Yo, book lovin’ homies.
I have fallen behind in doing this, and so I will update the last few books I’ve read and listened to!
My Sister’s Keeper, by Jodi Picoult
Finished: September 27, 2005
We read this in our “Smart Women’s Book Club” as our first book, and yeah, it’s sort of an Oprah Club type book, but I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it.
It’s Anna’s story, but it’s told from the perspectives of nearly every character in the book—each chapter is a different character, and keeps switching back and forth, and what I thought was unique was that each character’s chapter had it’s own unique font that suited their personality.
Anna’s older sister Kate has leukemia, a very rare sort of leukemia. When the family first learned that, they were told she would need a donor who matched her. The parents didn’t match, and Kate’s older brother Jessie didn’t match, so they decided to have a third child—Anna—who would be genetically selected so as to be the perfect donor.
So for all of Anna’s life, she exists to be the donor child—every time Kate is sick, Anna gets taken to the hospital with her.
The book’s real plot begins when Kate needs one of Anna’s kidneys, and Anna refuses. She sues for medical emancipation so she no longer has to be the donor child.
A very good book, with an interesting twist at the end. Easy to read.
Then I read the entire WoT series, leading up to Knife of Dreams. Do I really need to review it? It was good.
Dreamcatcher, Audio Version, by Stephen King
Finished: roughly November 10, 2005
I had already read this once before, several years ago at the beach on a fam vacation. I liked the audio version better, because the reader did such an excellent job with the characterization. He just really nailed such poignant phrases as “Fuck me Freddy” or “Jesus, Jonsey!”
I’ve always been a fan of King, moreso after reading the Dark Tower series last year—gotta read those again soon, I think—(‘ake! ‘Ake! Oy!!)
This book was…pretty good. Really gory in parts, kind of slow in parts, but overall good.
The basic premise is a familiar King theme—four boys were brought together in their youth by extraordinary circumstances, and came away with semi-telepathic powers. Beav, Jonesy, Henry, and Pauly—and then, of course, Duddits. Then they grow up, lead semi-miserable lives, and those lives are changed (and in some cases, ended) during a hunting trip to their old cabin, “Hole in the Wall.” It is during this trip that they meet up with an alien invasion, the invasion of Mr. Grey and the Shit Weasels. It is the Shit Weasels that are just really gross in my opinion. *shudder*
A good listen, to and from work. :o)
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, by Ann Brashares
Finished: Um…sometime in November 2005
I read this after seeing the movie, and enjoying the movie more than I thought I would. A quick read—it’s actually a ‘young adult’ book, but still, I found it entertaining.
This is the story of four friends, Tibby, Carmen, Lena and Bridget. Best friends forever kind of thing, never been apart, and this summer will be the first time they lead separate lives. Carmen goes off to spend the summer with her estranged father, Lena heads off to Greece, Bridget goes to soccer camp in Baja, and Tibby stays home and works at Wallman’s.
Just before their departure from one another, they find a pair of magic pants, a pair of jeans that somehow magically fits their disparately shaped butts, so they form a Sisterhood. They vow to pass the pants around that summer and follow certain pants rules.
None of their summers turn out quite like they had expected, and somehow, the pants do bring them together.
A fuzzy touchy feely kind of book, but still, not half-bad.
1000 White Women, the journals of May Dodd, by Jim Fergus
Finished November 15, 2005
Another book for book club, though I ended up missing the meeting thanks to a 12 hour migraine-worthy day this week.
This is a ‘fictional historical fiction’ that takes place in the West in the 1800’s. It was based on an actual event found in history—the Cheyenne Indians had tried to make a deal with “The Great White Father”—they asked for 1000 white women to be traded for horses, and these women would bear Indian children and hopefully unite the two peoples so their can be peace.
In real life, Uncle Sam shot the Indian’s suggestion down, and we all know what happens.
In this book, it actually does happen—sort of.
May Dodd is a hip woman ahead of her time, so much so that her family puts her in an insane asylum for her promiscuous behavior. When she is offered freedom for the asylum to be one of these women to bear an Indian’s child and live with “the savages”, she heartily agrees.
This book is a collection of her journals as she goes out west, marries the Cheyenne chief Little Wolf, and has all sorts of interesting adventures.
It’s not the most historically accurate book, but then, the author makes a disclaimer in the beginning that it’s not supposed to be. I thought it really well written and an interesting read.
You know, I'm a huge Stephen King fan. On rare occasions I think he writes a dud, and usually those duds aren't worth the paper they're printed on (Re: Pet Semetary). However, while I thought Dreamcatcher rather sucked, it wasn't a total waste of time, either. I was really into the story itself until the end, when...well, the whole contraption just kind of fell apart imo. It was a good story, but not a particularly good novel, if that makes sense. The interplay of Jonesy and Mr. Gray was very worthwhile, even if the weasels were nasty.
As a side note, I really should post my own reviews in here sometime. Lately, it seems like everything I've read, though, has already been done! Guess that's what I get for being behind the times on my reading :-)
Oh - and if you haven't read Bag of Bones yet, you must. Very very touching.