Sunday, August 7, 2011

Planet of the Apes In My Mailbox

What are the odds?  Two chimp-focused novels and an audiobook arrived this week, just in time for the Apes invasion of our movie theaters.  Coincidence?  You decide...

Hit the link left to sample it
at Amazon.com.
The first is a Y.A. fiction: Hurt Go Happy by Ginny Rorby. I've read raves of this novel from trusted book bloggers (if this was you, let me know in the comments and I'll link you here and when I review it!), and as I've harbored a lifelong fascination with great apes and have studied American Sign Language intensively, the convergence of these two aspects of the book have me chomping at the bit to get started on this one!  Plus, a straight-up 5 stars on Amazon.com.  When does that ever happen??

'Look inside' by hitting the link
at right.
The second is Lucy by Laurence Gonzales.  Stranger still: I just got a library notice that the book on CD has arrived on my holds shelf.  Yes, I asked for it, but that was weeks ago and from the long queue I assumed I'd receive it come September...  This one's a biotechnical thriller following a part-ape, part-human protagonist named - I'm guessing - for the famous fossil that links both her lineages.

Now, if I can finish the truly haunting Irish ghost story/psychological mystery-thriller The Butterfly Cabinet by Bernie McGill for tomorrow's FreePress blog tour and get 150 fat pages of Tolstoy under my belt for War & Peace Wednesday, I'll start these two promising novels on one of my favorite topics: those non-human beings who may well be the closest thing to animal siblings we'll ever come across.

Will I take a trip to the cinema down the street to enjoy Rise of the Planet of the Apes?  When so many tempting books sit waiting on my coffee table?  Well, wheresoe'er goeth James Franco, there go I. 

MFB,
L

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11 comments:

Brooke from The Bluestocking Guide said...

I would very much like to see the Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

Here is mine

Laura @ I'm Booking It said...

My daughter read Hurt Go Happy in school a couple of years ago, and really liked it. She still talks about it at times.

Enjoy your reading!

Kaye said...

looks like fun reading! Have a great week and enjoy your new books.

bermudaonion said...

You do seem to have a monkey theme going on with your books today. I've heard the new Planet of the Apes movie is good. Enjoy!

Mary said...

Hope you enjoy them. And I hope you get all your reading in. I'm also reading W&P with Jillian's group. I'm caught up but also not blogging about it. I'll give a brief review at the end of the year.

gautami tripathy said...

What a mailbox!! Happy Reading!

Here is my Monday: Mailbox/What Are You Reading?/Musings post!

lisa :) said...

I really don't want to influence your opinions - and I hate to inflate people's expectations before they read a work - but Hurt Go Happy is one of my all-time super duper absolute favoritest books. I wrote a review of it during BBAW last year and mentioned it in the Top Ten Tuesday list of books dealing with difficult issues. I was first drawn to it because I love apes, but the book's impact goes even beyond the animal rights issues. I don't want to say too much but definitely let me know when you finish it - I'd love to hear your thoughts. (Feel free to email me if you want to discuss it too: herbookself at gmail dot com )

And I saw Rise of the Planet of the Apes this weekend and was pretty impressed with it. If nothing else, it's worth seeing for the CG effects alone!

Beth(bookaholicmom) said...

I like your ape theme. Hurt Go Happy looks very good and it seems many have enjoyed it.

Mystica said...

Enjoy them all (including the cinema)

Staci said...

I have a copy of Hurt Go Happy for my middle school readers and it's been a great discussion book. Enjoy your reads!

couchpotatocritic said...

Lucy was fan-freaking-tastic! I read it around Halloween last year, and I nearly lost my mind while doing so. It's frightening, uplifting, disturbing, and beautiful.

>Check out my review if you like, and I'll keep an eye out for your review as well. I really hope you enjoy it (although I wouldn't suggest reading it just before bed).

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