Updates for October 11

A Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers
2012, 312 pages

It’s interesting that I enjoy Dave Eggers’ books. They are not happy, often sad, but they’re so well written that I usually read them anyway. I even have a hard time putting them down! It’s unusual, that’s for sure. I usually avoid the sad, and the intense, etc.

This one, however, did not work for me. Alan the salesman is currently in Saudi Arabia, helping try to convince the King of Saudi Arabia to buy a hologram program. He spends a lot of time thinking about his past, in which he worked at Schwinn until they began to outsource all of the work, while bouncing between his hotel and this city that they are trying to sell to Saudis as the future, and a great place to live.

It’s a little confusing. Mostly, Alan is depressed, and spends a lot of time being depressed, and explaining what happened in his past to make him depressed. Not terribly interesting, when nothing happens.

Rating: 1.5 out of 5 bedazzles

Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier
2012, 324 pages

I love this book! It’s a series too, so double yay! Anyway, Gwen is 16, living in London and has a peculiar family. Her cousin, Charlotte, has been preparing her entire life to travel back in time. There is a time traveler gene in the family. The Guardians, people in charge of these time travelers, were able to predict when the particular child would be born.

There is this special chronometer (I think that’s what it’s called) that allows them to control when they go into the past. It was foretold that there would be twelve time travelers, all named after a particular jewel. Gwen is the twelfth. The goal is to put a little of each traveler’s blood in the chronometer to fulfill a mission. However, the previous two travelers made off with the original chronometer. Now Gwen and Gideon, the eleventh time traveler, must go back in time and try to get blood from everyone. But will it work!?

The best part of this book is that Gwen is not a damsel in distress. She makes her own decisions and has the right amount of skepticism.

Awesome book, have the second one on my bookshelf right now!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 bedazzles