Once again I'm enjoying some of my free time by reading some good books.
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins:
I enjoyed this one the best of the three books in the series in my opinion. In this book all the characters get to show their true colors and are forced to take a stand for what they think is right. It is not always easy to tell what the truth is and decisions have to be made quickly and based on incomplete information. As in real life these characters have feelings and some try to ignore them, some are overwhelmed by them and need help and support from others to live their lives while dealing with them and still others try to anesthetize themselves to keep from feeling them. It seems realistic in a very foreign world and the book concludes on a good note. I would recommend this series despite the distasteful idea of the competition of the killing games that is forced on the population. It deals with important concerns like how to decide what is true and what to support and how much freedom a government should give it's people and how influential and important and individual can be. A good read. If young kids are reading this book I would recommend a parent read along so the hard topics (killing, government oppression and the associated feelings be discussed so the kids can understand).
Snow Rising by Matt Baldwin
This is one of those books that are in a niche that I'll call "Self help fiction". The style is similar to the Peace Giver. And this book is equally as well done and covers important information. This style of book seems to really do some good teaching and when you are done you feel like you need to read it again to let is settle some more in you. I found lots of great things in this book. The lists at the back unrelated to the story are well worthwhile as well. I highly recommend this book if you want to figure out what you personally can do to help the problems in your life, particular problems with relationships in or out of the family.
Hero by Mike Lupica
This is a fun book about a young boy finding and discovering he had super powers and determining what his role is in the world. A couple adults try to tell him what to do with his powers and he has to determine which is trying to help and which is trying to hinder. It is a quick and fun read. It is a YA book that really is best for young people and not adults. The feelings and situations of the main character are not gone into in a depth that would be preferred by this adult at least, or maybe I'm just accustomed to how Orson Scot Card writes. A good kids book that doesn't trash families or government or anything and is not gruesome. A generally wholesome book.
This is an electronic format science fiction/fantasy magazine edited by Orson Scott Card. I'll list the short stories included in it separately with a brief synopsis.
Respite--Rachel Ann Dryden--an interesting story about a married couple trying to reach safety. Both the husband and wife think the wife is the strongest of the pair until a moment of truth comes.
A Rarefied View at Dawn--Dave Wolverton--This is an interesting little story about a young man nearing the beginning of adolescence. He lives in a city with only women and girls and very few boys. The qualities of men are detested in this city and men must live outside the city in primitive conditions while the ladies live productive and modern lives inside the city protected from the men by robots.
Loose in the Wires--John Brown--In this fantasy a brother-in-law back from the Peace Corps brings home god in the form of a beetle. What then happens tests those who are sane.
Trill and the Beanstalk--Edmund R. Schubert--A chess loving American finds himself out maneuvered by a Chinese person in the race to get the wealth of Mars.
Night Walks--Robert Stoddard--a husband is treated for cancer and survives only to fall prey to depression that almost takes him and his wife's life.
Taint of Treason--James Stone--A son's treason is needed to protect the family from the false accusation of treason by the king.
Eviction Notice--Scott M. Roberts--This is a story about a Vietnam vet who can't shake the horrors of the war or the later abuse of his son until he finds a way for emancipation.
Mazer in Prison--Orson Scott Card--This is the best story of the bunch. If you are an Ender fan and wondered how Graff got to be head of the battle school this will answer your questions.
Hopefully you are doing some reading as well.