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Books #109-112

109) Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman (Children's Fantasy, 117 pages)
Odd rescues a bear and embarks on an adventure to save Asgard.
I loved this. It was short, sweet, and utterly wonderful. I love Norse mythology so this was a treat for me. 4/5

110) The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafón (Historical Fiction, 531 pages)
In The Angel's Game, several characters believed that books contain the soul of the author and the souls of its readers. After finishing this one, i can believe that a part of me was left behind inside the pages. I feel like someone has ripped out something from inside of me (my soul?), ran it through a food processor and then threw the pieces into the air and let them fall where they will. I still haven't reassembled myself and feel internally discombobulated.
Ultimately, I don't know how I feel about the book. The language was gorgeous, and Zafon's translator is amazing. But I can't react to the storyline at the moment... it was intense. I'll give it four stars for now, because I loved the little moments in the book; I just haven't figured it out for the overarching book. 4/5

111) Waiter Rant: Thanks for the Tip-Confessions of a Cynical Waiter by The Waiter, Steve Dublanica (Memoir/Humor, 302 pages)
This was a very fast book. Overall, I enjoyed it. The author was engaging and I liked the short essay-type chapters. However, there were definitely times I thought the Waiter was pretentious (both in action and in writing), which detracted from my enjoyment somewhat. The book also suffered somewhat from the pitfalls of being based on a blog - many of the material seemed to be rehashed blog entries (not a problem for me, really, because I had never read it, but might be for someone who followed it), and some of the language/examples/turns of phrase were repeated.
Good light read. At the very least, it will make me think more about the person serving me when I eat out. 3.5/5

112) Austenland by Shannon Hale (Chick-Lit, 208 pages)
This was a cute, fun read, though much too short and way too shallow (even for chick-lit). I would have liked to have seen more character background for Jane -- it seemed like Hale just jumped right into the plot without much back story (though this was partially remedied later with the vignettes of boyfriends past). And I did NOT understand why Jane felt that her love of Jane Austen was embarrassing.
Enjoyable but wasn't mold-breaking. 3.5/5
Tags: chicklit, fantasy, historical fiction, humor, kidlit, memoir

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