2008 Reading List

4. Jumper: Griffin's Story (286 pp.) by Steven Gould (Jan 16). This book is intense. I'm sort-of confused how it relates to the movie that's coming out in February. If I had a snarly 15 year old boy that I was trying to get to read, this would be the book. Great story. Smart characters. Exciting action and lots of the unexpected. Loved it.

3. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (230 pp.) by Sherman Alexie (Jan 13). I've had a hard time figuring out what to say about this book. Definitely highly recommended. I really liked it but I had some problems with it that are difficult to articulate. I'm very cautious, some might say cowardly, about the controversial so I will decline to discuss further here.

2. Postcards (309 pp.) by Annie Proulx (Jan 10). As always, fabulous writing, grim story. If you like Proulx, highly recommended.

1. His Majesty's Dragon Temeraire: Book 1 (356 pp.) by Naomi Novik (Jan 6). This is dragon nerd porn. I LOVED this book. But as I thought about it, it *is* kinda silly. It's the Napoleonic Wars with dragons. And turns out dragons are like big dogs that need a lot of attention and love, AND are warlike killing machines. I know. There are at least three more written but I'm not sure this is binge material. More like something that will be nice to pick up now and then.