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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Brief Reviews: Tuck Everlasting; I, Alex Cross

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit, YR, 1975, 139p, rating=4

"A kidnapping, a murder, a jailbreak. If this were Winnie Fosters story only, it would be like any other great adventure: you would come to the end, with all resolved, and that would be that. But this is also the story of the Tuck family and therefore, though it has a beginning and a middle, it can never end. The two stories cross near the village of Treegap during a handful of hot August days in the 1880s, days which are a curious mixture of violence and love, of anguish and tranquility. And when those days are over, young Winnie is left to make a fundamental choice. What she chooses at last is not what she might have chosen at first. For when you have known the Tucks as Winnie has, however briefly, you can never be quite the same again."  (book's blurb)

You have discovered a fresh water spring that will allow you to live forever at the age you drink it ... would you?  The Tuck family did and what did they learn?  Now, Winnie knows about it ... will she drink it?  What effects does living forever have?  Should it be available to all?  What would you do with your endless days? 

Questions, questions, questions.  A short book that is simply thought provoking and live-life affirming. 

~Just for fun, if I ended up stuck to live forever in one age, I'd pull a Ground Hogs Day and learn something and better it everyday.  Maybe become an awesome writer/author! Or end world hunger.  :)

I, Alex Cross by James Patterson, Alex Cross #16, AF, 2009, Playaway audio, 7hrs, rating=2

"Alex Cross's niece is found brutally murdered. Overcome with grief, Alex vows to take down her killer before he strikes again. But shortly after he begins the investigation, Alex discovers that his niece had gotten mixed up with some very important, very dangerous people. And she's not the only one who has disappeared..." (book's blurb..first paragraph)
I'm speechless.  This was just not my cup of tea ... adult content and language.  Overall far fetch scenario.

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