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I notice so many people now asking for recommendations. Mostly out of boredom, and because I like lists, I composed a list of novels I would recommend to just about anyone. 

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The Natural review

The Natural by Bernard Malamud.
Genre: Drama
Pages: 231
My Rating: 5/10

The Natural was one of books I'm required to read for my AP Lang class this year. Don't start mistaking that I'm only giving this book a low rating because I had to read it for my course - I actually try to take an optimistic view point on all the books I have to read for class. (Of Mice and Men preceded The Natural, and it was one that I absolutely loved.) Now, that being said, I have to say that this book disappointed me immensely since I had pretty high hopes for it. In fact, I probably would have rated it lower had it not been for the discussions it had in class that made appreciate the mythological parallels and the point about society and human nature that Malamud was trying to make.

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Out review

Out by Natsuo Kirino.
Genre: Crime
Pages: 400
Rating: 10/10

Out was by far one of the best books I've read in a long time. Kirino's writing really made the story come alive for me from chapter one all the way to the very end. The story revolves around four women who work the night shift together at a boxed lunch factory in modern Japan. One of the women, being mistreated by her husband, kills him in a fit of rage one night and turns to the others for help. The central character, Masako, takes charge of the situation, though murder is merely the beginning of this grisly and suspenseful novel.

The thing I loved most about this book were the characters. I could relate to them, and I could empathize with their situations - I think most of us know what it feels like to be so broke that we would resort to almost anything. The women in the story were so realistically crafted that by the end, I had to take a few moments to remind myself that I wasn't a murderer. Each woman is dealing with her own problems, though the need for money is the biggest driving factor in this novel - as it often is in the real world.

The story itself was dark and more than a bit depressing. Some parts went beyond gruesome, but I think that Kirino's well crafted suspenseful writing will have even the most timid stirring forward to get to the end.

For any fans of horror, mystery, or crime fiction. I highly recommend this novel. I know that I'll be checking out Kirino's other two translated works, Gruesome and Real World.

As Meat Loves Salt review

As Meat Loves Salt by Maria McCann.

Genre: Historical Fiction
Pages: 565
My Rating: 8/10

I put historical fiction as the genre of this book, but it really can't be catergorized with just one. (And I believe this is true of many books.) I usually enjoy books set in the modern century, but this book was a definite exception.

As Meat Loves Salt takes place during the English civil war, and within it brews a story of suspense, drama, murder, betrayal, and a love forbidden in that time period. It is told from the point of view of a man named (Twilight fans, prepare to laugh) Jacob Cullen, a servant of a noble house. The story begins with a murder.

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Hypochondria

Once in a while I'll eat something and it won't taste exactly right. For the next hour and a half I'll sit there and wonder if I'm dying. If it's a packaged product, I'll picture some disturbed workman slipping arsenic into the food, or injecting it with a lethal dose of cyanide as his way of saying "Fuck you!" to the world. I know this is completely unlikely and that I need to stop reading horror novels and being so damn paranoid, but it doesn't stop my mind from wandering. It's kind of funny, though.

The reason I say this is because one of my friends tried one of the cafeteria meatballs today at lunch, which I think might have been made of dry wall. He looked like he was going to throw up. And that was kind of funny, too.

Cheerleaders....

So I don't go to many of the football games at my school. But I've found that the cheerleaders do not inspire school spirit. They inspire the urge to kill. While my friends and I are trying to make snarky comments about the announcer and the oboxious guy yelling at the top of his lungs, I don't want to hear annoying generic chants. And I understand that what they do at competitions and pep rallies is really cool - the flips, the complicated choreography - but at the football games, they basically move their hands and yell. Once in a while they jump. There are seriously cheers consisting of three words being said over and over again.

If I were ever a cheerleader, I would demonstrate my school spirit by river dancing. Just saying.

City of Bones review

City of Bones by Cassandra Claire
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: 512
My rating: 2/5

Summary (Taken from Amazon): When Clary Fray witnesses three tattoo-covered teenagers murder another teen, she is unable to prove the crime because the victim disappears right in front of her eyes, and no one else can see the killers. She learns that the teens are Shadowhunters (humans who hunt and kill demons), and Clary, a mundie (i.e., mundane human), should not be able to see them either. Shortly after this discovery, her mother, Jocelyn, an erstwhile Shadowhunter, is kidnapped. Jocelyn is the only person who knows the whereabouts of The Mortal Cup, a dangerous magical item that turns humans into Shadowhunters. Clary must find the cup and keep it from a renegade sector of Shadowhunters bent on eliminating all nonhumans, including benevolent werewolves and friendly vampires.

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Fake Gore?

Learned how to make fake bruises, cuts, and bulletholes in my theater class today. I don't know about you, but I think that's some of the wickedest shit ever. (Currently, I have a black eye. I haven't bothered to clean it off yet.)

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Kittens

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My cat just had kittens the other day. There are five: a black one, a gray one, a brown one, a gold one and a calico. I'm dealing with every color of the mewling little rainbow here, guys. Anyway, they kind of look like squirming little rats when they're newborns but they're still adorable. I'm gonna take pics with my crappy cell phone camera and post them on here.

 

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YA Rec List

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