March 27th, 2011

Eric in Robe

No. 20 for 2011

Title: Sing You Home
Author: Jodi Picoult
Rating: 4/5
Book: 21/50 (42% completed)
Pages: 466 pgs
Total Pages: 7,992/15,000 pages (53.28% completed)
Version: Book
Next up: Kiss of Midnight by Lara Adrian

This wasn't my favourite Picoult book. The ethic issues weren't really issues to me. I believe that love is love and same sex relationships do not bother me and I support same sex marriages. With other Picoult books, I've always had a difficult time taking sides with the characters, making the book an engaging read. With this book, I was firmly on Zoe's and Vanessa's side.

Worth the read but not my favourite Picoult book.

xposted to 50bookchallenge, 15000pages and bookworm84

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El Corazon

35. The Walking Dead, Volume 8...; 36. The Tragedy of Richard the Third

The Walking Dead, Volume 8: Made to Suffer
by Robert Kirkman

Started/Finished: March 27, 2011

I had been told by the person who lent me the first few issues of this comic that this was the best issue of the series. They weren't lying. Unbelievably compelling. I couldn't put it down from start to finish. 136 pages. Grade: A+
The Tragedy of Richard the Third
by William Shakespeare

Started: March 1, 2011
Finished: March 27, 2011

I got absolutely nothing out of this play. Didn't like the characters, didn't like the story, just couldn't wait for it to be over. 37 pages. Grade: D
Total # of books read in 2011: 36
Total # of pages read in 2011: 9,121


Gary Shteyngart's Super Sad True Love Story is ostensibly about the final collapse of the United States.  Book Review No. 7 suggests that the collapse is already well under way, or has already actually happened.  The post title quotes a sign posted by something called the American Restoration Authority.  It's difficult to speak of restoration without something being broken.  The more prosperous characters have the opportunity to travel, and the world they inhabit is one in which the antitrust laws have been broken or perhaps abolished as part of the transactions by which formerly sovereign nations sold naming rights to corporations, to obtain debt forgiveness perhaps?

The world of Super Sad True Love Story is in some ways more believable than that of 1984 or Brave New World, in that one can conceive of a technology-intensive dystopia (at least for individuals with some net worth left) emerging organically.  Collapse )  But if such concentration were possible, the conglomerate corporations of the 1960s and the Soviet Union itself would not have come to grief.

As, apparently, did the United States, and with it, much of the rest of the developed world, although not with an environmental or military bang.

(Cross-posted to Cold Spring Shops.)