The Book Post

Dear Readers,
I am recently returned from vacation, during which I did almost nothing but read (hence the lack of posting activity). In case you are feeling similarly lazy and looking for something to read, here are some recommendations (and anti-recommendations).

The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett: Actually a YA book, so a fast read, but part of the Discworld series (of which I am a big fan) and one of the funnier ones at that.

Mirror Mirror by Gregory Maguire: Interesting concept, mediocre execution. He sets the Snow White fable in Italy and makes Lucretia Borgia her evil stepmother. It all fits together nicely, but somehow fails to be exciting.

Son of a Witch by Gregory Maguire: Sequel to Wicked. Amazingly boring, especially compared to the first one. It picks up a bit near the end, and leaves plenty of loose plot lines for yet another sequel. Also, I find the title vaguely distasteful and not terribly clever, but maybe that's just me.

The Red Tent by Anita Diamant: Definitely a girly read, but I am a sucker for reworkings of Biblical/mythical stories.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte: I only read it because I want to read The Eyre Affair and get the references, but I liked the first few hundred pages. Towards the end it had an unpleasant aftertaste of Wuthering Heights

If you have recommendations of your own, send them my way (and if you've already done so, they're on my list and I'm hitting the library tomorrow).