Smackdown Books 2017

Arlene's smackdown17 book montage

The Memory of Things
Hour of the Bees
The Gospel Truth
Ultraman, Vol. 1
Ghost
The Bunker Diary
Echo
Trouble Is a Friend of Mine
Footer Davis Probably Is Crazy
The Hired Girl
An Ember in the Ashes
The Porcupine of Truth
Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir
Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans
Goodbye Stranger
Beautiful Blue World
The Blackthorn Key
One
Updraft
All American Boys
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Sunday, April 14, 2013

"Rotters" might rot on my bookshelf versus "Every Day" which might be read someday.

I clearly am missing the point of Rotters based on reading the other blogs about this book.  I found the book tremendously difficult to finish.  I found that it was too long and rambled at times. I am completely at a loss as to what the point of the book was - I am sure the author intended on the reader,me, getting some message but I clearly missed it (maybe it was that you can count on the nastiness of human nature to rear its ugly head often).  I feel like this book would get picked off the shelf because of the enticement of a possible "gross" story but I also predict it will not often get finished because you can only persist into this book so far without wondering "why am reading this?". 




I appreciate there are some missteps with this book.  The premise is interesting and I think the possibility of having a discussion around "can we really separate our physical appearance from our inner character" could happen after reading this book.  I agree that the author comes at this idea in a disjointed way but the main character is moving into a different body every day and so maybe disjointed is what the author hoped to achieve.  I am unsure why some of the characters (i.e. Reverend Poole) existed in the book but at least I felt that even if the reader didn't love the book they likely would be willing to finish it to the end.

I didn't love either of these books but my vote goes to Every Day.

My Zombie pick is Between Shades of Gray (I won't belabour why I think this but will suggest people pick up the book and read it and make their own opinion).


Maureen

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