Saturday, January 15, 2011

4. WORLD WAR Z - Max Brooks

Oh. I'm. Sorry.

Obviously, "an oral history of the zombie war" is not a book I would typically read. However, my son loved Brooks's other novel, so I thought I would be a responsible parent. Once a year is enough.

In the not-so-distant future, the world goes to war against the living dead. The story is told through the recollections of different people who are being interviewed for posterity.

At first, it was silly fun. Then, I thought, "Wow, I never would have thought of that." Now, I'm buying guns and practicing daily. Kidding!

2.75 out of 5.0 for fun/vacation Zombies who dance on tables.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

3. THE AWAKENING - Kate Chopin

The age-old story of a woman realizing her worth and expressing her freedom from male influence... yet Kate Chopin published this novel in 1899. It was unheard of during the time, making Chopin predictably shunned and disliked.

This is a classic that everyone should read for early feminism. What is fantastic is that Chopin was actually surprised by that perspective.

Oh, the book? Just google the topic... you'll like it. I know you.

4.0 out of 5.0 In the Oceans.

Monday, January 03, 2011

2. A FIERCE RADIANCE - Lauren Belfer

A murder mystery with a dash of history? I am *in*.

Most people may not want to read about how the little pills stuffed into their mouths originated from a great-great-great-grandparent: a milk jug of mold. During this World War II drama, the government wants the manufacture of penicillin to be so fast that every soldier will have access to it. However, one scientist saw beyond penicillin to the possibilities of other sulfa drugs and paid with her life.

The novel begins like a romance and ends like a romance with a historical mystery in the middle. This quirky organization didn't bother me until I got to the end; then, it was, "We're back to HIM again? What the?"

The radiance began to fizzle at that point, for me. Sorry, Mom!

2.5 out of 5.0 Edward's Purple Medicine.

Sunday, January 02, 2011

1. THE HUNGER GAMES SERIES - Suzanne Collins

Since this is a bit of a cheat-post, it will only count for one title.

Katniss shoots game illegally to help her mother and sister survive, but the true test of her survival skills is in the Hunger Games arena. In futuristic America, there are only twelve "areas" after an uprising against the government. Every year, to remind the citizens of this event, they are forced to watch the games, where only one of 24 will live.

Katniss is one of the the competitors.

This young adult series was compelling on many levels. First, it contained snappy writing. Quick dialogue and lots of action, but it was the attention to details that I enjoyed. Also, it didn't turn all Bella-Edward-Jacob. I don't want to say too much because I want you to read the whole trilogy.

Let's just say that my sister and I were racing each other to finish each book. Who won? Der.

4.25 out of 5.0 Jagerbows