Torrents of Spring: a parody for a book I didn’t read-- I am sure it was funny and thoughtful once, but it is lost on me. This means I am left with purposefully wooden characters and a meandering, seemingly random story. These are not really Hemingway’s fault-- the book is a creature of the time it was created-- but lacks the timelessness of his other works.
Will Grayson, Will Grayson: The least I have enjoyed reading a John Green book, this book is actually a cooperative effort between him and another author. The characters a little too unlikable for me, and at times I find myself checking my watch a little-- but it redeems itself quite a bit in the end.
Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix: It is unfortunate that the worst book in the series has arguably the best title. I count Harry Potter as the best series ever written and JK Rowling as one of the greatest authors of our generation-- but I have some problems with this book. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed it over all, but Harry and Ron both are not particularly likeable at times, and Dolores Umbridge is perhaps the worst character I have ever read. It is still brilliant in places, but I found myself checking my cage count from time to time-- something I never did with any other book in the series.
The Subtle Knife: The first book is required reading, so newcomers will almost certainly be lost, but readers of the Golden Compass will be rewarded with a brand new entry into Pullman’s fantastic world-- and a new protagonist that rivals the brilliance of Lyra.
Paper Girls: Matthew Vauhn is a genius that deserves the respect from the literary world given out to the likes of Rowling and Chabon. Seriously, this guy is that good. His stories have everything a reader looks for: creative worlds, full dimensional characters, witty diologue, and compelling plot. He does this despite an almost constant shift in the genre in which he tells his stories. Paper Girls is no exception, and for you weirdos who like a visual medium for its art your in for a treat.
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