Recent Reads

Scott William Carter   March 9, 2009  
  • Wicked Lovely, Melissa Marr.  Listened to this one as an audio book, and it lived up to its title:  It was both wicked and lovely.  A short, engaging YA novel about one teenage girl’s struggle to find her identity — while also struggling with her unusual ability to see a world populated by fairies, with a love story thrown in for good measure.
  • Uglies, Pretties, and Specials, Scott Westerfield.  I’d heard a lot about Westerfield’s far future YA series, so I decided to give them a shot.  I was not disappointed.  Tally Youngblood proved to be a very engaging main character, and well worth spending three books with.  I can also see why the first book became a bestseller, because it has one of the best opening chapters I’ve seen in a while.
  • Baby, Would I Lie?, Donald E. Westlake.  Short, punchy and fun.  An aging country western star is on trial for murder.  Throw in a spunky female journalist, and a nice twist ending, and you’ve got yourself a good read.  I’d never read any Westlake, and always wanted to try him; now I have to go find more of his books.
  • What Do You Care What Other People Think?, Richard Feynman.  A short nonfiction memoir by the Nobel Prize laureate.  I’d read and enjoyed Feynman’s Surely You’re Joking, Mister Feynman?, and I liked this one too, especially the chapters that focused on his part in the committee investigating the Challenger space shuttle disaster.

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