Reading List

In the past two weeks, I've read two books. One's a winner and the other's a bit of a loser.

For one of my classes I was required to read The Player by Michael Tolkin. It's a book with some wit, dark humor, but I can't help but feel it would make a better short story than a full length novel. If I had picked the book up in a store, I would have read the first ten pages, chuckled, and then put it back down. And my instincts would have been right.  Big shot Hollywood executive strangles a writer in a parking lot, dates his girlfriend, dodges the police and lives happily ever after. I wouldn't have minded it so much if the story didn't feel like one of those one-damn-thing-after-another stories. Tedious. Apparently it made a great movie, although Hollywood has a bit of a crush on itself, so I'm not trusting the Academy. Haven't seen the movie yet. I wouldn't publish the book in a million years.

You'd think I'd like a book about LA and Hollywood more considering... Oh well.

On the other hand, I read The Night Circus and liked it quite a bit. Weird and wonderful. Great world-building. I never fell in love with the characters, but I enjoyed watching them fall in love with each other.

And God, I have a soft spot for circuses. And magic. And rivalries.