I’m leaving for my wedding and honeymoon in less than 24 hours and there’s still tons to do! Like finish packing, load the car, change the oil, do my wrap-up posts for the 2010 challenges…
So, very very quick reviews.
For starters, Jaime got me a Barnes & Noble nook for Christmas. The $150 black and white one with wi-fi capability only — exactly like I wanted. :-D I’ve loaded a ton of books on and have been reading like crazy.
Jaime and I watched the movie a couple weeks ago. I had never seen it and had no idea what it was about or that it was based on a book. I love the movie and (correctly) assumed that the book could only be better.
“The Princess Bride” was the first book I read on my nook and it was awesome! :-) It’s definitely one that I’ll read again in the future and recommend to others.
My brother read this book recently for school and it looked interesting. I’ve always loved the required reading books because I’m weird like that! Anyways, I borrowed it one evening a few weeks ago and read through it fairly quickly. I thought certain parts were a bit unbelievable, like how quickly Mark was able to convince his friends to kidnap their teacher. The ending was a little anti-climactic in my opinion, but regardless, the book was good and I would definitely recommend it.
There are four books in this series and the short story that the beginning is based off of:
- The Thorns of Barevi (the short story)
- Freedom’s Landing
- Freedom’s Choice
- Freedom’s Challenge
- Freedom’s Ransom
Anne McCaffrey is easily my most favorite author. I’ve never read a book of hers that I didn’t like. However, that’s not to say that I like every aspect of the books…
“The Thorns of Barevi” is a short semi-sex story, even though the sex is barely described (thank goodness, I hate sex scenes) that is the basis for the beginning of “Freedom’s Landing.” It’s almost word for word, actually, which is pretty cool, in my opinion. In the books, though, there are two things that really really really bother me. Both of the instances are when Kris gets drunk (both times for good reasons) and cheats on Zainal… She ends up pregnant both times, which is good for the community (you know, expanding the gene pool and all that) but it still seems pretty trashy. On top of that, she tries to hide it and/or lie about it! That’s just wrong. If she’s really committed to Zainal, then there never should have been an instance where she tried to hide something like that from him. And on top of that, being drunk is no excuse for cheating.
Um… Those two instances are pretty minor in regards to the story as a whole, though, it just bugs me that one of the main characters is so okay with cheating on her “mate.”
These books (and even the short story) are all great reads and I would recommend them and anything else by Anne McCaffrey any day of the week!