Archive for January 2011

01.20.2011

Fledgeling by Octavia Butler

This book started out great.  It was a fresh twist on vampires:  genetically altered vampires.  It starts out with the main character waking up with amnesia and a bruised and broken body, not knowing her name or anything about herself.  She’s on a quest to find out who and what she is, and who she [...]

01.18.2011

The Host

As I get older, I’m finding myself more and more conflicted about the books I read. Smeyer’s The Host isn’t helping me in the issue at all. It was in the university library and with all the hype, I thought this meant that I should read it. It sat on my shelf for a month [...]

01.18.2011

The Lies of Locke Lamora

I picked up, at my favorite place, the used bookstore in town, The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch. I had seen it recommended on a book forum and it was super cheap, so I decided, why not? I was completely conflicted for the first couple hundred pages or so. Locke wasn’t doing himself [...]

01.17.2011

A Nose for Justice by Rita Mae Brown

I have been a fan of Rita Mae Brown and Sneaky Pie for years, so I was excited to see that she had started a new series. Instead of being set in Virginia, this book is set outside of Reno, Nevada and is all about water. Water rights are at the heart of this mystery. [...]

01.6.2011

The Battle Of The Labyrinth

The fourth installment of Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan, The Batlle Of The Labyrinth, starts with the beginning of another summer and Percy getting ready for camp once again. This time, however, he must go to orientation for the new school that Percy’s mom’s boyfriend, Mr. Blofis, has somehow gotten Percy enrolled in. Upon arrival [...]

01.4.2011

Twilight: The Graphic Novel Volume 1

Disclaimer:  This is the first graphic novel that I have ever read all the way through, so forgive me if I miss the point of this style of art or if I’m a little too harsh. I’m a Twilight fan, of course, but one that read all the books before seeing any of the movies.  [...]

01.3.2011

Djibouti by Elmore Leonard

In this hyper-contemporary novel set off the Horn of Africa, documentary filmmaker Dara Barr and her cameraman and friend Xavier LeBo get up close and personal with Somali pirates.  Dara’s obvious sympathy with the pirates coupled with their carefree attitude allows the duo access to the pirates’ activities.  Toss in a wealthy and well-connected Texas [...]

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