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Thursday, July 19, 2007

Recently (too many bad)...

The Bad

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Suskind
Interesting enough for the most part though left the reader feeling icky. Silly ending.

Blinding Light by Paul Theroux
Upon finishing this paperback, I tossed it in the recycle bin with bored disgust. No need to try to sell back or share or donate. I should have given up by pg. 60 or so.

Drowning Ruth by Christina Schwarz
Picked it up among a pile of free medical books by Gentry's apt in NY. Fine but, epitomizes the lamer aspects of former "Oprah Book Club" books. Kind of predictable.

The Good

The Road by Cormac McCarthy
It's the future and everything really, really sucks. Still can't get some of the images out of my head. Fantastic. Heart breaking.

Confessions of a Teen Sleuth by Chelsea Cain
This I read a month or two ago. Parody of Nancy Drew books. Short and delightful.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Feed: M.T. Anderson

I admit it. I'm a sucker for product recommendations, especially Amazon's. They've been right in the past, and I often end up finding books that I otherwise wouldn't have read.

Coincidentally, Feed is about a future, (that sucks,) where everyone has a constant feed of recommendations, media, and instant messages fed directly into their minds. The story itself is told from the point of view of Titus, a teenager who has the normal teen worries: he's constantly wondering if what he's wearing is hip enough (the feed doesn't think so), whether spring break on the Moon sucks (it does), and which flying car is the best.

Of course, as you might imagine, things start to go wrong, but in surprising ways. One of the most interesting things about the book is that you get little glimpses of the outside world, but since Titus doesn't really concern himself with worldly issues, you only get the barest outlines. Figuring out the world in the story is actually one of my favorite things about reading Science Fiction, and why I keep coming back to the genre.

Feed is a "young adult" book really targeted to teenagers, but it was a great surprise, as its satire works on multiple levels.

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Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Mistress of the Art of Death: Ariana Franklin

This book was so !@#%ing good (engrossing, suspenseful, scary & vivid) that I actually had to remove the book from my bedroom and stash it safely in the front room before I could go to sleep last night!

It's a CSI story that takes place in the 12th century. The main character, Adelia, is a doctor, sent from Salerno to solve a crime at a time when there are no female doctors in England. Henry II is a character, and I do love the Plantagenets...

The mystery is genuinely scary, and the secrecy of the investigation adds extra tension.

Cracking good fun!

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