(NB: There are some major spoilers behind some of these cuts, but I have given a big, bold warning before the spoilery bits)
Bridget Jones' Guide to Life - Helen Fielding
This is a very thin book that I bought from Amazon . . . she wrote it for charity (Comic Relief), but it's nowhere near as good as the books Rowling wrote for that organization. Still, it's cute and funny in a few places. And I'm looking forward to playing "Shag, Marry, or Push off a Cliff" sometime. :) Probably not really worth buying (which is unfortunate, as it's for a good cause), but it was good for a laugh or two. 6/10 (Amazon.com)
Snow Falling on Cedars - David Guterson
Finished this a few minutes ago and wow, what a beautiful book! The prose is gorgeous - lots of imagery and gorgeous descriptions, and the story was riveting. It's a well-constructed murder mystery, but the writing has so much depth that it's in a whole other league from a typical mystery/thriller. About a decade after WW2, a fisherman is found dead, and a Japanese-American is charged with his murder. The story covers the lives of these two men, as well as their familes and others on the island where they all live, and the suspense builds deliciously throughout. A wonderful, wonderful book.
SPOILER - DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THIS BOOK - THIS WILL SPOIL THE ENDING FOR YOU!!!!!
I was engrossed in this book all the way through - first, wondering whether or not Kabuo had really murdered Carl; then I was on the edge of my seat for the last third or so of the book - from the time that Ishmael visited the lighthouse. I really didn't know whether or not he was going to do the right thing, and I cried with relief when, ultimately, he did. A wonderful, wonderful book. 10/10 (BookRelay, has been re-relayed)
I Was a Sixth Grade Alien - Bruce Coville
Read this with my son at bedtime, and it was a cute book about a boy from another planet who comes to earth with his ambassador father. When he starts at the local public school, things do not always run smoothly for him. Fortunately, one of his classmates has always wanted to meet an alien, and befriends the new kid. And, of course, they have to solve a big mystery while they're at it. Probably really aimed at the "tween" audience, but I enjoyed it, and so did my five-year-old. 7/10 (Library)
Rule of Four - Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason
Great book. While it's been compared to the DaVinci Code, I don't think they were all that similar. Yes, there's an ancient mystery here to solve, but "Rule of Four" is mostly about the cerebral activity involved to solve it - no running around various parts of Europe tracking down clues. This book actually reminded me more of "The Secret History," probably because of the university setting. In any case, I thought it was a great read - better character development than DVC, and I enjoyed the mystery equally as well. (I got a kick out of figuring out the "Moses" thing even before they did - that will only make sense if you've read the book ::grin::). I'd definitely recommend this book, even more than DVC.
A FEW SPOILERS AHEAD, INCLUDING THE PART WHERE I GIVE AWAY THE ENDING . . .
I did find the ending a bit anti-climactic, but I really didn't mind. I was actually sort of glad it didn't end with a bunch of running around the globe dodging bullets, like so many of these types of books do. I mean, there was the incident at Ivy, but then there was that several year period where we watched and waited. The other thing I liked about this book was that I was really never certain until the very end that Paul actually *would* find the vault. For some reason, the tone of the book - and the imperfection of the characters - made me think it was entirely possible that this wouldn't have the "happy ending" that most books have, and I enjoyed the feeling of uncertainty. I'm glad that it did have the happy ending - especially because there are few things that would excite me as much as something like this REALLY being found (new Botticelli paintings??? ::feels faint at the thought::), but I really was kept on my toes until the very end. 9/10 (Library)
Oh, and just because . . . there's hope for me yet:
I AM 48% INTERNET ADDICT!
I could go either way. Deep into the madness of nights filled with coding CGI-Scripts and online role playing games, or I could become a normal user. Good luck!