Book Review #37

9 May

I finished The Namesake yesterday.  It was brilliant and wonderful.  I love the writing, I love the story…  It was a little sad, but felt like a real glimpse into people’s lives.  Very cool.

Verdict:A

I almost started reading The Lovely Bones next, but I decided two days before Mother’s Day would decidedly NOT be a good time to start reading a book about a murdered child.  So instead I have moved on to this:

Monica L. Smith’s The Social Construction of Ancient Cities.  This is a decision I may live to regret.

Don’t get me wrong.  The subject matter is right up my alley, and I am a total nerd for it.  However, I haven’t even gotten through the introduction and I have found the following:

  • Pg. 6 — totally unnecessary wordiness: “numerous different groups” — Really?  That just sounds like filler.  I know because I used the very same tactic to fill up the last half page of my honors thesis.
  • Pg. 8 — typo: groups spelled “gorups” — I know you have an editor.  USE HIM.
  • Pg. 9 — Middle School tactic: use of “such as” — Isn’t that what the colon is for?

I haven’t gotten much past all of that yet, and I SERIOUSLY considered abandoning the book altogether.  The only thing that has kept me with it is the fact that the rest of the chapters are NOT written by Ms. Smith, who writes like I did in eighth grade.

So, in the interest of pure nerd, I’ll keep trying.

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6 Responses to “Book Review #37”

  1. Sarah May 9, 2008 at 2:43 pm #

    Have you watched The Namesake movie? It’s quite good — with Kal Penn (of Harold and Kumar fame) as Nikhil. Worth a look…

  2. Becky May 9, 2008 at 2:57 pm #

    I’ve read The Lovely Bones and it gives me total nightmares. So I’ll never, ever read it again.

  3. Jenny May 9, 2008 at 9:19 pm #

    I read The Lovely Bones a while back, and I have to say I didn’t really like it all that much. I don’t know that I’d recommend it.

  4. Tara May 10, 2008 at 2:21 pm #

    H, hey. I got your book group online thingy invite. Thank you. But I am dropping the Internets at home and a limiting the time I spend online. So actually, I’m opting out of a lot of things like that I’m already in, and not joining any new ones.

    I’m going to start focusing on the books I’m reading on my blog, like you do here. 🙂

  5. girlinthecrosswalk May 11, 2008 at 3:14 pm #

    Heyyyyyyy did I tell you that I found an H-book at that book sale??? I still have it. Now, I just need to come see you so I can give it to you! 🙂

  6. boxingoctopus May 12, 2008 at 12:13 pm #

    The Namesake was the inspiration for my (still-gestating) dissertation. LOVE. IT. Lahiri has a new book of short stories out called _Unaccustomed Earth_. Sad, but good.

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