Five More Book Reviews

Quick book reviews for:
– American Craftsmen by Tom Doyle
– Jade City by Fonda Lee
– Feminist Fight Club: An Office Survival Manual for a Sexist Workplace
– Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics: A 10% Happier How-to Book
– Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

Several Quick Book Reviews

I was traveling for business for about a week recently and fell behind in my book reviews. Sorry!!  So, here are a bunch of quick reviews of books I’ve read recently.  I’ll try to avoid spoilers, but I can’t make any promises.

Altered Carbon by Richard K Morgan

Shadow Ops: Control Point by Myke Cole

The Feminist’s Guide to Raising a Little Princess: How to Raise a Girl Who’s Authentic, Joyful, and Fearless–Even If She Refuses to Wear Anything But a Pink Tutu by Devorah Blachor

Pacific Fire by Greg Van Eekhout

The Power by Naomi Alderman

American Housewife by Helen Ellis

Opening Up: A Guide to Creating and Sustaining Open Relationships by Tristan Taormino

Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

Book Review: The Dead Zone by Stephen King

(3 of 5 stars) I picked this one up after reading the description of it from Stephen King himself in On Writing.  The basic idea was to create a sympathetic political assassin. The thing is: a lot of King’s descriptions of the politician reminded me a lot of today’s political climate and Trump. Trump is no where NEAR as evil as the politician in this book, but there were aspects of his campaign that reminded me of Trump. So, I wanted to see how he told this story.  His approach is interesting, but I found it ultimately dissatisfying. I understand that this book is a character study, but the ending still felt rushed and wasn’t a sufficient pay off for everything I’d invested in the book up to that point.

Book Review: California Bones by Greg Van Eekhout

(4 of 5 stars) I picked this one up because it’s the Sword & Laser Book of the Month and because I was in the mood for an urban fantasy. I was so tickled to discover that not only does this book have an interesting magic system, but it’s also a heist novel.  Even if it’s slightly cliched at points, it’s lightweight, fast paced, and very fun.  Recommended reading for the beach, pool, or if you’re up late trying to keep a fussy baby sleeping.

Book Review: The Giver

SUMMARY: (5 of 5 stars) I’d never even heard of this book until a friend mentioned it on Facebook as an example of dystopian fiction, but apparently all of my friends have and they loved it. I did not enjoy reading this book because it’s horrifying and painful to read, but it’s a good book and a very quick read.

It’s the story of a boy who is born into a society of near-perfect equality, but is assigned the role of “Receiver” for his community. And in training for his life’s work, he starts to understand all sorts of horrible things about life there.