Thursday, April 14, 2005

Books are good for you!

Well, maybe not. But I just read two really great (not to mention really different) books. One of them was Beatnik Rutabagas from Beyond the Stars, by Quentin Dodd--an exceedingly odd book, as the title says, containing such diverse elements as:
the aforementioned beatnik rutabagas,
a scholarly giant robot,
bookcase creatures,
a gang of aliens who all look like your uncle,
a supervillain who would be Doctor X, except that he hasn't quite finished his thesis yet, so he's doctoral Candidate X,
and Space Mice from Galaxy Four. Read it.

The other one is very much more serious, called I Am The Messenger by Marcus Zusak. The story involves a young Australian cabdriver who accidentally foils a robbery, then finds himself getting mysterious aces in the mail. It's not a thriller like you might think--it verges on realistic fiction (ugh) except not. It' s a book with a message, and with impact. Definitely a good thing.

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