Saturday, February 5, 2011

On My Wishlist (5)

On My Wishlist is a weekly meme hosted by Book Chick City.  Click the link to sign up!
This week's edition are just some things that I have stumbled across on other blogs.  I haven't been on Goodreads too much this week, so these are pretty much just random finds!






book cover of The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret AtwoodTitle:  The Handmaid's Tale
Author:  Margaret Atwood
Genre:  Adult Fiction
Page Count:  388 pages
Summary:  (From Goodreads.com)  It is the world of the near future, and Offred is a Handmaid in the home of the Commander and his wife. She is allowed out once a day to the food market, she is not permitted to read, and she is hoping the Commander makes her pregnant, because she is only valued if her ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before, when she was an independent woman, had a job of her own, a husband and child. But all of that is gone now...everything has changed.
book cover of Ender's Game by Orson Scott CardTitle:  Ender's Game
Author:  Orson Scott Card
Genre:  Science Fiction
Page Count:  324 pages
Summary:  (From Goodreads.com)  In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race's next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. A brilliant young boy, Andrew "Ender" Wiggin lives with his kind but distant parents, his sadistic brother Peter, and the person he loves more than anyone else, his sister Valentine. Peter and Valentine were candidates for the soldier-training program but didn't make the cut—young Ender is the Wiggin drafted to the orbiting Battle School for rigorous military training.
Ender's skills make him a leader in school and respected in the Battle Room, where children play at mock battles in zero gravity. Yet growing up in an artificial community of young soldiers Ender suffers greatly from isolation, rivalry from his peers, pressure from the adult teachers, and an unsettling fear of the alien invaders. His psychological battles include loneliness, fear that he is becoming like the cruel brother he remembers, and fanning the flames of devotion to his beloved sister.
     Is Ender the general Earth needs? But Ender is not the only result of the genetic experiments. The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Ender's two older siblings are every bit as unusual as he is, but in very different ways. Between the three of them lie the abilities to remake a world. If, that is, the world survives.
book cover of In Cold Blood by Truman CapoteTitle:  In Cold Blood
Author:  Truman Capote
Genre:  True Crime
Page Count:  343 pages
Summary:  (From Goodreads.com)  On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were almost no clues. 
As Truman Capote reconstructs the murder and the investigation that led to the capture, trial, and execution of the killers, he generates both mesmerizing suspense and astonishing empathy. In Cold Blood is a work that transcends its moment, yielding poignant insights into the nature of American violence.

1 comment:

Ash said...

In Cold Blood is really great! I read in the fall and it kept me turning the pages.

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