rachelmanija: (Book Fix)
( Mar. 20th, 2011 12:15 pm)
I read ten books in two days. Sorry I couldn't get to everyone's nominations - some will be showing up on the library reserve shelves later, so I will read and review them outside of the read-a-thon later.

Thank you to everyone who participated! I enjoyed doing it, and I hope you enjoyed it too. Please go here to see how to make your donations.

Here's a handy guide to all my reviews, in case you missed some. Or just click on the "read-a-thon" tag.

1. Banana Fish # 1. Conspiracies, angsty American gangsters, innocent Japanese pole vaulters, and Fish of Death, not to mention arguing in comments over whether the central gay relationship is text or subtext.

2. Redemption in Indigo. Beautifully written and witty fantasy about a very good cook, her very hungry husband, and a whole lot of interfering spirits.

3. Blowing my Cover. An irreverent memoir by a former CIA agent. Her training is the best part, but most of the book is about her training.

4. Matched. The ultimate YA dystopia: arranged marriages! I'm not saying this is great, but it's a lot better than it sounds, not that that would be difficult.

5. Libby on Wednesday. Like a much funnier, better version of The Breakfast Club, in which kids start a writing critique group. The whole book is good, but their (often terrible) stories are fantastic.

6. The Witches of Karres. Charming space opera about a space captain, an eleven-year-old psychic girl, and spies! psychic planets! robot assassin spiders! traders! the kitchen sink!

7. The Demon's Daughter. Gorgeous, funny, sexy novel written in fifteenth century Andhra Pradesh, about Krishna's son, a demon's daughter, and a match-making goose schooled in the arts of hyperbole and erotic science.

8. Fallen. Who would have thought a (possible) girl Lucifer could be so boring?

9. Battle Dress. An intense, very realistic YA novel about a teenage girl going through Basic Training ("the Beast") at West Point, written by a female West Point graduate.

10. Danny Dunn and the Anti-Gravity Paint. Kids! Science is fun! And in these books, it really is.
Please reminisce, fondly or not, about any of these, or other books read in childhood, especially if they seem to have, deservedly or undeservedly, vanished from the shelves. I'd love to hear about non-US, non-British books, too.

[Poll #1720139]
Vote and/or comment! The polled books are British or American, as those were what I mostly had available in my own childhood, but I would love to hear of books not in those categories.

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