Monday, July 26, 2010

Testimony (Anita Shreve)

Didn't love it, didn't hate it. It was a quick read. I kinda wish I didn't know that it was based on true events (even if loosely) because I kept wondering which parts were fiction and which were not.

Definitely not her best work. Probably not her worst either though.

B-

Sunday, July 25, 2010

The Host (Stephenie Meyer)

Sense a theme? I've finally struck Meyer gold, though. I actually liked this one. It had interesting themes of free will and socialism and the conditions under which each can work. It was about aliens but not too out there. And in general, it just didn't suck.

Whoo-hoo.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner (Stephenie Meyer)

Ironically, I think this is my favorite book of the series. It's more raw, less over the top dysfunctionally romantic, and provides a really nice insight into a newborn vampire. It also enriches Bella's story, I think - I loved the dovetailing of this story with Eclipse - and helps understand the terror the newbies inspired.

It's very short. I read it the same night I (finally) got in on reserve at the library.
Would love to see "The Long First Life of Bree Tanner" to give us more insight into her backstory.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Stephenie Meyer (The Unauthorized Biography of the Creator of the Twilight Saga (Marc Shapiro)

It must be nice to be Marc Sapiro. He apparently makes his living primarily by researching a celebrity on the internet and then writing a short book / long term paper about them. I could get used to that.

This book doesn't really give much insight into Meyer, since it is based mostly on online "interviews" and research. Some primary research was conducted I guess - I think that a few people who peripherally knew her - like a college writing professor and a member of a band she liked were interviewed.

The chapter on Forks was kind of interesting and since I am not a huge Twilight fanatic (contrary to the theme you've seen in my current posts, eh?) I didn't know a lot of what was summarized here. That said, I don't really feel like I know that much more about Meyer than I did before.

The really ironic thing was that the author kept pointing out that the media just spent their time asking her questions about the book's inspiration (a dream she had, which I did know before reading this) and about her plans to continue the Twilight saga, but he does the same thing.

Wouldn't recommend except for the biggest fan geeks :-) D