Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Teenage Drama, Primarily

Love is a Many Trousered Thing, by Louise Rennison, and Stop in the Name of Pants. Still looking up in the maturiosity department. Neither the author's website nor Wikipedia have any information on further books, although it is obvious this isn't over. Snow Queen, by Mercedes Lackey. I've mentioned before how much I appreciate Lackey's use and personification of The Tradition, that is, traditional fairy tale story lines and mystic items. After the first (The Fairy Godmother), these four can be read in really any order. Confessions, by Kate Brian. More near-death experiences, more drinking, more subterfuge. Inner circle, Book Five, skipped over both spring and summer sessions and landed the characters straight into fall, where there was, of course, much drama. I don't like the skipping. Dinner With a Cannibal: The Complete History of Mankind's Oldest Taboo, by Carole A. Travis-Henkoff. Although not for the faint of heart or the weak of stomach, this was a really (over all) awesome book which I recommend all around. I didn't appreciate the author's little asides; it felt like she was trying to break up the scholarly feel with a little jokiness, make it feel more approachable. These really distracted from how amazing the rest of the book was. Princess Justina Albertina (A Cautionary Tale), by Ellen Dee Davidson; illustrated by Michael Chesworth. I'm not entirely sure what the point of this book is. The Princess, who is mean and selfish, gets eaten when she finally gets her own way. It's not exactly a lesson. Justina Albertina is rather grossly drawn, but the nanny is rather personable.

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