Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Cheri's 50 Book Challenge Book Report

As mentioned before, I am attempting to read 50 books by the end of the year and I've just made it to book #10. Here's a list of all the books I've read so far including their descriptions:

1. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster, a book about a lazy, apathetic brat who is transported to a magical land called the Kingdom of Wisdom (kind of like Wonderland, but with more academia and less allusions to trippy mushroom drugs) through a mysterious tollbooth he finds in his bedroom. Because why not?

2. John Dies at the End by David Wong, a book about the inadvisability of accepting strange drugs from fake Jamaicans.

3. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. Bland characters. Slow plot. Sparkly vampires. The plot can be summarized as such: Nothing happens. Nothing happens. Bella gets in trouble. Edward saves her. Rinse. Repeat.

4. The True Story of Hansel and Gretel by Louise Murphy. A clever retelling of the Hansel and Gretel story that takes place in Nazi occupied Poland during the second world war.

5. Small Gods by Terry Pratchett. The Great God Om is brought low and becomes trapped in the physical manifestation of a small and powerless tortoise when he loses all of his followers save one lowly novice. Satirical tale about the dangers of believing more in the church and all its trappings than the God who is supposed to be worshiped, as well as the dangers of the people who believe more in the church and all its trappings.

6. I, Claudius by Robert Graves, a book written in the form of an autobiography of the Roman Emperor Claudius. Born with a limp, a stutter, and mistakenly thought to be a half-wit, Claudius survives political intrigue by not being considered a threat to anybody. It's like Survivor, only for ancient Roman times. 468 pages chock full of death and debauchery.

7. The Victorian Domestic Servant by Trevor May. 32 pages. Short, but a good starting reference for Victorian fiction writers.

8. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Graphic Novel, by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith. Adapted by Tony Lee. Illustrated by Cliff Richards. This book is full of balls. People throwing balls. People talking about throwing balls. Lots and lots of balls. Apparently, balls were very popular back in the day. Oh, and zombies too. Zombie balls. Heh.

9. Midnight in Death by J.D. Robb. A short novella from the "In Death" series, a futuristic cop drama. In this story, Lieutenant Eve Dallas tracks down an escaped serial killer she helped put behind bars.

10. The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks, by Max Brooks. A graphic novel describing major zombie attacks from the dawn of humanity to 1992. There are no mention of "balls" in this one, but still a good read.

If anyone has any suggestions as to what I should read next, leave a comment. Just be aware that I'm trying to limit my graphic novel and short novella reading for the next couple months since I'm finally ahead of schedule. It feels like I'm cheating when the book is barely 100 pages long and full of pictures. Also, any suggestions regarding books written by Stephenie Meyer will be dismissed. The perpetrators of said infraction will be tracked down and summarily beaten for their impudence.

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