Saturday, June 11, 2011

Reading Roundup, 11 June 2011

  • Our first link is actually a blog post from last month, but since I just saw it yesterday, and since it concerns my boy Tommy P., I'm going to include it here. A happy birthday to Thomas Pynchon from Kards Unlimited. Awesome.
  •  JT Ellison at Murderati, blogs about a subject near and dear to my (and Pete's) heart: the renaissance of the small independent bookstore. Read the article, then go out and buy a book locally. Oh, and if you're in L.A.'s South Bay area, keep your eyes open for The Book Frog bookshop, because we're coming soon.
  • From Forbes online, Avril David's ten most powerful women writers, a very interesting list.
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy blog Grapsing For the Wind combines a mini (and very gentle) diatribe about literary snobbery with a kick-ass gallery of pulp SF covers. Go for the article, stay for the scantily clad space babes.

Suzanne Collins, the author most recently of the powerful Hunger Games trilogy for young adults, published the first installment of the Underland Chronicles (this series for the slightly younger intermediate level crowd) back in 2003. Gregor the Overlander is a delightful novel: charming, often funny (but sometimes scary), and well-written. Though the burdens placed upon young Gregor are heavy, he shoulders them with aplomb, and learns much along the way. Young readers will absorb (with a spoonful of sugar) such lessons as the importance of believing in oneself and trusting others, not to judge people based on appearance (or species!), and following through on commitments. Read the full review here.

Ann Patchett's latest, State of Wonder is a magical novel. The story of medical researcher Marina Singh's journey into an Amazonian heart of darkness is gloriously written, with finely nuanced characters and bigger than life jungle settings. Although it will be seen on many an airplane and beach this summer, State of Wonder will continue to be read and discussed long after the season has ended. Read the full review here.

Robopocalypse is about the coming war between man and machine. It's really, really scary. Read the review here.


Maine, by J. Courtney Sullivan, a multi-generational saga revolving around three generations of women and set largely in the matriarch's summer beach house in coastal Maine. 

Delirium is yet another YA dystopian angst-fest. In Lauren Oliver's vision of the future love is a disease and the cure for it is compulsory. But our heroine has other ideas...

The Witches of East End is Melissa de la Cruz's first foray into grown-up fiction. Although the title unfairly brings to mind the far better Witches of Eastwick (yes, it's one of Updike's worst...but Updike's worst is better than many writers' best), it's still pretty fun. A family of witches who have been banned from practicing their craft since the Salem Witch Trials get the itch to get back into the game. It couldn't be more insignificant, but it doesn't suck.

Monster Island is good clean zombie fun. DeKalb, formerly a weapons inspector for the UN, was caught on assignment in Africa when the zombie plague decimated the world. Now he's been tapped by the girl army of a local warlord to go to New York to find the AIDS medication she desperately needs. Only trouble is, New York is kind of overrun by the walking dead. 


 Here are five I want to read.

And here are five which, although I'm perfectly happy (for the most part) to sell, I have no interest in reading whatsoever.

How about you? What books got you going this week? Did you come across (or, better yet, write!) a book-related blog post or article you'd like to share? Link it up below!

1 comment:

EnriqueFreeque said...

I'm keeping my eyes open for the Book Frog bookshop! How much longer do you think before I can let myself blink?