30 May 2003

Reads & Listens, May 2003

Reads:

Princess in Waiting by Meg Cabot
Too much teen angst. Too much repetition. Basically, it's 225 pages of "I love Micheal! Don't let him dump me!!" and "I hate princess lessons!" and "I have no talent! Oh woe is me!" It gets old fast, trust me.

Midnight Champagne by A. Manette Ansay
Beautiful use of language. Not nearly as disturbing as her previous work, Vinegar Hill.

American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
One of the bookshop customers thought this was a very amusing book -- a "stunning satire." Sick bastard. Between the unending catalog of consumer goods and the grotesque habits of our protagonist ... I feel unclean. I admit I skipped bits after the murder of the call girls when everything seemed too depraved and indifferent, but I'm pretty sure I got the gist of it.

The Angel Factory by Terence Blacker
Boy thinks family is too perfect. Boy discovers that family really is too perfect. Boy discovers conspiracy of blonde white angels. Boy experiences trippy alien purple mist. Boy decides fate of world. And so on.

The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett
Extremely funny and generally enjoyable read (Discworld books about witches are always my favorites). This book works just fine as a stand alone novel, although it might help to have read Wyrd Sisters so that the Ogg/Weatherwax interludes have more meaning.

A Very Dutiful Daughter by Elizabeth Mansfield
A very silly sort of romance. A proper Regency romance so no sex and thus no stupid purple prose about penises, clitorises, and body fluids. A nice change, really.

Pig Tale by Verlyn Flieger
Really gripping and thought-y sort of YA novel. Admittedly, quite a dark book and not a very straight forward read, but well worth getting your hands on.

Jack by A.M. Homes
Homes's first novel told from the perspective a 16 year-old boy who finds out his dad is gay. Much teenage melodrama ensues.