On the Bookshelf

Recently Read: The Scorch Trials is the sequel to Maze Runner by James Dashner. It’s fast-paced, aimed at young adult-ish (It’s violent!) audience and it’s a fun read. I was really looking forward to this book because of the  total cliffhanger that Maze Runner left, but it was a little disappointing; and it was a lot more like Hunger Games than I was anticipating. Based in a world ravaged by disease and desperate for an innovative new generation, the book covers themes of a corrupt big brother, sacrifice and death. Recommended.

 

Currently Reading: Shadow Moon was a gift from Andy’s brother and it has taken me a long time to get into it. It’s slow-paced and like other fantasy books, it expects readers to just go along with some of the zanier situations. I take a fair amount of convincing on behalf of the storyline, characters and location when it comes to reading and enjoying fantasy, so I’m not loving it. It’s definitely different since it’s an extension of the world created in the movie Willow.

 

Recently Read: I didn’t read this book so very recently but I did recently buy it at an estate sale for twenty-five cents. Pillars of the Earth is epic in both scope and length, but it still touches on a lot of base human responses: greed, lust, corruption, arrogance and sacrifice. It’s a book best read with someone else to discuss all the themes and characters. It wasn’t nearly as dense as I was originally expecting and I would go so far as to say it’s more of beach reading than difficult reading.

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