May. 12th, 2010

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Shades of Grey -Jasper Fforde
I love me some Fforde (with the caveat that read too close to each other, books from the same series can get a bit repetitive) and was excited about this latest book, the start of a whole new world! It did not disappoint--while it still had some Fforde silliness, there's a more dystopic creepiness to it than usual, which I totally loved. It's set in a future world, after the mysterious Something That Happened. People can only see certain colours, and your rank in society depends on which colour you can see. Totally cool and interesting--there are two more books planned, and I can't wait!

I Don't Care About Your Band: What I Learned From Indie Rockers, Trust Funders, Pornographers, Felons, Faux Sensitive Hipsters, and Other Guys I've Dated -Julie Klausner
Klausner has dated a lot of lame guys, and is hilarious in describing the terribleness. Some of the situations hit pretty close to home for me, and I winced in familiarity several times. Totally fun.

The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters, Vol. 2 -Gordon Dahlquist
More insanity from Dahlquist. This series is bonkers--not great, grand literature, but a totally compellingly readable weird gothic/horror/suspense/erotica/science fiction/mystery concoction. There's hardly a genre not represented!

Naked -David Sedaris
I love listening to Sedaris' essays on NPR, but I haven't read many of his books. I'm trying to atone for that--he's brilliantly funny.

Live The Life You Love -Barbara Sher
I've been off-and-on reading/working through this book for months. She has lots of exercises on how to figure out what you want to do with your life! Suffice to say, I've now been through it and I still don't know. But I do find books like this (similar to something like "The Artist's Way") interesting and fun to read.

The Other Hand -Chris Cleave
This a pretty interesting novel with an annoying marketing campaign: the back cover implores the reader to pass it on to their friends but not to tell anyone what it's about. Huh? Dumb. The editor's note in the front is also hyperbolic about the book's awesomeness, comparing it to Cloud Atlas (one of my all-time favourites.) It's a perfectly good book, but it's certainly no Cloud Atlas. I shall defy the back blurb and just say that it's about a British woman and a Nigerian teenage girl who meet first on a beach in Nigeria, then two years later in Britain, after the girl has spent the two years in a refugee detention centre. Stuff happens. I believe this book was published in the US as "Little Bee".


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