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Hieroglyph: Stories and Blueprints for a Better Future
Neal Stephenson
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Ron Rash
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
Stephen King
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Cathy Whitlock
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Jill Leovy
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Edgar Rice Burroughs
New Moon - Stephenie Meyer Ok, so the movie New Moon somehow drifted to the top of our Netflix queue, and I wanted to read the book before seeing the film, so I ripped through it.

Life in Forks is sooo complicated. Edward and family have moved on, having stayed long enough for their agelessness to begin to raise questions, and spurred by Jasper losing it when Bella gets a paper cut at the Cullen manse. Eddie is trying to protect Bella by leaving, successfully breaking her heart.

But Bella has troubling nightmares almost every night. And she has begun to notice that her old best buddy, Jacob, has become a ridiculously studly muffin, even if he might be a bit younger than she. Bella and Edward made a pact when he left. Her promise was that she would not take any unnecessary risks. But Bella believes that Edward has broken his part of their pledge. Resentful, Bella looks for ways to break out. This is also fed by a long-lasting depression over the loss of Edward and the excitement of hanging with the fang crowd. Bella is looking for adrenaline, excitement, life. And when she finds that Edward’s voice comes to her when she is stressed that way, she seeks out danger as a way to continue to be with him.

In New Moon, Bella finds herself hanging with a new family. Instead of the Cullens, she is now with Jacob (friends without benefits) and what comes to be his pack. (really, you knew that didn’t you, what with the movie trailers and all?) The teen angst continues apace with Bella acting like the selfish teen she is and stringing Jacob along, risking crushing her father by taking unnecessary risks with her own life and securing her position as the poster-girl for what every parent wishes their daughter would not become. The writing is thin, as usual. There is not a lot to sink one’s teeth into here. (sorry). My trade paper copy was almost 600 pages yet it seemed that there were only about 200 pages of actual book. So much is derivative, but even that is nothing new. A very fast and easy read, cotton candy for the mind. A guilty pleasure.