Title: The Tommyknockers
Author: Stephen King
Interest: thriller, science fiction
Summary (from Goodreads): While maintaining a horror style, the novel is more of an excursion into the realm of science fiction, as the residents of the Maine town of Haven gradually fall under the influence of a mysterious object buried in the woods.
Ryan’s Review: The Tommyknockers is a fabulous read. I don’t find it to be amazingly terrifying, but there is always an undertone of discontent coupled with a feeling of dread. Suspense, as well as the building upon of a well laid out backstory, help to keep you worried about every character. As the story develops, you begin to recognize when something awful is going to happen and you end up so wholly invested that you can’t wait to see what sinister thing the townsfolk will be goaded into next. It’s fantastic to watch as these people you were introduced to in the beginning of the story become ever more inhuman, as if their humanity had sprung a leak, until you are left with something else entirely.
My 2 cents: I thought this one was appropriate for Throwback Thursday. While I’m not a huge fan of Stephen King (I’m too much of wimp to make it through one of his books without nightmares), I appreciate his craft. The one book that I did make it through was On Writing in which King discusses how he writes and where he gets his inspiration. (I highly recommend that book for any aspiring writing.) I like the fact that my students are still picking up books that were published in the 80s and enjoying them. I’ll have to trust Ryan that this is a good book because I don’t want to sleep with the lights on for the next month.
Title: An Abundance of Katherines
Author: John Green
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Published: September 2006
Genre: contemporary realistic fiction, coming of age
An Abundance of Katherines is about a seventeen-year-old teenager named Colin who, much to his dismay, is not a ‘genius but a child prodigy’. Colin is good at everything educational; languages, math, reading, and anything else intellectual. Although Colin is smart, he is not good with the ladies. Colin has dated nineteen girls named Katherine in his life, and sadly has been dumped by every single one of them. In Colin’s words, he is a “dumpee.” After being dumped by the 19th Katherine, Colin goes on a road trip with his best friend, Hassan, in attempts to get over his post-breakup depression.
I really enjoyed this book mostly for the writing style and the unique plot. The writing style is enjoyable to read and adds to the characterization. The way Green writes is easy to read and flows well. I really enjoy John Green’s nerdy, yet amazing humor and his vocabulary in all of his books.
Honestly, this was my least favorite book by him, mostly because the plot was more predictable and it wasn’t as emotionally deep. If you don’t want to cry your eyes out than this is the John Green book you want to read. This is on my top ten of best books I have ever read and I promise you will love it.
My 2 cents: John Green happens to be one of my favorite authors. However, I haven’t picked this one up yet. I will add it to my ever-growing TBR list.
Something New: I’ve given my students the opportunity to review a book they have read during Free Voluntary Reading. I was shocked by the enthusiasm they had to write reviews. Many have asked to do several. I’m so proud of my life-long readers. Please enjoy the first of many student reviews.
About the Student: Krystal is in my Advanced World Literature/Composition for sophomores.
Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Published: June 2010
Series: Fairytale Retellings
Krystal’s Summary: Two sisters hunt down Fenris’ (like werewolves somewhat) since they’re one of the few people who can see their true form before it’s too late. The younger sister, Rosie, falls in love with longtime friend Silas and questions her loyalty to her trade. Scarlet (the older sister) takes Rosie and Silas to the city to avenge her attack along the way figuring out Silas’ feelings for Rosie and Rosie’s feelings for Silas. She has a hard decision to let her sister and only friend go and be happy, or to keep her sister with her but make her miserable.
Krystal’s Review: I would definitely recommend this book to others who like fairy tales with a modern twist. This takes the weak red riding hood and turns her into two sisters who hunt the big bad wolves. It had a sidestory of love but for the most part it was an action book and I happen to like it very much. Being the second book published by this author I have high expectations and anticipation for her next story called Sweetly ( Hansel and Gretel rewrite).
Have you read this book? What did you think about it? Will it make your TBR list? Let me know in the comments.