Short Reviews [TSS]

Title: The Unit
Author: Ninni Holmqvist
Source: Library
Genre: Science Fiction, Literary Fiction
Rating: 4.5/5

When my book club chose The Unit for our December read, I was excited.  I’d heard some things about this book and was really intrigued to try it.  I’m glad to say that it didn’t disappoint at all!  First, The Unit was incredibly well written, and the translation was wonderful.  The book was hard to read at times because of the subject matter, but it is not a difficult book.  It brings up a lot of ethical questions that are great to discuss in a book club setting.  It’s a great piece of dystopian fiction and I highly recommend it!

 

Title: Liar
Author: Justine Larbalestier
Source: Library
Genre: Teen/YA
Rating 3.5/5

Like many people, I first heard about Liar during the cover controversy – the publisher had chosen to put a young Caucasian girl on the cover, when the protagonist of the novel is clearly black.  Luckily, they changed it, and it got the book a lot of free publicity!  I have to say, I don’t know what to think about Liar.  The entire premise of the book is that the main character, Micah, is a compulsive liar.  Therefore, you can’t trust anything she says in the book – it’s up to the reader to figure out what’s true and what’s not.  Though the book was incredibly well-written, I didn’t love reading it.  It ended with too much ambiguity.

 

Title: The Passport
Author: Herta Muller
Source: Publicist
Genre: Literary Fiction
Rating: 4/5

Herta Muller won the Nobel Prize for literature in 2009, and since then, I’ve really been wanting to read her work.  The Passport is a look at Romania during the reign of the dictator Ceausescu.  Some basic background on the period is definitely helpful for understanding what’s going on in the book – at only 96 pages, there isn’t a lot of explanation in this novella.  It’s simply written but difficult to break apart the words in order to understand what Muller is saying.  This is a beautifully written and stark book, but it takes some thought and effort.  I would probably have been better off starting with another Muller book, but I’m glad I read this one.

Comments

  1. The Unit has been on my radar for awhile now. But of course now I just signed up for one more challenge, thanks to you enterprising Twitters coming up with the Amy Einhorn thing, so I am soon going to have to make peace with the fact that every book I read this year is going to be for a challenge!

  2. The Unit has been on my radar for awhile now. But of course now I just signed up for one more challenge, thanks to you enterprising Twitters coming up with the Amy Einhorn thing, so I am soon going to have to make peace with the fact that every book I read this year is going to be for a challenge!

  3. I really liked The Unit too. Just think how I felt since I read it when I was 50 years old!

  4. I really liked The Unit too. Just think how I felt since I read it when I was 50 years old!

  5. Ever since I saw Kathy’s (bermuda’s) review of The Unit, I’ve been interested in it. One of these days…

  6. Ever since I saw Kathy’s (bermuda’s) review of The Unit, I’ve been interested in it. One of these days…

  7. I agree on The Unit! But I don’t agree that Liar was well written. I think it was adequately written.

  8. I agree on The Unit! But I don’t agree that Liar was well written. I think it was adequately written.

  9. I’ve read similar reviews on The Liar. I’m torn as to whether I want to read it or not. The Unit though sounds fab!

  10. I’ve read similar reviews on The Liar. I’m torn as to whether I want to read it or not. The Unit though sounds fab!

  11. The Unit has been on my TBR list for a while now, and everytime I read a review it makes me more interested in the book. Hopefully when I do read it, it won’t be a let down.

    I’ve never heard of the Passport before, but it also looks like an interesting book, which I might have to check out.

  12. The Unit has been on my TBR list for a while now, and everytime I read a review it makes me more interested in the book. Hopefully when I do read it, it won’t be a let down.

    I’ve never heard of the Passport before, but it also looks like an interesting book, which I might have to check out.

  13. Thank you for the reviews, Swapna! I’ve had my eye on The Unit for awhile now and am looking forward to eventually reading that one. I’m glad you liked it. The Passport sounds interesting. I’ll have to look for the author and give her a try. Maybe just not start with The Passport. 🙂

  14. Thank you for the reviews, Swapna! I’ve had my eye on The Unit for awhile now and am looking forward to eventually reading that one. I’m glad you liked it. The Passport sounds interesting. I’ll have to look for the author and give her a try. Maybe just not start with The Passport. 🙂

  15. Glad to see you liked The Unit. It’s on my shelf, and I hope to get to it soon!

    –Anna
    Diary of an Eccentric

  16. Glad to see you liked The Unit. It’s on my shelf, and I hope to get to it soon!

    –Anna
    Diary of an Eccentric

  17. The Unit looks really interesting. I need to look into that one a bit more.

  18. The Unit looks really interesting. I need to look into that one a bit more.

  19. Liar sounds interesting. I like ambiguity.

  20. Liar sounds interesting. I like ambiguity.

  21. The Unit was one of my top book picks for 2009. Glad you liked it so much!

  22. The Unit was one of my top book picks for 2009. Glad you liked it so much!

  23. I have The Unit on my shelf – I bought it on a whim. I’m glad I did because it sounds like it will be a good book. Great review – short and sweet! Cheers!

  24. I have The Unit on my shelf – I bought it on a whim. I’m glad I did because it sounds like it will be a good book. Great review – short and sweet! Cheers!

  25. I’ve been wanting to read The Unit for a while too. I hope that my library gets a copy one day soon.

  26. I’ve been wanting to read The Unit for a while too. I hope that my library gets a copy one day soon.

  27. Will be reading The Unit this month so hopefully it won’t disappoint!

    You’re way more generous about Liar than I am – it has such potential but what a big disappointment! You can see my review here: http://mentalfoodie.blogspot.com/2010/02/book-review-liar-by-justine.html

  28. Will be reading The Unit this month so hopefully it won’t disappoint!

    You’re way more generous about Liar than I am – it has such potential but what a big disappointment! You can see my review here: http://mentalfoodie.blogspot.com/2010/02/book-review-liar-by-justine.html

  29. I love how you can say so much with so few words.

  30. I love how you can say so much with so few words.

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