I have slowed down on my reading, a little… but not too much! I just finished two this past week (one audio, one paper) that I shall review for you now. (Spoiler: Both were really awesome!)
The Invention of Hugo Cabret – Brian Selznick
I read this for book club, and it’s impossible not to feel daunted by the size of this book. It’s like an encyclopedia or something. But, don’t be scared, dear reader, it’s a magical thing called a graphic novel. You know how smarty pants will sometimes see your book and be like “I only read books with pictures, har har.” Well, they must read this book. Hugo is full of beautiful, expressive illustrations. I enjoyed the pictures (in that “ooh, look, art!” kinda way.) And I liked that it moved really fast (I could read 200 pages in a sitting!) I would love to see the movie adaptation. It was a book club book and I’ll be interested to hear what my fellow booknerds have to say about it.
11-22-63 (Stephen King)
I listened to this book, and dude, it was 30 hours. That’s about a month’s worth of audio book time for me. I listened on my runs, while getting ready in the locker room and on weekends while doing chores. It’s weird, reading audio books filled so much empty time for me this past month. I don’t know what’s next and it’s making me jumpy!
Length aside, it was a fantastic book. I highly, highly reccommend it. I also had never read a Stephen King book before, and based on what I know about SK, this isn’t his typical book. While it was definitely sci-fi, it wasn’t too horror-y or gory or anything.
The basic premise was the main character, Jake, happened upon a time travel portal that takes you back to September 1958. He was setting out to stop the assassination of President Kennedy (the date in the title) by killing Lee Harvey Oswald, and the lengthy and very fascinating story ensures. So many interesting things to think about: butterfly effect, what would you change if you could and what the effects would be… for me, the 1960’s in general are sort of an interest so that was fun. There was a great author’s note at the end by SK about his research on JFK’s assassination and Lee Harvey Oswald. Particularly for the audio book, the voice acting was great. If you’re considering an audio book, this is a great one.
For my next audio adventure, I’m considering Michael Lewis’s Boomerang or perhaps a David McCollough history book? Any other suggestions? I’m still on audible because I’m still too dumb to figure out the library’s site…