Follow Me by Joanna Scott

Follow Me
by: Joanna Scott
Hardcover: 432 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; April 22, 2009<

I was supposed to review Follow Me for the blog tour today.  Unfortunately, the timing was not right for me and this book with the gorgeous cover.  I mean really, LOOK AT THAT COVER WILL YOU???  I’m in the midst of a very, very, very bad reading slump, drought, starvation and that, coupled with life experience (if you know me, you know a book about a mother who abandons a child has every change of not being a good fit) meant that I could just not get into the book.  I can say that what I did read was lovely.  Ms. Scott definitely has a way with words and I will be looking for other work by her. 

(Click here) to read an excerpt!
About Joanna Scott:
Joanna Scott is the author of nine books, including The Manikin, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; Various Antidotes and Arrogance, which were both finalists for the PEN/Faulkner Award; and the critically acclaimed Make Believe, Tourmaline, and Liberation. A recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Lannan Award, she lives with her family in upstate New York.
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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
The majority of which written was by Jane Austen.  Zombie tidbits contributed by Seth Grahame-Smith.
Quirk Books, 2009

I’ve been trying to review books in the order read, but since everyone seems curious about it, I’m going to jump ahead and review PPZ.  I hope you don’t mind.

“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains.”

Honestly, as soon as I read that infamous, but now rewritten, opening line, I was delighted.  Yes, I’ve read Pride and Prejudice and own multiple copies.  Yes, I’ve seen all the movies.  Yes, I have just as big a crush on Mr. Darcy as the next girl.  And it did not bother me one bit that it’s been expanded to “feature all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie mayhem.”  You see, I’m a pretty huge nerd sometimes and this did nothing but create in me a desperate knowledge that I just HAD to read it and make me pre-order it like any zombie loving girl would.  *Please note; I bought this.  I did not get an advanced reader from Quirk and I had no idea of the ruckus they caused.*

 Over at the Wikipedia entry for this book, you will find the timeline of its existence, from conception to completion. (Just be careful if you go to the link, they have a rather detailed summary of the book, don’t read it if you don’t want the book spoiled.)  I find this quote from Grahame-Smith as to how Pride and Prejudice was perfect for this mash-up:

“You have this fiercely independent heroine, you have this dashing heroic gentleman, you have a militia camped out for seemingly no reason whatsoever nearby, and people are always walking here and there and taking carriage rides here and there,” he said. “It was just ripe for gore and senseless violence. From my perspective anyway.” Goodwin, Liz (2009-03-31). “Monsters vs. Jane Austen”.

Basically he took the original Pride and Prejudice manuscript and added in zombies, ninjas, and lots of death.  The Bennet girls are now proficient killers.  Lady Catherine de Bourgh is one of the best zombie killers employed by the crown.  Mr. Darcy’s hotness now includes lots of zombie-butt kicking action.  Mr. Collins is still a simpering idiot.  All the romance, social prejudice and misunderstandings are still there.  I won’t tell you who among the original cast becomes a zombie or who is maimed for life by Mr. Darcy *** SPOILER ALERT!!!!! *** (and by God, that person deserved it and I always felt it was sorely lacking in the original!).  End spoiler alert!  You will just have to read it yourself.   Suffice it to say, I greatly enjoyed this zombie, 19th century comedies of manners mash-up and if you have a skewed sense of humor, enjoy zombie mayhem or just want something very different, I think you will too.

Also reviewed by:

Becky’s Book Reviews | A Comfy Chair and a Good Book | Literary License | Book Nook Club | books i done read | Revilious ReviewsOnce Upon a Bookshelf | Sassymonkey Reads |

The Host

The Host by Stephenie Meyer
The Host by Stephenie Meyer

The Host
By Stephenie Meyer
Read by Kate Reading

I just don’t get the whole thing about Stephenie Meyer.  I don’t understand why so many people look down on her as being a poor writer.  I don’t understand why so many are just totally enamored with her and her books.  I like her.  I think she can tell a great story, even if she gets fixated on particular words and expressions and repeats it throughout her books and drives me batty with it.  I like her for what she is; a good, quick, practically thoughtless read.

That said; The Host is probably my favorite over the Twilight series.  Don’t get me wrong, I liked Twilight well enough, and I liked the other two okay, but The Host, especially after listening to it on audio, is my clear favorite.  First, let me tell you a bit about The Host, just in case you are the last person in the book blogging world to have not read it.

Our planet has been invaded, rather like Invasion of the Body Snatchers, but a peaceful race of parasites.  Which is rather oxymoron-ic, but anyway, they are peaceful amongst themselves and in their minds, they have bettered our planet by taking over the evil, warring, terrible humans.  One such human however, Melanie Stryder, refuses to go down without a fight.  Wanderer, the “Soul” who has been inserted into Melanie’s body, knew the challenges that would come from taking over a human host, but she had no idea what she was getting into (no pun intended!) when she woke up in Melanie’s body.

Melanie was still there.  And she refuses to give up control of her mind.

As Wanderer falls deeper and deeper into Melanie’s memories and thoughts, she finds she cannot separate herself from that life anymore.  Melanie’s assault has an unintended effect; Wanderer and Melanie now love the same man.  Outside forces combine to make Wanderer and Melanie unlikely allies and they set off to find the man they both love.

The Host is marketed as Meyer’s first adult book.  I don’t find it all that different from the Twilight series in language, scope, situations or anything else – I think it’s probably just a ploy to get adults to read her too.  As for the audio edition, which I am reviewing here, I can’t recommend it enough. Kate Reading was already one of my favorite readers, but this put her up near the very tip top with Davina Porter.  She has a warmth and tenderness to her voice that gives Wanderer much needed…well…humanity.  And when you read it, you’ll see why that is a plus.

One of my frequent problems with Meyer is her messages, her morals, and her attitudes toward gender differences.  Sometimes I feel like she’s, well, shoving her ideas down the reader’s throats.  At times she seems very antiquated in her treatment of relationships, particularly those between men and woman.   However, The woman can write a very absorbing story, so it’s hard to stay very annoyed with her.

Also reviewed by:

Fyrefly Books | Melissa’s Book Reviews |

If you have listened to this book, let me know in the comments and I will link to you here.

More readathon recaps

So, I made my donatation to First Book this morning.  I gave 15 dollars, since I finished 3 books. 

First Book Donation
First Book Donation

If felt good to give something to help further the love of reading.  I can’t wait until the next readathon and hope I can get even more read then!

I’ve been looking around at all the readathoners and am amazed at how much reading took place this weekend.  I am so very proud to be a part of so many fantastic readers!  Thank you, Trish, Hannah, and Nymeth, you girls did an amazing job.  And Dewey, whom we all miss and who we all owe a huge debt of gratitude, for creating the readathon.  And of course, BethFishReads, for her AMAZING cheerleading skills. If you weren’t on Twitter, you really missed out.  (So come joins us already!)

And so, the end

What a wild and crazy ride the last 24 hours have been!  Or, rather 22, since I started late.  Still, here are the stats:

Books finished: 3.5

  • Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
  • Harriet the Spy
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • and half of Romeo & Juliet

Pages: 755

Comments from my most EXCELLENT cheerleaders: 46

Number of Tweets: I have absolutely no idea.

I hope everyone had as much fun as I did.  I plan on surfing around later and seeing how everyone did.  We made it!!!!