Sunday, October 29, 2006

The World According to Garp by John Irving

I hesitate to say I liked this book. I do think I liked it, but I've come to realize that I am a terrible sucker for a happy ending. I just feel so incomplete without the dessert after the main course. I really like John Irving's writing style, but when I get so involved in characters and then you kill them off all the time, I find it hard to come away from the experience feeling satisfied. I realize that this is personal preference thing, and I don't want to say that I enjoy the book. There were parts I enjoyed immensely. I loved the term the "Under Toad" because this is just the sort of term my husband and I would pick up from our daughter and use for eternity. It's just not my kind of book, but it's good to get out of your comfort zone every now and then. Now I'm off to read something really sweet and sappy!!

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Body of Evidence by Patricia Cornwell

This book was loaned to me by Colleen, a co-worker. It would probably make a good plane or vacation book. It was enjoyable, just not the kind of book I'm into. I'm not usually a big mystery reader. I especially don't like courtroom drama. This book avoided the courtroom, and focused on the forensic aspect of crime solving. Still, I'd rather just watch Law and Order.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

Phenomenal book!! It was fascinating and laugh out loud funny in some places. It is written from the perspective of an 15 year old autistic boy named Christopher. In the beginning, he is blamed for killing a neighbors dog, and then decides to do some "detecting" and find the real killer. I'm just astounded at how convincingly the author wrote as an autistic person. The way Christopher sees things is so concrete. He doesn't understand facial expressions, body language, or anything subjective like that, yet he is exceptionally intelligent. Really great character development. I loved the whole thing.