May 27th, 2010

Caleb- snug as a bug!

Book 28: The Magician's Assistant

The Magician's Assistant
Ann Patchett
357 pages
The Magician's Assistant sustains author Ann Patchett's proven penchant for crafting colorful characters and marrying the ordinary with the fantastic. When Parsifal, Sabine's husband of more than 20 years and the magician of the title, suddenly dies, she begins to discover how she's glimpsed him only through smoke and mirrors. He has managed to keep hidden the existence of a family in Nebraska--his mother, two sisters, and two nephews. Sabine approaches them hungrily, as if they are a bridge to her beloved husband and a key to the mysteries he left behind.

I honestly was less than impressed with this book. I never felt like I could connect with any of the characters. I also never felt like the plot was going anywhere. There were some interesting interactions with Parsifal's family, but overall, this read was disappointing and not memorable in the least.

***Next read: I just started Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard and am still reading Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris.

Book 4. The Sword of the Lady by S.M. Stirling

Title: The Sword of the Lady Book six of the Change
Author: S.M. Stirling
Genre: Sci-fi
Pages: 484

Read before?  No
Rating:  7.0 out of 10

Next book: The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown


Summary: Rudi Mackenzie has journeyed far across the land that was once the United States of America, hoping to find the source of the world-altering event that has come to be known as The Change. His final destination is Nantucket, an island overrun with forest, inhabited by a mere two hundred people who claim to have been transported there from out of time.

Only one odd stone house remains standing. Within it, Rudi finds a beautifully made sword waiting for him-and once he takes it up, nothing will ever be the same...


Why I am reading this.  This is the sixth book in a series that started with Dies the Fire.  So, I am interested to see where the series goes. 


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Title: Dawn of the Dreadfuls (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies)
Author: Steven Hockensmith
Genre: Horror, Classic Re-Telling
Age: Young Adult (9th grade up)
Keywords: pride & prejudice, classic re-telling, zombies, regency england

Description: (Amazon) In this prequel to Seth Grahame-Smith's Jane Austen revamp Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, the town of Meryton has grown quiet and complacent while the long-lived zombie menace lays dormant. Taking place five years before Bingley moves into Netherfield, and sightings of "unmentionables" have become routine, this story kicks off with a certain Mr. Ford sitting up in the middle of his own funeral. In response, the Bennet sisters begin intensive training in the deadly arts with their warrior father and a new Master. Their neighbors, much slower on the uptake, are variously dismembered, disillusioned, and eventually convinced to prepare for a terrifying final confrontation. With a sure grasp of Austen's characters and the social structures of the times, Hockensmith is loyal to the material's roots but, divorced from any particular text, he's able to take Grahame-Smith's silly, raunchy, violent tone much farther than in the first volume. Mixing taught horror-movie action with neo-Austen meditation on identity, society, and romance, this happy sacrilege is sure to please fans of Grahame-Smith's original mash-up.

** Trailer and sample chapter link at the journal. :)