The Grim Grotto by Lemony Snicket

The Grim Grotto (A Series of Unfortunate Events #11) The Grim Grotto (A Series of Unfortunate Events #11)Lemony Snicket, Brett Helquist; HarperCollins 2004WorldCatRead OnlineLibraryThingGoogle BooksBookFinder 

This is the eleventh of thirteen in a Series of Unfortunate Events. The first six or seven are ok, but there’s a distinct change midway through the series. The writing gets better, the situations are extremely surreal, and it gets a little fanwanky by being pro-reading. It doesn’t feel like an advertisement or a PSA, because you have to get through seven novels or so to get there.

I really liked this.

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

The  graveyard book The graveyard bookNeil Gaiman; HarperCollins Pub. 2008WorldCatRead OnlineLibraryThingGoogle BooksBookFinder 

The Graveyard Book is a good spooky-themed retelling of The Jungle Book. This book has since won a bajillion awards. While it’s not a bad book, I’m a little confused how it’s won so many awards. This is recommended, especially as it’s a pretty quick read.

The Family Trade by Charles Stross

Inversions InversionsIain M. Banks; Orbit 1998WorldCatRead OnlineLibraryThingGoogle BooksBookFinder 

The Family Trade is the first novel of a six series set about a woman, Miriam, who finds out she can travel between worlds. The other world feels like a typical fantasy world, and I almost set the book down. I haven’t been disappointed by Stross, so I kept reading. It has a bit of the “Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court” feel. Stross pulls it off well.

I really enjoyed this set.

The System of the World by Neal Stephenson

The system of the world The system of the worldNeal Stephenson; William Morrow 2004WorldCatRead OnlineLibraryThingGoogle BooksBookFinder 

Finally, the Baroque Cycle concludes. As the third part of a fairly long trilogy, this is only recommended if you’re willing to put the time in to read Cryptonomicon, plus the other two Baroque Cycle books. However, if that’s your thing, this does a really good job of wrapping things up.