CONFESSION: This is the first Octavia Butler novel I have ever read. However, I think I can see the influence of this book on some other (less good) novels that I’ve read over the years. Basically, the less good novels just keep the weirdness with no deeper analysis.
The main plot revolves around uncovering what would become Watergate from the perspective of a 22nd century agent, and then trying to make sure it happens to correct the timeline. This is what hooked me on buying the book in the first place. But that turns into a larger plot of why Watergate doesn’t happen, so we’ve got a double whammy of mystery and intrigue.
I liked about 50% of this book and really disliked the other 50%. I think it mainly has to due with personal taste, but also how coherehent you can make a futuristic world without becoming incoherent.
It’s basically speculative fiction meets Sherlock Holmes. And it totally works. Oh yeah, and one of the characters is a ship. LOVE IT.
Vengeful is the sequel to Vicious by V E Schwab, following the not so nice characters of Eli Ever and Victor Vale. It was perfectly fine as a novel, but felt a bit disappointing compared to other books that she’s written
The main character is Fatima, a supernatural detective in Cairo at the turn of the century. A man named al-Jahiz had managed to tunnel between worlds, allowing the djinn and all manner of supernatural agents to make their way to earth.
I took this book on holiday as it had sat on my shelf for awhile now, having bought it when I still read a lot of male authors. And this sort of book reminds me why, yet again, why I find some male authors just so friggin’ tiresome