Sunday, November 30, 2008

The Explosionist by Jenny Davidson

iconiconI finished this book a couple of weeks ago (or more?) and read a couple others after it, so I'll be blogging about several books this week.

The Explosionist by Jenny Davidson is a young adult dystopia novel set in Scotland in the 1930s... but in a very different world than our own. The book explores how it could have changed our timeline if one event in our history had ended differently: if Napoleon, instead of the Duke of Wellington, had won the battle of Waterloo.

The novel is very cleverly done, because the author drops little hints in the story but doesn't actually say what is going on until partway through. Until then, you can tell that it is our world, but a different version of our world: a version where terrorism is rampant, the whole political makeup of Europe is different, and Scotland does terrible things to young women in the name of patriotism.

The Explosionist is a wonderful dystopia novel that has many implications for our society today. I loved reading this and I would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys young adult fiction or any good thought-provoking story.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Dewey by Vicki Myron

iconiconAre there any cat lovers (or animal lovers in general) who read my blog? If so, you will love Dewey: The Small Town Library Cat Who Touched the World.

The author, Vicki Myron, tells the story of how she discovered a half-frozen kitten in the library book drop one morning, and how that cat lived for 19 years in her library. The stories are touching, and show how unique this cat was. He was clearly a born library cat.

The stories also remind me a lot of the types of feel-good animal stories you find in Allen and Linda Anderson's books, such as Angel Horses.

In addition, Myron tells stories about her life, and what it was like living and working in a small Midwestern town.

This is an amazing book, and I highly recommend it!