June 3rd, 2008

Book Reports...

For those of you who happened to Google your title and ended up here, please know that one star is not a bad thing in Robin's world -- just the fact the I picked up your book and started it means that somewhere it's getting good buzz (or that your blurb was really cool). 'R' means it's a re-read.

* I didn't make it beyond the first 20 pages.
** I made it to the end, but I either skimmed or skipped large sections.
*** I might have skipped/skimmed, but I liked it and will read it again.
**** I read at least 95% of the book and it was good.
***** I read every word, and I loved it!

The Codex, by Douglas Preston -- **** I actually read all of this, but I can't say I loved it -- though I did enjoy it very much!

WAKE, by Lisa McMann -- ***** Wow! This was amazing! Go forth and read :D

Surviving Antarctica, by Andrea White -- *** Very interesting premise; and most of the book delivers, but I found the ending kind of 'meh'.

Interworld, by Neil Gaiman and Michael Reaves -- ** (*ducks* because of all the Neil Gaiman fans) -- actually, I thought the writing was fantastic in this, but the premise was a little too 'out there' (or should I say in there?) for my personal taste.

2012, by Whitley Strieber -- ** This one sounded unbelievable and right up my alley. But it started getting a little bizarre pretty early on, and then wandered into the 'horror' field (imo) -- so if you like horror/apocalypse type stuff, this is for you ;).

The Queen of Cool, by Cecil Castellucci -- ** I picked this up because of all the Castellucci fans out there (power of the buzz); it was well-written, certainly, and I felt it flowed nicely. But the MC irritated the h*ll out of me, and even by the end, where she'd changed into a decent human being, I was still irritated by where she'd been -- which, I'm sure, speaks to the strength of the writing. I'll definitely try a different book by Castellucci, just to see if different MCs give me a fresh feel for her.

Coming up: Love and Other Uses for Duct Tape, by our very own carriejones. I've gotten behind in my reading because I usually only read during gym sessions -- and end of school-year stuff kept me from the gym. But today, another book -- I mean exercise -- is calling!

Oh, and I've read four manuscripts in the past few weeks too...so my out-of-gym reading has been busy, as well :)