Okay, I’m back. And do I ever have a lot of catching up to do. But first, here are some books I’ve read and will recommend (or not!) to you.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Of course, you’ve heard of it. You may have already read it. And soon you will be able to see the movie. Beautifully written and creatively designed, the book is action-packed and a real page-turner. Hands down.

BUT! I have a real problem with children fighting children, to the death! Not only that, these kids were selected at random and forced into the “arena” by the powers that be. Yep, adult powers that be. And there’s more. The “arena” (remind you of the gladiators in the Coliseum?) is made available via television to all the populace, who are urged to watch all that grisly “entertainment”.

I think you know my opinion of the story by my description above. The writing and creativity are beautifully done. The concept, however, stinks. Please don’t tell me this is somebody’s idea of what our future holds!

Thank Goodness, I’ve also recently read Garth Stein’s The Art of Racing in the Rain. This is a page-turner, too. Not on the edge of your seat page-turning, but you hate to put the book down. Don’t let the fact that a dog is the protagonist turn you off, because Stein has used this angle very cleverly, intelligently, and usefully. It works! The dog’s master is a race car driver, and the book is filled with the winning techniques of that sport. The mastery of race car driving is used as a life philosophy by the dog and the master.

The story is poignant often, sad, infuriating, funny and beautiful. I highly recommend this book as a great read.


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