031. Five Tomorrows by Sarah A. Hoyt
Publication: Goldport Press (January 4, 2012), ebook, approx. 119pp / ISBN none
Genre: Science Fiction, Short Stories
Read: February 13, 2012
I have a really hard time remembering short stories, especially when I read a whole collection of them all at once. So I can’t exactly remember which story in this collection of five sci-fi shorts was my favorite– I think it was the first one, though. That one was about these genetically altered kids who were bred to be super-soldiers and lived underwater and stuff. It could totally be expanded into a full-sized YA book, and I think it’d even do pretty well if the ending was changed a bit.
The best thing about this set of stories is that they all take place in the same universe, just in different points in time. I like it when things like that happen, idk why. It’s more neat, I guess?
I liked it!
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032. Wolf Brother by Michelle Paver
Publication: Katherine Tegen Books (February 21, 2006), Paperback, 293pp / ISBN 0060728272
Genre: MG Fantasy, Historical Fiction
Read: February 14, 2012
Source: Bought (UBS)
I can’t remember why I wanted to read this book, but it’s been on my wishlist for forever. So when I found it for $1 at a thrift store the other month? I bought it! It’s a pre-historical MG fantasy book set somewhere in Europe starring “tribal” people of the sort that, if this were a movie, Justin Bieber would be cast as one of the characters. So.
You know how My Side of the Mountain had a lot of stuff about living out in the wilderness and being awesome at it? Wolf Brother has that, too, only more magically inclined than not. I love reading about survival stuff, and the fantasy coming-of-age “young man finds his destiny” plotline was icing on the top. My favorite thing, though? Was Renn, the female hunter-turned-sidekick. I suppose it’s kind of sad that I feel grateful the author stuck a prominent female character in the book who does more than just follow the hero around, but that’s how I feel. Wolf Brother could have very easily turned into a Lockdown sort of situation, but Renn and her amazing-ness kept it from getting to that point. Yay Renn!
I liked it a lot!
033. Fame Fatale by Wendy Holden
Publication: Headline (June 24, 2002), Paperback, 512pp / ISBN 0747266158
Read: February 16-18, 2012
Thinking back, I think I basically just read another version of The Other Side of the Story, only more simple and with worse characters. There’s only two protagonists in Fame Fatale, one of them “likable” and the other one “unlikable.” I actually found the unlikable one more entertaining than the likable one, even if she was over-the-top ridiculous.
The problem with Fame Fatale is that both protagonists are delusional in ways that makes me want to scream. They make the same mistakes over and over again and don’t learn anything from their experiences. There’s no character growth! There’s no change in either of their personalities from the beginning of the book to the end, and without that I just can’t see the point. Unless the point was for me to feel superior to them? Eh.
Still, it’s a cute book and the behind the scenes thing with book publishing was interesting, even if it’s about 10 years out of date nowadays. If you can keep yourself from obsessing about the protagonists problems, it’s an enjoyable read.
It was a little better than “okay,” but not much.