My list of books for my RYOB (Read Your Own Books) Challenge is over HERE.
In addition to those books, I am sure there will be plenty of new books, as well as some re-reads this year. Here I will attempt to keep up with the books.
- Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger. Good, but can’t compare to Time Traveler’s Wife. 6 out of 10
- Fables, Volume 12, The Dark Ages by Bill Willingham. After the war with The Adversary, a new darkness challenges the fables. Awesome as always. 8 out of 10
- The Secrets of Pistoulet by Jana Kolpen (The illustrations were better than the story and they are sweet watercolor-like drawings and old-timey pictures. Story is a little thin. 6 out of 10 RYOB CHALLENGE, BOOK 1
- Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman. Short little tale based on Norse mythology. Not as quirky as Gaiman’s usual, but a good read. 7 out of 10
- Saving Fish from Drowning by Amy Tan. I started off liking this book a lot. My sister said it was too sad and I didn’t agree. Until I got about 4/5s of the way through. I can handle sad in a book but the characters didn’t seem to learn much or develop much. I wish Bibi had been more of a character and less of just an omnipresent observer. 6 out of 10
February (It was a short month and full of house guests. I’m reading 3 books at once and almost done with all of them but for the month – finished just one.)
6. Red Dwarf: Better Than Life by Grant Naylor. I think this is the sequel to a previous Red Dwarf book but the story seems to be pretty independent. Run of the mill sci-fi story. Characters pulled out of a virtual reality who need to deal with a crisis in real reality. There were a few quirky ideas but it’s not humourous like Hitchhiker’s or thought-provoking like…..well, like a lot of other sci fi. A good distraction but not very memorable. 5 out of 10. RYOB CHALLENGE, BOOK 2
7. The Inner Reaches of Outer Space: Metaphor as Myth and as Religion by Joseph Campbell. The best thing I can say about finishing the book is – I don’t have to keep reading this book! Sorry Joseph Campbell, I like your work, but this book is too dense without making clear sense. Out of hundreds and hundreds of spiritual rituals and ideas, Campbell seems to have glommed on to a few similarities between Native American, Christian, and Indian traditions to prove (?) –I’m not sure – I think to prove there is something in our Jungian subconscious that creates the same myths across the world. I didn’t quite buy it. 3 out of 10. RYOB CHALLENGE, BOOK 3.