Styling Librarian: What are you reading? 8/13/12
Thanks to: TeachMentorTexts for the inspiration! Thanks to Jen and Kellee for the meme! I enjoy keeping track of my reading and sharing with others each week.
I’m having a difficult time connecting online. So this will be a quick one:
Cold Cereal by Adam Rex. – This was quite an interesting story that had a mixed batch of characters and adventures that converged into quite the conclusion. I adored and still will recommend The True Meaning of Smekday more often, but for students who are fans of Adam Rex and want to read a wild crazy story with random fantasy characters intermingled into our everyday society, this will be a good fit. I never knew how a cereal company could become so influential and evil, until now.
Goodreads Summary: Cold Cereal Facts Serving size 1 chapter Number of servings 40
Primary human characters 3
Scottish Play Doe, aka Scott possible changeling Erno Utz genius Emily Utz supergenius Magical creatures at least 3
Mick Leprechaun (or Clurichaun)
Harvey Pooka (rabbit-man)
Biggs indeterminate origin (hairy, large)
Evil organizations 1
Goodco Cereal CompanyPurveyor of breakfast foods aspiring to world domination Adventure 75%
Diabolical Schemes 40%
Not a significant source of vampires.
May contain nuts.
Daily values based on individual interest. Reader’s estimation of value may be higher or lower, depending on your tolerance for this sort of thing.
The Drowned Cities by Paolo Bacigalupi – I really enjoyed the first book I read by Paolo Bacigalupi- Shipbreaker but this book was a little more violent for my reading than I normally prefer. It is certainly a high school/adult level book but I guess I was not in the mood for a violent war book with limbs being chopped off and hybrid human/animal killing machines. The book was a fascinating look at the human psyche with some disturbing possibilities for the future of earth with flooding, wars, and peacekeepers.
Goodreads Summary: Soldier boys emerged from the darkness. Guns gleamed dully. Bullet bandoliers and scars draped their bare chests. Ugly brands scored their faces. She knew why these soldier boys had come. She knew what they sought, and she knew, too, that if they found it, her best friend would surely die.
In a dark future America where violence, terror, and grief touch everyone, young refugees Mahlia and Mouse have managed to leave behind the war-torn lands of the Drowned Cities by escaping into the jungle outskirts. But when they discover a wounded half-man–a bioengineered war beast named Tool–who is being hunted by a vengeful band of soldiers, their fragile existence quickly collapses. One is taken prisoner by merciless soldier boys, and the other is faced with an impossible decision: Risk everything to save a friend, or flee to a place where freedom might finally be possible.
This thrilling companion to Paolo Bacigalupi’s highly acclaimed Ship Breaker is a haunting and powerful story of loyalty, survival, and heart-pounding adventure.
I’m now caught in the middle of Shatter Me by Taherah Mafi – fascinating!!!
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