May 15th, 2011

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Books 9 - 11

#9: The Walking Dead, book 2 - Robert Kirkman (2008, 304 pages)

Zombies have over taken the United States, and a rag-tag group of survivors, led by Rick Grimes, is looking for some place safe to hide from the horde.

At the end of book 1, the group was forced to leave the farm at which they had been hiding. They're not on the road too long before they discover what could be their next home, a prison. As always, the threat of zombies is present, but the human drama that is The Walking Dead wouldn't be complete without interpersonal problems plaguing the survivors.

The greatest thing I appreciate about The Walking Dead is that the situations are realistic, as are the reactions by the members of the group. The only beef I had came early on in book one, but in this book, you see natural suspicions and prejudices, lust, depression, and so many other emotions as the situation takes it toll on everyone. The reactions when people are found murdered are spot-on in my opinion, which is why I really enjoyed this book even more than the first. I give this a great four out of five braaaaaaaaaaains.


#10: Coyote Blue - Christopher Moore (1994, 299 pages)

Sam Hunter, formerly Samson Hunts Alone has found himself with a new companion, Coyote, a trickster god of the Crow people. Sam had abandoned the Crow as a teen and assumed a new life as a successful insurance salesman in Santa Barbara. As Coyote wreaks havoc on Sam's home and work life, Sam also finds himself distracted by the beautiful Calliope Kincaid.

With his life thrown into flux, Sam finds himself called back to his childhood home. Along the way, Sam, Calliope and Coyote find themselves on a crazy adventure that introduces readers to a face that reappears in a later Christopher Moore novel.

While this isn't my favorite Moore novel, it's still a fun read. Moore's distinctive sense of humor is present, and in this case, he definitely pushes the boundary in terms of Coyote's sexual prowess...but in a way that will leave you aghast and giggling. I really enjoyed the plot of the story, and of course, it made me want to rush right out and read some more Moore. That's why I give this a fun-filled three and a half out of five Gods.


#11: One of Our Thursdays is Missing - Jasper Fforde (2011, 362 pages)

Thursday Next, the peace-loving novel version of the Jurisfiction Literary Detective, has been called in to what could be her most difficult case. Instead of acting out the story of Next's adventures through literature (i.e., saving Jane Eyre, helping Hamlet and working with Mrs. Havisham), the written Thursday must find out what happened to the real Thursday.

Written Thursday finds herself in the middle of a plot that leaves her the target of the Men in Plaid, and the only thing she can trust is her robotic servant Sprockett. With readership on her novel down and a cast that is ready to quit, Thursday definitely has the time to save the real Thursday, but at what cost?

It's been several years since Fforde's last foray into the world of Thursday Next, and it was fascinating to see the world through a different Thursday's eyes. Thursday grows so much as a character throughout the story, and it's her journey that makes the story so fascinating. I think Fforde did a great job of bringing us into Thursday's world, which is why I give this a literary four out of five line crimes.

Total Books Read: 11 / 50 (22 percent)
Total Pages Read: 3,945 / 15,000 (26 percent)
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Eric in Robe

No. 32 for 2011

Title: Dead Reckoning
Author: Charlaine Harris
Rating: 4/5
Book: 32/50 (64% completed)
Pages: 325 pgs
Total Pages: 12,081/15,000 pages (80.54% completed)
Version: Book
Next up: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

This book was good. I don't think that it is as good as the previous books in the series, however, I always do love returning to this universe. I do have to say though, and I will not go into details as I want my review to remain spoiler-free, is that I'm a little disappointed with some of the events that happened in the book. There was a point when I was actually yelling at the book. There was also many times during the book that I wondered if Harris actually wrote this book. Sookie's voice seemed very different from the other books in the series, although, that could just be my own opinion.

I am very interested to see what happens in the next book.

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El Corazon

58. Shadow of the Hegemon; 59. Minnesota's Golden Age of Wrestling...

Shadow of the Hegemon
by Orson Scott Card

Started: May 13, 2011
Finished: May 15, 2011

I really enjoyed this book, the second in the Ender's Shadow sub-series. It was action packed, I cared about the characters, the story was interesting. Really my only gripe is the politics got a bit overly complicated for about thirty or forty pages toward the end. I'm looking forward to reading the next book. 365 pages. Grade: A-
***
Minnesota's Golden Age of Wrestling: From Verne Gagne to the Road Warriors
by George Schire

Started: May 13. 2011
Finished: May 15, 2011

Poorly written local history. The hundreds of vintage photos reproduced in this book get an A, the fairly interesting little text sidebars that appear on many of the pages deserve a B, but the main writing in this book was horrendous. I wanted to hear some behind-the-scenes interesting stories about the early days of professional wrestling, but all this book had to was offer was page after page of mind-numbingly dull recitations of match results. 244 pages. Grade: C-
***
Total # of books read in 2011: 59
Total # of pages read in 2011: 15,306