Sunday, March 04, 2007
Four books in one review in today's San Francisco Chronicle column: "The Terror" by Dan Simmons, "You Suck" by Christopher Moore, "Heart-Shaped Box" by Joe Hill and "Hart and Boot" by Tim Pratt. I liked them all, to varying degrees. The Simmons is the most harrowing book I've read in a long time, positively brilliant in its bleakness. "Heart-Shaped Box" is a strong debut from a novelist working from within a very big shadow. "Hart and Boot" took me by surprise with its sophisticated take on modern love. I read "You Suck" because I was instructed to do so, and while I don't truly regret the time spent on it, I wish Moore would move out of town while he publishes his next two or three books.