Monday, July 25, 2011

I've got

three new books!

Uglies by Scot Westerfield
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood

OK, they're not really new, because they're library books, but they're new to me. Many of you probably know about or have read the first two since they've been out a while but the third book, The Blind Assassin, you may not be familiar with. It tells the tale of two sisters, one of whom dies under strange circumstances, while the other narrates. From the beginning:

"Ten days after the war ended my sister Laura drove a car off the bridge."

"...two witnesses - a retired lawyer and a bank teller, dependable people - had claimed to have seen the whole thing. They said Laura had turned the car sharply and deliberately, and had plunged off the bridge with no more fuss than stepping off the curb. They'd noticed her hands on the wheel because of the white gloves she'd been wearing."

"I could picture the smooth oval of Laura's face, her neatly pinned chignon, the dress she would have been wearing: a shirtwaist with a small rounded collar, in a sober color - navy blue or steel grey or hospital-corridor green. Penitential colors - less like something she'd chosen to put on than like something she'd been locked up in."

I'm almost tempted to start reading it right now...

Meanwhile, I'm also over at Unicorn Bell today where I'm critiquing the first page from the second chapter (an idea I got from Ebyss) of Orbital Shifts, a science fiction novel. If you have a chance, come over and check it out.  We also have one slot left for August's First Impression, which Dianne and I have teamed up to do the first of every month. If you're interested, email me: with first impressions in the subject line.


  1. If they are new to you, that still makes them new - enjoy!

  2. I loved 13 REASONS WHY. Hope you enjoy it!

  3. I read The Blind Assassin a long time ago, and while I don't recall much of it, I do recall having mixed feeling about it. Anxious to hear what you think.

    Speaking of reading, I probably need to load some new things up on my Kindle to prepare for jury duty this week, in case I sit around unchosen all day.

  4. I haven't read the whole UGLIES series, but I enjoyed the first one. 13 Reasons Why has been on my list forever and I can't believe I haven't read it yet. Heading to the library today :)

  5. I read the Blind Assassin ages ago but not the other two!! Enjoy your read!!! Yay for books!! Take care

  6. If you haven't read them, then they are new to you! Enjoy.

    Ellie Garratt

  7. I finished uglies and am half way thru 13 reasons; it was really hard to put down last night. I'll probably finish it tonight.

    Old kitty and Dianne, I really like Margaret Atwood. Have you, or anyone else, read her other books?


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