Wednesday, April 25, 2012

12. Divergent

by Veronica Roth (312 pp. ebook)

My sister gave me this book and I gobbled it right up. It's the new hot dystopian genre with teens who have to bad scary stuff in a terrible world. Plus romance where they're always drawing a finger along each other's cheekbones. It's fun and cheezetastic in the best possible way. *And* book two is coming out next week.

Also, I don't like this new window Blogger and I'm sure you don't care even though I see the little "send feedback" tab at the bottom, I'm not going to fall for that.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

11. St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised By Wolves

By Karen Russell (246pp.)

I've had this book 30 minutes away from being finished for almost a week and just couldn't get to it until this morning. This is a collection of short stories, all with a speculative element. I feel like I should do a discussion talking about speculative fiction vs. literary speculative fiction but I've had the world's longest week and I did epic amounts of yard work and I'm pretty sure my arms are about to fall off.

I loved the writing in these stories. While I was reading the first couple I was a little lukewarm on the stories themselves but eventually the author won me over. I think my favorites were the one with the turtles and the one with the old folks home at the marina. The avalanche singers one is a nice hair-raiser. Recommend.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

10. Nobody's Fool

By Richard Russo (549 pp.)

Holy moly this was a long book. It felt long. I love Richard Russo and this was easy enough to read, even when I just had a short time to dip into it. But after all that I'm not sure where we've been. The protagonist is a jerk at the beginning and a jerk at the end - but not without some humanity. Things were screwed up at the beginning and screwed up in a different way at the end. As in all Russo stories, the characters are pitiful and hilarious. I didn't hate it but it's not my favorite Russo book.