September 10, 2003
Jenna Starborn by Sharon Shinn

Jenna Starborn by Sharon Shinn: a retelling of Charlotte Bronte’s classic story Jane Eyre in a very different time and setting - far in the far in outer space.

Jenna Starborn is a woman who was created in the gen-tanks of planet Baldus for a woman who could not conceive. A few months after Jenna was “born,” a scientific break-through was achieved and Jenna’s “aunt” could now carry her own baby. Thus, Jenna became an unwanted half-citizen loved nor cared for by anyone.

Since the story is a basic retelling of Jane Eyre, it was never hard to tell exactly what was going to happen next since I’d read the book years ago. However, Shinn has created a very believable future and characters that I could sympathize with. I really liked Jenna and wanted to see good things happen to her, though I knew some very painful experiences awaited her future.

All in all, it was a very satisfying read and I enjoyed my time in Jenna’s world. Incidentally, this novel is classified as science fiction, but that’s mostly due to it taking place in the future in outer space.

September 08, 2003
Baudolino by Umberto Eco

Baudolino by Umberto Eco: I feel like such a failure. For the first time that I can remember, I have failed to complete a book that I have started.

I tried really hard with Baudolino. I read almost 200 pages (the whole book is only about 500 pages). Those 200 pages, though, took me almost a week - a span of time that I can usually finish two or three books in. Also, it was a bookring that I received through BookCrossing so I felt guilty for holding on to it when I couldn’t get into it. In the meantime, I had several other books that I was on bookrings for show up, so I hated to hold them up as well while I tried to work my way through it.

In the end, it was easier for me to send Baudolino on its way than to keep reading it and holding up all the other books that I need to get started on. Perhaps it just wasn’t my cup of tea or maybe I’ve read too many other books that don’t require as much to get through. Either way, I wish I could have finished it, but even more so, I wish I could have enjoyed reading it.