So I heard news about there being a movie made about the Giver, and naturally I decided to re-read the book after people harassed me over not giving it a glowing five star review. Originally I read the book earlier this year in April, and I was not a fan but I didn’t hate it. But I decided to give it another chance to see if it could go from being a three star to possibly a four or five star book. Sadly this book stayed at being a solid three stars for me. I did read the book twice, yet I feel like I have to apologize to its fans for not liking the book enough to give it the five stars.
Before I read the Giver, I have read many science fiction books such as the Hunger Games trilogy, Divergent, the Handmaid’s Tale, Ender’s Game, the Host, Gathering Blue and who knows how many other books I’ve read in that genre. After reading science-fiction and fantasy for almost a decade, it would take something really different to get me to say “wow.” Compared to other works the Giver was okay. For me I give books three stars if it was an okay read.
But for the children’s section, I feel like the Giver was one of the best children’s books I’ve read as an adult. Compared to a lot of children’s books, the Giver asks and brings up a lot of questionable themes that most do not. For that I actually do like about the Giver because it’s really rare to find science fiction for younger readers. I think with the other three companion books (Gathering Blue, Messenger and Son) the Giver would stand better as a series than as an individual book, since I would then give the series as a whole a higher rating.
As a side note, I would really hate to live in a world without individuality. That was one thing that kept bugging me while I read the book. If I lived in that community, I would be one of the first ones to run away since I felt like the way the people lived their lives was a bit unnatural. I like to be able to choose what I like to do, and that would definitely not be good for me to live in that kind of community.
Since autumn officially began, I have finally decided to try and clear out a lot of the books on the to-read list on my kindle. The majority of these aren’t horror, but I had wanted to read them for over a year.
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Ur by Stephen King
Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Breecher Stowe
Marked Soul Guardians 1 by Kim Richardson
No Name by Wilkie Collins
I can’t quite recall how many times I’ve been asked this question: why do you like horror so much? Normally I get this question after people find out that I write stories. Sometimes I can’t help wondering if people assume I write romance because of the fact that I cannot deny that I’m a crazy cat lady.
While I do like reading some romance stories, yet that is rare for me to purposely write in that genre. I’m trying hard to not make it seem like I dis romance since a lot of my writing buddies and book club friends love that genre. In fact I’ve read 80 romance books this year alone. After horror and science fiction, romance is my third favorite genre to read. I say this because after I say I love horror, people often assume that I hate romance.
As for horror, I like to write, read and watch creepy stuff. It maybe considered weird by some people, but I like to confront my fears. By writing horror I get to apply my critical thinking skills to different situations involving some of my fears. As a writer I believe it makes for some really interesting stories.
Plus I also have been a fan of monsters since I was a little girl due to seeing the old black-and-white zombie and vampire movies a lot; as an adult now I love writing monster stories. The amount of enjoyment I get from horror is way more than anything I ever got out of writing romance. It just can’t compare. I love the paranormal and fantasy horror aspect a lot. If anything I can’t help that writing horror makes me feel happy to be alive. Monster stories have a large place in my heart.
Before I start, I know the author from one of my on-line book clubs. I heard about the book because of that; however it did not effect my review in any shape or form.
Jill Kramer’s Criminal Decision was a very painful and emotional book to read. Why I say that is because it hits way too close to home. Many children and parents have suffered at the hands of the court. In that sense, I could easily classify this book as a “soft” horror book due to the abuse of ethics, child well-being and justice. The mere fact that stuff like this happens in real life is quite an eye-opener.
I have to give her props for writing a book about child abuse without over-dishing the book with lots of scenes with the actual abuse on-screen. The approach was subtle but effective with describing how the little girl reacted to before and after visiting her father’s family. In that sense, I felt that it was a very plotted book since it went into why the mother (Gina) did what she had to do to protect her daughter Emily.
If I had to recommend a fictional book about child abuse, this would be the book I’d recommend. In my personal reading experience a majority of the fictional books I’ve read about the subject tend to over romanticize it, but this book did not glorify the negative aspects at all.