Monday, March 5, 2012

Ninjas, Piranhas, and Galileo




This week's book is Ninjas, Piranhas, and Galileo by Greg Leitich Smith.



In case I haven't already mentioned before, I will be Greg's assistant for the WIFYR conference coming up in June. I figured it was only right to see what kind of writer my author is.









I'm happy to say, he's pretty good.









This book is told from the perspective of three different characters who are all friends. This 3 different perspectives thing threw me off quite a bit at first and it was difficult to adjust every time it changed particularly because with each change all the same characters were still involved...overall, though, it worked.









A cute love triangle trails through a story about science projects, student court hearings, and an overload of ancestral culture.








Reptile nerds and music geeks will love the little quirky aspects of these characters (and probably will understand them better than I did).
This was an easy read. I finished it in a single morning, occassionally laughing to myself and even feeling a few pangs in my gut from impending...things :)





My one major critique of the book (and my author's writing) has to do with a nit-picky thing I picked up from working so much with Carol Lynch Williams.





no, he didn't have too many adverbs (ly words)--which was fantastic.





There were too many was -ing's.




He was walking.




She was writing.




I was watching.





I think it would be stronger if these had been:




He walked.




She wrote.




I watched.
Other than that, the book was fun, clever, and I want to read more of Greg Leitich Smith's work.

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