Tuesday, November 6, 2012

October Reads


Falconer by John Cheever
Another off the 100 Best Modern  list. A very enjoyable and quick read.

Trinity by Kristin Dearborn
A good debut, and fun take on aliens.

My Fake War by Andersen Prunty

The Fleshless Man by Norman Prentiss

I Want it Now! A Memoir of Life on the Set of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory by Julie Dawn Cole
Very charming. The pacing is a bit odd, as Julie covers her Wonka experience in great detail but her post-Wonka life very quickly.

Run by Blake Crouch

Gardens of Night by Greg Gifune
Entertaining and moving.

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
As good as I remember.

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
No, I'd never read this before. I'm just now getting into sci-fi. Except for Dune, which I've read like 6 times.

Vulcan's Hammer by Philip K. Dick
Terminal-Computingpunk. I use the term to mock the inaccurate suffixing of -punk onto non-punk genres, but the effect here is cool.

White Teeth by Zadie Smith
The definition of new maximalism, and yet there was so much good in it that I loved it anyway.

Alien Sea by John Rackham
A very fun, quick read. Big on ideas, lacking in execution, but I enjoyed it.

Unhallowed Ground by Daniel Mills
Pitch-perfect period piece.

Apartment Seven by Greg Gifune
A good horror read for the coming Christmas season.

Stripping Down by Sheila Hageman
This contains almost every memoir cliche, but for the most part, its earnestness manages to counteract the problems. The only cliche it can't overcome is its complete humorlessness, which makes it read like the literary version of My So Called Life or Party of Five, in which no one ever smiles or cracks a joke, making it impossible for the author to portray the richness of life.

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