April Rewind

This is a look back at the books I read in April. It's a lot of different stuff, and it was a lot of cool stuff, so April was a pretty good month.

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
Patrick Rothfuss you fucking genius you can write can’t you? Yes is the answer to that. The Name of the Wind is sensational. I really loved it. I like the story, I like the characters. I also really liked the way it was told. I like that Kvothe was looking back on his life and telling the story of him, I thought it was a cool way of telling a story. It’s such a good book. I saw some people complain about the fact that Kvothe is so good at everything and that’s boring. I don’t care. Kvothe is an arrogant asshole for parts of this book, he’s flawed and he’s not perfect and I like that. He’s good, but he’s also not perfect. I loved the magic in the book, I loved how it was taught. I also had a feeling that it might go wrong a couple of times, which I found interesting. It was just great okay. I don’t know how to use words anymore. Elodin is by the way awesome. That crazy bastard is my favorite character.

Locke and Key: Welcome to Lovecraft by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez
I read another graphic novel. I should read more, they’re fantastic. And this one was amazing. The art is really cool, the story is fascinating and the weird intricacies are just really interesting. It’s about three kids who move to New England with their mother after their father is murdered by a deranged kid who used to go to their dad in his capacity as a guidance councilor. He is haunted by this lady who lives in a well by Keyhouse, the house the kids move to. There they find all kinds of odd doors and keys. It’s just really good and I want to read the rest right now.

Electrified Sheep by Alex Boese
I have found the thing I love more than anything else I think. I thought I’d warn you, because I’m about to be very excited. I love science, which sounds a bit dappy, but I do. I like that there are people out there who look at the world and wonder something, try to find information on it and when they can’t find it they figure it out themselves. They are glorious heroes. Also medicine and electricity is pretty sweet. What I like more though is people who wonder weird things, and where other people think that is so weird and creepy I’m fine with never knowing, they think I’ll find out. What do people talk about when they think they’re alone? I know I’ll hide under people’s beds and find out. How much electricity does it take to electrocute an elephant? We’ll electrocute one and find out. Some of the experiments are heinous and awful and immoral, but they’re so interesting and strange. I love weird science and I will read all the books about it, so I need to find more.

Stardust by Neil Gaiman
Neil Gaiman is one of my favorite humans. His books are interesting and funny and sad, and cruel and sweet and they make you laugh and cry and it’s lovely. This isn’t my favorite of his. Not that it was bad, I loved it, but American Gods is sort of the gold standard. Stardust is pretty brilliant though. It’s a fairytale-ish story set in Victorian England. A young man, half fae, walks through the Wall to the fairy world to catch a falling star for the woman he thinks is the love of his life. The boy, Tristran, finds that the star is a girl named Yvaine and they go on a journey through the Fairyland. Meanwhile the king of Stormhold in the Fairyland dies and his remaining sons have to find the star as well, and the man who finds it will be king. There’s a lot going on for a fairly short book, but it’s interesting and funny and sweet and really cool. I sort of wanted it to go on for longer.

The Girl who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There by Catherynne M. Valente
Bah, September is back and it’s great guys. In Fairyland all the shadows are disappearing and September needs to go to Fairyland-below where September’s shadow Halloween is dragging the shadows down to have her own party. There are some humans and other creatures down there too, but lots of shadows, and many of them quite like being free. We meet Ell and Saturday’s shadows and see how different and dark they are and it’s interesting and almost scary. We get to see how September grows up and how she’s gone from being a child without a heart to a teenager with a heart that can break. She’s so interesting and exciting and she grows so much. I love her so much.

Inherent Vice
I’m not sure I get Thomas Pynchon. It might just be me. His books, at least the ones I’ve read are fun and well, weird. It’s about a PI named Doc Sportello who is asked by his old girlfriend Shasta to look into the disappearance of her boyfriend Mickey Wolfmann. It’s set in the late 60s and is full of drugs and acid trips. Doc is pulled into a lot of different conspiracies that somehow seem to bring them back to Mickey and a creepy organization named the Golden Fang. It’s bizarre and some of the time I wasn’t entirely sure what was going on. There is so much weirdness. I liked it though, no matter how odd it was.

My resolutions
I’ve read 22 books in my 70 books challenge. I didn’t read any Norwegian books, but it’s okay, because I’m sort of ahead anyway. I’ve read 14 books for the Mount TBR so I’m on track there. Also I read another graphic novel, which was cool. And some non-fiction. I was a bit all over the place this month, so you know, fun.