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Comments for On My Wishlist: February 19, 2011
I finally finished my re-read of The Beekeeper's Apprentice by Laurie R. King. I'm impressed by how many future plots are foreshadowed in this book.
Now that I'm done I'm diving into reading the wishlist books I've checked out from the library. My current wishlist read is Waking the Moon by Elizabeth Hand.
My ten new wishes are actually from last month.
The Cloud Searchers (Amulet #3) by Kazu Kibuishi
In the third installment of the thrilling Amulet series, Emily, Navin, and their crew of resistance fighters charter an airship and set off in search of Cielis, a mythical city believed to be located on an island high above the clouds. The mysterious Leon Redbeard is their guide, and there's a surprising new addition to the crew: the Elf King's son, Trellis. But is he ally or enemy? And will Emily ever be able to trust the voice of the Amulet?
The Velvet Room by Zilpha Keatley Snyder (Recommended by @mactavish)
Robin was always "wandering off" (her mother's words) to get away from the confusion she felt inside her. It was not until Robin's father found a permanent job at the McCurdy ranch, after three years as a migrant worker, that Robin had a place to wander to. As time went by the Velvet Room became more and more of a haven for her--a place to read and dream, a place to bury one's fears and doubts, a place to count on.
Labyrinth by A.C.H. Smith, Terry Jones, and Jim Henson (Recommended by Black Fingernailed Reviews)
(I think I've already read this novelization but I wouldn't mind a re-read.)
What happens when you wish for something terrible ... and your wish comes true? Young Sarah is about to find out. Left at home to mind her baby brother, Toby, she finds herself trying to comfort a screaming infant as a wild storm rages about the house. In a fit of temper, she wishes that the goblins would come and take the child away. Unfortunately, they do.
Sarah then plunges into a whirlwind adventure. If she cannot reach the center of the mysterious Labyrinth within thirteen hours, Jareth — King of the Goblins — will keep Toby forever. In the twists and turns of her dangerous journey to Jareth's castle, she meets an extraordinary variety of strange characters, some more friendly than others. But none of them will be able to help her unless she musters the courage to challenge Jareth — no matter what the odds.
The Saturdays by Elizabeth Enright (Recommended by a An Abundance of Books)
From Newbery Award-winning author Elizabeth Enright comes the reappearance of the four-book series about the heartwarming Melendy family. In this first book, the children form a club to keep busy on rainy Saturday afternoons.
Still Alice by Lisa Genova (Recommended by Chic Fit Geek)
This may be one of the most frightening novels you'll ever read. It's certainly one of the most unforgettable. Genova's debut revolves around Alice Howland - Harvard professor, gifted researcher and lecturer, wife, and mother of three grown children. One day, Alice sets out for a run and soon realizes she has no idea how to find her way home. It's a route she has taken for years, but nothing looks familiar. She is utterly lost. Is her forgetfulness the result of menopausal symptoms? A ministroke? A neurological cancer? After a few doctors' appointments and medical tests, Alice has her diagnosis, and it's a shocker -- she has early-onset Alzheimer's disease.
What follows is the story of Alice's slow but inevitable loss of memory and connection with reality, told from her perspective. She gradually loses the ability to follow a conversational thread, the story line of a book,
In Still Alice, Genova, who has a Ph.D. in neuroscience from Harvard, uniquely reveals the experience of living with Alzheimer's. Hers is an unusual book — both a moving novel and an important read.
The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break by Steven Sherrill (Recommended by Reading Envy)
Five thousand years out of the Labyrinth, the Minotaur finds himself in the American South, living in a trailer park and working as a line cook at a steakhouse. No longer a devourer of human flesh, the Minotaur is a socially inept, lonely creature with very human needs. But over a two-week period, as his life dissolves into chaos, this broken and alienated immortal awakens to the possibility for happiness and to the capacity for love.
Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko (Recommended by Midnyt Reader)
Tayo, a young Native American, has been a prisoner of the Japanese during World War II, and the horrors of captivity have almost eroded his will to survive. His return to the Laguna Pueblo reservation only increases his feeling of estrangement and alienation. While other returning soldiers find easy refuge in alcohol and senseless violence, Tayo searches for another kind of comfort and resolution.
Tayo's quest leads him back to the Indian past and its traditions, to beliefs about witchcraft and evil, and to the ancient stories of his people. The search itself becomes a ritual, a curative ceremny that defeats the most virulent of afflictions — despair.
Cycler by Lauren McLaughlin (Recommended by On the Nightstand)
As far as anyone at her high school knows, Jill McTeague is an average smart girl trying to get her dream date to ask her to the prom.
What no one knows, except for Jill's mom and dad, is that for the four days Jill is out of school each month, she is not Jill at all. She is Jack, a genuine boy—complete with all the parts. Jack lives his four days per month in the solitude of Jill's room. But his personality has been building since the cycling began. He is less and less content with his confinement and his cycles are becoming more frequent. Now Jill's question about the prom isn't who she'll go with, but who she'll be when the big night arrives.
The Unit by Ninni Holmqvist and translated by Marlaine Delargy
One day in early spring, Dorrit Weger is checked into the Second Reserve Bank Unit for biological material. She is promised a nicely furnished apartment inside the Unit, where she will make new friends, enjoy the state-of-the-art recreation facilities, and live the remaining days of her life in comfort with people who are just like her. Here, women over the age of fifty and men over sixty - single, childless, and without jobs in progressive industries - are sequestered for their final years; they are considered outsiders.
