I just went to Chicago and Cancun.
For Chicago, I read The Time-Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger and The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon.
The Time-Traveler’s Wife was annoying, drawn out and silly. The end was underwhelming, similar to the ending of Niffenegger’s other novel, Her Fearful Symmetry. She touches on great aspects without ever surprising or enlightening the reader. She is better than most, but not one of the best contemporary writers.
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay was perfect. “Amazing and adventurous”. Michael Chabon is a delight. So damn talented he makes me hang my head in shame that I ever thought I could be a writer. He adds details into the characters that make them so human. He’s one of those writers that make me pause and wonder about how someone grows to be such a great writer.
For Cancun I read Wonder Boys by Michael Chabon, In the Woods by Tana French, Fearless Fourteen and Plum Lucky both by Janet Evanovich and Eclipse by Stephanie Meyer.
Wonder Boys was another Chabon novel that was so good it hurt me. I suggest it to anyone who writes or tries to write.
In the Woods was good. It didn’t deserve all the awards that it got, but it was a good mystery. A bit refreshing. A little too open ended. Too obviously constructed so that French could make sequels. It was good enough that I’m going to buy The Likeness, the sequel to In the Woods. I guess I just didn’t like that Rob didn’t figure out what happened to him in 1984 and that Cassie ended up with Sam.
The Janet Evanovich novels were cheesy and campy, just the way I like them.
I read Eclipse on our last day – it was the only book in the airport bookstore (except for romance novels and Brisingr but I want to read Eragon first if I’m going to get into Brisingsr). I had previously read it on my computer (I attained it in an unsavory method). It was juvenile and slightly boring but it managed to pass time for me. I don’t know why I can be such a fanatic about the Evanovich books and not about the Twilight books.