Exciting news! John Vorhaus, author of California Roll, will be writing a blog post for Vroman’s this week (check back tomorrow or Wednesday). If that post makes you go “Oooo, that guy sounds awesome!” you should stop by at 7pm this Thursday to meet him, or, for a more in-depth experience, sign up for the book bus he will be hosting. I’ll leave the convincing to him, but from what I hear, the blog should be excellent.
In the mean time, I ran across two books last week that I felt deserve special mention, simply because I read them as a young adult and still love them (yep, that’s all the criteria I need). Whether or not I am still a “young adult” is up for debate, but whether these books are awesome is not.
I just got an iPhone. This is pretty awesome, but also a little terrifying. Why is it terrifying, you ask? Feed is why. Written pre-facebook feed (possibly pre-facebook?) and certainly pre-twitter, M. T. Anderson’s novel of a future in which the internet and all of its marketing capabilities is implanted into people’s brains reminds me a LITTLE too much of the iPhone. At least I didn’t have to have surgery to get it.
While Yelp was suggesting where I should eat and Words with Friends was suggesting that I switch to verizon (?!), I was strongly reminded of this book. Titus, your typical teenager, meets Violet, who is distinctly atypical: no Feed. The story isn’t particularly complicated, but that’s not the point; if you think about the technologies Anderson is suggesting, it really is scary. It also includes one of my favorite images ever: I know it has to do with eyelids, trees, and lightning, but I don’t want to get the quotation wrong so you’ll just have to read it. Unfortunately it IS kind of old in this age of turbo speed, so you’ll have to order it, but it comes highly recommended.
I had TOTALLY forgotten about this book until Sarah S. from Book Department wrote a shelf-talker that I just posted on our website’s Staff Picks. You can read her review here, but I thought I’d give it a special mention, because this tale of a Princess who takes her future into her own hands by getting herself kidnapped by a dragon and refusing to be rescued is one of my favorite re-workings of the classic “damsel in distress” theme.
Best part: it’s the first in the Enchanted Forest series, and the characters reappear in a book of Wrede’s short stories, so there’s plenty of dragon to go around. Quirky and clever, it’s a great book for girls who think Princesses should be a little more proactive (or for anyone, really. It’s just a good book).