Saturday, July 25, 2015

Books Read in 2015: "Zeroville" by Steve Erickson


Recommended by Karina Longworth on her "You Must Remember This" podcast (which I also heartily endorse).

The best way I can describe this is "Forrest Gump" meets Peter Biskind's "Easy Riders, Raging Bulls". Really good, especially if you like late-1960s through early-1980s American film. I started making a concordance to keep all of the references straight.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Books Read in 2015: "A Wrinkle In Time" by Madeleine L'Engle


The book I read a while back, "When You Reach Me", had a character within it reading this book, which made me realize that I've never read this series. Not bad, although it ends a little abruptly. I've got the other three queued up, and I'll see if I can get around to them.

Always tricky with a series, whether you can judge the books as individual works or if you need to think of each as a chapter in a larger work.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Books Read in 2015: "Project 17" by Laurie Faria Stolarz


Didn't love it. I kept turning the pages, because I hoped that all of these frustrating pieces were going to come together in a satisfying way, but they didn't.

It's a YA book that I read for the book group that I'm part of, but it's not something that I would say transcends the genre. On the other hand, I'm not the target demographic. For the right person, it's probably a nice bit of entertainment.