March Book Thoughts

Island of the Sequined Love Nun

I’ve always been somewhat quick to know what I want and what I don’t want.  I can tell you after the first taste of food whether or not I’ll have it again.  Most of the time, I don’t even bother trying anything new.  (It’s a #1 at Chick-Fil-A, #11 at McDonalds, #9 at Burger King, a Two Taco Breakfast Combo with Potato and Egg from Taco Cabana, and a Bean and Cheese Burrito from Taco Bell.  Oh yeah, and a Ruprict from Moe’s.)  I’m quick to fall and somewhat quick to recover.

All of this to tell you, Island is my second ever Christopher Moore book and I am proud to say I love this writer.  Before I started, I read the reviews.  “Not his best work….” seemed to be a common thought in most reviewer’s minds.

Ladies and Gentlemen, if this is not his best work… I’m sold.  Buy me everything he has written and let me shake the man’s hand.  I’m a fan.

Be Honest, You’re Not That Into Him Either

The subtext of this book is “Raising your standards and getting the love you deserve.”  Isn’t that what everyone wants?  I want the love I think I deserve.  I know Lucky does.  That pretty much covers us over on this end.

It seems like I’ve had issue with the books I’ve been reading lately.  This one was no exception.  For starters, almost everyone “interviewed’ for the book was some kind of CEO or executive and barely 25.  There were a few exceptions.  There was one teacher.  And I think there was a 32 year old in there somewhere.

So now I have been educated in everything that I’ve done wrong on my struggle with the “dating treadmill” and I’ve learned that I am hopelessly behind the power curve since I have no idea what I want to do when I grow up and I hardly believe it will be anything as cool as the women in that book.

Ender’s Shadow

I read Ender’s Game and fell in love.  I was petrified to read Speaker for the Dead in case it destroyed the series.  It didn’t… it gave me peace about Ender and his life.  I stopped there, because NOTHING else could possibly add to this series.  Again, I was afraid the one horrible book would ruin it for me.  (Like the Pretties or Hunger Games)

Ender’s Shadow follows Bean.  We get to see his side of life as he follows quite literally in Ender’s shadow.  Ender was the little kid who made a big name for himself.  He was THE ONE.  Bean came in even younger, just as Ender was starting his last year of Battle School.  He heard he was like Ender Wiggin so much he decided to find out about this guy.

It was an amazing story.  Being inside Bean’s head got a little old toward the end.  Part of me wanted him to stop analyzing EVERYTHING and just save the world already.  It really shows you the difference between pure genius and having skills.

I really hate to continue to gush on the Enderverse.  This book has sealed my faith in the other novels.  I will be collecting them and reading them with a fervor.  And I will put this into the universe again:  Even if you do not like science fiction, please read Ender’s Game. It is just one of those books you have to experience.

Lord of the Flies

I’m sure rotten tomatoes are going to fly out of my computer screen and splatter themselves all over my glasses and computer desk (just don’t hit my iPod).

I *HATED* this book.  I see how it could be fun to teach (There’s a strong difference between liking a book and finding out that it has teachable qualities) but I really don’t ever want to pick it up again for personal pleasure.  Simon was off his rocker, Piggy was annoying, Jack was a dirtball, and Ralph was obnoxious.  Oh yeah, Roger.  That kid probably grew up to be Hannibal Lecter.

So there lies my problem.  As a reader, I simply cannot enjoy a book that I hate every character.  I have to find someone to at least sympathize with to be able to enjoy it.  LotF… didn’t have that for me.

The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear

Let me tell you the story of how I came across this book.  I was wandering through Barnes and Noble (like I *love* to do) and I wanted to see if the new Christopher Moore book came out (March 23rd people… Love Bites hits the stores).  There was a bright yellow book with a huge blue bear on it.  I opened it up and was blown away by the size of it.  Seven hundred pages.  Who can write seven hundred pages about a blue bear?!?

In Walter Moer’s defense, there were pictures.  And some big type.  It was still a sizeable book but he caught me.  I was hooked.  I had to read it.  The library carried it (my <a href=”http://www.youseemore.com/TemplePL/default.asp”>library</a&gt; is amazing).  So I spent seven days in the land of Zamonia enjoying Bluebear’s 13 1/2 lives.

A writer with imagination is probably my biggest soft spot.  It was pointed out to me that I love “weird” writers:  Vonnegut, Christopher Moore, Tom Robbins… and it makes sense.  I love someone who can take me on an adventure.  I have a crazy imagination and I love to laugh.  Take me somewhere, I’ll follow.

