It’s book review time in the breathing space corner of the universe.
Beautiful Creatures (Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl) Written in today’s popular vampire/goth mode, but about creatures called Casters. Ultimately just another angsty love story, but with some interesting twists. Not the best book I’ve ever read, but I finished it, and that’s got to be worth something. Pretty sure the Edward and Bella fans of this world will love it madly.
This is Where I Leave You (Jonathan Tropper) I like this guy! He writes very funny stuff, sometimes emotionally raw and sometimes just a little bit gross, about love, marriage, divorce, family, relationships, and life in general.
The Book of Joe (Jonathan Tropper) I like this guy even better after reading more of the same.
Everything Changes (Jonathan Tropper) Obviously sometimes I just cannot get enough of a particular author.
Noah’s Compass (Anne Tyler) I’m a big Anne Tyler fan, but this novel was a huge disappointment. It was flat and it dragged on and on, sort of like Liam’s pathetic life. There were ‘moments’ here and there that kept me hopeful, but alas, not nearly enough of them.
Await Your Reply (Dan Chaon) This book just confused the living hell out of me. I could not figure out what people were doing, but more importantly what their motivations were at the end of the day. And to top it off the ending was just stupid. So I guess it’s safe to say I don’t recommend this one very highly.
Whistling in the Dark (Lesley Kagen) Just AWESOME story about two little girls growing up in the 1950’s. Told from the point of view of Sally O’Malley whose father has died, who has a mother (possibly dieing) in the hospital, an abusive alcoholic step-father, a little sister to look after, an older sister with no time for anything but her new boyfriend, and the fear of a murderer/molestor at large in the community to contend with. Not to mention an overly active imagination and suspicions that no one will listen to. Perfectly written. Big big thumbs up.
Land of a Hundred Wonders (Lesley Kagen) Don’t even know what it’s about, but downloaded it onto my kindle in a purely optimistic state of mind.