Saturday, September 13, 2014

30. The Night Circus

By Erin Morgenstern (387 pp)

I resisted reading this book for ages and I think it's because the cover reminded me of a Tim Burton movie I didn't like. Isn't that a terrible reason not to read a book? My sister gave me her copy and I finally read it and what do you know? I liked it a lot. I felt like it was more atmosphere and setting than story but it kept pulling me along so much that I dragged a hardcover book on the bus with me. It's about a mysterious circus and its players and a couple of magicians who are in a competition they don't understand. Recommend.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

29. a land more kind than home

By Wiley Cash (306 pp)

This book did not work for me. It's set in a small town in North Carolina and while the setting descriptions are lovely and there are some suspenseful moments, I thought it was a cliched southern evil preacher story. The story is about a young boy and his brother who see something they aren't supposed to see which makes a bunch of terrible things happen. The entire story is just terrible things happening.

28. The Birthday Problem

By Caren Gussoff (216 pp)

How to describe the undescribable book? It's set in a future Seattle where nanobots used to improve health end up making people crazy. Civilized life falls apart. But that's just the backdrop Really it's about loosely connected characters trying to keep their act together while dealing with friends and family and loss and the world undone. It was a little more intense than I was expecting which is a total user error since Caren was in my Clarion West class so I'm familiar with her writing. Recommend.