Friday, September 01, 2006

Last three books of August/06

Sadly, the last three books I have to post about were not stellar achievements for me, so I am just going to post about them together and then I can move on to September and brighter pastures. There were great books this month, but as always, there were others that were just okay or even others that I really didn't like.

First up, The Green Knight by Vera Chapman. I started this book at the beginning of the month, and I just could not get into it. I love Arthurian retellings, but this one played more on the myth of the tale. It was not horrible by the end, but at the same time, not one of my favourite retellings. It brings together a blend of magic and mystery, but the characters are not as compelling as others I have read. It didn't really help that I read The Hawk's Gray Feather this month, another Arthurian novel, and loved it. Vera Chapman might have been better if I didn't have such a good book to compare it to. (If anyone knows where I can get a picture of this book I would appreciate it!)

3/5

The other two books I read were Gods in Alabama and West Side Story. I don't think these two books were horrible, just not what I wanted to be reading at the time I chose to read them. West Side Story, sad to say, has been destroyed literature-wise by movies and plays. Sometimes I just can't get into the book if I have seen other mediums of it. I know that lots of people liked Gods in Alabama. I just couldn't get into it, maybe another time I will read it and think it is great, but not on this read through.

West Side Story 3.5/5
Gods in Alabama 3/5

3 comments:

  1. Don't feel bad. I never liked West Side Story either. Then again, I never cared for Romeo & Juliet either. LOL.

    Oh my god, on the "dark" fantasy front, reporting on Melusine. Have you read it? If you haven't then PLEASE don't. I wanted to throw the book against the wall and stomp on it repeatedly. Ugh!!!

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  2. I think that book is on my list... I will now take it off!

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  3. I'm reading Gods in Alabama for my book club right now. I hope I like it, seeing as how you only gave it 3/5 stars! I am enjoying it so far, it certainly starts out interestingly enough.

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