June 10th, 2010

  • cat63

Book 36 for 2010

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer. 280 pages.

A good, quick, fun read. Artemis Fowl is a young criminal genius, and in this first book he's plotting to steal gold from the fairy folk.

Good characters and worldbuilding and a plot worth the name. Vaguely reminiscent of Pratchett at times and I mean that as a compliment - it gives me hope for the Hitchhiker's sequel by Colfer currently sitting in my TBR pile.

I was a little nonplussed at a male character being named after a Greek goddess, but that's a minor nitpick.

I've already set about acquiring the next book in the series.


Book 16 - From a Crooked Rib - Nuruddin Farah

Hello everyone! This is my first time posting. I have recently startd keeping a blog on wordpress.com where I post both my 50 Book Challenge and a 75 Graphic Novel Challenge I am doing. I also have a film blog where I write about the films I see, post lists and other fun stuff and a TV blog where I post on the shows I watch. Check them out!

Book 16 - From a Crooked Rib - Nuruddin Farah

This was quite a quick read and was read for a book club that a friend and I were not able to go to. However, I am glad to have read it. While it was not as engaging or involving as I wished, it is hard to find anything bad to say against it. It simply was good and not great. It tells the story of a young woman from Somalia who runs away from home after being set in an arranged marriage by her grandfather. The book takes place in a very short period of time, less than a month. Her experiences highlight the gender roles and atrocities regularly committed against females in that particular culture. The most impressive aspect of the book is Ebla and her perspective on things. Her thoughts are intricate and while she has progressive thoughts throughout the book, the author never lets her upbringing be forgotten and many of her thoughts are rooted in her specific cultural perspective. Ebla is endearing and consistently interesting to read which helped make the book enjoyable and the insight into Somalian culture was well done. I may not have been crazy about it but I also have nothing bad to say.

Books 1-15:
1. The Good Thief - Hannah Tinti - 9/10
2. Peter and Max - Bill Willingham - 3/10
3. Carter Beats the Devil - Glen David Gold - 7/10
4. The Talented Mr. Ripley - Patricia Highsmith - 8/10
5. Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street - 6/10
6. Shutter Island - Dennis Lehane - 8/10
7. Diary of a Wimpy Kid - Jeff Kinney - 6/10
8. The House of Mirth - Edith Wharton - 8.7/10
9. Fingersmith - Sarah Waters - 9.8/10
10. The Good Stranger - Sarah Waters - 4.9/10
11. Boston Noir - Various Authors - 3/10
12. Mrs. Dalloway - Virginia Woolf - 9.3/10
13. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Stieg Larsson - 8.5/10
14. Screenplays: How 25 Scripts Made it to a Theater Near You - David S. Cohen - 7.8/10
15. Vampires and Violets: Lesbians in Film - Andrea Weiss - 6.9/10

Chow Time

No. 24 for 2010

Title: Twenties Girl
Author: Sophie Kinsella
Rating: 4/5
Book: 24/50 (48% completed)
Pages: 435 pgs
Total Pages 8,918/15,000 pages (59.45% completed)
Next up: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

Cute and entertaining story. Nothing special about the plot, just the usual fluffy goodness you expect from Sophie Kinsella.

xposted to 50bookchallenge, 15000pages and bookworm84

Collapse )