With the next bookclub meeting drawing near, I steeled myself for the task of reading Still Alice. It’s a book about Alzheimer’s so I was pretty sure it wasn’t going to be much fun to read and I think that’s why the other book I read on my weekend, was very much fun; The Clockwork Dagger.
Going back to Still Alice, I have to say it’s a beautifully structured book. Telling Alice’s story from her point of view solely, it manages to show the incremental loss of her ability to remember in ways that Alice is both aware and unaware of.
My only criticism of it, really, is that I didn’t warm to any of the characters in Alice’s family. Maybe they just weren’t my sort of people? Still, it made it harder to care about them.
The Clockwork Dagger on the other hand had a good set of characters, an interesting world and pacy story. A magical, “steampunk”, romantic adventure, it was a lovely, light and easy flowing read.
I liked the world enough to not stop and think too hard about why a non-earth (apparently) setting should have all the Victoriana hallmarks of steampunk. It’s also not exactly steampunk, because the world is magical.
Clearly part of a series, so it has an incomplete resolution, but enough was tied-up that I didn’t want to practice my book-hurling.
So, a weekend of interesting reading.