August 10, 2004

On Books: July

We're a third of the way into August and I've been remiss in reporting on what I read during the month of July. The thing is? There really wasn't anything all that good to report on.

The book for which I had the highest hopes was The Rule of Four by Ian Caldwell & Dustin Thomason. Turns out those hopes were misplaced. While marginally entertaining, the novel doesn't live up to either is promise or hype. I chased this dissappointment with Fireworks by James A. Moore which was a surprisingly good novel about a small town under extraordinary conditions. After that? One of my guilty pleasures...a cheap horror novel by Richard Laymon. Sadly, Endless Night was, as advertised, seemingly endless and overall it sucked. David Sedaris to the rescue! Surely Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim wouldn't let me down, right? Well, it did. I mean, it was good, don't get me wrong. But Sedaris is better than that. After Lucy by Daniel Jones ended the month on a brighter note, having delivered a wonderful story that, despite themes of loss and grief, inspired a little hope.

So July? Not the greatest month for books...or at least the ones I read. Hopefully August will turn out just a wee bit better.

Posted by Chris at August 10, 2004 9:36 AM

I completely agree with you on The Rule of Four. I wasn't that impressed either.

Posted by: Beth at August 10, 2004 9:47 AM

I am sad about David Sedaris not living up to his own goodness. I finally bought 'Me Talk Pretty One Day' - I think I've read it but it was a couple of bucks at the used bookstore - and now it's in my backseat, hanging out with the copy of Bastard Out of Carolina. You know, I might get stuck in my car one day with no way out, and I'll need some books to get me through that terrifying ordeal.

Posted by: samantha at August 10, 2004 11:07 AM

Yeah, I totally agree regarding "The Rule of Four" and "Dress Your Family.." It's too bad, because I was really looking forward to the both, and even bought them in hardback form! (Hardback books are so ... hard to hold up while reading on the beach.) Oh well. Finally bought "The Lovely Bones," so hopefully that will be as good as proclaimed.

Posted by: jacinthe at August 10, 2004 11:12 AM