11/22/63 – Stephen King
So it’s a long read, I won’t lie — but the way King writes (colloquially, emphasis on character’s inner monologue, unique salient details so you don’t get bogged in endless description) makes it fly by. It’s a long build-up — hell, practically the whole book is build-up — and when the climax happens, it happens so quickly you have to go back and read it a couple times (at least, I did) to feel satisfied, but the denouement feels right, and good — though perhaps just a teeny bit incomplete, like a tub of Cool Whip that someone’s already taken a scoop out of. And you’re really pissed ’cause you love Cool Whip. But a great book, overall.
The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
Yes, finally got on the bandwagon. And now I can see why there’s a bandwagon. Loved Kat and Peeta, the whole decadent/silly/revolting Capitol milieu — and can’t wait to get to Catching Fire and Mockingjay. As a writer, I thought the plotting was awesome: it kicks off so fast, and keeps moving, moving, moving… more than once I thought to myself, “I gotta learn how to do this.”
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Tokyo Vice – Jake Adelstein
The true story of a gaijin reporter working for the Yomiuri Shinbun, Japan’s biggest newspaper – covering the yakuza beat.