Here are my thoughts on a couple of books I finished this week:
The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama
Bland and brimming with platitudes, Senator Obama decries the bitter partisanship of today’s political climate, while only engaging in the same. How someone can decry the bad policies of Reagan and Bush while giving passing mention to the entire Carter presidency with all of one sentence is not someone I can take seriously, politically speaking. He’d be a great guy to have a beer with (if I was a drinking man), but his inexperience and naiveté regarding world affairs don’t convince me he’s presidential material. 2 out of 5 stars.
The Host by Stephenie Meyer
While her series of way-too-girly vampire novels was not my cup of tea, The Host was a pleasant surprise. A fantastic science fiction tale that explores the many facets of humanity through the main character, an alien parasite sharing a body with the human mind that refuses to relent its will. Meyer is great at showing the highs and lows of the human experience, always infusing a ray of hope. A much happier ending than I expected, as well. 4 out of 5 stars.