Frank Herbert$18.00 $16.56
I was late to the reading party for this one, but glad I caught up. Such an incredibly entertaining book that leaves you wondering what will happen next. Elevator pitch: Bad guys exploit the wrong people who found their prophesized leader, Paul Atreides, and his mind-reading mother. Paul accepts that this is his destiny and proves it to the tribe through a series of tests, then leads them to overthrow the aristocracy so they can begin to rebuild the planet's ecology. There are elements of religion, politics, and conservationism. Dune is a great read that is thoroughly entertaining and thought-provoking.
Kurt Vonnegut$17.00 $15.64
The cover promised a "free-wheeling vehicle," and it sure enough was. It left me feeling a bit uneasy, but also wanting more. I will revisit this book soon.
Frank Beddor$9.99 $9.19
The first of a trilogy, feels a little clunky at first, like a cheesy young-adult novel, but picks up quickly. Elevator pitch: Princess Alyss of Wonderland's evil aunt Redd organizes a coup and takes the throne as Queen of Wonderland from her sister, Genevive, only Alice escapes, so there's still a rightful successor to the throne. But Alice was snuck out of Wonderland through the Looking Glass to turn-of-the-century London by Hatter. This book has all the classic characters, but they're so much cooler, I mean, the Cheshire Cat is a freaking assassin. An entertaining re-imagining of the classic tale, maybe for young adults, but I think there's enough here for regular adults to enjoy, too.