I’m still mired in schoolwork craziness... so here’s a quick multi-review I’m going to call “The Land of Frustration,” these are books that were nearly insanity inducing just to finish for one reason or another (and yes, I did finish them all):
1. Alan Deniro’s Total Oblivion, More or Less: This had the makings of an awesome book... part teenage girl coming of age, part entirely wacky post-apocalyptic sci-fi adventure, and part maybe-time-travel-but-that’s-never-really-explained... yeah. There’s a little something for everyone in this book. The one thing that’s lacking: quotation marks. Seriously. You want a quote... in quotes? Not gonna find it here. Frustration, thy name is Deniro. Oy. I made myself finish this book, I had to suspend my brain and just read the words and let it all come together in pieces, but I finished it. Not cool. I checked this one out from my local library.
2. Christopher Moore’s Bite Me: I have been waiting for the next Christopher Moore book to come out for like forever, I love all of his other books, but not this one. I was annoyed by Abby in the other books her character appears in, especially You Suck, but will admit to finding her marginally entertaining as an ancillary character... I really didn’t need an entire book devoted to her nonsensical ramblings. More Emperor and his dogs... less Abby Normal. K? Thanks. I bought this book from Barnes and Noble for my Nook(ie).
3. Karen Kelley’s Double Dating with the Dead: While I will admit this was a pretty darn funny story, I would like to recommend a thesaurus. If the characters in this book used the same words to describe the EXACT SAME THING one more time, I was fairly certain my brain was going to explode. Instead of being a work of humorous art, it comes across more like an adolescent got really lucky with an interesting plot, but was lacking the skill to make magic. I bought this book from Barnes and Noble for my Nook(ie)... on sale. Woot.