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2012 Book Review

02 Jan

These are just some books I read in 2012 and would like to give my thoughts on them. I know some are old and didn’t come out in 2012, but I have a very large ‘to-read’ pile and these were the ones I was in the mood to read.

Micro 

I am a huge Michael Crichton fan, but I will try not to be too biased on this one. I was excited to read this particular book of his because I knew going into it, that it was an unfinished manuscript. I was a little skeptical, but the ghost writer is a great sci-fi author. Upon reading Micro, I fell in love with the whole concept of shrinking humans, not because of ‘Honey I shrunk the kids’ but because the insect world is damn scary! This new world was beautiful in a nightmarish way, which engrossed me into the book. HOWEVER, when the main character, whom the reader gets attached to, gets killed in the middle of the book, I can’t help but wonder if that was Michael’s original plan… That upset me, because the main character was central among the group of people and had a likeable quality. When the reader gets shifted to these other characters after that, you don’t feel as intimate with them. I was a little disappointed, but the writer stayed phenomenal as always.

The Shadow in the Wind

This book was fantastic. The suspense, the storytelling, the romance, the mystery, and even a bit of a murder investigation… amazing! I have always liked Carlos Ruiz Zafon, but this book just blew me away. I think the first person was good and I even enjoyed a little comic relief throughout the book. The idea of having a hidden sanctuary of books…the cemetery of forgotten books… chills… could there be a place? Can we create one?

The Midnight Palace

This story was good and even surprised me with an ending by killing one of the main characters, but then again, it’s Carlos Ruiz Zafon, and his endings always tend to surprise. I didn’t think this was as good as The Prince of Mist in regards to his young adults books, but it had very similar writing styles and ghost story elements. It was darker than Prince, with a lot more characters, but felt the same. Still an enjoyable read, though.

Short Walks from Bogota

Now, I love reading anything about Colombia that is not drug related and this book surprised me when I saw it on the shelf. As a tourist book, it does wonders, but I felt the author’s voice was too prevalent. I know it is shelved in the travel section, but what I mean by his voice is that he almost got too political while writing. He kept taking sides of politics in Colombia when describing events and I would have preferred a non-bias opinion when giving history lessons. I know this author has a big heart for Colombia and I appreciate that, but sometimes I found myself rolling my eyes not at what he was saying but just the fact that he felt the need to write it down and publish it. Can I please get one book on Colombia that is not drug cartel, travel, or guerilla related? Please?

The Hunger Games

Now I knew there was a lot of hype on this series before reading it. I don’t know why I put it off for so long. I just did. When I read this book, I did enjoy it, even though the writing was simple, it was a good story. When I finished the book to reflect, I could only think of eerie. This book creeped me out and I am still confused on why it didn’t do the same to other people. The writing was simple but the context was horrific and that combination made the hair on the back of my neck stand up. Maybe I’m soft or whatever, but the gore with children and being a young adult book… it had some heavy themes. This book was well written and if the intention was to leave me disturbed, then bravo. Mission Accomplished.

Catching Fire

I read this book, not wanting to, but giving in and doing it. Not as good as The Hunger Games Book 1, but still did well in execution.

*The next two are audiobooks, because I had a night job that I could listen to music and instead chose some books that I loved reading long ago. These are my reviews on the audiobooks and the reading of some favorites.

Jurassic Park (audiobook)

Classic. One of my favorite books ever. I only wish they put the river scene in the movie…

The voice for this audiobook did a great job, if you can get over the fact that it sounds older (like early 90s) and the pronunciation for some words was off (like Costa Rica being said like Cahsta Rica).

The Host (audiobook)

I liked this book a lot when it first came out, even though it is very long and the first half was a bit long. The voice for this audiobook was well picked and did a good job on the voices, especially Jeb’s voice. I enjoyed this audiobook. It’s nice to see the characters come to life without being chopped up by movies.

The Dog Stars (currently reading)

I got this book for Christmas and it will be my first book of 2013! I am so excited by this book and the first few pages have captured me completely.

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