Been on a reading binge for the last week and a half since finishing the Master and Commander series, so here are some reviews - and these include books folks have been suggesting I read, like:
"Night Watch" by Terry Pratchett: Only the third book I've read by Terry Pratchett (the other two being "Small Gods", where the sweet and dogged main character reminded me of Sam Gamgee (!), and "Good Omens" with Neil Gaiman, which made me think of "Hitchhiker's Guide" meets religion. This book's main character reminded me of all of Robert Heinlein's tough, smart, cynical protagonists; I wonder if Pratchett was doing a homage to him? I enjoyed it, and the whole idea behind it, but - I have to admit that I forgot about it shortly afterwards...! Some damn fine puns and bad jokes in it, though. *G*
"HP and the Order of the Phoenix" by J.K. Rowlings: Hey, Ninquelosse - *L*! You were commenting on how much I was probably missing while reading the "Shoebox" fanfics because I hadn't read OotP first, but you know what? It actually works great this way! I got so much more out of this book because I'd read the "Shoebox" fanfics first - *L*! And to think I thought the Shoebox writers made up so much more than they did... like Sirius' nasty, snobbish family and horrible family home, Sirius spending summers with the Potters, and so on. Anyway, it just made me feel warmer towards Sirius and Remus after reading and imagining them as having gone through the experiences in the fanfics. So I enjoyed this HP book more than usual - and I liked the fact that it was a little darker, and HP was asking more questions about what was going on and why. Sorry, still not a huge fan of the books, but they're enjoyable. I may even go back and re-read Goblet of Fire; been ages since I first read it.
"Girlfriend in a Coma" by Douglas Coupland: Let's see... a book that both Elijah Wood and Billy Boyd, I believe, suggested when they were asked what property they'd most like to see made into a movie... Pretty darn good recommendations, I would say! So, I'm sorry to say... thumbs down. Can you say "depressing" and "tedious"? The writing style didn't appeal to me, nor did the characters - or even the nostalgia. I mean, I was a teenager in the '70's, so I should have really identified with this, but - nothing! I still read it all and, finally, in the last chapter, I liked it. I'd love to see this re-written as a short story. But I don't want to see it as a movie; that's just my opinion. The last chapter, however, did make me think, and I appreciated that. How did others feel about this book?
"Everything is Illuminated": Gotcha! I haven't read this one yet - or at least not past the first few chapters. It's interesting; I just hope the writing style of Alex doesn't drive me right around the bend - *L*! I've just gotten to where the "author", the character Elijah Wood will be playing in the movie, comes into the picture - and how perfect IS Elijah for this character? *L*! I mean, I could picture him immediately from the first thing he says - *L*! On the other hand, I'm more confused than every about why they made him up the way they did - with slicked down black hair and big glasses, like a dorkier version of the dorky Peter Parker. I mean - this takes place in the present - and the pic of the author looks more like Elijah Wood in real life than this "made up" version. Anybody have a clue?
BTW... the song "Girlfriend in a Coma", by The Smiths, is a true classic!
"Girlfriend in a coma, I know
I know - it’s serious..."
So... what book should I read next? *G*