Great reads

Happy new year (a little late). I can't get jazzed about something serious and pertinent, so I thought I'd add some book recommendations. The holidays were a time of much reading.

The Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer was the most addictive, embarrassing as it may be. Seduced by the premise and curious about Robert Pattinson (Edward in the film) since I'd done a production of Macbeth with him, I began the saga. It turns out I could really identify with Bella, the teenage lovesick heroine. Also I have a thing for vampires. I thought the first book, Twilight, was definitely the best but still read New Moon and Eclipse straight afterward. I can't justify buying the fourth, Breaking Dawn, in hardback form. Yet.

I finally finished the engrossing family epic, Fall on Your Knees by Ann-Marie MacDonald. It's 'a story of four sisters tied by inescapable family bonds, of miracles, terrible secrets, attempted murder and an extraordinary love affair. The settings range from haunted Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, through the battlefields of World War I, to the emerging jazz scene of New York City. ' A great read. For you thespians out there, Ms. MacDonald also wrote the play Goodnight Desdemona : (Good Morning Juliet).

With a Christmas Barnes & Noble gift certificate from my uncle, I bought Watchmen, a groundbreaking graphic novel by Alan Moore (V for Vendetta). Actually, my husband bought it and made me read it - and I'm glad he did. You may have heard of the film version that's out this March directed by Zack Snyder. The story is about a group called the Crimebusters and a plot to kill and discredit them. Critics say, and I agree, that Watchmen 'propelled the comic genre forward' when it was written in 1986. Dark, subversive and complex, Watchmen raises questions about the nature of good and evil, power and control, and the idea of 'the greater good.'


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