted the topic a bit differently: https://franlaniado.wordpress.com/2018/03/13/top-10-tuesday-books-that-surprised-me/

  2. I have been wondering about A Gentleman in Moscow! That’s good to know!

  3. I felt similar about Ray Bradbury’s book, some helpful stuff but I’ve enjoyed other writing help books more.

  4. I haven’t read any of these books myself but I liked how you split your list into two halves. There can be just as many books that surprise us in a bad way as books that surprise us in a good way.
    Hopefully you’ll read more books this year that will surprise you in a good way though. 🙂

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