April 2, 2011

April Reading Plan

Oh boy, I completed all my March reads, so I have an entirely new list for April!

FEED by Mira Grant - I've encountered a few different people talking about this book, and it came up a couple of times at FOGcon. Not everything I've heard has been positive, but I was intrigued enough by the mixed reviews to pick up a copy. It's about a zombie attack and bloggers, so the title is a clever pun on both these topics (RSS feed, see?).

THE FATES WILL FIND THEIR WAY by Hannah Pittard - This novel is about a teen girl who disappears and the possible futures imagined for her by the classmates she leaves behind. I've come across several positive reviews, but the thing that convinced me to read it is an odd synchronicity: If you read my review (or any other) of Eleanor Brown's THE WEIRD SISTERS, you'll recall that it's written in the unusual first-person plural point of view. Well, so is THE FATES WILL FIND THEIR WAY, and they were both released at the beginning of this year. What are the odds?

THE INTUITIONIST by Colson Whitehead - I heard Whitehead interviewed about his more recent novel, SAG HARBOR, and thought it sounded pretty good. Before I got around to reading that book, I received a recommendation that made me more interested in this one. It involves (as I understand it) elevator inspectors in an alternate version of New York City, where there's a conflict between inspectors who use intuition and those who use more traditional methods.

GREEN MARS by Kim Stanley Robinson - Since I finally finished RED MARS, it's on to the next installment of this trilogy about the colonization of Mars. We'll see how long it takes me to read this one.

Good Stuff Out There:

→ At Lit Drift, debut novelist Lavinia Ludlow writes candidly about the experience of working with an editor in The Five Stages of Editing.


Alison said...

Ugh, I hated Feed so much, sorry to say. I hope you enjoy it more than I did, though!

I love your book posts, I always end up adding things to my wish list!

Lisa Eckstein said...

Alison, I guess yours was probably one of the negative reviews I read, though I had forgotten about that. I started reading FEED and am enjoying it so far, but I'm only 70 pages in. We'll have to discuss it when I'm done.

Anonymous said...

Oh, no. You're catching me up. I didn't finish Blue Mars on my recent re-read. Now I'm going to have to at least by the time you do!

Lisa Eckstein said...

iphy: At the rate I've been going, you'll have another six months!

Henri Picciotto said...

I love _The Intuitionist_!

You might also read _John Henry Days_ by the same author. Very different, but really fun. (It's one of those books that cobbles together drastically different forms.)

I went to hear Colson Whitehead at a bookstore once. Young guy! (Well, he was, then.)

We have _Sag Harbor_ at the school library. Maybe I'll check it out.


Lisa Eckstein said...

Henri, you were the one who recommended THE INTUITIONIST. I haven't started it yet, but I'm looking forward to it.

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