Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore: A Novel by Robin Sloan
I LOVED THIS BOOK.
I could almost just leave it there.
The characters were perfect. They were charming, but also it felt like I already knew them. These characters were legitimately my friends.
The whole thing was this combination of the “old” and “traditional” in books and the “new” and “exciting” and exploration of technology.
Loved the language and style. Very accessible. The humor was very much up my alley. If I were good enough at writing to write a book, I think it would sound a lot like this one.
The story is way cool. Encrypted books with secrets to immortality and maybe we can use Google and Googlers to crack the code and there’s this secret society of people who have been trying to crack the code without computers forever and they wear like wizard robes basically and puzzles and art and I just loved this book, you guys, please please please go read it.
Children of the Mind by Orson Scott Card
I gotta be honest. I…was kind of bored with this one. It just felt like this 4th book was a dragging-on of the 3rd book.
It was still somewhat interesting and mentally challenging, but I wasn’t as excited about meeting the challenge.
I am glad they saved Jane though and that she gets to experience human sensations. That was pretty cool.
…Yeah, that’s about it.
Confession, though: I did forget to write about this one right after I finished it, so I’m writing this while distanced from the experience, so… I’ve forgotten a bunch of stuff and am too lazy to refresh my memory.
Divergent by Veronica Roth
This one has been on my to-read list for quite awhile. It’s supposed to be the next big thing in YA, or so I’ve heard. We had Harry Potter, then Twilight, then Hunger Games, and this is supposed to be the new one.
The very beginning was a tad slow, but reminded me very much of The Giver, so that gave me some traction, and then BAM! it took me over.
Beyond that, I don’t know where to start. There is SO MUCH to unpack. I think it might need its own post, actually. Maybe one for the entire trilogy, once it’s released.
Suffice to say, it’s action packed, but with some material to really make you think about humanity, and I’m really looking forward to the rest of the trilogy AND the film, which I am now overly concerned about as far as casting. (Shailene Woodley, you are in this AND The Fault in Our Stars – DON’T MESS THESE UP. These works are so dear to me. I don’t have much reason for my doubting you, other than you being in that ridiculous ABC Family show, The Secret Life of the American Teenager. So, you know, prove me wrong, and rise to the occasion, Shai. Hope it’s alright that I call you that.)
So yeah. READ DIVERGENT. Maybe, like, right after you read about Mr. Penumbra.
Coming: I read another “classic” of the dystopian nature, one that many people will probably be shocked that I hadn’t already read before. Whoops.