January 14th, 2010

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Book 5 for 2010

Pedalling to Hawaii by Stevie Smith. 340 pages.

I should probably start by explaining that the author of this book is not the female poet, but a rather younger (and not dead) bloke from the West Midlands.

While working in Paris in 1991, Stevie Smith feels the need for a challenge and conceives the idea of being the first person to travel around the world entirely by human power.

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# 4 The Zanzibar Chest

The Zanzibar Chest: A Story of Life, Love, and Death in Foreign Lands

Aiden Hartley

When, on the death of his father, Aiden Hartley found a chest containing an old diary written by his father's friend who had been killed in colonial Africa, Hartley decided to write a book.

The result, however, is not just about his father's friend. It is Hartley's own story; the story of his father, his family, his early years in East Africa, and it is especially a vivid account of his years spent as a hack reporter in some of Africa's and the world's most terrifying, dangerous places in the 1990's; places like Somalia, Serbia, and Rwanda. He witnessed atrocity after atrocity; evil in it's most immediate form. But he also experienced life at its fullest, from the sordid to the sublime.

I liked The Zanzibar Chest very much, although from the title, I expected more of an emphasis on his father's friend, Peter Davey.

Still, it was a colorful, fascinating, devastating story, told with a clear reporter's eye. I feel like I also learned a lot about Africa and its problems, especially Somalia and Rwanda. They became more than just news soundbites from almost 20 years ago. (Wow, is it really that long ago?!)

This is definitely a book full of adventure and bravado. If you're looking for an adventurous read, I'd definitely recommend The Zanzibar Chest. I'd also recommend it to anyone who would like to look behind and beyond the headlines of the 1990's.


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4. Title: Unwind
Author: Neal Shusterman
Genre: YA
Pages: 352

Summary: "In a society where unwanted teens are salvaged for their body parts, three runaways fight the system that would "unwind" them

"Connor's parents want to be rid of him because he's a troublemaker. Risa has no parents and is being unwound to cut orphanage costs. Lev's unwinding has been planned since his birth, as part of his family's strict religion. Brought together by chance, and kept together by desperation, these three unlikely companions make a harrowing cross-country journey, knowing their lives hang in the balance. If they can survive until theireighteenth birthday, they can't be harmed -- but when every piece of them, from their hands to their hearts, are wanted by a world gone mad, eighteen seems far, far away." ~ Amazon

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Deja Demon - The Days and Nights of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom

Book# 5 of 50; 1576 of 15,000 Pgs by December 2010; First Time Read
Title: Deja Demon - The Days and Nights of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom
Author: Julie Kenner
Genre: SciFi / Fantasy / Supernatural
Add'l Info: Paperback; 326 pages; Kate Connor, Demon Hunter Series (4 of 5 (so far)).
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My Thoughts: Rating: 8.5 out of 10
This was the most enjoyable of the series, especially now that the air is clearing. I had to knock it down a little, however, due to the once again rushed action(s)& explanation(s) at the end as the foe is defeated. My one wish for the whole series is that Kenner would but as much effort into the solutions as she does the problems. That being said, it was good book, overall.

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