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A Baby Librarian Reads

I am a library associate who loves to read.

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Survivor
Octavia E. Butler
Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength
Roy F. Baumeister, John Tierney
Inheritance
Christopher Paolini
Jane Slayre: The Literary Classic with a Blood-Sucking Twist
Sherri Browning Erwin
Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt
Anne Rice
The Dark is Rising
Susan Cooper
And Then There Were None
Agatha Christie
Eastern Standard Tribe
Cory Doctorow
Colonization: Aftershocks
Harry Turtledove
By Blood We Live
Kevin J. Anderson, Tanith Lee, Garth Nix, Anne Rice, Eric Van Lustbader, Jane Yolen, Tad Williams, Michael Marshall Smith, Nancy Kilpatrick, Carrie Vaughn, Barbara Hambly, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, CaitlĂ­n R. Kiernan, Catherynne M. Valente, Norman Partridge, Brian M. Stab

Changing Bodies in the Fiction of Octavia Butler

Changing Bodies in the Fiction of Octavia Butler - Gregory Jerome Hampton I am rating this a 3, even though as far as content goes, it is most definitely a 4 or a 5, even. The discussion of Butler's use of gender, race, religion, and social constructs in her writing is very well thought out and an interesting conversation to have.

The 3 is strictly for the glaring mistakes in the text. At least once in each chapter, I was ripped out of the discourse by a word that was obviously incorrect either in spelling or usage. I would have hoped that the book would have a better/more thorough editor.

The book is recommended for the discussion, but maybe a future edition will have some errors corrected.

Twilight

Twilight - Stephenie Meyer, Stephenie Meyer So, I am giving this a three, because I didn't feel tortured while reading it, but I also didn't immediately feel a need to recommend it to everyone I know who reads. And I plan to finish the others if for no other reason that I need to know what the series reads like in order to be more effective at recommending books at my job. That said, I don't think it is a work of art, and there are so many problems with character development, dialogue, and everything else. I am hoping that the later books get better, since this is obviously a starter.
SPOILER ALERT!

Son

Son - Lois Lowry This last book didn't live up to my expectations from the other three in the series. I have had a while to process, and I think it was a fine ending. Knowing what happens to everyone involved is ok. Seeing that more people are still developing 'powers' that others don't have can give you a lot of imagination fodder. Gabriel defeating the Trademaster is a bit of a let down though, because it sets the world up to be one where bad things can be defeated, and the purpose of all the others seemed to focus on having hope even though there is evil/bad out in the world. The overrunning theme of hope is what kept me coming back, and in a few paragraphs that was lessened IMO. But I also have to remember that if I want things to happen a certain way, I should probably write a book myself. :) The writing style was consistent and I liked having an ending after wondering for so long what laid in the future for everyone.

Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side

Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side - Beth Fantaskey It was a cute story, but it wasn't executed very well. I am used to expecting more from my YA lit so maybe I am just being a little hard on this book. The title seems out of place as there are no rules or helpful "tips" from Jessica during the story.

There is a love story that seemed to be missing some of the steps to get to love, but oh well. Again, YA Lit.

Mudbound

Mudbound - Hillary Jordan Very interesting writing style. You could identify with each main character and their voice. I can't remember a point where something seemed unclear or disjointed. That in itself says a lot...

Green Lantern, Vol. 6: Secret Origin

Green Lantern, Vol. 6: Secret Origin - Geoff Johns, Ivan Reis, Oclair Albert This was a really well though out introduction to Hal Jordan. As a novice to Green Lantern, this storyline helped me get into the meat of what exactly is going on.

Duty and Desire

Duty and Desire - Anju Gattani The writing was very well done and the imagery and description were amazing.

My problem was that the book was all over the place IMO. I never knew when the characters were going to behave positively or negatively to each other and I left the book without a clear understanding of what it was the author was trying to accomplish or convey.