Monthly Archives: November 2008

Twilight (Twilight Saga 1)

twilight Twilight (The Twilight Saga, Book 1) by Stephanie Meyer

Isabella Swan’s move to Forks, a perpetually rainy town in Washington, could have been the most boring move she ever made. When she meets the mysterious, alluring Edward Cullen–a vampire–her life takes a thrilling and terrifying romantic turn.

A couple of years ago I came across this web site that named books that were being turned into movies. It had a description of the book and information on the film. Two of the films that happened to be on it were Jumper and Twilight. I read their descriptions and thought they would be interesting reads and for the most part they have not disappointed.

It’s about a young girl who lives with her mother and her new step-father in Phoenix Arizona. She decides that she will go stay with her father who is sheriff of a little town called Forks in Washington.

What should be another milestone in Bella Swan life turns her life irrevocably upside down and changes the course of her life when she meets and falls in love with Edward Cullen.

It’s a book that is told from Bella’s point of view which is more girlish in nature. At certain points Twilight (The Twilight Saga, Book 1) made me, as a male, feel more voyeur than reader. It’s more introspective from a female character it’s more than I’m used to from most of the books I read. I was front and center to the insecurities and neuroses of a seventeen year old girl. I’m just guessing that it was just the tip of what an actually girl has on her mind.

It would be cliché to call them a Romeo and Juliet story. What Stephanie Meyers does with this first book is introduced the reader to her universe with histories and characters. Where girls are drawn to the love story it’s the action in the other books that will be a serious payoff for male readers.

I came to form opinions about the characters. But what help was having her playlist playing in the background. On her website she has created a playlist for each book. A lot of the artist I hadn’t ever heard of them before. It did help me get into the frame of mind of the characters.

Stephanie Meyers does a great job of creating visuals of the action. I was so immersed in the book that when I finished I was happy to be “late to the party” because I didn’t have to wait for the next one to come out New Moon (The Twilight Saga, Book 2)

I give Twilight (The Twilight Saga, Book 1) 2 out 5Gs.

If you have not been introduced to the Twilight Universe here are the books for purchase:

Twilight (The Twilight Saga, Book 1)

New Moon (The Twilight Saga, Book 2)

Eclipse (The Twilight Saga, Book 3)

Breaking Dawn (The Twilight Saga, Book 4)


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Death of Michael Crichton

Michael Crichton is the author of the first novel I read for myself that didn’t have pictures. He’s that man that brought my reading to an adult level. Jurassic Park was that novel and I had just graduated from high school. He’s been my favorite author ever since.

To wake up and find out that my favorite was dead. It hurt because I knew that I would never have a new novel from him. Then I felt that the world had lost a great renaissance man. The world is a little dark because of that fact.

He dead of cancer at the age of 66. He was a doctor before he starting writing. He created the television show ER in addition to the books he’s written.

His style was always exciting to read and informative to me. Even with the fantastical that was in his book he made it seem that we were always on the verge of reality. Although Jurassic Park was my first but my favorite Crichton novel is and will now always be Timeline.

I will miss looking forward to the next book… and safe passage on your next adventure.

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