I don’t read a lot of young adult literature, but I was given The Hunger Games trilogy for Christmas, and I couldn’t put the books down. The Hunger Games books are set in a post-apocalyptic future, in a totalitarian society where the capitol of the country forces the other districts to do all the blue collar work. The people in these districts rebelled a few decades ago, and they lost. As a reminder, the capitol forces these district to pay tribute each year by sending two of their children to “The Hunger Games.” Think of these games as being an amped up version of the Survivor reality show, with one big difference–the goal of the participants in The Hunger Games is to kill the other contestants. Continue reading
I read about 40 books in 2011, and not all of them were published this year. So keep in mind when reading MY list of the best books of 2011, you’re reading a really individual and idiosyncratic list of books. But here are the new books I enjoyed the most this year. I’ll probably follow this up with a list of books I’m looking forward to reading next year. Continue reading
I played Cosmic Encounter last night with a couple of my friends. I was expecting a huge, involved, difficult-to-learn game. I was so surprised and delighted by how easy it was to learn to play. And we all enjoyed the game thoroughly. I’ll probably even buy the two expansion sets for it.
I’m not a John Grisham fan. My taste in legal thrillers runs more towards Scott Turow. I was no more excited to pick up Ford County, Grisham’s first short story than I would be to spend time in Grisham’s Ford County, Mississippi. Grisham’s breakthrough novel, A Time to Kill, was set in Ford County, a part of Grisham’s Mississippi now home to each of the stories in the book.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is a parody novel that reworks Jane Austen’s chick lit classic into a fanboy tale of fights, gore, and mass terror. The romance elements of the original novels remain. 85% of the writing remains the words of Jane Austen.
Seth Grahame-Smith wrote the other 15% of Pride & Prejudice & Zombies. He turns the book into a mash-up of Regency-era romantic plots alongside ninja fights and undead zombie attacks. The book got a lot of buzz when it first came out in 2009. It received a second printing before release.
In my first book review, I reviewed a book about a fictional calamity (World War Z). Today’s book review is A Distant Mirror by Barbara Tuchman about “The Calamitous 14th Century“. This is an old history book published back in 1978, but I liked it. Continue reading