Back when Modern Mrs. Darcy was thinking about recommending books to her readers based on what they liked, she did a test run on her website. I got my books in early and she made some recommendations to me. This was the last book in the list of recommendations that I had yet to read.
Genre: fiction/historical fiction
Length: 369 pages
Setting: France, 1917 and London, 2002 Continue reading
This is my husband’s favorite movie, and he got an audiobook of the story. I decided to listen to it as well, since I enjoy Stephen King when he isn’t being scary.
Length: 181 pages
Setting: Maine, it felt like the 1950s Continue reading
I picked out this book for Mr. Curiosity and read it to be able to discuss it with him. He recently finished Swiss Family Robinson and thought this book might be a contemporary, contrasting take on the “stranded on a desert island” trope.
Genre: YA fiction
Length: 202 pages
Setting: a desert in the Pacific Ocean, during WWII Continue reading
This is the next story included in the 2014 Campbellian Anthology.
Published: March, 2013 in From the Depths (view the link in full screen to read the text free online)
Genre: short fiction
Setting: Dayton, Ohio, 1980s
Summary: A young teen-age girl is camping with her family. She is awoken one morning by a commotion in the campground. Someone has tied a man to the cross they use for the Easter pageant at the campground and “crucified” him. The man ends up dead the next morning, having fallen from a cliff.
Final thoughts: This is one of those stories that you turn the page, looking for the rest of it because that can’t be it. And, it’s not the good kind of “I want more”. This was the nothing has really happened, and I’m still waiting for the purpose of the story to show itself. I didn’t see any evidence of a science fiction or fantastical bent to the story either. Oh well, you can’t like them all. This was thematically appropriate, though, with Easter so close.
Title comes from: The campground is where locals conduct an Easter pageant annually. A deaf-mute, mentally unstable man was crucified at the campground.
I’ve got a few books to add to my reading list and Mr. Curiosity’s reading list. Miss Adventure does just fine finding her own books, but Mr. Curiosity needs a boost every once in a while. The first two books are from a GeekDad post on the best books from 2016:
Click Here to Start (A Novel) by Denis Markell looked interesting. It’s got puzzles, video games, and a bit of WWII to top things off – all things Mr. Curiosity loves.
The Urban Outlaws series by Peter Jay Black also looked interesting – young hackers and lots of adventure. What’s not to love, right!
And finally, Projekt 1065 by Alan Gratz from a post by the Young Adult Library Services Association. They are a great source of books for Mr. Curiosity since they focus exclusively on books appropriate for older kids. In this case, the book is about a spy who is a member of the Hitler Youth. Mr. Curiosity really enjoys learning about WWII, and he’s getting to the age that he can start to get more details about the horrors the Nazis inflicted on so many people. This might be a nice introduction to that topic.
Any other good books for a young teenage boy to read? Thanks for your suggestions!
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I’m not sure exactly where I heard about this book, but I know I put it on my list because it’s about a bookstore. Books about books or bookstores are one of my favorite subgenres.
Length: 288 pages
Setting: mostly San Fransisco and New York City, present day Continue reading
It’s another old book review tonight. This one comes from a book I picked up at the library’s used book sale.
Genre: thriller/action fiction
Length: 230 pages
Setting: various locations around the world, 1980s Continue reading