It's still Wednesday! Just barely, but I really wanted to finish a book first.
Speak: A Novel
This book was interesting. Narrated by a Puritan girl, almost a child, traveling to the New World with her husband, a mathematician in the early 1900s, a computer science professor in the 60s, a young girl in the almost present and a computer software programmer in the current time, this book tells the story of technology gone awry and the voices the bridge the gap between. Stephen, the computer software guru, creates bots that act as humans, that have ruined a generation of children. As he sits in prison, contemplating life and what he did, the voices that make up the bots fill in the past. This was a complex story that hinted at a dystopian future without being overly dramatic about it. Some of the skips made it hard follow, but the story was real and good.
Kitchens of the Great Midwest: A Novel
I don't really know how I feel about this book, except that I feel a lot about this book. This book begins with Lars and his wife Cynthia and follows a path that begins with Cynthia abandoning her newborn daughter, Eva, and running off with a sommelier. From there, it follows that each chapter discusses a different character and a different dish. The people are all related, of course, but in different ways. I will admit that I loved the stories within this book. Loved the characters. But each time, I was left wanting more when the author would move on to a different story. That said, I think that's a good sign. I was incredibly engaged in it and why did this book have to end?
When I Found You
Nathan is up early one morning duck hunting when his dog, Sadie, discovers something beneath a tree--a newborn baby who Nathan mistakes for dead, until the baby moves his mouth. Nathan decides on a whim that he wants to adopt the child, until he finds out that the boy has a living grandmother. She decides to name him after Nathan, though the boy goes by Nat, and every year on his birthday, Nathan leaves a gift. Nat's grandmother doesn't tell him how he came to be in this world, instead leading him to believe that every baby is found in the woods by a man and Nathan just happens to be his man. Until Nat's grandmother has it with Nat's anger and defiance and brings him to Nathan's doorstep, where the two meet face-to-face. What follows is a story of unconditional, somewhat unexplainable love that Nathan gives to Nat. Although there were parts of the book where I found Nathan's character to not be entirely believable, because he was just so good, I still liked the story.
What are you reading?