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I have a goal: to read one book a week and write a comprehensive book review of it. The book review will be published on Goodreads, Amazon, and here. I'm also an incredibly busy student. We'll see how long this lasts.

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Rex Cresting by Chrystalla Thoma

I finished Rex Cresting months after reading Rex Rising. My introduction to the series was part of a free promotion, and I had found it refreshing amongst the trash that was being offered. What drew me about Rex Rising was the fact that we didn’t know everything. What was Elei’s goal? Was Hera good? Who could be trusted? The characters were dynamic, the setting unique, and although I found a few stylistic flaws, I was incredibly pleased with it and ready to read Rex Cresting. Here we are, months later due to other priorities, reviewing Rex Cresting, which I read last night. The review will mainly consist of a comparison to the feelings Rex Rising evoked.

First of all, there are only three events in the book.

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Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut

I walked into Cat’s Cradle unknowing of the brilliance that is Vonnegut. I was browsing through the Classics section searching for some 20th century literature [that isn’t Kerouac] and chanced upon a collection of mid-life works of Kurt Vonnegut. I’d only heard his name before, and read a few letters, but Cat’s Cradle was the first work of fiction of his I read.

I didn’t realize this was a sci-fi novel. The first few pages reminded me of Ayn Rand, preaching me some philosophy that was self-made and obnoxious. I didn’t understand the point of going through the[se seemingly irrelevant] events of John’s life as a writer. I went as far as to almost skip the vignette on how ice-nine works! (If you haven’t read it yet, don’t skip that part!) I knew that I liked the book, I just didn’t understand how it all tied together. It was about page 130 (out of ~180, in my dictionary-styled collection) that I saw all of the events, information, and narration coming together. And boy, was it glorious!

The climax had me eager for the ending, but when I finally reached the final page, I was shocked at how sudden it was. This isn’t to say it’s bad, it’s actually quite good. I can’t help but feel that every line has an underlying meaning to it, especially the ending. To appease this, I definitely need to read more into the reasons for the book’s genesis, along with the philosophies and activism of the author, and come back for a re-read.

Overall, it was a quick read (3 days) that had so much more to offer than expected. It exhibits the brevity and cynicism that I absolutely adore in 20th century lit, and although the author bio starts with “Like his idol Mark Twain,” Cat’s Cradle is infinitely superior to The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. I never got to the end of that one.

Personal Notes Below:

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