cassidyrose: (glasses/high contrast)
OK, I need a new book to read, preferably a novel. I have made it through all the books I acquired recently and the ones my mom loaned me. I need some ideas about what to read next.

Some things about what I like and don't like:
  • I am really not a science fiction fan, unless it is Kurt Vonnegut (does that even count??), Marge Piercy or Margaret Atwood, and even then that is stretching it.
  • Books with feminist undertones and themes tend to catch my interest more than others.
  • I enjoy modern/current fiction quite a bit. I have read a goodly portion of the classics and standards back when I was in school and they aren't necessarily what I am looking to read right now.
  • A few of my favorite fiction authors (based on reading at least two or three of their works): Marge Piercy, Alice Walker, Amy Tan, Kurt Vonnegut, Jennifer Weiner (more on the fluffy side) and Chaim Potok.
  • Some books that I have read over the past year or two and really enjoyed: Fall on Your Knees, White Oleander (Janet Fitch), Caramelo (Sandra Cisneros), The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd) and Middlesex (Jeffrey Eugenides).
  • I have no fear of long books--in fact I rather like those that can last me a while.
  • With a few exceptions, I am not a fan of what I call "pop" fiction (Stephen King, Tom Clancy, etc.)

So, what can you recommend to me? What are some of your favorites? Who are some of your favorite authors?
cassidyrose: (glasses/high contrast)
I finished "Fall on Your Knees" today after staying up too late the past fews nights entralled with it. I absoutely loved it, though it was creepy and unsettling.Theme warning--marginal spoilers )

The narrative variation was great, as was the non-linear unfolding of the story. I was pleased that the key (at least to me) questions were mostly answered by the end of the book, although there is plenty of room for interpretation on many of them. Nothing was pat or comfortable or "happily ever after". I never claimed to like my books happy ("White Oleandar" is one of my absolute favorites). The characters were drawn real enough that I was able to feel rage, sympathy, frustration, happiness, disappoinment, confusion and anger regarding them. It is a twisty book with some seriously disturbing plot lines and themes, though well worth it for me. I was somewhat pleased that I was able to discern a couple of the bigger secrets of the book well before the veiled reveal, though not too soon--nothing is that transparent in this book.

Now I must go find something else to read. I've been mighty nauseated and uncomfortable the past many days and sleep is evasive. Maybe something a bit fluffier to cleanse the palate and help me sleep.

books

Apr. 1st, 2006 10:16 pm
cassidyrose: (glasses/high contrast)
I finished Marge Piercy's newest novel, Sex Wars, the other day. I enjoyed it and felt that Piercy did an outstanding job integrating the details of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Victoria Woodhull and Anthony Comstock's lives and political careers into a fairly cohesive story with other historical and fictional characters. Piercy did a great job of placing the reader in 1870's New York and it was fascinating. The issues of women's rights from the vote to contraception and property ownership are brought to life and feel as significant now as they were then. My biggest complaint about the book was that some of the dialogue was far too stilted and contrived sounding. This is something that I find a problem in some of Piercy's novels and not in others. Overall, however, I'd recommend the book.

In general, I love Piercy's writing, though some novels I like a lot more than others. Small Changes and Vida are my absolute favorites followed closely by Gone to Soldiers. Woman on the Edge of Time, Three Women, and Braided Lives are on the next tier for me. The Longings of Women, Fly Away Home, Summer People and He, She and It are further down the list for me. I really didn't enjoy The High Cost of Living or The Third Child all that much.

In non-Piercy book stuff, I zipped through Sue Monk Kidd's The Secret Life of Bees earlier this week and loved it. It was just wonderful. I truly felt like I was sweltering in the South Carolina summer heat along with the characters. I am currently reading Sandra Cisnero's Caramelo and am completely engrossed and loving it.

Yay for books!

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