Saturday, December 27, 2008

I've Been Tagged!

I was tagged by The Book Vault's Dominique. Here are my 3 New Year's Resolution's in no particular order:

1. Stop rereading Harry Potter for a while. I have read them so much, I'm afraid that they will stop being magical and wonderful and filled with so many memories - so I am going to STAY AWAY even as I get "Potter Fever" every few months or so. There are plenty other, good books to read in the meantime.

2. Continue to ignore the idea that a Bibliophile can't also be a TV Addict, as the media and public as a whole seems to embrace. Either I am an exception to that rule, or there are many other hidden TV Addicts among our many book review blogs. But I refuse to hide it! My name is MrsRonWeasley and I am a TV Addict.

3. Stop wishing I hadn't watched "X-Men 3: The Last Stand" and forget the whole, tragic thing. As an isanely obsessed fan of the first two movies, I nearly fainted at the complete mess of a movie the last one was. Everyone was different, everything sucked, and I refuse to believe any of it happened. As far as I'm concerned, the whole thing ended at the conclusion of the second movie - I'll come up with my own ending. (Side note: If you're reading this and liked the movie, I'm sorry. No personal offense at all - I just really, really didn't like it.)

Anyone wanna share theirs?

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Counter Clockwise

Jason Cockcroft’s first novel is a mind-bender, to say the least.

One year ago, Nathan’s mother died in an accident, leaving him to be raised by his constantly worrying father, Henry. Though he loves his dad, he isn’t the most reliable. He shows up late, forgets things, and is always distracted. Neither of them has fully gotten over Nathan’s mother’s death.

But when, somehow, Henry goes back in time to try desperately to stop Nathan’s mother from ever dying, Nathan is left alone – that is, except for the gigantic beefeater (British slang for a guard of decorative purposes) named Bartleby who seems to know far more than he lets on but does tell Nathan one thing explicitly – Nathan’s father will destroy the world by doing what he’s doing – and Nathan has to stop him. Nathan has to make sure his mother is not saved.

There begins a luxuriously strange and bizarre story. I say both things in a good way, believe me. Jason Cockcroft wrote a book that makes you feel a little off-kilter, a little confused, but happy to go along for the ride because it is just so fascinating. And I mean, fascinating.

I got truly involved with Nathan, and cared about what was happening between him and his dad. The choices he has to make are difficult ones. It’s a journey not unlike Alice’s in Wonderland, in that the clues and repetitive nature of certain portions of the book are, as I said before, mind-bending.

I found it highly entertaining, yet bittersweet. I was left feeling satisfied and excited to see what else Jason Cockcroft has for us in the future.

Keep your eyes open for it around February 3rd.

In the meantime, Happy Holidays! I hope you all get lots of books under the tree!

See you in the New Year!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

After the Train

Peter Leibig is not much different from us, despite living in post-WWII Germany, in Gloria Whelan's new historical fiction novel coming out in February.

He's bored to death in school, thinks his teacher is a bit long-winded, and is starting to take notice of a certain girl. But amongst his fun with his friends and going to movies, the tensions of the social climate can't help but show its face here and there. There is the heavily guarded wall that separates them from communist East Germany, the Jews that are slowly moving back to the area, the area they used to call home, and the people who still don't want them there.

But it's not until Peter uncovers a secret that he truly begins to take notice. A secret no one was ever supposed to find out, most especially him.

After the Train is a short book (about 160 pages) but surprisingly suspenseful for its lack of length. It's a quiet, yet tense, character study and history lesson all in one. I don't say "history lesson" in a bad way, either. Gloria Whelan weaves tidbits of real people and facts in her narrative, making us care about Peter in the meantime.

It's a sweet, realistic, page-turner that ends up being a more than just a coming-of-age story.

Am I jumping up and down shouting how much I loved it? No, not really. But I did like it. I found it enjoyable and a fast read. And I found it interesting to see the time period in the view of a single person, a different viewpoint than usual, the son of a German soldier, someone who had been too young to experience it at the time but still had no choice but to deal with the aftermath.

Check it out February 3rd!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

I'm Still Alive


Sorry for being so sporadic in my posting lately. I will be reviewing another book within this week.

Hope you're all having a Happy Holiday season so far!