Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Books read - March 2011 + Pick of the Month

Z for Zachariah by Robert C. O'Brien
Devil's Desire by Laurie McBain (re-read)
Poisoned Kisses by Stephanie Draven
Moonlight Medusa by Stephanie Draven (short story)
Empty by Suzanne Weyn
Solid by Shelley Workinger
The Iron Queen (Iron Fey, #3) by Julie Kagawa
Secrets and Shadows (13 to Life, #2) by Shannon Delany
After Twilight: Walking with the Dead by Travis Adkins
Subject Seven by James A. Moore
Throat by R.A. Nelson
Stolen by Lucy Christopher
So Shelly by Ty Roth
Hidden Away (KGI #3) by Maya Banks
Lost It by Kristen Tracy
Live Wire (Myron Bolitar, #10) by Harlan Coben
Wither (Chemical Garden, #1) by Lauren DeStefano
Miss Hildreth Wore Brown by Olivia deBelle Byrd
Can You Survive the Zombie Apocalypse? by Max Brallier - this is a fun adventure book where your survival depends on the choices you make. (I lived but I was left in a precarious position.)
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My pick of the month, is Z for Zachariah by Robert C. O'Brien.
I thought Z for Zachariah was a new release and was surprised to find it was published posthumously in 1973. I apparently read about the film adaptation that was supposed to have gone in production this year but I can't find any more information about it except, according to trivia on IMDb, it was #26 on the Hollywood Blacklist in 2009.
It was made into a 2 hour episode for the BBC TV series, "Play For Today" in 1984. (You can find it on YouTube).

Summary by Goodreads:

There is no one left alive. I know, because after the war ended, and all the telephones went dead, my family went to see what was happening. They never came back...
Ann Burden is sixteen and, as far she she knows, the only person left in the world. The nuclear radiation that destroyed the rest of the world has not touched the valley where she lives, and so she has remained, surviving as best she knows how, for the past year.

The smoke from a distant campfire shatters Ann's solitude. Someone else is still alive, and making his way toward the valley: John Loomis, a scientist, protected from the radiation by a "safe-suit." He asserts his will almost immediately. And as his behavior becomes more and more extreme - finally culminating in violent confrontation - Ann must choose how she will live, in a world unlike any she has known.

1 comment:

  1. Fantastic month! I read one of those.
    Happy April reading!