Sunday, September 16, 2012
The Sunday Salon
Fall is definitely here, even if the calendar says it is still officially summer. We've had football on TV all day, I made Honey Apple Muffins for dinner, I just had to come in from sitting on the deck because it was too chilly ... and this week I finished my first book for R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril.
Thankfully, that's not the situation here. All of Poe's stories that are represented here (including favorites like "The Fall of the House of Usher" and "The Tell-Tale Heart" and new-to-me stories like "The Spectacles" and "The Balloon Hoax") are intact. The steampunk elements come into play with the illustrations.
The result is a fun book, a good introduction to Poe, and one that would be appealing to a YA audience. (This was in the teen section of our library.) A perfect read for Peril of the Short Story category of R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril.
I switched gears dramatically after that.
I wasn't sure what to expect with this because, sadly, I didn't get much further than the first few pages with Alyson Hagy's Snow, Ashes. So, I was kind of ambivalent but I knew her writing was supposed to be wonderful and I wanted to give her a second chance.
I'm so glad I did. This was not what I was expecting. This novel - a modern day Western, if you will - about a 23 year old guy who purchases a young horse believing that she is his ticket to ... what, exactly? Happiness? Success? Love? Whatever it is, Boleto absolutely had me riveted.
I almost don't want to say too much about this because I'm going to try and have a review up tomorrow (or soon thereafter) but this was so different than most books I read. It was so wonderfully complex. There is much that I don't think I actually "got", but for some reason that is okay.
Finally, in the spirit of Rosh Hashanah, whether you celebrate or not, sending you many wishes tonight for health, happiness, and peace in the year ahead.
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