Sunday, October 19, 2008

Interesting. Very interesting....

Hmmm. Well, a few weeks ago I wrote a post talking about lame sequels to good books. I'm sure you all have read it. But now, I am encountering a different phenomenon, a virtual first in the world of literature. I am actually reading a sequel that's better than the original. So far, at least. I mean, the original was pretty good, but the sequel is better.

In case you are curious as to what books I'm talking about, they are Peeps and The Last Days. I liked Peeps pretty well until the ending, which was what really what knocked it down to three and a half daggers in my view. (read my review!) But it would have gotten at least four, with a better ending. The Last Days, though, I would give four and a half or five, if I were reviewing it. Which I'm not. But still.

Hoping The Last Days has a better ending than Peeps, because if it doesn't, that will completely kill it, and also be totally lame,


Thursday, October 9, 2008

Reader's Block

The weird thing about books for teens is that a lot of them are depressing. Or at least, a lot of the ones at my local library are depressing. Has this ever happened to you? When I go to the library, I often choose books by randomly picking them off the shelves. Sadly, in recent times this search method has not really yielded much worth reading. I find myself with a whole lot of sob stories. And don't get me wrong- a good sob story once in a while is okay. I just don't want an armload of them.

Fortunately, this story has a happy ending (unlike the books to which I have been referring.) Because, as I contemplated my case of reader's block, I realized that I have been writing for a blog that reviews books, and therefore, obviously, if I want something good to read, I should simply search 3 Evil Cousins until I find something with a good review, and dash off to the library to check it out. Wow. The solution was staring me in the face the whole time.

So thank you, my dear fellow reviewers, for averting a potentially bad case of reader's block.


Unfortunately, though, this method will not actually help me find new books to review. I must persevere in wading through shelves of sob stories in search of a good one.