Jan. 1st, 2008

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Company by Max Barry
I liked Syrup so much, I just had to try more books by Max Barry. This one was pretty funny - a lot of corporate humor, like Office Space, and probably The Office, even though I never watch that show. The story is about a young guy just out of college who goes to work for a big company as a sales assistant. The problem is that he starts trying to figure out what the company actually does, and no one knows. Everyone is so secretive. The plot was okay, but the characters were extremely hilarious. It's not as good as Syrup, but I still enjoyed it.

Christmas Letters by Debbie Macomber
This was a short, cute book. The main character writes Christmas letters for other people, because she's good at making their lives sound interesting. She meets a guy who wrote a wacky book about child-raising, and they argue about it. But they really like each other. It was okay.

Seventh Son by Orson Scott Card
I've read this book before, and when I read it, I had a hard time getting into it. Actually, I couldn't really get into the series until half-way through the second book. (I kept at it because the series was recommended to me by someone whose opinion I trust.) But this time I listened to the audio book, and it was a LOT better than I remembered. It takes place in America in the 1800s, but it's an alternate American history. Countries and territories are divided up differently, and governments are different. And some people can do little kinds of magic. They call it "having a knack." Alvin is the seventh son of a seventh son, so he has especially powerful knacks. But he also has to constantly avoid being killed by water. Water is always out to get him. It's a really good book.

A Return to Modesty by Wendy Shalit
This is a great book. It's not really about modest dress, although she does mention that somewhat. It's more about how society shouldn't be trying to cure girls of their shyness or their "hang-ups" about sex - that these things aren't bad, they are natural and helpful. She talks about how women want men to behave like gentlemen, but they don't want to behave like ladies, so we shouldn't be surprised when men don't. She talks about how sex education is being taught to younger and younger children, so it's no wonder that sex offenders keep getting younger and younger. She covers many different topics in regard to modesty, and goes into a lot of detail. I was impressed with all the research she's done. I really enjoyed reading it.


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