Friday, November 24, 2006

Books

Sometimes you're just after some light reading. Here you go...

* <-----------> ** <-----------> *** <-----------> **** <----------> *****
Easy - - Pretty Easy - - Moderate - - Pretty Challenging - - Challenging

A Seperate Peace, by John Knowles
$9.00 at Bn.com ISBN: 0743253973
* (easy)
Set at a boys' boarding school during the last phase of World War II, this classic coming-of-age story used to be st
andard reading in ninth grade. Now it's just a fun time. Best friends Phineas and Gene share everything until a freak accident cripples Phineas for life. Or waqs it an accident? Gene may have let his friendly competition with his roommate get a little out of hand. An entertaining story that's suspenseful but not too dark and a breeze to finish. If you haven't read it yet, this is the time.
Starship Troopers, by Robert Heinlein
$6.99 at Bn.com ISBN: 0441783589
** (pretty easy)
Mankind is at war with giant insects from another planet. How could that possibly be boring. There's a lot of good fight scenes as Johnny Rico makes his way through the mobile infantry. Just as much of it is science-fiction as a vehicle for social philosophy. It'll make you think of things you hadn't considered before in between laser-gun fights. This book was made into a movie a few years ago with all of the violence and none of the brainy stuff. The movie was good, the book is better. Like always.
Boy Culture, by Matthew Rettenmund
$12.95 at Bn.com ISBN: 0312145535
* (easy)

A gay hustler finds himself in a love triangle with his roommate Andrew and a precocious seventeen-year-old partyboy who lives next door. A lot of this is very steamy (there's even a sexual index so you can look up your particular fetish). Yet at times this story is remarkably touching and the characters surprisingly complex. It's not just porn. Although there is a lot of porn, making it worth reading for that reason.
The Beach, by Alex Garland
$15.00 at Bn.com ISBN: 1573226521
** (pretty easy)
Leonardo DiCaprio starred in the movie version, in which a group of misanthropic tourists build a home for themselves on a remote island in Thailand. The scene quickly deteriorates as the inhabitants find themselves at each other's throats. Plenty of action, including a shark attack and a run-in with armed drug farmers. Fun to read in a Lord of the Flies kind of way. Sinister, but still pleasant. Even though everything goes wrong, I still feel envious of the characters' great adventure in the mysterious east.

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