Sunday, March 04, 2007

Yeah, You

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.


Tim Pratt said...

I really appreciate the kind words on Hart & Boot & Other Stories. I've admired your reviews for years, so was happy to be included!

Michael Berry said...

Hey, Tim, thanks for stopping by. I picked up your book mainly because I knew you were local, but I ended up being really impressed by it. I look forward to the new fantasy series.