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As I have nothing else I really want to talk about, here's another installment of what nyagosstar is reading….

Apparently, I am on this kick of reading post apocalyptic books. It’s weird because it seems to be all that I want. I have half a dozen books I thought I wanted to read, but then nothing really appeals to me right now other than reading about how everything is going to end and how we’re going to deal.

On a sort of related side note, we watched Dreamscape the other night as part of the epic movie watching epicness prompted by the unholy union of the xbox live account and Netflix. I saw it when I was little and only really remembered the bit where the guy turns into the creepy lizard man. Imagine my surprise when one of the major themes is the president’s nightmare that involve a massive nuclear holocaust. In watching all these old movies from my childhood, I am now discovering the root to many of my reoccurring adult nightmares. Seriously, check this out. Unless, of course, you had responsible, non-hippie type parents who paid attention to the rating on movies. In which case, I imagine your childhood dreams were filled with hugs and puppies.

Right, so

It all started with X Isle, which was good, but left me wanting more.

So then, I picked up Matched by Ally Condie. It’s been sitting on my kitchen table since I got back from BEA waiting patiently for me to let it have its turn. And I’m so glad I did. It was clever and cool and the ending was everything that I wanted from X Isle and didn’t get. I loved the characters and wanted what they wanted and my wants changed with theirs throughout the course of the novel which is just freaking fantastic. It had a vaguely bumpy start, the world building was pretty intense and there were some references to give the reader perspective that didn’t really fit with the characters, but that didn’t last long. It's a view of a future where the government dictates everything from jobs, to eating habits to who you marry. It was a clean kind of future that's only shiny on the outside. I think it’s out in September and I can’t wait.

Then there was Dark Life by Kat Falls. The best way I can describe this book is that it was like Firefly, but underwater. The oceans rose and the only place to have land was to farm under water so it’s all pioneer-y but, you know, cool. The people who live below the ocean don't think much of the people who live above it and vice versa, which I thought was a cool part of the story. I loved the whole concept and the way the plot unfolded—it kept fooling me. Seriously, I was surprised the turn of events no less than three times which as an avid reader and as a children’s book is pretty impressive. Also, it’s already been optioned for movie right and I think it will be super freaking cool.

I took a brief break from the dystopian with Labor Day by Joyce Maynard. I needed something to read on my lunch break at work and I’d already read all of the cooking and entertainment mags for the month, so I picked this us and was really surprised by how much I liked it. It’s a pretty simple concept, an escaped convict spends the weekend with a family while hiding from the law, but it was layered thoughtful and lovely. I nice break from unending tragedy, but when i was done, I just wanted something else about the end of the world.

And then. And then there was The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness. I feel like I've been waiting all year for this book. That I've been searching and searching for something just perfect and it took me all year to get here to this book at this time like we were meant for each other.

I was bouncing my reading needs off [livejournal.com profile] sainnis and seeing if she had any recs and I asked about The Knife while we were driving out to see Inception, which was awesome, btw. I’d heard some good things about the book but the cover looked kind of crap so I’d never picked it up. And she was all, ‘hey, I have a copy of it in the back seat, take it with you when we’re done.” And I did. And it ate my life. I spent every spare minute I had reading this book. I thought about it when I wasn’t reading it. I had to make myself stop reading and go to sleep. I dreamed about it. It was an all encompassing fixation in my life the way I haven’t had in a book in a long time.

It's about people who have left earth to colonize a new planet because this one isn't worth living on. They get there and then the technology goes to my favorite mix of advanced and old. It's a farming culture about a hundred years back from our modern age and one of the things that happened when they landed was a germ that infected the men so that all of their thoughts are broadcast to everyone and you can hear animals and talk to your pets. It sounds kind of ridiculous, but it works because it's so immersive and harsh and almost daunting in its unending stream of events that just keep getting worse.

I loved every inch of it and can't wait for the rest of the series.

On an unrelated note, I gave Simon a bath this morning which is always both hilarious and necessary. He is now mildly put out and smelling pretty.

Also, if you’re not watching The Fabulous Beekman Boys, you haven’t seen TV the way it was meant to be played.
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