Tuesday, February 14, 2012


I spent the last week in a state of aggravation brought on by reading Stephen King's Under the Dome.  I don't frequently read King, but I so enjoyed 11/22/63, his book on time travellers trying to stop the Kennedy assassination  that I downloaded Dome.  In his notes at the end of the book, he wrote that he intended it to be "pedal to the metal" throughout.  It runs over 800 pages of anxiety inducing storytelling. 

Before that I read another book by Hillary Jordan; Mudbound was good storytelling but the 1940's southern racism and sexism got my hackles up. Before that I read The Tragedy of Arthur by Arthur Phillips.  Full of Shakespearean lore and, yes, tragedy.

So now I need a rest.  My nerves are shot, but I can't go more than a day without a book to read.  I think I'll look for a nice book  - something with screen doors slamming, fireflies and peach cobbler.

 I saw the commercial for the Hunger Games movie and it intrigued me.  It looks a bit intense, so maybe not next,  but my question is:  has anyone read the series and it it worthwhile?


mkosboth said...

Everyone I know who has read The Hunger Games is obsessed and has to read them cover to cover inside of days. I have not read them myself. But they appear to come highly recommended.

hokgardner said...

I haven't read the series, but my daughter tore through it. And I have lots of friends who have raved about it. I just can't bring myself to reading about kids who have to kill each other to eat.

knittergran said...

I read the first book and sort of enjoyed it. But not enough to read the rest of the series. My 33 yr old daughter had recommended it. She has read the whole series and really liked it. So one yes and one maybe....not much help!

smalltownme said...

I enjoyed the series but it is intense, too.

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

I read it in one weekend. Download, download, download. Amazing series!

You need a what I call a "junk food" book--some good Chick Lit.

Nan said...

I'm with Hokgardner. The premise just sounds so dystopian I can't bring myself to read the series.