08 September 2013

OLDIE BUT GOODIE: Les Miserables – By: Victor Hugo

I love a good tragedy, and Hugo sure knows how to deliver. This is a great novel, but it’s one of the few where I will recommend reading the abridgment. For a first time through, you won’t miss that much. Yea, you’ll miss the nuances, and maybe a general understanding of the human condition. But, you’ll also miss a 200 page description of the lives of good nuns. Ok, maybe it just feels that long. Just save the real deal for when you’re already in love with the story. Oh, you’ll fall in love with the story.

Here there are no saints, nor characters that you can totally hate. Each character’s complexity makes them deserving of genuine attachment on the part of the reader. When you read something at this level of writing, re-reading is like visiting old friends.

Bookwyrm Rating: Meat & Potatoes

02 September 2013

The Humans – By: Matt Haig (Fiction)

As it turns out, there is an odd species in a far-off corner of the galaxy causing trouble; humans. Our no-name narrator is a member of an alien species, sent to earth to erase all evidence,either human or physical, of a mathematical breakthrough. This breakthrough, regarding the prime numbers, would give humans more power than they’re capable of handling responsibly. After his initial horror of the species wears off, the narrator begins to find quaint things about humanity that are worth giving a chance.

I haven’t read anything so funny in a long time. Sometimes it’s nice to see how weird everything really is by exploring it from a fresh perspective.

Bookwyrm Rating: Appetizer