Monday, June 11, 2007

Four Books to Talk About!

Book: I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
Genre: Scifi/Horror
Rating: A-

In my ongoing quest to explore the vampire genre a little more, I picked this one up after hearing about it here on blogs in several places. Wierd how I've never heard of it before since it's been around quite awhile.

This was an interesting, quite scientific take on the vampire. There's one last man left after a plague has claimed all the other people in the world, a plague that turns them into vampires. He has carved out quite the existence in this world, and studies the vampires until he has it all figured out, he thinks.

Anyway, I enjoyed it. It wasn't quite what I was expecting, but very interesting. Short too.

Book: The Pilot's Wife by Anite Shreeve

Genre: Contemp. Fiction
Rating: B+

Finally!.... after how many years since it's been on the Oprah List? I picked this up to be my treadmill book for the week/month. But I had a hard time leaving it on the treadmill once my walking session was over!

I remember people saying this story was "earth shattering" and "shocking!" Well, I wouldn't quite put it in that category, but it was page-turning. But quite sad and depressing too, but then again, it WAS on the Oprah List, which means it HAS to be depressing, right?

Book: Keturah and Lord Death by Martine Leavitt
Genre: YA Fantasy
Rating: A

I realized yesterday that this author is visiting our library on Tuesday! The kids checked out these two books (Heck Superhero too) and so I quickly read them so I can feel "in the know" on Tuesday!

Anyway, I LOVED this book. Very fairy-tale-ish. Not so predictable ending, and told with fantastic fairy-tale language. GREAT description and characters. I just loved it.

It's about this girl who cheats Death, but in the process he falls in love with her... Death that is... being an amazing looking man in black. He keeps giving her more and more days to live, meanwhile, she's trying to accomplish all there is to do in those days. Save her village, marry off her friends, and fall in love herself!

Book: Heck Superhero by Martine Leavitt

Genre: YA
Rating: A

I just read this in a couple of hours today. Another great story. I think I've found a new favorite author!

This one is a little sad though, about a homeless boy trying to find his mom who's walked out on him yet again. He lives in a bit of fantasy world that helps him to cope, but gives him quite a great outlook on life. Yes, I cried at the end.

I'm really looking forward to library day this week and hearing this author speak. She should be fantasic if her books are any clue as to her personality.


  1. I am Legend, the movie comes out around Christmas, I think. It's going to have Will Smith in it (I just love him!)

    Not a big Shreve fan, but the YA books look fantastic!! Nice reviews!

  2. "I am Legend" is one of my favorites. I love how it all comes together so that the title that doesn't make sense in the beginning does in the end. I saw the trailer for Will Smith's 'I Am Legend'...not looking good for fans of the book.

  3. I've checked out that trailer. Looks good, but like you said, different from the book.



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