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Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
Something Wicked This Way Comes

bookguy, October 3, 2012

A wonderful book, beautifully written by one of America's master writers, this is both a coming-of-age story of two young teenage boys and their reactions to the bewildering world of adulthood as well as a very scary story of a very scary carnival. This is one of those rare books that should be read out loud, just to hear the sheer poetry of Bradbury's words and sentences. Anyone who dismisses Bradbury as "just" being a genre writer is missing out and should be fed a diet of Danielle Steele's 'work' for a month. IMHO, this is his best work.
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Growing Up Laughing: My Story and the Story of Funny by Marlo Thomas
Growing Up Laughing: My Story and the Story of Funny

bookguy, October 12, 2011

Not a bad book, per se, but I doubt that anyone younger than a baby boomer will recognize many of the comedians Ms. Thomas mentions throughout. I did enjoy the mini-interviews with some contemporary comedians (Jon Stewart, Conan O'Brien, Whoopi Goldberg, among others). The only grating part, at least to me, was Ms. Thomas's seeming ignorance of how privileged a life she's lead because of her and her father's fame and wealth. Still, it's fairly well-written, if not very deep, and is an enjoyable, light read.
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The Lonely Polygamist by Brady Udall
The Lonely Polygamist

bookguy, June 3, 2010

One of the best books I've read in the past year. The story of the redemption of Golden Richards, a man with a failing business, four wives, twenty-eight children, and an almost-mistress, is one that I read voraciously. Brady Udall, the author, does an excellent job, weaving the different narrators' viewpoints throughout. At times heart-breakingly sad and uproariously funny, the book moves along at a quick pace as it details Golden's life at a critical juncture. This is one I'll read again.
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The Giver by Lois Lowry
The Giver

bookguy, December 21, 2009

Set in the future, where there is no poverty, violence, hunger, or hate, there is also no free will. Lowry does an admirable job in creating a utopia that hovers on being dystopian. This is a good read, thought-provoking for teens and adults both. There are a couple of strong scenes that may be too much for readers not in their teens yet. Still, an excellent book that could provide something to talk about with your teenager.
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Last Night in Twisted River by John Irving
Last Night in Twisted River

bookguy, December 21, 2009

An interesting, if not entirely successful, book by Irving. A reader can see what’s going to happen well in advance, which, to me, doesn’t bode well. I prefer to be surprised when I read a book, and this one didn't surprise me at all. Without giving away too much about the plot, a young man and his twelve-year-old son spend decades on the run because of an accidental death. However, they never stray too far from where the accident occurred, which is strange and, to me, unbelievable. Overall, Irving doesn’t disappoint in the sentences he creates; he does disappoint in what he does with them.
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