I can honestly say nothing else like Sharp Teeth is on the shelves today. When I think of poetry, Byron and Emerson and Frost come to mind…not werewol...moreI can honestly say nothing else like Sharp Teeth is on the shelves today. When I think of poetry, Byron and Emerson and Frost come to mind…not werewolves, revenge, crime and murder. This debut novel by Toby Barlow looks at lycanthropy in a whole new way. His passages of simple words are able to convey an enormously graphic picture. To say this is a book about werewolves would be doing it a disservice, as it overflows with themes of beauty, loss, love and the flaws of human society. A perfect mix of mystery, sci-fi and fiction makes for a wonderful read.
“There’s a dog sitting there, on the lawn across the street. Watching him. Calley’s not social but he’s been around long enough to know that’s not the neighbor’s dog.”
There's been a rash of apocalyptic books lately, but by focusing on a small suburb in Ohio, and one family in particular, The Things That Keep Us Here...moreThere's been a rash of apocalyptic books lately, but by focusing on a small suburb in Ohio, and one family in particular, The Things That Keep Us Here feels amazingly real and very frightening. While the infrastructure of society crumbles, we join the Brooks in their journey of surviving a pandemic with a 50% survival rate. Locked in their home, no electricity, unable to communicate or trust friends and neighbors, we get to see the psychological impact on everyone and the lengths people will go to insure they keep themselves and loved ones safe.
I kept putting myself in their position and trying to figure out how I would react or what decisions I would make. It's definitely an uncomfortable topic to dwell on and Carla Buckley has done it beautifully and without flinching. I brought the book's premise up at Thanksgiving with my family in South Texas and was surprised at how quickly the topic went to violence, self-defense and protection. Yikes.
This book will be one you recommend to friends and have interesting and meaningful conversations about. The book's H5N1 virus is eerily close to our real virus H1N1. I sure wish more people would cover their mouths when they cough. (less)
This book attempts to “biologize” religion. Alper explains spirituality as an evolutionary trait, in a fascinating & compelling argument, and writ...moreThis book attempts to “biologize” religion. Alper explains spirituality as an evolutionary trait, in a fascinating & compelling argument, and written in a clear and concise manner. Anyone interested in gaining self knowledge, or if you’ve ever questioned religion or your spiritual nature, you will enjoy this book. Truly changed my way of thinking. (less)
Here's the premise - private eye and his dog go about their work, but this is told through the eyes of the dog. I was hesitant at first, a mystery tol...moreHere's the premise - private eye and his dog go about their work, but this is told through the eyes of the dog. I was hesitant at first, a mystery told through a dog's eyes? Seemed a little to close to those overly cute cat mysteries (which I admit to reading sometimes & enjoying sometimes). I was pleasantly surprised. Granted, you have to like dogs to appreciate this book, but the writing is great, Chet the dog is a super narrator without being too smart for a dog or too cute - he's just very dog-like :) Also, it was a good mystery - suspenceful, fun characters, believable. If you like the mystery genre and dogs, very much worth your time. There is a sequel coming in January 2010 also.(less)
I never realized how fascinating lobsters were until I started reading this book. From their strange anatomy to their crazy mating habits, Corson kept...moreI never realized how fascinating lobsters were until I started reading this book. From their strange anatomy to their crazy mating habits, Corson kept me turning pages. He also describes the differing opinions between the scientists, the lobster fisherman and the environmentalists about declining lobster populations and what to do about it. Jumping between the adventures of the lobster’s life and the real life dramas of the lobstermen and their families on Little Cranberry Island , he paints amusing similarities between human behavior and these weird creatures of old. I’ve sent this to many friends and family - everyone loves it and passes it on. I have a hard time keeping a copy for myself. Melt some butter, put on a bib and dig in! (less)
Took me a little bit to write about this book, but I'm glad I waited - here's why. There were a couple instances in the book where I wanted more infor...moreTook me a little bit to write about this book, but I'm glad I waited - here's why. There were a couple instances in the book where I wanted more information or wasn't sure I liked the direction things were taking. Since finishing The Passage, I've had the chance to talk to other readers and compare thoughts and opinions. Being able to look at parts of the story through another's eyes has given me even more respect for this amazing book. Anything that can provoke discussion and good conversation gets a thumbs up in my world. I've grown to like the story more by chatting with other readers about it.
The characters are amazingly rendered - even the most peripheral people are given depth and humanity. Also, The Colony was super interesting and imaginative. Cronin's created a society that has no history or memory, but is completely believable and realistic - I love how some words have made it into everyday use in this place. For example, calling jeans and pants "gaps". It's brilliant and makes complete sense because you can imagine how it came about. Little touches like these are what make his writing so engaging.
Did I mention it’s also terrifying? It is. Makes me wonder if all the leaps and bounds we make in science and genetics is always a good thing.
The only disappointment so far is that I have to wait until 2012 to read the next one.