The Host – Stephenie Meyer

8 03 2010

I recently finished reading The Host by Stephenie Meyer.  I don’t know why it has been so difficult for me to sit down and actually write some commentary about this book.  I really, really loved this story.  I have read all of the Twilight Saga, so I expected to like it, but I was really surprised by how much I liked it.

This was one of those books that you don’t want to end, you really want to know how it concludes but you hate to finish the last sentence.  When I find a book like that it takes me a while before I can pick up the next book because I am still absorbing and also freeing myself of my involvement with the story and the characters.

I have been a Science Fiction fan for a long time and this book is a great addition to the genre.  The story was very meaty and well developed.  The characters were strong and most of them are easy to like and empathize with, the antagonists are also well- developed bad guys and you want them to fail.  You also feel the frustration and fear of the main characters when they are interacting with the bad characters.

Some of this book is cloyingly sweet, Wanda’s (Wanderer’s) altruism is hard to come to grips with as a “human”.  But her host body’s fighting spirit is great and the way their relationship blooms and grows really leads the story onwards to its conclusion.  I was surprised to find that the ending was a tear-jerker, I didn’t expect it.

When I finished this book I visited Stephenie Meyer’s website and it mentions that this book is going to be made in to a movie.  Well, I can’t wait to see it.  I would recommend this book to anyone, it was a quick, easy but thoughtful read.

Book borrowed from the library.


Grave Secret – Charlaine Harris

3 03 2010

I want to start by saying that I am a big fan of Charlaine Harris’ books.  I love the Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Series.  I started reading them to fill in the time between seasons of Trueblood and I am sure glad I did.  The SSV series is great, tons of action and great characters.  So, as many of us do when we like an author for a series or group of books, I picked up one that was not of this series.

I picked this up because I had finished the 9th book in the SSV Series and the 10th one is not out until May.  I can’t say I was a great fan of this book.  It never really got going for me, the action was there but it was kind of flat.  The characters didn’t capture me or make me care about them.  In truth, this book disappointed me.

In fairness, I have to admit that at the time I picked this book up from the library, I did not know that this was a series and that Grave Secret was the third installment.  So, I guess I should at least read the first one and see if I become more sympathetic/empathetic to these characters.

On a brighter note, the 10th book of the SSV Series is coming out in May and I can’t wait to read it.  This will be followed by the 3rd season of Trueblood in June.

Book borrowed from the library.

Under the Dome – Stephen King

24 02 2010

Library book

So, this is the book that started the blog.

I was in the library recently picking up a book I had on hold and saw this in the new release section. I almost didn’t take it out, not because of the length of it, over 1,000 pages but because the last time I read Stephen King I swore I would never read him again.

Boy, am I glad I took the chance on this one. The reason I had decided that I wouldn’t read any more of his books is that they seemed to be variations on the same theme and I was also having a hard time with his use of slang and I guess what were supposed to be the characters personal speech idiosyncracies.

I have to say that I really enjoyed Under the Dome by Stephen King. For me, this one was back to the Stephen King that I have been a fan of since I was a teenager. Yes it was long and sure some of the sub-plots could have been left out and the story would not have been less interesting, but the main characters were well drawn out, the description of the town and its inhabitants was great and his true grasp of the human condition really shone through. There were times when it got so ugly I wanted to put it down, or so frightening on a psychological scale that I wanted to stop reading it but I was totally hooked.

I think Stephen King was right on the money with his portrayal of mob mentality and human nature. The “good” people trying to do the right thing and the “bad” people who know how to use fear and anger for their own purposes.

The end was a bit weak but really I can’t see another way he could have ended it. 

So, hats off to Stephen King for this one, a return to the old style that I love.