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What I’ve Been Reading Lately

I’ve read a few things over the past few months and although I didn’t have an entire post’s worth of stuff to say about any of them, I thought I would do a quick summary of a few of them here.

Catching Fire – Suzanne Collins (The second book in the Hunger Games trilogy)

Flavius tilts up my chin and sighs. ‘It’s a shame Cinna said no alterations on you.’

‘Yes, we could really make you something special,’ says Octavia.

I flew through this one in about a day again and yet I can’t say I really enjoyed it as much as the first. I thought things were headed one way and then they sort of twisted back to repeat a lot of the first book (I actually wrote “Not again,” at one point in the notes). Not a lot of new ground covered and, if anything, this time Katniss gets really lucky and has a lot of help rather than relying on her own skill. Which is fine. She’s just one girl being thrown toward death by a nefarious government desperate not to lose control. It’s okay for her to have help. But in a first-person narrative I think it gets a bit tough to tell the bigger story that is going on in this world, especially when Katniss is in the dark about what’s really happening 90% of the time. And the love triangle gets frustrating what with everything else seeming to be of so much more immediate importance.

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In which I try to avoid being the last person on the planet to read The Hunger Games

This post contains spoilers for the first book in the Hunger Games trilogy.

I have been hearing about The Hunger Games for quite some time, but when I saw the movie trailer1, I mentioned how good it looked to a good friend and that I had bought the book on sale over Christmas and not cracked it open yet. She pretty much said “Read it. Read it now,” which is not something she does too often. So I pushed it to the top of the list, in spite of the fact that I have just finished the also-dystopian Wool 4 (which I’ll probably discuss after I’ve read the last one) and have been watching a bit of darker sci-fi TV stuff. Why I think this will help with the winter blahs I don’t know.

I really enjoyed it, found it a real page-turner (finished in about a day). I will probably wait a little while before picking up the remaining books in the series, both to try and read something a little lighter and for reasons I’ll talk about later. For those of you who have checked out the last post-apocalyptic novel post, you might be interested to know that there is no knitting in this novel. There is, however, one attempted drowning of a cat that, yes, is meant to tell us about the desperate world in which these people exist and the calculating  and compassionate natures of two different characters (previously, on cats and dystopias. I’ve seriously got to start cataloguing these). There are a few other subjects dealt with in slightly more detail, however. Read more…

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