29 June 2013

Reviewlettes

Just to get a post up, here are some super short reviews of books I've read since the blogging slowed to a molasses roll....


Across the Universe by Beth Revis: Cryogenic space travel. Ship culture. Thought control. Non-stop action. Love story secondary (thank God). More adult than I expected. A

A Million Suns by Beth Revis: A bunch of uneducated, emotional decisions. Teen angst. Should have awoken some of the rest. Second half better than the first.  B

Shades of Earth by Beth Revis: Stupid love triangle. Mutual distrust and secrecy. Love the planet. Twisty. Ending a bit....pat. A-

Series Review: Fast paced. More adult than I expected. Will read more by Revis. B+



Sever by Lauren DeStefano: Final in series (Reviews of Wither and Fever). Linden got a bit more worldly. Rhine still one lucky girl. Lots of closure but not overly satisfying.

Series Review: Interesting world but not fully developed. Well developed, unique characters. Very adult for YA. B


World War Z by Max Brooks: Series of short reflections about World War Z. Highly emotional. Parts gave me nightmares.Thought-provoking about human nature. Has nothing to do with the movie other than title. Better than movie. A-

The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien: Absolutely fantastic collection of semi-autobiographical, interrelated vignettes about Vietnam soldiers. Beautifully written. Metafiction. Perfect flow between chapters. Teaching it in fall. A+

Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut: Reread. Absolutely fantastic story about World War II prisoner of war. World War II, time travel, and alien abduction: metafiction. Beautifully written. Perfect flow between reality and scifi. Teaching it in fall. A+









I would love to say that someday I will come back and flesh out these reviews; however I can make no promises these days.

4 comments:

  1. Hey I think this is great! Direct and to the point. Would totally agree with you on The Things They Carried. It made my top reads the year I read it. I haven't read any of the others, although I did see the movie for WWZ and enjoyed it.

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  2. Charming reviewlettes! I bought Galapagos yesterday because I just don't know if Slaughterhouse Five will be my bag.

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  3. I like the reviewlettes. I tend to skim reviews except for the bottom line anyway so this gives me exactly what I want. I've been looking forward to WWZ on audio but nightmares?! Eeep. I had a dream last night that there was an apocalypses and we were raiding houses for goods and I was kind of failing. I don't think I'd make it very far in the event of world destruction. I NEED to read Slaughterhouse Five. It's so short--not sure why I'm intimidated by it. And now my comment is longer than your reviewlettes. ;)

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