Archive for May 5th, 2009

Novels of 09 (so far)

Just to keep track, here are some of the novels I’ve been able to read so far in 2009 (ranked on a scale of 1 to 5 stars)

My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok. Powerful story of an Orthodox Jewish artist and the struggles he has living within the Hasidic community and exercising his gift. [5 stars] Outstanding.

Dandelion Fire by Nate Wilson. The second of Nate’s entertaining 100 Cupboards trilogy. Lots of fun and I think better than the first volume. [4 stars]

Three Days to Never by Tim Powers. Wild, strange. Tim Powers. [3 stars]

All the Bells on Earth by James Blaylock. Great, creepy story. [4 stars]

A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter Miller. Interesting and captivating but I’m not sure I got the point. This is the sort of book that needs to be read and discussed with a circle of friends. [3 stars]

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe. The story of Christianity coming to the Igbo tribe in NIgeria. Stunning and tragic. [4 stars]

The Bark of the Bog Owl by Jonathan Rogers. This is the first of The Wilderking Trilogy. This is a re-telling of the story of David, set in an imaginary country that looks and smells like north Florida or south Georgia. It was surprisingly good and perfect to read aloud to young boys. I’m looking forward to reading the other two volumes [3 stars]

Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy. I have never, ever read a novel that was so full of breath-taking violence. I know I’m slow, but I just don’t get Cormac McCarthy (except for No Country for Old Men). Sorry. [2 stars]

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