Occasionally I like to venture into uncharted waters--you know, those books published by large houses. (Yes, they are indeed worthy despite not being published by small presses....)
I'm about to take off for a trip and have narrowed down my choices to 3, all of which are sitting on my shelf, awaiting me to pull one off and stick my bookmark in.
Readers: Please tell me which of these three you would recommend, and why. Use the "Comments" button below so that everyone else can see your comment, or email me directly.
THE SWEETNESS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PIE, by Alan Bradley
I have heard good things, but this one seems to be a love-it-or-hate-it book. I usually like such books. Have heard it can be a little precious; I don't have a taste for the saccharine, so I worry.
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, by Stieg Larsson
I was crazy about Smilla (of Smilla's Sense of Snow Fame, back in her heyday) so I'm liking the idea of this one. But I'm also hearing that it's slow to start and that the pacing doesn't necessarily pick up. And I need a good absorbing read for my trip.
THE THIRTEENTH TALE, by Diane Setterfield
I love a good Gothic, and this one is supposed to be Bronte-esque homage to the genre. But I've heard detractors say it's pretentious and long-winded, with an unappealing heroine. I like a complicated heroine, but have heard this one described as a "bore" by several people whose opinion I respect. So I worry.