Dec. 7th, 2010

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The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet -David Mitchell
LOVED THIS. David Mitchell is, clearly, a genius. I shall refer you back to the post I wrote right after I finished it.

Trick or Treatment: The Undeniable Facts About Alternative Medicine -Simon Singh and Edzard Ernst
The authors claim to be objective, and do a pretty good job, but it's also clear that they think a lot of popular alternative medicine is bunk. Fair enough, so do I, so the book had me on their side from the start. They also have the science to back it up, which I appreciate, so I'd like to think they could change someone's mind, if they came to it with a mind open to hearing the science. They also give fair props to treatments that do appear to be effective, which is nice!

Room -Emma Donoghue
I liked this quite a bit, but not as rapturously as many others seemed to. It's told from the point of view of a 5-year-old boy, which is definitely inventive, and the story is sad and compelling and touching, but the POV is a bit limiting--by design, I guess. I thought maybe a short story would have been enough. It's definitely worth reading, though. I just didn't think it was the greatest book ever, as some reviews seem to be saying. (Especially since I read it right after Jacob de Z, which kind of IS the greatest book ever.)

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