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

Monday, April 14, 2014

Not With a Bang But a Whimper

I have been procrastinating on this post as the two books are good, but neither are amazing.  While I wanted to love Patrick Ness's More Than This based on his previous work, the book just did not have what it takes to keep me engrossed.  It was okay.  I was honestly surprised to see it make it this far.  I knew going in that Bomb must have something magical to keep it moving forward, and it did have some glimmers of greatness.  Again,  not a book that I MUST recommend to my students the day after finishing it, which is the benchmark I use for books-that-must-be-read.  It was certainly interesting, and while Sheinkin's narrative style and my ignorance on the topic kept the plot going, I still finished this book thinking, "Wow.  We live in a crazy world.  Now what can I read that does not involve the splitting of uranium atoms?"

I guess that's why I reluctantly vote for Bomb to move forward.  It is the better of two slightly-more-than-lukewarm choices.  And while my zombie pick might be wasted as this book was eliminated early and very few others probably read it, I would love to see Eleanor & Park resurrected.  It deserves a second chance.

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