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random library adventures

Intermittent reviews & commentary. Preferred genres: YA; contemporary lit; sci-fi/fantasy; comic books

Currently reading

One Hundred and Forty Five Stories in a Small Box: Hard to Admit and Harder to Escape, How the Water Feels to the Fishes, and Minor Robberies
Dave Eggers, Deb Olin Unferth
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Ransom Riggs
The Best American Short Stories 2009
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Susanna Clarke
The Graveyard Book
Neil Gaiman
Cornelia Funke, Anthea Bell
Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls
David Sedaris
The Quick-Change Artist
Cary Holladay

Prom Nights from Hell

Prom Nights from Hell - Michele Jaffe, Lauren Myracle, Stephenie Meyer Pretty lackluster collection overall. Harrison's contribution was interesting because it's clearly the precursor for the novel that followed two years later & I liked Myracle's retelling of the 'careful what you wish for' story. It was basic but the writing was at least lively. Cabot's entry was entertaining but forgettable--I can't even remember enough about it to comment, and I just finished the book a few minutes ago. Meyer's contribution was, predictably, offensively stupid and irritating with its simplistic dichotomies and shallow characterizations. I would've liked the entry about the superhero girl a bit more if the dialogue didn't try so hard to sound cool and original--it was getting more than a little Diablo Cody up in there, and not in a charming way.