In lieu of a coherent blog post (seriously, you’ve come to the wrong place), I thought I would tell you about a few books I’ve read recently that I really, really liked.
First up is newly minted National Book Award Winner Sherman Alexie! Mr. Alexie wrote a fantastic YA novel called THE ABSOLUTELY TRUE DIARY OF A PART-TIME INDIAN, which is about the travails and adventures of a Native American high schooler as he goes to school at a distant, whiter, richer school. It’s seriously funny, touching, amazing, etc., but what I think is most impressive about the book is the voice. The voice just literally crackles and jumps off the page — it’s so unique and interesting, providing a great sense of character while sounding like the voice of a teenager.
I highly recommend it (and so do the people who decide who gets National Book Awards).
The second novel that I would like to rave about is Hugo award winner Robert Charles Wilson’s Science Fiction novel SPIN. SPIN starts with the stars and moon disappearing from the sky (but not, oddly and importantly, the sun) and proceeds to spin (pun intended) an epic tale of Earth coming to terms and fighting against its mortality, centered around three riveting characters.
This book BLEW. MY. MIND.
This is one of those novels where you are reading it and don’t even believe it’s possible that there are people smart enough in the world to write books like this. I mean, Robert Charles Wilson has to be at least Einstein level to pull off this book off, and he can write the dickens out of a scene too.
So you know when you were a teenager and you’re lying out under the stars and you say to your friend, “We don’t even, like, know why we’re HERE, man! You know? I mean, look at the stars man. The STARS. We’re just like dust, man.” (maybe I’m confessing a little too much). Anyway, this book invokes that somewhat creepy/wondrous amazement about life, the universe and everything. Seriously awesome.
And the last (but definitely not least) book in the spontaneous Nathan Bransford book club is one of my favorite books of all time, which I recently re-read, and which is the perfect capper to this e-mail because it’s YA and Science Fiction and a National Book Award winner: Nancy Farmer’s THE HOUSE OF THE SCORPION, which is about a young clone who may or may not be the heir to a somewhat evil feudal drug lord.
It just gets more awesome from there.
This is another book that challenges you to think about what it means to be human and what makes people good and bad, but all of those hard philosophical questions are submerged in a wholly unique world that is just so compelling and lush and which is populated by compelling characters. Truly one of the best books I’ve read.
Anyway, that concludes the Nathan Bransford book club. Now, in true book club fashion, let’s all enjoy our cucumber sandwiches and gossip about the people who aren’t here!!