Short & Sweet Book Reviews Part 2

So I have been reading a lot lately- an alarming amount, actually- so once again I have enough material to do a repeat of Short & Sweet Book Reviews. The first one seemed to be popular, so hope you enjoy!

Hag-Seed, by Margaret Atwood  

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I loved this quirky retelling of The Tempest, a modern story in a series of retellings called the Hogarth Shakespeare. The book’s plot centers on a fifty something kind of crazy man who has lost his wife and daughter. Hag-Seed was a wonderfully all encompassing story that includes theatre, prisons, revenge, and easy prose. While there was a lack of character development for everyone in the large cast, I would recommend this to any fan of The Tempest or Margaret Atwood. Also if anyone has any recommendations for more books that talk about prisons, I would love to read more about the inner workings, etc.

 

Handmaid’s Tale, also by Margaret Atwood 2017-08-23 (2)

Okay, so this is probably the most unpopular book opinion I’ve ever had. I didn’t like The Handmaid’s Tale. Yes, I completely appreciate how revolutionary and important this book is/was, and I think that the idea is terrifying. But I thought it could’ve been written better. Some of my problems:

  1. There was a random lack of quotation marks most of the time. Bad grammar does not equal art.
  2. The story would move between present and past in a way that was very disorienting.
  3. It felt like the book was taking advantage of me, dangling what had happened in front of my nose for more than half of the book, then throwing in random affairs that meant nothing and a frustratingly unresolved ending. I don’t always mind open endings. In The Giver, for example, it is left unknown whether Jonas lived or died and what happened to his Community. In contrast, the ending of The Giver felt thought out and purposeful in a way that The Handmaid’s Tale’s just hadn’t.

 

Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline

I had very different feelings about the first and second halves of this book. I loved the first half. The plot was inventive and fun, making two things I knew little about (video games and the 80’s) accessible to me. I’m sure people who are interested in those things would like this book even more.

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The front cover called it a combination of The Matrix and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and that is so true. I don’t want to get into spoilers, but it basically starts as a near-future dystopia Easter Egg hunt for billions of dollars. Wade, his friends, his enemies, and practically every other video gamer on the planet looking for the Easter Egg. The second half was worse. Parts captured my attention, but most of this formerly exciting book was repetitive and predictable. I spent the first half thinking things would change, that the action would develop. After all, Harry Potter doesn’t spend all 7 years fighting off trolls in bathrooms.

 

The Long Walk, by Stephen King

     2017-08-23 (5)The Long Walk is my second Stephen King book, after reading Carrie last year, and it just keeps getting better. The Long Walk is the story of a dystopian world where willing teenage boys get to walk until they drop- literally. This book is violent without being gory and has perfect characterization. Stephen King manages to make a book where all the characters do is walk, talk, and die action packed and engrossing. After 370 pages I cared about every character so much, and the reality TV aspect of the Walk draws clear parallels to our own world. I literally couldn’t stop reading.

“They walked through the rainy dark like gaunt ghosts, and Garraty didn’t like to look at them. They were the walking dead.”

The Long Walk

At the Edge of the Universe, by Shaun David Hutcherson2017-08-23 (6)

In this very mediocre book, Shaun David Hutcherson tries to mix sci-fi with speculative fiction with gay romance, and it really doesn’t work. The book felt like it was trying too hard, and while kind of fun to read, was overall just okay. The main speculative points were undeveloped and just kind of lost. I thought At The Edge of the Universe seemed like a wannabe More Than This, and not in a good way.

Have you read any of these books? Leave your own opinions in the comments!

“Sleep tight, ya morons!”

The Catcher in the Rye

Bye! 👋

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How To Get A Girl Pregnant 

First of all, this is not a sex guide. This book is the story of a butch Chicana lesbian- Karleen- who wants more than anything to get pregnant. I didn’t think much of this sypnopsis, just saw it on iBooks for a car ride and it looks short and easy. But halfway though I was rooting for the main character so hard, we have little in common but the book made me sympathize with her in a way that I forgot a book could.

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Short & Sweet Book Reviews

Hi! I’ve read so many good books lately, and some… Not as great books, that I wanted to review all of them at once. So here are some short & sweet book reviews, all keeping to one or two sentences. Like if you enjoyed this format and want to see a post like this again!

Fingersmith, by Sarah Waters image

This thrilling and tightly woven book is set in Victorian England, centering around a girl growing up amongst criminals and a girl with a fortune, and is basically what would happen if Charles Dickens wrote about lesbians.

The layered characters and intriguing plot make for an entertaining- and really hard to put down- historical novel.

 
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9 Valentine’s Day Reads

Hi, and happy almost Valentine’s Day! Congratulations to every couple, and to those staying home reading like me, well here are-

9 Valentine’s Day Reads for when you’re happy, sad, or lovesick:

9. Fangirlimage

This story within a book by Rainbow Rowell is a cute, classic take on first loves, fanfiction, and college. Any Harry Potter fan should read it for the Harry Potter references and throwbacks. The plot centers around a shy college freshman named Cath, who is an avid Baz and Simon shipper, an identical twin, and about to fall in love.

Why I love you- The light tone and the two love stories.

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History is All You Left Me: just leave this history on the shelf

“I feel like a rock being skipped through the ocean—pain, relief, pain again, relief again, eventually destined to sink.”

I was really disappointed by History Is All You Left Me. I had been so excited for it, by the author of one of my favorite books- More Happy Than Not. But it was depressing, angsty, and overly confusing. The premise is that Griffin’s ex boyfriend, Theo, dies in an accident. He’s shocked, and this book is about him trying to come to terms with it.
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Animal Farm, where the pigs rule

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“All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others

This George Orwell classic left me speechless. Its about a group of animals who decide to take over a farm and kick their human owners out. But the pigs take control, and the result is bloody and tyrannical. This book is a sly satire of the Russian Revolution, and many events in the book can be traced back to things that really happened. For example, one of the pigs is based on Joseph Stalin.

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