Saturday, November 18, 2006

Larklight by Philip Reeve

It's always great fun for me to receive advance review copies of books. I'm always telling people this, of course, but I don't always read all of them. Sometimes I give them away to teen readers and ask them to report back to me about the book. Their feedback will often be the decision maker as to whether or not I read it.

Right now I'm reading Larklight by Phillip Reeve. He has also written Mortal Engines, Predator's Gold and Infernal Devices. Those three were all about the same characters who exist in an alternate reality where it's the world as we know it but the polar ice caps have melted and therefore some areas of the world aren't accesible the way they are presently.

Anyway, his new one is a science fiction fantasy that takes places in outer space and right now the two main characters, a brother and sister, have fled their home, Larklight, which is floating in space and after crash landing on Mars, have been taken in by a pirate named Jack Havrock. Oh, and I forgot to mention that it's Victorian England in outerspace! Interesting and enjoyable so far!

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

The Boy Book (a study of habits and behaviors, plus techniques for taming them)

Well, it's always fun to read another book by an author you like and so I was excited to see The Boy Book (a study of habits and behaviors plus techniques for taming them) by e. lockhart had come out recently.

In the interest of full discloure, I should say that I listened to The Boyfriend List as an audiobook but, it doesn't really matter. I liked hearing the tale of woe that Ruby Oliver ended up sharing with a therapist after suffering from anxiety attacks. Her life in Seattle much different from my own since she lived on a houseboat with her performance artist mom and horticulturist dad.

And I was excited to read this book after adding e. lockhart to my friends list on MySpace. Certainly enjoyable and a great way to pass the time!

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Down the Rabbit Hole: An Echo Falls Mystery

One of my favorite phrases as a librarian is, You can't always judge a book by its cover. Why do I like saying that? Well, many times, you can decide to read a book or not a read a book based on what the cover looks like but even I am deceived from time to time.

Take for example, the book I'm listening to right now. It's a title to be considered for the Rhode Island Teen Book Award called Down the Rabbit Hole: An Echo Falls Mystery by Peter Abrahams. I knew this book was a mystery but for some reason I thought the book featured a boy main character but it's actually a soccer-playing middle school girl who gets involved in a mystery in her Connecticut town.

Once I'm done listening to this, I can read the advance review copy I have of its sequel. I have a LOT of reading to do. Lately I've been getting behind in my reading and I have to pick up the pace. But I am definitely enjoying Abrahams' book since it's such a pleasant surprise!