Wednesday, June 16, 2010

two very different books

Shortly after I finished reading the latest Sarah Addison Allen book, I updated my book count on a facebook page I frequent for avid readers. One of the other members commented on my post and asked if I had read any Alice Hoffman.  I hadn't read any Hoffman that I could recall, so when I spied one of her titles in the bookstore, I snapped it up and brought it home.  I read "The Probable Future" in a just a few days. Hoffman's books, like Allen's, focus on a type of magical realism.  Hoffman, however, seems to delve a bit deeper into the complexities of relationships and isn't afraid to explore the darker shadows of what motivates humans.  Good, good stuff. Hoffman is a fabulous writer and her prose is rich, textured and invites you to linger on the pages.  I thoroughly enjoyed the novel and will make sure to read her YA novels next.

When I dropped off the middle kid at the library yesterday I was on my way to run some errands, so when I needed to pick her up after her volunteer shift ended, I arrived a bit early so I could look for some more books.  I hit the jackpot and came home with five new titles to enjoy.  I've already read one of them.

"Jane Bites Back" is a wonderful romp of a story featuring Jane Austen. Of course, Jane has been turned into a vampire by none other than Lord Byron.  She is currently the owner of a bookstore and is attempting to get a manuscript she finished just prior to her 'undeath' published. After 100 rejections (gasp!) she finally snares a publisher and all sorts of mischief ensues.  This was a very fun and light hearted read.  Michael Thomas Ford does a great job of poking fun at the vampire craze and the Austen craze while keeping our centuries old heroine busy with her maintaining her well cultivated 'life.'  I will look for the next one in this series, "Jane goes Batty."  Too fun!!

Two good reads in a row and this morning, while the middle kid was getting her learner's permit, I started the latest Harry Dresden book. Wahoooooo! Love Harry and this one starts off with a major revelation. Got to love a novel that grabs you by the throat, throws you on a roller coaster and zooms off.

Off to read:)  Enjoy the day.

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