I reviewed a couple of books lately, both which were a disappointment. One I can still say I liked because there were many redeeming qualities, but the other was just pure crap.
The Crane Wife by Patrick Ness
The Crane Wife is Patrick Ness’ return to adult fiction after writing some amazing young adult fiction I have loved.
In The Crane Wife, Ness updates the old Japanese folktale of a crane returning a favor to a helpful man. You can read a summary of the old folktale on Wikipedia, but I suggest you ignore it and dive into Ness’ novel because it is richer than the tale, even if it doesn’t completely come together.
In Ness’ version, shop owner George, an American living in London, is awoken late one evening to a strange cry coming from his garden. Upon investigating, …more
The Circle by Dave Eggers
The Circle by Dave Eggers reminds me of Albert Brooks’ 2030 – a soapbox set around flat characters.
In Eggers’ novel we follow Mae, a young, new employee at The Circle, a technology company that’s pretty much like Google, Facebook, PayPal, and Wikileaks in one. We’re told at the beginning that The Circle has actually put companies like that out of business, so think of them as even larger than Google and a permanent staple in everyday life.
At The Circle, transparency is a big deal. …more