Saturday, December 16, 2006


Sorry I haven't posted in a while. I haven't given up, though. In fact, here are three of the best books ever I've been thinking about all this time. Enjoy!

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

The White Mountains, by John Christopher
$4.99 at ISBN: 0689856725
* (easy)
Part one of the Tripod Series. I read these as a kid and found them more exciting than I can describe to you. The hero, Will, and his friends are on the run from giant, mind-controlling robots and their masters: disgusting green aliens intent on
making humanity into their slave race. John Christopher writes so suspensfully about this weird, post-apocalyptic world, and the boys around whom the story revolves seem like the perfect boyhood friends. All three books in the series are a real treat for the young reader or for adults who like a fast-paced adventure.
Invisible Monsters
, by Chuck Palahniuk
$12.55 at ISBN: 0393319296
** (pretty easy)
Palahniuk is probably most famous for Fight Club, made into a movie with Edward Norton and Brad Pitt. Good movie, good book. This ghoulish story revolves around a famous super-model whose jaw is shot off, making her a hideous freak for life. Non-linear storytelling (where you pop back and forth in time) keeps the pace fast and surprising at every turn. Easy to get into, difficult to put down, and always creepy and spooky.
Memoirs of a Geisha, by Arthur Golden
$13.45 at ISBN: 0679781587
*** (moderate)
The touching story of a little girl orphaned in a small village in Japan, taken to a strange city to work as a maid and be trained as a geisha. No matter how rough things get for our heroine (very, very rough, at times) you never lose the sense that she's got what it takes to triumph. Set in the strange world of pre-war Japan, and involving the Geisha culture largely misunderstood in the west, all wrapped in a woman's point of view. Recently made into a mediocre movie that proves what we all know is true: the book is always better.

1 comment:

Katie said...

Wow! I just clicked on the comment link, and this box popped up, but all the instructions are in Korean! I feel like I'm in a foreagn country or something right now.
I love this book, but to let you know Hans, Asian culture is no less strange now than from the time when the book was set. Have you ever been to a store where one floor sells designer scarves, the next home furnishings, and the third dehydrated squid and crates of small dry fish? Yeah, the Asain culture may be more daunting now than the simplier pre-war period. You never know what you might find, like squid burgers in the McDonalds and street vendors selling roasted silk worm larvae in front of the TGI Fridays, which shares it's foyer with a plastic surgeon that Korean's visit to make themselves look more western. The same Koreans that stare you down when you walk down the street for having light skin and blue eyes.
So maybe that's a little off the topic, but I am only three hours from Japan here, so I feel I should enlighten your public with my psuedo expertise on Asain culture, I mean come on I've been living here a whole week and it's crazy! just as crazy as the human trafficking Japanese madames of the Geisha world? Maybe not, but crazy none the less...