Last Week’s Books:
Well, I must say that listening to A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle was a treat after all these years. She narrated the audiobook herself, and, to be honest, she had a unique voice that I might not have liked had she not been the author. It was cool, though, to hear all the places and words where she put an emphasis. I am assuming most readers of this blog are familiar with the book, so I won’t summarize it. However, there were a few things that struck me when considering the book for today’s young readers. It was a bit jarring to hear the word “moron” tossed about at the beginning. I know that much harsher language is in books today, but it still stood out. Also, I had forgotten how much religions sentiment is in it. There are quite a few biblical quotations as well as characters considering the role of God in their lives. Not a bad thing, but mostly absent from today’s science fiction books, unless religion is part of a dystopian society. These are not necessarily criticisms–just points of interest that illuminate the age of the novel. Finally, I can certainly see how much influence this work has had in the science fiction novels of today, making it a must-read for fans of the genre. This book counts for my 2015 Award-Winning Book Challenge (Newbery).
Geek Love by Katherine Dunn is an adult novel. I just want to get that out there right now because it has been a while since I have read something so disturbing. Oly Binewski tells the story of her dysfunctional (to the nth degree) family and family business, a circus specializing in human oddities (freaks). On page seven it is revealed that in an effort to save the dying circus, Olivia’s father made sure he would have enough freaks by giving his (willing) wife a variety of drugs, dangerous chemicals, and radioactive substances in order for their children to be born with profitable birth defects. And if that is not horrifying enough, the story of this family’s relationships will make you cringe. Just as I was finishing this book, I saw it on Book Riot’s list of the 10 Best Horror Books You’ve Never Read. It advises readers to “take a deep breath” for this one. I agree. Although the writing is masterful and the story is compelling (it was named a National Book Award Honor), it is definitely not a book for everyone. <<shudder>> This book counts for my Horror Reading Challenge 2015. (in spades)
I also read two excellent series books, Key Discoveries in Engineering and Design by Katie Marsico and Key Discoveries in Physical Science by Christine Zuchora-Walske. I can’t say much since my review will appear in Library Media Connection, but I am very glad to be able to add them to my collection.
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