Sunday, December 18, 2011

Extra Books - December 12 to December 18

  • The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells
    • Published:
    • Genre: Science fiction
    • Why I picked it up: On my TBR list
    • Rating: 3 stars
    • Challenges: 2011 TBR Pile | 100+
    • My Thoughts:
      • I've never read anything by H.G. Wells before. Hey, there's a first time for everything.
      • I liked Griffin recounting how he became invisible and what happened before Iping and I liked the last part, especially 'The Hunting of the Invisible Man'. This short chapter gives the reader a very good impression of what kind of terror the Invisible Man could and intends to wreck, and it was at this point that I really got into the story, caught up in the craziness.
  • Winter by Adam Gopnik
    • Published: September 2011
    • Genre: Non-fiction
    • Why I picked it up: Read a review in the newspaper, interested in books about winter
    • Rating: 3 stars
    • Challenges: Global 100+
    • My Thoughts: 
      • Not really what I had hoped it would be...the first topic was interesting and directly related to winter (the Romanticizing of the season) but the other topics weren't as much about a winter as about people and philosophy and the activities that grew out of the season, which is of course a fine topic but not what piques my interest in the season.
      • I had put off reading this book for so long because I've been waiting for it to snow...I don't like that I can see grass on Christmas :( Reading this book was a little depressing because the whole thing (I mean, at least the essay I was interested in) is about that magical feeling of being warm and cozy with snow falling and ahhhh this is the first time since I fell in love with winter that there isn't a decent amount of snow :(
      • Winter is a very well-written collection of essays, but the subjects weren't really what I'm interested in. 
  • Canadian Pie by Will Ferguson
    • Published: November 2011
    • Genre: Non-fiction
    • Why I picked it up: Like the author (went to his book signing for this book)
    • Rating: 3 stars
    • Challenges: Global |  100+
    • My Thoughts:
      • While I do enjoy Ferguson's subjects and style, I'm not really a fan of collections such as these that round up snippets of an author's work, bits published in anthologies and fragments from other previously published (or not) books.
      • ^^^That covers everything I have to say :P

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