I just finished reading Rogue Island by Bruce DeSilva, which I picked up because it was an Edgar Award winner and also reccomended by the great folks at "Murder By The Book" (a mystery-only bookstore in Portland!) It was an enjoyable enough and quick read, with decent writing and short, tight chapters, but not particularly remarkable...and not at all suspenseful. Worth a look if you like the "cranky detective/reporter who all women inexplicably want to sleep with" thing (which I sometimes do), but overall I didn't think it really lived up to all the hype (but sometimes that's more the hypes fault).

I just started reading the very popular YA book The Hunger Games, and I definitely see why it has so many fans. It took me a chapter or two to get used to being in a different culture (it takes place in the future), and to learn the different vocabulary, but the emotional pull was so strong I didn't even care if I missed a few references. It's definitely a dark book right away (the future is pretty dystopian in THG) but a really great read. A few friends said they didn't like the sequels as much, which is too bad...

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"A truly great book should be read in youth, again in maturity and once more in old age, as a fine building should be seen by morning light, at noon and by moonlight." - Robertson Davies

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Cait said...

I think the other books in the Hunger Games series are equally as good! They delve into some different themes- the first one is mostly about reality television and man's inhumanity to man- the others go on to talk about war and man's inhumanity to man- but I think they get more compelling. (The third book is the best)

(I do admit I lost interest in the love triangle about fifteen minutes after it was introduced, but such is the price of reading YA.)

Michelle said...

RE: the hunger games trilogy.
The others are definitely worth reading, the third is slow at first but is completely worth it almost solely because of the end. Overall there's a really refreshing take (for a YA series) on the complexity of war and peace. My sister is a teacher and started using THG for winter break reading a few years ago, and a lot of her students loved it...which I think is great, because there are plenty of compelling discussions that can emerge for students after reading it.

Shorty said...

Thanks for the comments Cait and Michelle! I stayed up LATE last night reading The Hunger Games, almost finished (even though I sort of don't want to). I'll definitely get on the waiting list for the next two books at the library (it took me months to get THG!)

I agree that they really address some complex issues and love the idea of them being used in the class room. Sci Fi (do these count as Sci Fi? I think so) is such a great way to get people (kids especially) talking about current issues and difficult topics.