Libba Bray and the elite

November 3, 2008 at 1:23 pm (politics) (, , )

Now, I have to admit I never understood the concept of  ‘hey, I can see having a beer with this guy, I should vote for him for president’.  First, not so sure the President should be a big drinker.  Two, I know lots ofpeopleI can drink with  and I’m really not sure any of them have  what it takes to be President.  And Three, I just think it takes brains, not beer-drinking to be President.  Today a friend link me to an essay by Libba Bray on why she wants a smart President. Now I’ve enjoied her novels ( I have one left) and reviewed them here, but this is a well written essay. She asks the question lots of people I know have been asking, “When did being smart and educated become a bad thing”?

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Rebel Angels

January 30, 2008 at 9:13 pm (book review) (, , )

51jcvo6dpl_aa240_.jpg        Ok, so this isn’t really  a book review , just a note to say  I am really enjoying the second book in the Gemma Doyle series by Libba Bray; Rebel Angels.  I am reading it much  slower than the first one. Life , it gets in the way of reading . ButI had to share  one short paragraph.

 “I am quite able to look after myself,”I say.  I turn  smartly on my heel and smack directly into a wall,raising a bump upon my forehead that will probably remain forever.

If I did something like that now, I’d laugh.  At Gemma’s age – utter embarrassment.   And I think Libba Bray does an excellent job of capturing that feeling in a very few words

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A Great and Terrible Beauty

January 22, 2008 at 10:31 am (book review) (, , )

Last night I read A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray. It is a Gothic, adolescent drama that takes place in a boarding school in Victorian England. It has all the good elements of a good boarding school tale. A mean headmistress, a nasty clique, and a mysterious, horrible, half-told story of the past. In the book there is a deep understanding of the place of the well brought up woman in Victorian society. The supernatural brings both joy and horror to the story.

The characters feel surprisingly real. I read one review that thought the girls were inconsistent – but that felt very real to me.

The story is a page turner. I suppose I didn’t have to finish it last night, but what else was I going to do, sleep?

I need the next two books in the series  now.

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