In the Unit they are expected to contribute themselves for drug and psychological testing, and ultimately donate their organs, little by little, until the final donation. Despite the ruthless nature of this practice, the ethos of this near-future society and the Unit is to take care of others, and Dorrit finds herself living under very pleasant conditions: well-housed, well-fed, and well-attended. She is resigned to her fate and discovers her days there to be rather consoling and peaceful. But when she meets a man inside the Unit and falls in love, the extraordinary becomes a reality and life suddenly turns unbearable. Dorrit is faced with compliance or escape, and ... well, then what?
The Unit is an exploration of a society in the throes of a system geared toward eliminating those who do not contribute by conventional means, in which the "dispensable" ones are convinced under gentle coercion of the importance of sacrificing for the "necessary" ones. It also looks deeply into the nature of the female psyche, at its resilience and creativity under dire conditions.
13, rue Thérèse by Elena Mauli Shapiro (Recommended by A Journey in Reading)
American academic Trevor Stratton discovers a box full of artifacts from World War I as he settles into his new office in Paris. The pictures, letters, and objects in the box relate to the life of Louise Brunet, a feisty, charming Frenchwoman who lived through both World Wars.
As Trevor examines and documents the relics the box offers up, he begins to imagine the story of Louise Brunet's life: her love for a cousin who died in the war, her marriage to a man who works for her father, and her attraction to a neighbor in her building at 13 rue Thérèse. The more time he spends with the objects though, the truer his imaginings of Louise's life become, and the more he notices another alluring Frenchwoman: Josianne, his clerk, who planted the box in his office in the first place, and with whom he finds he is falling in love.
Comment #1: Friday, February, 18, 2011 at 19:44:48
Thanks for stopping by my blog! Still Alice is one that I have seen floating around the drug stores in my area that I have thought about picking up. And Cycler sounds really interesting! I had not heard of it before but I am definitely going to look into it!
Comment #2: Saturday, February 19, 2011 at 23:43:34
I haven't seen Still Alice any where around here but I haven't been really looking either. I plan to read it via my library when it rises to the top of my wishlist.
Comment #3: Friday, February, 18, 2011 at 21:59:20
Wow cycler and the unit both look really good!
Comment #4: Saturday, February 19, 2011 at 23:46:15
Thanks! I hope they turn out to be as good as they sound.
Comment #5: Saturday, February, 19, 2011 at 02:25:00
great picks i really enjoyed the first Amulet. happy reading
Comment #6: Saturday, February 19, 2011 at 23:46:22
The second Amulet book is great too.
Comment #7: Saturday, February, 19, 2011 at 08:32:32
You always have the most thought-provoking lists! I hope you've come out from under your piles of researching now. :)
I'd pick out a couple of your books to comment on, but they're all so intriguing this week. I have no idea how you find these.
Comment #8: Saturday, February 19, 2011 at 23:48:23
I'll be turning in my two papers tomorrow afternoon. Then I have picture book project but that should still give me some time to read for fun.
I find the books from reading other book blogs, listening to the radio and talking to my friends and family.
Comment #9: Saturday, February, 19, 2011 at 18:53:08
Labryinth I think I've seen the movie.
Comment #10: Saturday, February 19, 2011 at 23:51:25
I seen Labyrinth more times than I can count. And I'm fairly certain I've already read the book but it was back in the days before I kept a list of what I read. So I'd like to re-read it.
Comment #11: Saturday, February, 19, 2011 at 21:52:53
Asher Knight http://paranormalinduglence.blogspot.com
Wow, sounds like some great reads! I hope you get your hands on copies of each soon!
Thanks for sharing, and for stopping by the blog. Be safe, have a wonderful weekend, and happy reading!
Asher K. (On My Wishlist)
Comment #12: Saturday, February 19, 2011 at 23:54:15
I have a very long wishlist and I'm reading oldest wishes first. I probably won't get to these books until this time next year.
Comment #13: Saturday, February, 19, 2011 at 22:07:58
Wow! These all look really, really great! I might have to add some of them to my TBR pile soon.
Thanks for stopping by!
Comment #14: Saturday, February 19, 2011 at 23:56:20
That's the good and the bad of this weekly meme.
Comment #15: Saturday, February, 19, 2011 at 23:50:19
Oh yes... Great choices. I especially love Labyrinth! Loved that movie. :)
Comment #16: Saturday, February 19, 2011 at 23:57:35
It's a fun film. I've probably seen it a hundred times.
Comment #17: Sunday, February, 20, 2011 at 01:31:55
Wow! You have a lot of good stuff on here but I think 13, rue Therese sounds the most interesting. I will be adding it to my TBR.
Thanks for stopping by!!
Comment #18: Saturday, February 19, 2011 at 23:59:13
You're welcome. Maybe we can compare notes on 13 rue Thérèse in the future.
Comment #19: Sunday, February, 20, 2011 at 09:52:18
These all look incredible: especially Still Alice, The Unit and Ceremony. Thanks for stopping by my blog, and I hope you get the books you're wishing for soon!
Comment #20: Thursday, February 24, 2011 at 21:45:35
Thank you. I hope to get to them later this year.