Friday, November 21, 2014

How to be a Woman (320 pages).

by Caitlin Moran.

Re"read" this book as an audiobook this week. SO. FREAKING. GOOD. This is THE feminist book as far as I'm concerned. Readable, funny, and smart.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Prince Lestat by Anne Rice, 458 pages

Finally Anne Rice has returned to Lestat, after a hiatus writing books about the early Christian faith. This was a wonderful book, a return to the writing that made me fall in love with Lestat back as a teenager. This book is filled with more vampires than ever, telling us there early day stories and seeing them in the current world. I'm seriously considering buying a copy of this book to keep on my shelf along with Interview with a Vampire and The Vampire Lestat.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Time and Again by Jack Finney (304 pgs)

I have probably reviewed this before because I have read and re-read this one SO many times.  The story is good and the concept is fascinating.  Time always is.  There isn't past, present, future.  It is possible to move between them because they always there.

Simon Morley learns how to move from 1972 to 1882 by separating himself from the ties that bind him to his current time.  He goes back intending to just observe, but finds how difficult it is to not become involved in the reality that these are real, living people.

And then it becomes apparent that the military is involved.

Love is a Mix Tape by Rob Sheffield (174 pgs.)

Mix tapes mean different things to different people.  Personally, I think the best ones are those made when sitting next to the radio with a tape recorder waiting for THE right song to come on, but they come in many different forms and styles.  These days, they are rarely even tapes.

This story follows the storyteller's life through memories brought on by a collection of mix tapes.  Each chapter begins with an image of the tape including the full play list.

Blankets by Craig Thompson (582 pgs)

I chose this book based on a review that I had read.

The premise in the somewhat auto-biographical book is to follow the path through the writer's life with the importance of various blankets as the tie together.  The story is quite interesting, though often disturbing or downright depressing.  The experience of religion in his younger years was law oriented and oppressive.  It made me sad to read it.

This book is an adult graphic novel.  The themes place it there quite rightly.

The Eye of Zoltar by Jasper Fforde (405 pgs)

Book 3 in the Chronicles of Kazam series.  I am glad to say that there is promise of more to come.

The story follows Jennifer Strange and her NOT a quest (or is it) for the legendary Eye of Zoltar in a deal made with The Mighty Shandar.

There are twists and turns as always in Fforde's writing, but you never quite know which way the twist is going to turn.  The end was not what I was expecting.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Boy: Tales of Childhood, by Roald Dahl 160 pages

Roald Dahl is one of my all time favorite authors. I came across this "not quite autobiography" while shelving and was thrilled to read it.