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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

curious-case-of-benjamin-button“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” was recently made into a Bradd Pitt movie creating a lot of buzz around this F. Scott Fitzgerald short story.  I loved “The Great Gatsby” so much that it is in my top 5 books of all time.  I also hate watching a movie before I read a book.  So, that said, I decided to read it the other day.  It is an incredibly fast read.  It took about a half hour and that was only because I was multi-tasking.  The story is incredibly clever.  Benjamin Button was born an old man in his 70s and gets younger in age instead of a more traditional older.  It chronicles his odd age development until ultimately his life ends as a baby.

I enjoyed the story and am actually disappointed in the movie (without even seeing it yet) because of the tremendous changes they have made to the story.  I realized that some additions must be made because a story that takes roughly twenty full pages doesn’t lend itself to a three hour movie but, from what I understand, the only thing similar is the fact that Benjamin Button ages in reverse.  At this point, I may just stick to the book and call it good.

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

With the intriguing title, (and I’ll admit I liked the cover, too.), “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo”  hasn’t failed me.  This intertwined tale of a financial reporter and the murder of a young girl nearly forty years ago, immediately pulled me in and did not let me go until the end.

This is not an extraordinarily literary book however it is an entertaining story and something different from the things I have been reading lately.  It reminded me of The Da Vinci Code in a the way it was written but the story was nothing remotely similar.

One thing that will never fail to irritate me: figuring out the end before I get there.  It always ruins a fun surprise.  Despite that, I still enjoyed this book and would recommend it.

The Host

Stephenie Meyer’s first attempt at adult fiction is best left in the young-adult category.  The only difference in the depth of the book is the number of pages.  And as for that, in my opinion, the book was about two hundred pages too long.

The concept behind the story was intriguing enough but it turned into a long, drawn out, repetitive story.

“The Host” is the story of aliens implanting theirselves in the necks of ‘host’ human bodies.  They are never violent towards each other – only towards humans when taking their bodies to implant themselves in.  It is better than it sounds but not by a long stretch.

Meyer may have been better off sticking to the vampire genre that struck such a note.  I know that she was trying to venture out and show that her talents were deeper but, they aren’t too much deeper that what you saw in “Twilight.”

For the right type of reader, I might still recommend this book.  But for those expecting something more mature, don’t expect it in Stephenie Meyer’s writing.  She is much better in the young-adult, vampire genre and hopefully she’ll stick with what she is good at from now on.

Escape

Admittedly I didn’t want to read this at all.  I figured it would be just another Mormon book.  After I got into it, it gradually got more interesting.  The abuse taking place in the polygamist FLDS is appalling and in light of last years news about Warren Jeffs, it was interesting to learn about the things taking place under him in further detail.

Being from Utah, I think I am exposed to a slightly different view than the rest of the country and even world.  Many people from outside Utah think that the polygmist culture is mainstream and ‘normal.’  Through the past nine and a half years here, I have discovered that Utah is anything but normal (every place has it’s own quirks though) but there isn’t a huge population of polygmists strolling along the street.

The polygmist culture based on Carolyn Jessop’s story is incredibly abusive towards women and children.  Men are ultimately superior to everyone else and it is not something they try to hide.  Some households have hundreds of wives and even more children.

Overall, this book was a window into the world of a very secretive group.