Mini Reviews to End 2008

by Kim on January 6, 2009 · 9 comments

Inspired by Care’s Quick Mini-Reviews to Finish 2008, I’m going to just do some short comments on the last few books I feel like reviewing for 2008.  I’m skipping a few books, mostly because I didn’t have strong feelings about them, but this list covers the ones I have something to say about.

Friday Night Lights by Buzz Bissinger

I mentioned this book in Sunday Salon, but didn’t really give it a review.  Friday Night Lights follows a single season of high school football in Odessa Texas.  Bissinger chronicles the team’s successes and failures, and how the fandom surrounding the team influences the town.  I loved the story of this book, but sometimes find Bissinger’s writing style annoying.  He has a tendency to over-write sections, making them extra dramatic when I think the scene is good enough by itself.  Nonetheless, I enjoyed this book a lot and recommend it for people with any interest in sports or sports journalism.

The Story of Sushi by Trevor Corson

I read Corson’s book The Secret Life of Lobsters earlier this year and enjoyed it a lot, so I was excited to read his second book.  The Story of Sushi follows a class of students at an elite sushi-making academy, and also tells the history of how sushi went from a lower-class Japanese dish to an American delicacy.  I liked the lobster book better than this one, but thought they were both good.  It takes a talented writer to make you interested in a topic that you otherwise wouldn’t read about, and I think Corson does that well.

Brisingr by Christopher Paolini

Despite their flaws, I enjoyed Paolini’s first two books, Eragon and Eldest.  Unfortunately, I can’t say that I enjoyed Brisingr that much.  The book was very long, but nothing seemed to happen.  It felt like a filler piece between the last battle in Eldest and the final battle that will happen in the fourth book.  There were some interesting scenes, and I think Paolini’s writing style is getting better, but reading this book felt a little bit like an obligation.  People who are into the series will read it, but honestly I’m not sure you need to in order for the next book to make sense. Fingers crossed than the final book is better!

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