Not being on Facebook anymore, I seem to have more time to read! And reading is a much better use of my time. It's a pleasant side effect of quitting Facebook!
I was talking to a young guy the other day, and he said he 'hated' to read. He didn't say this, but I suspect he hated to read because it requires focus, in a way that a movie or a Facebook flamewar does not. It doesn't bode well for younger folks to be able to make long term decisions if they can't focus!
The Giver / Lois Lowry
This is actually a teen reader book -- so I easily polished it off in 3 sittings. I liked how the central character became the Giver, although not in the intended way. I also was surprised at the vague ending...but interpreted it as the characters dying, although the author has said she does not believe they died.
I Am Legend / Richard Matheson
I knew that the old movie, The Omega Man
, was based on this book. And then there was the later remake with Will Smith. Although the Omega Man and I Am Legend were not exactly the same, I kept seeing scenes from that old movie in my head as I read it.
The next thing that surprised me was that only 1/2 of this book was I Am Legend -- then there were a series of short stories. I'm not a huge short story fan -- I don't like switching gears that often, and sometimes the characters from the different stories merge in my head.
But these stories were all nicely done, and were in sort of the same genre as the 1st part of the book. One thing that surprised me was that I RECOGNIZED one of the stories from another TV movie! And the movie and the short story were pretty much exactly the same!
The short story was called "Prey", and it was evidently the exact basis for one of the stories in the Trilogy of Terror
, renamed 'Amelia' for the main character in the story. I was really surprised to start reading and to realize I had seen this story before!