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Adult Book Mini-Reviews (2)

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz. I wasn't sure what to expect from this book, but no matter what I was thinking, this novel was even better than I could have imagined. Told in a unique format, the storyline circled around rather than progressing in a strictly linear fashion, which would not work for all books but was phenomenal here. From the background given on Oscar's family to the perspectives of those around him and finally to Oscar himself, every part of this book was emotional and moving. The story is both brutally realistic with its ties into the reign of Trujillo and somehow almost dream-like with its treatment in other areas, but all in all, I loved every moment of this.

Recommended? Absolutely!

American Gods by Neil Gaiman. You know those books that are chock full of those passages where you have to stop and read them over and over again because the words are so beautiful and so unsettling and so true that you need to ingrain them in your memory? That's this book, and that's why you have to read it. I won't say that the plot was absolutely perfect or all the characters absolutely wonderful (although I did love Shadow), but this is a profound book. Not a perfect story, no, but inventive, creepy, and beautiful. This is the kind of book you want to read with post-its in hand to mark down the best passages for posterity.

Recommended? No, if you're looking for a great story. Yes, if you're looking for spectacular writing.

2 comments:

Stephanie Ingrid Sarah Kristan said...

Yes, OSCAR WAO is great, and Junot Diaz is fantastic. If you enjoyed the novel, you should definitely check out his short story collection DROWN. We haven't read his latest, THIS IS HOW YOU LOSE HER, but we've head good things.

And oh man, Neil Gaiman! We've read some of his other stuff, but only the first few pages of AMERICAN GODS when it was free online. Need to finish that, stat! Thanks for the reminder, and for sharing your thoughts on both these great reads. :)

Jillian said...

Neil Gaiman is amazing. That is all!

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