Sunday, May 9, 2010

130 books down, 101 days to go!

Hi everyone!
I finished, The Pearl, by John Steinbeck and The Reckoning, by Kelley Armstrong. 
The classic tale of The Pearl told the tale of Kino, a poor pearler, who when is baby Coyotito gets stung by a scorpion goes on a journey as he finds The Pearl of The World. This pearl can give him anything he wants, a doctor to cure his child, a white wedding for him and his wife Juana, a rifle, proper clothes, anything he desires. But everything is not as it seems. Soon, the greed of the pearl engulfs Kino as the pearl becomes his soul and the family man is irrevocably changed for the worst. Based on the classic Mexican folk tale, Steinbeck's deep descriptions made this book a good school read, however I would never read it in my own time; it was good for analyzing, but frankly, the plot was boring and the book moved at a snail's pace (and that's an overstatement)., on the bright side, The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong was FANTASTIC. This book was the final chapter in the Armstrong's trilogy about Chloe Saunders, a necromancer (sees ghosts and can raise dead) and other Supernaturals that have been genetically modified by a sinister group called the Edison Group. in this book, Chloe continues to be on the run from the evil scientists, though things finally come to an end. They don't "stop the group" but end up killing many of them so the group can't come after them anymore. It was a bittersweet finale to the trilogy because as in any real life situation, things aren't ever perfect, mostly far from it. Things at the end of this book are still pretty messed up for the protagonist, but as she is in Derek's (new werewolf bf) arms, things are better for her. There's no more running, no more terror and she's with the unexpected person of her dreams.
130 books down, 101 days to go!


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