Spell Checkers volume 1: Found this graphic novel at work and I was interested. It turned out to be not how I pictured it from the back cover and I don’t think I’ll continue with it.

Not a Star: This Nick Hornby story was amazing; I read it for the first time awhile ago and since then I’ve read it a couple of more times. In just a few pages Hornby created a world that I could experience and call believable.

God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian: I was already a Vonnegut fan, but I thought this collection of works was fun and the concept was different. Found it at work while shelving and I’m glad I decided to take it home.

Mini-Reviews

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50BC #44 – The Awakening by L.J. Smith

Title: The Awakening
Author: L.J. Smith
Series: The Vampire Diaries
Published: 1991
Summary: Elena is the queen bee at her high school and her power is shaken up when the mysterious Stefan Salvatore comes to town. He brings with him more than an international flair, as Elena finds out.
Note: I read this book in the version that compiles both The Awakening and The Struggle, which was published in 2007; because of that, my reviews for The Awakening and The Struggle will have the same cover.

I’m a really big fan of the television show, so I thought I should at least read one of the books from the series. I really don’t think I’d continue with these books if the second novel in the series wasn’t in the same volume as the first.

The books weren’t horrible, but they weren’t remarkable either. I found most of the characters unlikeable and definitely unmarketable. If the television show had stayed closer to the books, the show would not be as popular as it is.

I did find a few quotes I want to use on my inspiration blog, though. That’s a plus side to this negative review.

50BC #43 – Starlight by Erin Hunter

Title: Starlight
Author: Erin Hunter
Series: Warriors (The New Prophecy)
Published: 2006
Summary: The clan cats have reached the destination Star Clan wants them to make their new home, but the cats struggle to make it their own.

It has been awhile since I’d taken a journey into the world of the Warrior Cats and boy, did I miss it! This book had me cheering for the cats, disappointed by the mini-war, and the scene with Leafpaw (soon after named Leafpool) meets with Star Clan at the Moon Pool had me just crying buckets of tears especially when the kits were mentioned.

I still feel like the things that happen shouldn’t take a whole book to do so, but I understand why that is happening. Some of the point-of-view transitions were a bit choppy, but I liked that this book was dealing with more than one cat. I cannot wait to read the next book in this series and see how the clans move on from the ending of this book.

50BC #42 – The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Steig Larsson

Title: The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
Author: Steig Larsson
Series: The Millennium Trilogy
Published:  2009
Summary: Lisbeth Salander is in critical condition after being shot in the head. She will also have to face trial for the attempted murder of Alexander Zalachenko, her father.

This was the final book of the Millennium Trilogy and I’m sad to say that I’m really, really glad that I am done with the books of this series. Hornet’s Nest was the weakest of the three and while I loved that Salander got as much of a happy ending as the reader could expect, I felt really disappointed by it all.

I didn’t want Salander and her team to fail, but it felt like everything came together too nicely. And once again, I wasn’t truly enjoying the novel until over 200 pages in. Normally, I don’t give books that much of a chance but this series is really popular where I work and I want to be able to tell patrons more about it than, “Oh, I’ve heard that’s popular but I haven’t read it yet.”

My only other comment is that I want to read the book that Blomkvist put out about the Svensson murders. If only it were real.

Mini-Review — Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold by C.S. Lewis

Wrote this small blurb as my tenth journal entry for ENGL205 (Introduction to Mythology). Throughout the quarter, we were assigned to write weekly journal entries based on our choice of one of three books. I chose to read Till We Have Faces.

I chose Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold originally because it was the only option I hadn’t already read. I wanted something that could possibly challenge me and C.S. Lewis seemed like the best option. I’d read some of his work before (mainly, yes, The Chronicles of Narnia) and felt like I was up for the task of reading more of Lewis’s writing. At times, I find his style hard to swallow because there is so much detail spent on just the story alone but I feel that’s also what I appreciate the most about his work.

I also enjoyed this retelling because it was a retelling. The original mythos is great, but I just love to read what other people come up with. (One of my favorite retellings is Ophelia by Lisa Klein, a Young Adult novel that retells the story of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet from Ophelia’s point-of-view; it’s so beautiful and the author and I shared some of the same ideas about where Ophelia was coming from in her actions and interactions.)

I’ve found it’s always interesting to read a retelling from the point-of-view of the antagonist (in this case, Orual was one of the antagonists in the original mythos, but for Lewis’s work she is the protagonist) because it provides something like a deeper understanding of the work. It also gives the author an opportunity to try and explain actions that may have been originally seen as reprehensible (example in this case would be Orual and Redival in the original mythos getting Psyche to betray her husband, Cupid; Lewis took the opportunity in this work to show the reader some kind of reasoning for the action from Orual’s point-of-view that contrasts the original mythos.) and either defend the character or not. My favorite part of this novel was that Lewis didn’t choose to defend Orual outright and, in fact, the way his writing style works actually shows that her actions were more than likely not the best choice for the scenario.