One of the new additions I’ve installed on the Terry Brooks website is the ability to follow his reviews on Goodreads. He gets asked what he’s reading all of the time—on the road, in online chats, on Ask Terry, and on Facebook—and we thought it would be a great thing to start posting what he’s reading along with his answers.
What did Terry read last month? Kraken by China Mievile!
Here is Terry’s review:
“This month I am recommending a book that has been out for a year or so, China Mieville’s Kraken. No one writes books like China. Some have said this is a good thing because China’s prose is dense and complex and his language might require that you keep a dictionary close at hand. But this is a really wonderful, compelling story. It possesses elements of science fiction, fantasy, horror and myth, and it is impossible to describe here. But I will take a shot at it anyway. Kraken is an end of the world story centered around a stolen Kraken corpse, a Kraken worshipping cult, strange collections of magic wielders both good and bad, a paranormal police unit, a gaggle of odd heroes and a couple of really terrible villains. It reminded me of Stephen King, among others. You have to work at this book, but even given that I had to put some effort into reading it, I could not put it down. It builds as it goes and thunders to a surprisingly satisfying ending. It made me envy China’s storytelling skills, and that doesn’t happen very often.”
There you have it. The tenth Goodreads review by Terry Brooks. Terry is fairly discriminatory when it comes to what he reads and what he lauds, so it’s safe to say that Kraken is a great book.
Hope you find out for yourself!
Until next month!