Amulet: The Stonekeeper (#1) by Kazu Kibuishi is a book I picked up for Greyson on Monika’s recommendation. While G. hasn’t picked it up yet, I dove in on New Year’s Day and ate it right up. It packs a sad, sad punch with two children and their mother losing the kids’ father to a car crash in the opening pages. Cut to two years later, and they move into the mother’s mysterious family home, and the story is off and running with plenty of fantasy, sci-fi, and action. I know Greyson will love this when he finally picks it up, and I can’t wait to read the second installment.
Idiophone by Amy Fusselman is the book I chose from the #24in48 prizes the last time around. It took up residence on my nighstand until New Year’s Day, and I thought another short read would do the trick to get me off to a quick reading start for the year. While this is a quick read, I had mixed feelings about it. It’s categorized as a long essay, but it’s written in short, staccato sentences and the publisher calls it “beautifully digressive.” It is digressive. It is beautiful. It skips around from topic to topic; things like The Nutcracker, motherhood, addiction. I suppose, in some ways, you could call it stream-of-consciousness. On the whole, I found Fusselman’s ideas interesting, clever, and deep, but the formal left me wanting.
Dread Nation (Dread Nation #1) by Justina Ireland was my first book after the New Year’s reading frenzy. I started this book on audio several months ago, but it fell prey to my reading slump. I knew I’d come back to it. The audio is fantastic, but this time I chose to read the ebook which I thought would hold my attention better. Surely, it did. Jane McKeene is born in Kentucky around the time that the dead rise up on the battlefields of Gettysburg and begin to feast on the living. As a mixed-race child, Jane is eventually sent to Ms. Preston’s Combat School in Baltimore, where she learns to slay the “shamblers” and is prepared to become a lady’s attendant once she graduates. Jane is clever, free-spirited, and headstrong, and she wants nothing more than to return to her family home, but there are a whole hell of a lot of challenges in the way. This book is AMAZING. Don’t get hung up thinking it’ll be silly or cheesy because Civil War zombies. This is a delicious novel with excellent character development and an engrossing plot.
What are you reading? Is the year off to a good start?