Nashville Public Library – Tax Day 2009

April 15, 2009

If you’ve read any of these, let me know in the comments what you thought.

1. Kindred by Octavia Butler

“The twenty-fifth-anniversary edition of the classic novel that has sold over 250,000 copies…Dana, a modern black woman, is celebrating her twenty-sixth birthday with her new husband when she is snatched abruptly from her home in California and transported to the antebellum South. Rufus, the white son of a plantation owner, is drowning, and Dana has been summoned to save him. Dana is drawn back again and again for Rufus, yet each time the stay grows longer and more dangerous until it is uncertain whether or not Dana’s life will end, long before it has even begun.”

2. Making Sense of Life by Evelyn Fox Keller

“What do biologists want? If, unlike their counterparts in physics, biologists are generally wary of a grand, overarching theory, at what kinds of explanation do biologists aim? How will we know when we have “made sense” of life? Such questions, Evelyn Fox Keller suggests, offer no simple answers. Explanations in the biological sciences are typically provisional and partial, judged by criteria as heterogeneous as their subject matter. It is Keller’s aim in this bold and challenging book to account for this epistemological diversity–particularly in the discipline of developmental biology.”

3. Lost Boys by Orson Scott Card — I couldn’t find Ender’s Game

“Step Fletcher, his wife, DeAnne, and their three children move to Steuben, North Carolina, thinking – hoping – it might be just the right place for them. Its traditional values coincide with theirs, and Step has the promise of a good job at a hot software company. But Steuben is definitely not right for their oldest child, eight-year-old Stevie. Introspective even in the most comfortable surroundings, Stevie becomes progressively more withdrawn from this alien place. Soon he is animated only by computer games and a troop of fictitious playmates. The Fletchers’ concern for Stevie turns to terror when they discover that other young boys have disappeared from Steuben – and someone seems to be stalking Stevie.”


3 Responses to “Nashville Public Library – Tax Day 2009”

  1. The Mad LOLScientist, FCD Says:

    Kindred may be the only one of Octavia Butler’s books I haven’t read, but I’ve loved everything else she wrote, so I suspect this one is a good bet too.

    Likewise, I haven’t read Lost Boys, but Card is another of my favorite authors. If only his series didn’t start to go downhill after a while… the first 5 Alvin Maker books were good, but the last one – Crystal City – felt like a cop-out… and the Ender series was great up through Ender’s Shadow… but that’s just one woman’s opinion. YMMV; AWYSB. His one-offs tend to be really good. I’ve been meaning to hunt it up.

    Off to my library’s web site…..

  2. JR Minkel Says:

    Thanks, Mad LOL. I finished Kindred and immediately went to get her other books, forgetting that I tend to get over-excited, grab a bunch of cool looking books and then not read them. On the same return trip I retrieved Ender’s Game, which I’m 2/3 through. I’m rereading it after many years. It is far more amazing than I remembered although the bits involving Valentine are striking me as weaker than the rest. Not sure why.

  3. The Mad LOLScientist, FCD Says:

    I agree, Valentine doesn’t really get her due. But who wouldn’t be squashed by supergeniuses Ender and Peter, who are two sides of the same coin to a great extent? But then, Card frequently doesn’t seem to know quite what to do with his female characters. IMO he only truly succeeds with “Little” Peggy [Alvin Maker series] and Han Qing-jao [Ender series].

    BTW, it’s just “Mad.” =^..^=

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