Monday, March 30, 2009

Fairies, Bad Marriages and Statutory Crimes

I have really stretched my mind and read 3 more books. It's actually been 4 because I snuck a second reading of Twilight in there just for good measure, but I'm not counting that since I already read it and since it's not really literature. It's more just fluff to make me feel worse about my own love life. Here are my reviews of the last 3 books I've read.

I didn't know this was a book, but I loved the movie, so I thought what the hell. For some reason things like magic intrigue me and make me happy, and this book is full of magics! The plot goes a little something like this: A young boy is in love, but the girl's a stuck-up bitch and so he has to go trekking through some mysterious land to retrieve a star and win this girl's heart. Will this young man be victorious? Truth be told, in the end you don't really give a shit about the's more about the journey. Twists unfold and turns unravel and there's some comedy. This is one of those books that's like a really comfortable blanket, it feels good to wrap myself up in it, but there's not a whole lot else to say about it.
3/5 or 7/10 stars
Revolutionary Road
Did other people know about the ending of this book before they read it (or watched the movie)? For some reason I wasn't anticipating it and then the last 50 pages or so it just sort of smacks you upside the head. I won't say what the "it" is, but it's tragic and sad and depressing, but seems sort of right, like it was the only alternative for the character. This isn't a book with a hero, just two incredibly selfish and self-absorbed people who can't quite make it in the world. I love me some character-driven books and this is definitely one of those. The book centers around the Wheelers, the most uncomfortable and icy couple in the world. The tension between the two is out of control and then ten seconds later they love each other. It's so dysfunctional, but sadly, it makes sense.
4/5 or 8/10 stars
The Reader
This was a book that wanted me to think and, unfortunately, when I read it I wasn't in the mood for thinking. Why is a question that kept coming up while reading this book and I never really found the answers, but I didn't spend much time looking either. Why does this kid love this woman even after she treats him like garbage (and where can I find my own legal-aged one), why is Frau Schmitz so proud and dimwitted at her trial, why should I care about these people? I never really answered the last question and I think that was my main problem. There were so many intense issues that could have been developed so much more, but instead it was made simple, which might be beautiful, except I like complicated and confusing.
3/5 or 6/10 stars

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