Smackdown Books 2017

Arlene's smackdown17 book montage

The Memory of Things
Hour of the Bees
The Gospel Truth
Ultraman, Vol. 1
The Bunker Diary
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
All American Boys

Sunday, January 26, 2014

More Than This vs 13 Hangman

Well, we never heard from Jyoti or Brad so Sandra and I are making the decision on this one.

Vanessa:  This one was actually pretty easy for me.  I read More Than This and although I spent the first part of the book thinking “wtf?”, I really liked how it played out.  It was a nice combination of weird and a little scary.  I’m still trying to figure out who (spolier alert) the helmet-head who kept hunting them was.  13 Hangman had a cover I had trouble getting past.  I am not a baseball fan so I had to force myself to pick it up.  In the end, I enjoyed it and there was a lot less baseball than promised on the cover....but I thought it was a little light.  The historical connections were interesting but never really dug deep enough to be interesting. And the story itself never once made me say “wtf” (which I enjoy in a book).  So...I vote for More Than This.  Convince me otherwise....

Sandy: I, too, vote for More Than This to move on to the next round. Even though I enjoyed 13 Hangman, I did not feel it had the same level of complexity or intrigue of More Than This. Patrick Ness is consistently so good!

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