Surznick Reads: March 2016 - The Surznick Common Room

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Surznick Reads: March 2016

We're going a little off course today and sharing our March reads on the 30th... instead of the 31st. It's all good, right?

So how was your month? Ours was full of fun trips, hanging out with friends, and therefore... not much reading. We still have a couple books to share with you today and maybe you can tell us what you're reading in the comments! We're in need of some good book-spiration right now.

Sarah's Reads!

Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris
From "Felipe de Castro, the vampire King of Louisiana (and Arkansas and Nevada), is in town. It’s the worst possible time for a human body to show up in Eric Northman’s front yard - especially the body of a woman whose blood he just drank. Now it’s up to Sookie and Bill, the official Area Five investigator, to solve the murder. Sookie thinks that, at least this time, the dead girl’s fate has nothing to do with her. But she is wrong. She has an enemy, one far more devious than she would ever suspect, who’s set out to make Sookie’s world come crashing down."

So I started reading the Sookie Stackhouse (True Blood) books about three years ago and it's taking me FOR.EV.ER. to get through this series. To be honest, I'm not very interested anymore, but I'm 12 books deep in a 13 book series, so I can't really give up now. I read the 11th book almost two years ago, so it's been a little hard to commit to this story again. The book certainly wasn't bad, I'm just losing interest. All of the usual suspects are still around in this story: Sookie, Bill, Eric, Pam, Alcide, and the other book-exclusive characters. There's murder, kidnapping, fighting, love, betrayal... that kind of thing. Harris jam packs so much into each story that it's kind of ridiculous and so unrealistic (I know it's a series about vampires, but you know what I mean.) Overall, it's an easy read to pass the time and the deeper you get into the story, the easier it is to keep going, but I'll definitely feel relieved when I can close the Sookie Stackhouse chapter of my life.

My Rating: 3 Stars

Nick's Reads!

Generation A by Douglas Coupland
From "Generation A is set in the near future in a world where bees are extinct, until five unconnected people all around the world - in the United States, Canada, France, New Zealand, and Sri Lanka - are all stung. Their shared experience unites them in ways they never could have imagined. Generation A mirrors Coupland’s debut novel, 1991’s Generation X. It explores new ways of storytelling in a digital world. Like much of Coupland’s writing, it occupies the perplexing hinterland between optimism about the future and everyday apocalyptic paranoia. Imaginative, inventive, and fantastically entertaining, Generation A is his most ambitious work to date."

I sort of feel bad giving this book a bad review because I thought it was really cool. The whole time I was reading it, I was so intrigued by what was happening. It was mysterious in the best way possible. A near-future, post bee world with very big things happening. The 5 main characters seemed somehow connected, but we weren't sure just how or why. The forces at work in the book were hidden, powerful, and unknown. All of it racing toward a pinnacle on a remote island somewhere near the arctic sea. And then... nothing. I was left with such a bad taste in my mouth regarding the ending, that I felt forced to give such a low rating. I have no clue what I was hoping for, but SOMETHING would have been better than nothing. Maybe you should give it a try. Perhaps you can take more away from it than I did.

My Rating: 2 Stars

Sarah & Nick


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