30 Dec
2011

Soon I Will Be Invincible by Austin Grossman

*Blair's Pick!*

“What do you do when you find out your heart is the wrong kind?” says the supervillain of this story, Dr. Impossible. This comic book turned literary fiction answers this question through the alternating perspectives of super villain and superhero. I am so excited about this book I can’t stand it, I am in full nerd mode already searching out the author online hoping he will be my friend. The development of each character is stunning not only in substance but also timing; the unbelievably rich origin stories of each hero/villain unfold themselves suddenly and unexpectedly-and they’re AWESOME! One minute you’re immersed in an epic battle and the next you’re learning about what Dr Impossible was like in highschool, that his name was Jonathan, that you knew a guy like him, and that maybe things would have been different if he got the girl. But now, he’s fighting off a potbelly and living in a motel, planning his next scheme to conquer the world…his 12th attempt. It’s got other dimensions, time travel, aliens, armies of algae and fungus…what else could you possibly ask for?

30 Dec
2011

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

*Marlie's Pick*

Marlie thinks this anonymous review says it best:

It reads like the old fashioned storytelling- the kind which boys and girls sit cross-legged and rapt around an old man who, despite his calm demeanor and soft tones, fiercely commands the room's attention. In this case the story he tells is mysterious and wondrous. It is unlike anything anyone has ever heard. And so the children's parents linger around the outside of the circle, noting the teller's words and sensing that something is percolating deep beneath the characters and the action, something that, with a knowing glint and a rare hint, the storyteller suggests but doesn't let on entirely, some moral or truth, or maybe some insight into the human condition.
And so a story- a truly sensational and dramatic story based on a boy trapped in a small lifeboat in the middle of the Pacific Ocean for 277 days with a Bengal Tiger, an often- bloody struggle for life and death- arrives in a voice that is even measured, paced, scaled. And this voice opens the doors for everything else that is packed in: the vivid aquatic scenes, the reflections on religion, human need and vice, the range and importance of zoological understanding.
Faced with all this, the boys and girls and mothers and fathers learn and wonder, and perhaps some of them become aware that this man is not just a storyteller, but truly also a teacher, and that everything he describes- every quandary, every explanation, every detail, every revelation- everything serves to teach something more than the story of a boy and a tiger... -Anonymous

30 Dec
2011

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

*Jessi's Pick!*

This book is my favorite book of all time. This was THE book that introduced me to sci-fi. It had alot to do with shaping the person that I am today. Ender’s Game deals with a our future Earth. Aliens had attacked many years ago and almost destroyed Earth. Luckily, they were defeated and Earth thrived. Today, the Earth sends the best and brightest of its children into outer space to Battle School, in order to become military commanders for the alien invasion that everyone fears will one day come. And I’m talking children children, like 5 to 8 years old. The book centers around one such child, Andrew Wiggin, known by his family as Ender. He’s the youngest to ever be recruited and the book focuses on his trials and tribulations.

In my humble opinion, this is the best science fiction book ever. I guarantee that fans of The Hunger Games will enjoy this book. Ender’s Game is similar to Hunger Games (a future Earth, young kids doing things that even adults would shudder at, adults masterminding the whole thing, etc.) only it takes place in outer space.

30 Dec
2011

Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist

* Henry's Pick*

Hi. My name is Henry, and today in going to talk to you about a book called "let the right one in". I am just batty for vampires, and I have an unquenchable thirst for ANYTHING about them. The genre really got some fangs when vampires moved away from Count "Ascot" Dracula, and toward the desperate animal vampires that actually scare the daylights out of me. "Let the Right One in" takes this to heart (with a stake!). There's nothing frilly about the vampires in this book, and at times they are downright nauseating. However, at the crux of the story is the friendship of two children; one of them a boy struggling with divorce, bullies, and serials killers, and the other a manipulative child vampire who loves puzzles. The nail in the coffin is that even with all the murder, acid-burned faces, creepy sexual tendencies, huffing, and flaming corpses, this book manages to be sweet and tender enough to burn to ash even the most vampire-y of hearts. there you go. best review ever.