Ms Headshrinker (drheadshrinker) wrote in weeklyreaders,
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Late Book Reviews

I've slacked. This is no big surprise. But better late than never.

More than a month ago I read The Magus by John Fowles. Honestly, I'd never even heard of it before, but it was on Random House's list of the 100 Best Novels. So I picked it up. It was probably one of the most unique stories I'd ever read. It was House of Leaves kinda weird. But weird was definitely good in this case. It's a post WWII story about a young man from London who is trying to figure out who he is an what to do with his life. He meets a girl in London who compliments him well, but then me moves to a small island in Greece for a teaching job and his life completely changes. He meets a rich but secluded inhabitant of the island who makes him question his mind and reality with a series of lies and different actors. This is one book where the story continually changes, partially because you never know what part of the story that you believed is based on a lie. It's a very long book, and a love story as well. It also is a great book to make you think about reality and how much perception shapes it.

In one day when I was in San Francisco, I read one of Tomas's books called Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer. This is Book 1 of the Artemis Fowl series. It's a very good book if you like Fantasy, as it takes place both in the real world, and the underground world of the fairies and their magical world. Artemis is the son and heir to the Fowls, a very rich, and disreputable family. But for a 12 year old, he's basically a criminal mastermind. The story moves quickly back and forth bewtween the two worlds, and I would recommend this to a young adult especially. I would like to read the other books in the series eventually.

And finally, the most recent book I've read (completely) is a book that Tomas lent me when I came home called Talking to Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede which is another fantasy book, with witches, wizards, dragons, etc. It's a terribly cute book. That's the best way I can describe it. The young hero Daystar goes off in the Enchanted Forrest after his mother gives him an enchanted sword, trying to find something, although she does not tell him what. On his way he makes friends with a firewitch named Shiara and a young dragon. This is book 4 of a series, and is only a grade 4 reading level, so it's another good kids book. But it was definitely cute to read.

I'm currently still trying to finish Queen Bee's & Wannabes so I'll put my review of that up once I'm completely done. But it's definitely a good book that everyone should read. Even if you don't have kids.
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