>> Friday, July 14, 2006
The X President by Philip Baruth: this was seriously on the list simply because I needed an X title. It’s a combination of Sci-Fi and political commentary. Definitely not something I would normally pick up and read, but part of the reason for doing the alphabetical list was to force myself to read new and different things and break out of my routine. It was odd, but it did hold my interest.
Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague by Geraldine Brooks: This one is about a village in England in 1666 that decides to quarantine themselves to keep from spreading the plague to their friends and neighbors once they become exposed. Interesting book, very well written, but the epilogue seems completely disconnected and to come from way out in left field. Still, I’d recommend it.
Zorro by Isabel Allende: I’ve wanted to read this one since I first heard about it. I thought her writing in Daughter of Fortune was beautiful and looked forward to this. I really ended up thinking it was just OK. There were parts that were great, but not enough of them to make the book great.