165. Sorcery & Cecelia by Patricia C. Wrede & Caroline Stevermer
Publication: Graphia (September 1, 2004), Paperback, 336pp / ISBN 015205300X
Genre: YA Fantasy Romance
Read: September 1, 2012
I’ve read and enjoyed books written by both authors before so I had high hopes for this one, not least because it’s an episolary novel and I love those especially. Letters! Telling a story! It’s almost as good as a diary book– well, usually. Sorcery & Cecelia is a cute but ultimately forgettable book, and that really disappoints me. I MAY read the sequel, if only because they go on a trip through Europe (right?) and the bits that annoyed me in this book1 may have been fixed in the next one. And now that the romance is settled, maybe the couples will annoy me less! And MAYBE things will be BETTER and and and I will ENJOY it! POSSIBILITIES OF BETTER THINGS. Yay!
166. Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry
Publication: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers; First Edition edition (September 14, 2010), Hardcover, 464pp / ISBN 1442402326
Genre: YA Horror/Action/Sci-fi
Read: September 8, 2012
Good points: mixed race protag, PoC characters everywhere, some sort of post-racist town?, zombies!, central California setting, Tom (protag’s brother).
Not-so-good points: protag is extremely stupid (but I think that was the point), the Aesop hits you over the head like a brick, mysterious feral killer girl who can barely talk and has lots of issues which get paved over as soon as she shows up personally in the narrative and who is very hot with boobs and long immaculate hair which doesn’t have a single tangle. BIG SIGH.
I think basically this is kind of like a lighter version of Feed with an emphasis on family relationships and working through them instead of on conspiracies and Finding the Truth. Might have been a better book if Tom was the protagonist and it was written for a slightly older audience.
168. Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
Publication: Listening Library (Audio); Unabridged edition (September 12, 2006), 5:16:00 / ISBN 0739336908
Genre: Children’s Fantasy
Read: September 10-14, 2012
I don’t remember ever listening to a Jim Dale-narrated audiobook before, but now that I have I’m determined to find more. He made Peter Pan magical enough that I could almost entirely ignore the racist/sexist/annoying bits and focus on the good stuff, like the humor and the interesting fantasy stuff and how Hook is weirdly more sympathetic than you’d expect. And now I want to watch the movie Hook again, because it turned out to be more clever than you’d think if you’ve never read the source material.
- clumsiness as a personality trait OH PLEASE ↩