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March 12th, 2007

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08:24 am - Reading like a fiend!
So while I've been home on the rest and recuperation circuit, I've been reading like a fiend. This week, I read Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill, who is Stephen King's son. What a fabulous book. I can't recommend it enough if you're a fan of King or scary stories in general. I did get to hear Joe read from his book at a book signing I attended, and he was pretty fantastic.

I also read Briga-DOOM!, which would likely be classified a "cozy" mystery. Good stuff. Light. Fun.

Next up was For Better or Hearse, also a "cozy". It was also fun. The series centers around a wedding planner.

Yesterday, I read Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult. It's being called "controversial" by the media because not only is it's premise a school shooting, but the shooter survives and the book centers much on his feelings and what led him to do what he did. He's not as revolting as you'd like a school shooter to be. No one wants to feel sympathetic towards someone who could do something like this. It's much easier to strip them of their humanity and call them monsters than anything else. I guess, as a parent, I can understand that view. But on the flip side, if we don't look deeper at the people who create this sort of chaos, can we ever hope to truly end it? I thought the book was good. Intelligent. Painful. Scary, at times. A surprising twist at the end, which I wasn't crazy about and yet it didn't ruin the story either. Overall, I'd recommend it, even if the main reason it found it's way into my hands was because someone called it controversial.

I've read tons more while I've been home, but that was last week.
Current Location: my room
Current Mood: depresseddepressed
Current Music: The Killers - Bones

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