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Wanda's Book Reviews

I am currently reading my way through a long list of science fiction and fantasy titles.  (http://www.npr.org/2011/08/07/138938145/science-fiction-and-fantasy-finalists if you are interested in the list).

Currently reading

Living with Shakespeare: Actors, Directors, and Writers on Shakespeare in Our Time
Susannah Carson
The Lie Tree
Frances Hardinge
Progress: 94/410 pages
The Magic of Recluce
L.E. Modesitt Jr.
Smilla's Sense of Snow
Peter H√łeg, Tiina Nunnally
Progress: 322/469 pages
The Poisonwood Bible
Barbara Kingsolver

The Shining Girls

The Shining Girls - Lauren Beukes

Wow.  Just wow.

 

I'm amazed at the mixed reviews that this book has received.  I loved it.

 

A time traveling serial killer.  A girl who survived his attack.  She tries to put her life back together and to put an end to his murdering ways.

 

I felt deliciously drunk on time, as the chapters changed POV and year, but all clearly marked by the title heading.  During the last several chapters, my feet were making little running motions and I kept checking to see how many pages of tension were left.  That's rare.

 

What is also rare?  The killer doesn't come off as sexy or overly intelligent or all that slick.  In short, he is not glorified at all.  And the women/girls are truly shining ones--shining with intelligence, potential and determination.

 

I would recommend this novel highly.