Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Vamped (David Sosnowski)

Damn. I am reading like crazy this month! Probably the freaking ankle injury. Not a lot of other stuff to do.

Anyway... really enjoyed this book. It was humorous and managed to poke fun at the vampire, coming of age and romance genres all at the same time. And it was a gentle poking fun - nothing too harsh.

The story is also cute. Though I found the disjointed timeline a bit difficult to follow. Would recommend to anyone who reads Twilight but doesn't really know why they do. I think they would enjoy this book.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Quiverfull (Kathryn Joyce)

Holy crap, this is the scariest book I've read in quite some time! Steven King's got nothing on this stuff because it's actually true and happening to real people.

This book details the rise of the Christian Patriarchy movement, who at its most conservative advocates a return to an agrarian lifestyle, with families being the main unit of economic output and villages of families being ruled by local churches. But not just any churches - rigidly conservative, far right, Christian churches. In some ways, far-right isn't *really* the right word because ultimately these sects see no use for the state.

Or for women like me and all other women I know. I supposed I am the ultimate Jezebel, having not only adapted feminist ways but also having usurped my husband's role as provider.

The book is thoughtfully written - Joyce tackles the phenomenon seriously, tracing its roots through history and catologing its resurgence as largely a backlash against modern society. The women in the book are portrayed intelligently - and with as many facets as the men in their life will allow them to have (or show).

I really think this should be required reading for any woman who is not part of the movement. And maybe even those that are.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Breaking Dawn (Stephenie Meyer)

Hmm... so the first half of the book was terrible. Bella's desire to protect her baby at all costs despite the very real evidence that it might be killing her felt like a bad pro-life afterschool special. No, really.

The novel did wake back up in Part III as the imminent conflict with the Volturi commences. But the non climax at the end was really bad, IMHO.

PB and I disagree about the probability of a fourth book. I saw of course, he says no way. I guess we'll just see.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Eclipse (Stephenie Meyer)

Third book in the twilight series was definitely my favorite so far. Of course, since I found the second book basically PAINFUL to read, it wasn't too hard to top that one.

That said, I think the writing is better in this book. It's not as horrible to slog through, and the plot is OK too. After reading this book I am definitely looking forward to the final book in the series more than I initially thought I would.

That said, I am SO team Jacob. And I don't really even like Jacob (though I do like him more now that he stopped being so damn whiny). The fursplosions in this book were not as oppressive.

Edward? Still an annoying bastard who is psychologically abuse, IMHO. It's kinda sad that so many people are attracted to this character. I mean, I really see no redeeming feature in him.

Ah well, I can tell where the series is heading and I'm probably not going to like it, but I will (of course!) read it.