Smackdown Books 2018

Wolf Hollow
Salt to the Sea
The Serpent King
Optimists Die First
The Hate U Give
Orphan Island
Dan vs. Nature
The Female of the Species
Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere
Paper Girls, Vol. 1
The Passion of Dolssa
The Distance Between Us
When We Collided
Louis parmi les spectres
Girl in the Blue Coat
Defy the Stars

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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