Snark with a Side of Cheeky (silentrequiem) wrote in 50bookchallenge,
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Books #10-17

10) Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman (Urban Fantasy, 400 pages)
This wasn't as good as American Gods, though that was an impossible act to follow. Still, I enjoyed Gaiman's story of Fat Charlie, Spider, and their trials with each other, the memory of their father, and a murder. 4/5

11) The Magician's Elephant by Kate DiCamillo (Children's Fantasy, 201 pages)
This is a very sweet fable of a boy, an elephant, and how wishes do come true. 4/5

12) Under the Dome by Stephen King (Science Fiction, 1074 pages)
A thinly-veiled allegory of the Bush/Cheney years, overlaying a pretty strong environmental and social message. This was a good book, but I felt like I had whiplash after I finished it. So many characters, plot lines, subplots, etc. And while it did drag at times, I still liked it overall. 4/5

13) The Art of French Kissing by Kristin Harmel (Chick-Lit, 288 pages)
I really liked this one -- a fun, fluffy, and quick escapist read. Emma was a very likable character and the supporting cast of characters (especially the eccentric celebrity) fleshed out the story nicely. Though the author tried a little *too* hard to show that she had done her research on Paris, and there were several points where I felt like she was just including famous places or Paris history to prove she could. 3.5/5

14) Disappearing Nightly by Laura Resnick (Urban Fantasy, 416 pages)
Urban fantasy fluff. A good book for when you're stuck in the subway tunnel for two hours because your train derailed. This is a mystery, but Resnick doesn't really do that very well. Read it for the urban fantasy, and don't think too hard about the mystery. 3/5

15) Dopplegangster by Laura Resnick (Urban Fantasy, 400 pages)
This is the sequel to Disappearing Nightly, and while it's more original than the first, the mystery is even less mysterious. A fun read. 3.5/5

16) Wild Orchid: A Retelling of the Ballad of Mulan by Cameron Dokey (YA Historical Fiction, 256 pages)
I generally liked the idea, though this suffered from being a YA novel - it was too short, the character development is rather shallow, as was the entire narrative. I wanted more depth to the entire book. Which is a shame because I really like fairy tale retellings. 3.5/5

17) The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope by William Kamkwamba & Bryan Mealer (Memoirs, 288 pages)
I had wanted to read this book for the longest time. William's story is amazing, and given the obstacles he overcame to not only build his windmill, but to survive, his story is nothing short of miraculous. A very inspiring story of perseverance, tenacity, overcoming adversity, and the power of learning. 4/5
Tags: chicklit, fantasy, kidlit, memoir, mystery, sci-fi, urban fantasy, young adult

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