So here are the books I'm planning to crack open this month.
My goal is to shake things up with historical fiction and science fiction mixed in with some mystery.
I, Claudius is off of the 50 Essential Historical Fiction Novels list done by Abe Books.
Between Two Fires and Updraft are re-reads because it has been too long since I read them for me to read their sequels with any kind of authority. I've been meaning to get into re-reads for a while.
The Vor Game is the next book in the Vorkosigan saga for me.
East of Eden is a classic I've been meaning to get to.
I will no doubt switch this up. I am the moodiest reader I know - but this is the plan so far.
I will enjoy looking at everyone's TBR for the month and, as usual, count on your reviews to break my book budget.
Title: Â Forever Is The Worst Long Time
Author: Â Camille Pagan
Publisher: Â Lake Union Publishing
Reviewed By: Â Arlena Dean
"Forever Is The Worst Long Time" by Camille Pagan
This was a read of emotions, love, friendship, betrayal, tragic, loss,regret, forgiveness with three main characters: James, Lou and Rob who were all far from perfect. Â With their stupid mistakes they made, along with some crazy decisions will they ever be able to stop all of the hurting that is going on among these friends? This author gives the reader quite a complex plot that is well developed with surprises that goes in unexpected ways with surprises, celebrations as well as disappointments that will have you at some time shaking your head. Â By the end Â of this story the reader gets quite a heart breaking, wrenching story that will also be very thought provoking and also engaging read from 'lack of closeness in relations, ruined friendships, death and loss'. Â What else can be said about this story is the choices that one makes in there life can turn out to be short and or long term consequences. Â 'Life is short and it is what you make of it... for one must make it count.'
I opened the package, and the Spouse asked what it was. "I think it's the new Microserfs". He looked blankly back at me. "Generation X?" More blank. "Devil Wears Prada?" Oh, well. He's an excellent cook, among other sterling qualities.
I enjoyed the book enormously. It was funny, it was zippy, it was mild-mannered and self-effacing, and inoffensive. The way Tina develops strength and self-confidence felt right. It would make a good film, not unlike The Devil Wears Prada.
But I wanted more. I wanted a little rage, some self-righteousness, some recognition that this horrible dilemma of college debt and poorly paid jobs isn't acceptable and that something needs to happen to help everyone in the same boat, not just a lucky few. It was too mild for my socialist leanings, too tentative, unwilling to name the sexist elephant in the room, and somehow oblivious to the fact that the depressed minimum wage, the lack of affordable housing, and the insane cost of higher education are all issues that have been successfully remedied in other times and countries. I wanted anger, and I wouldn't have minded a call to arms.
And also, two issues that snapped me out of the book within a page of each other: in a book so modest and coy about sex, making reference to any specific penis is a shocker. But as a metaphor it just didn't work at all. But even more jarring was a comment about a character in college having read to many James Lee Burke novels. Said character would have graduated from college twenty five years before James Lee Burke was published. The twenty century is not lost in the mists of time. Someone should have checked.