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

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Noggin gets no Glory

If you haven't had the chance to read Noggin yet, let's just say that Matthew Quick's review on the cover probably gets it right:  probably, it is "the absolute best head transplant surgery love story I've ever read."  I'm not sure how much of an endorsement that really is, though.  Once you suspend your disbelief and buy into having a cryogenically frozen head attached to someone else's body within five years, the idea of the kind of complications that suggests could be interesting.  Many of us reading in this round were disappointed that it got bogged down in a love story of Travis (the head kid) trying to get back his old girlfriend, who is now 21 instead of 16, and engaged.  A few interesting plot twists kept some of us reading, but were not enough to inspire us to move it on.  Renae did point out that there were likely lots of kids who would eat it up, so we'll likely add it to our library collection.  Keep it in mind if you see multiple copies lying around the ABM library at our wrap up meeting and you have a few extra dollars to spend.
Glory O'Brien's History of the Future was a more engaging read.  I was skeptical -- She drinks a bat? What? -- but then I found I could buy into the way it all happened.  Once again, suspend disbelief and believe that she now has the power to see a person's infinite past and future for generations.  Most of us found ourselves interested to find out how the future turns out, even if we questioned how realistic the visions might be.  As a story, it is engaging.  Some political discussions could be possible if you have a group reading it together.  Check out previous blog entries on the book to see some of the ideas and concerns, and then enjoy reading it in the next round!  

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