Trying to Save Piggy Sneed ~ John Irving


Trying To Save Piggy SneedTrying To Save Piggy Sneed by John Irving

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Because of Garp, Own Meany, and all the folk at The Hotel New Hamshipre, John Irving will always be one of my favourite writers. He is pretty heavy though and I must admit that lately I don’t quite know if I’m clever enough to read him any more. I have most of his books displayed proudly above my fireplace. Some I have read, some I haven’t. I keep thinking I should get around to them but then opt for something a little less taxing on my IQ. I chose to read Piggy Sneed this month because I couldn’t leave John Irving out of a month of reading my favourite authors, now could I? And it was the shortest book. Unfortunately I have to admit that I didn’t love it. I didn’t hate it either. But it didn’t stay with me at all. Not like Owen Meany and Egg did. Not at all. IT was good writing, because Irving is good at writing, but I’ll forget these stories soon enough. I’ve actually forgotten most of them already.

Perhaps it is time to pick up another one of his novels….

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The Bloody Chamber ~ Angela Carter


The Bloody ChamberThe Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I must admit I don’t think that I am intelligent enough for Angela Carter. I have for a while believed that my own intelligence is slowly diminishing. Perhaps it is a simple case of growing up, I don’t know, but I am sure this book confused me far less as a young 20 year old. Now I feel like I didn’t particularly understand most of it. Of course there is no doubt that Angela Carter is an accomplished writer deserving of the utmost respect. I just cannot help but feel a slight bit of pressure while reading her books because they make me feel incurably stupid.

 

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Through a Tangled Wood


Through a Tangled WoodThrough a Tangled Wood by Jamie Campbell

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’m giving this collection of stories a four star review simply because I enjoyed reading it. Most of the stories stretched far outside of their traditional counterparts and I absolutely loved the creative retelling. If I were to meet any of the contributors I imagine I might just get a little bit gushy. I especially loved that almost none of them we “obvious” in the beginning and I found myself racing through each tale, enthusiastic to discover which story was being retold. A definite must-read for anyone who love retellings.

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The Sun Zebra ~ R. Garcia


The Sun ZebraThe Sun Zebra by Rolando Garcia

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A slightly strange read in that it is incredibly childlike but written in grown up language. The stories are really sweet though and I imagine if they were watered down significantly and then illustrated they could make decent books for children. I’m not quite sure who the target audience is otherwise. The stories are  great but a bit too childish for a grown up reader while also not written in a child-friendly language.

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