Parts of Bluebear’s adventures felt a little long.  Maybe a five hundred page adventure.  Maybe only giving me 10 1/2 lives worth of stuff.  (That half life was important.)  Or maybe just give me a few more half-lives.  Maybe that blue bear should have kept a few more secrets. 🙂

Next week I’m going to the library in search of more Walter Moers books. So, obviously, it wasn’t that bad.

World of Warcraft and Philosophy

I picked this up as my “easy” read.  After the 700 page tome of adventure… I wanted something thoughless and fun.  What better choice than a book about one of my favorite games (WoW) and one of my favorite subjects (philosophy).  This book was the polar opposite of what I was expecting.  After the first chapter, it was clear that I was going to be scratching my head on more than one occasion.

Who would expect to learn something from a World of Warcraft book?  Especially something about economy, game design, metaphysics, and ethics?  (Okay, maybe the game design… but I never realized how detailed game design was!)  All-in-all, I have to say I’m pretty impressed by this little book.  If you are interested in the series at all, make sure you don’t underestimate the level of thinking required!  Its like the world’s coolest philsophy textbook!  With 52 books and counting, I’m sure you can find something to dive into.

Someone Like You

My easy read.  I figured you can’t get any easier than a Sarah Dessen novel.  I had read one in college for my Adolescent Literature class and enjoyed it.  Basically, she tends to write Chick-Lit for 13-year-olds.

Ten pages into it, I caught myself thinking “I’ve read this before.”  Thirty pages into it confirmed it… This was the same book I had read in college.  Only my version of this book was called How to Deal after the movie put out by Mandy Moore.

It carefully deals with those hot-button issues no one ever wants to talk about with teenagers: birth and death.  Surprisingly, she does it with great tact.  There are (of course) the cliches and the plot line is utterly predictable.  It is well done.  I would definitely suggest it to anyone who is interested.

Secrets to Happiness

I have to admit, I missed Sarah Dunn’s debut novel, Big Love.  Contrary to popular belief, I’m not a fan of what I deem the “Crap-Chick-Lit,” the books that can’t be considered Harlequin Romances because there are no sex scenes but can’t be real literature because the lack anything even remotely thought-provoking or worthy of conversation.  I’m not saying people shouldn’t read these, I’m just saying I feel like I’m wasting my time.

The cover of this book is what drew me in:

Doesn’t he just look… blissful?  Doesn’t it make you just want to smile and plop down beside him?  You want to run off to some huge park with thick green grass and create your own version of this book jacket.  I picked it up because every time I looked at the novel on my Amazon list… I couldn’t help but smile and want to cuddle my dog.

For Crap-Lit, it wasn’t so bad.  You have the lost woman who just wants to be loved but keeps getting screwed over, even by her whore of a best friend.  You have the list of ex’s who can’t keep it in their pants.  You have the big city, blind dates, woe-is-me, and you also have the typical Crap-Lit ending.  Awwwwww.  So yeah, its like every Rom-Com you’ve ever watched.  Heartbroken Girl, everything goes right, The End.

Dead and Gone

Don’t give me that look.  Yes, I read the Southern Vampire Mystery series.  And I actually really enjoy them.

I had put off reading this book for a multitude of reasons.  First and foremost, I kind of liked the idea that t here was just ONE MORE story out there waiting for me.  Now that she has firmed up the release date of the next installment (just in time for my birthday too!), I decided to indulge.  I was ready for the worst based on a few reviews I had gotten.

I loved it.  I had been waiting for some of the things that happened *ahem* in this book to happen.  I would have been more than happy just to put the book down and just know it happened.

The book, however, is typical Charlaine Harris.  Continuity errors galore, rambling on where there doesn’t need to be any extra explanation then leaving you to Google minor characters from the first three books… the usual.  Overall, it ranks up there right under Dead to the World… my favorite from the series so far.

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4 responses to “March Book Thoughts

    • Yeah! I actually go on Hatrack River every so often. I’m curious about his writing workshops. I’d love to see what he has to say, even though I think I suck at science fiction.

  1. (about comment above) that explains why I can NEVER get my hands on one of Orson Scott Card’s books at the used bookstore. They are sold the same day they come in.

    • Yeah! He’s from the Greensboro area. Bronson and his friend Jared actually ran into him in a Barnes and Noble once. Have you read Ender’s Game? I think I have two copies. *lol* If not, I’ll be running through Austin tomorrow. We have this amazing gift to mankind called Half Price Books. I bet you can’t imagine how much the books cost….

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