Monday, May 04, 2009

oNe SeNTeNCe BooK ReVieWS

Happy Monday in May Chickens! It's time for ONE SENTENCE BOOK REVIEWS, which is officially now a REGULAR FEATURE. So pour yourself a cuppa something hot & yummy, put one of your ten cats on your lap, and let's begin....

THE HOST By Stephanie Meyer
In this tantalizing SF thriller, planet-hopping parasites are inserting their silvery centipede selves into human brains, curing cancer, eliminating war and turning Earth into paradise. But some people want Earth back, warts and all, especially Melanie Stryder, who refuses to surrender, even after being captured in Chicago and becoming a host for a soul called Wanderer. Melanie uses her surviving brain cells to persuade Wanderer to help search for her loved ones in the Arizona desert. When the pair find Melanie's brother and her boyfriend in a hidden rebel cell led by her uncle, Wanderer is at first hated. Once the rebels accept Wanderer, whom they dub Wanda, Wanda's whole perspective on humanity changes. While the straightforward narrative is short on detail about the invasion and its stunning aftermath, it shines with romantic intrigue, especially when a love triangle (or quadrangle?!) develops for Wanda/Melanie.
I used to be a sucker for the Cullens, but now I am 100% TEAM ALIEN, and I didn't even need a beach chair to enjoy this one.

WORLD MADE BY HAND By Stephen Kuntsler
According to the author's premise, when the oil wells start to run dry, the world economy will collapse and society as we know it will cease. Robert Earle has lost his job (he was a software executive) and family in the chaos following the breakdown. Elected mayor of Union Grove, N.Y., in the wake of a town crisis, Earle must rebuild civil society out of squabbling factions, including a cultish community of newcomers, an established group of Congregationalists and a plantation kept by the wealthy Stephen Bullock. Re-establishing basic infrastructure is a big enough challenge, but major tension comes from a crew of neighboring rednecks led by warlord Wayne Karp. Kunstler is most engaged when discussing the fate of the status quo and in divulging the particulars of daily life. Kunstler's world is convincing if didactic: Union Grove exists solely to illustrate Kunstler's doomsday vision. Readers willing to go for the ride will see a frightening and bleak future.

Mad Max meets Green Acres, meets Little House on the Prairie, meets Deliverance, meets a Zane Grey novel; me likey.

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I couldn't concentrate on this one--I kept feeling like tearing the pages out and eating them so in the end I had to put it aside and go make a Dagwood sandwich with Miracle Whip.

Award-winning Norwegian novelist Petterson renders the meditations of Trond Sander, a man nearing 70, dwelling in self-imposed exile at the eastern edge of Norway in a primitive cabin. Trond's peaceful existence is interrupted by a meeting with his only neighbor, who seems familiar. The meeting pries loose a memory from a summer day in 1948 when Trond's friend Jon suggests they go out and steal horses. That distant summer is transformative for Trond as he reflects on the fragility of life while discovering secrets about his father's wartime activities.
I hated this book so much I stopped reading it half way--too much melancholy, and too slow moving, and too close to those black and white swedish movies starring Liv Ullman that I also couldn't stand.

Include your own one sentence reviews of whatever you read last month, here.....


Jen said...

I really liked The Host...probably more than the Twilight series...

Here is my one sentence book review of Bitter is the New Black by Jen Lancaster: Funnier than hell.

tjames said...

I read "The number 1 ladies detective Agency" this week.
It was a fun fast read and better than the HBO series.

Miss Thystle said...

Hell yeah, team Alien all the way! We likey the same books!

Debbie said...

I haven't read any of these. Oh, the shame. But, World Made by Hand has just jumped to the top of my TBR list thanks to your sentence.

rpc said...

Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin. My one word review: fascinating.

Rachael said...

I read Gone with the Wind for the first time last month (hadn't seen the movie either.) Looong, yet I can't hardly bear to think that it's over; I'll think of it all tomorrow.

I love your one sentence reviews! Glad it's a regular feature. I like the Host too. So very strange -- I shouldn't like it but I did.

Fe said...

SO glad you liked the Host better than the Twilight series (I feel like a proud mama for having recommended it!!)


"Rabbit, Run" - John Updike

Classic American tale of misogynistic self-absorbed male which SCREAMED "men have not improved since 1930's model!". Honestly.

Or is that just bitter 'ole me? You know, because he left his wife pregnant?


Debra W said...

Loved these, Lorrie.

Last weeks book was The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. One sentence review: Read this Novel in order to understand how Americans can be imperfect, but also how as individuals, we can redeem a huge blot on American history.

I loved the book, but learned some things that I didn't really know and should have.

I hope that everything is going well with you and your adorable family!


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Nonnee said...

I finally finishedThe Gate House - such a funny man.

kwr221 said...

This is embarrassing.

I got a book out of the library on Saturday.

I read it on Sunday.

It's in my car to return to the library.


I thought it was a James Patterson or David Baldacci, but I just looked at their lists and none ring a bell.

I enjoyed it while I read.

But it obviously didn't leave much of an impression.

Or else I'm in the early stages of Alzheimer's.

Ugh. either way.

Nonnee said...

Also - I found a new beach read author - Harlen Coben. The Promise was a perfect no-brainer - sun and salt air required.

kwr221 said...

Juddge and Jury by James Patterson

Review: Apparently forgettable.

le @ thirdontheright said...

wow how do you girls find so much time to read - hells bells I feel like a total dumb arse !!

last book I read ... Penelope Trunk's Brazen Careerist.

review :

Funny, sassy, almost irrevrent take on the new workplace ettiquette (?) and guess what I even learnt something ...