Sunday, July 5, 2009

The House of the Scorpion--Nancy Farmer

Genre: Dystopian/Young Adult Fiction
Published: 2002
Pages: 380
Rating: 5/5

This is one of the best books I've read all year. I admit, I'm a sucker for some good dystopian fiction, but this book is extremely well-written. It takes place in a fictional land along the American/Mexican border, which is run by drug lords who own huge plantations farmed by human "ijits"--people who have had been surgically adapted to do nothing except their job. Enter Matteo, the main character, a clone who has been bred to further the life of the plantation's owner, El Patron. As Matteo grows up and begins to realize what El Patron has in store for him, he must decide if he will escape into a world that is even more frightening than the plantation itself.

This book is moving, chilling, suspenseful and riveting. Excellent reading for young adults and grown-ups alike.

Book a week #: 30
Date read: 5/9/09
Challenge/s: Young Adult

Life, the Universe, and Everything--Douglas Adams

Genre: Humor/Science Fiction
Published: 1982
Pages: 227
Rating: 5/5

"The regular early morning yell of horror was the sound of Arthur Dent waking up and suddenly remembering where he was."

Review coming soon!

Date Read: 5/2/09
Book a Week # 29

The Restaurant at the End of the Universe--Douglas Adams

Genre: Humor/Science Fiction
Published: 1980
Pages: 256
Rating: 5/5

Review coming soon!

Out For More Blood: Tales of Malice and Retaliation by Women--

Genre: Short Fiction Compilation
Published: 1996
Pages: 240
Rating: 3/5

This is a compilation of stories about women who don't lie down quietly when bad things happen to them and theirs. Some stories are better than others, but all in all it is an interesting read.

Date Read: 4/17/09
Book a week # 27

Destined for Destiny: The Unauthorized Autobiography of George W. Bush--Scott Dikkers and Peter Hilleran

Genre: Humor
Published: 2006
Pages: 192
Rating: 3/5

"Like 'Roots' Only White."

Written by the creators of The Onion, a parody of a newspaper, this book pokes fun at our former president by creating his unauthorized autobiography. If you are a Bush supporter you will probably hate this book, but if you are like most of the population you'll find it amusing. The picture section, which shows Jesus in every great moment in Bush's life, is particularly funny.

Book-a-week #: 26
Date Read: 4/15/09