Wednesday, May 07, 2008


I know Stephenie Meyer has achieved plenty these days (she's one of Time's 100 Most Influential People this year, her first book is being made into a movie, every publication that mentions her couples her name with "the next JK Rowling," etc.). But today she managed something that had never happened before: I actually went out and bought her new book, The Host, in hardcover, on the day it was released.

I've bought new books before (rarely!), and I've even bought hardcover books before. But to do both on the very day of the book's release was a first. The closest this has ever come to happening before now was with Harry Potter 7 in Jordan.

I'm sure many of us are curious how good this book will be. I have to admit, I'm not much of a sci-fi fan, at all - all those Ray Bradbury and Isaac Asimov stories we had to read in elementary school left their horrifying mark on my psyche - but then again, I didn't think I was much of a vampire book person, either.

I was all ready to promise you a review by sometime early next week, since I won't be able to start the book for a few days. But it looks like there's someone in the family who might be able to give us a review much sooner than that: Jeremy. This afternoon, I noticed that the book was missing from the kitchen counter. Shortly after, I got an email from Jeremy that said, "guess what book I read on the bus..." Yes, it's true. Jeremy stole the book I bought on opening day and is reading it even as I write this. Vile usurper!

He's just lucky I wasn't planning on starting it quite yet. So as long as he finishes it in a timely manner, no one has to get hurt.

Is anyone else planning on reading this book?


Nancy Heiss said...

I actually don't follow Meyer so much, although I think it's cool that your brother will be in the movie. And I liked the Twilight books.

So I hadn't heard of this yet. My little sister probably has though :)

I'll have to check it out.

I love that Jeremy is reading it first. And I loved how you wrote about it. I found if very entertaining.

"Vile usurper," indeed! :)

Suzanne Bubnash said...

Bring the book with you when you come to visit so we can all read it!

Laura L said...

hey, thanks a ton for this post! I've been looking for a great book for a plane ride to London tonight, and here it is! I ran out and bought it right away. Meyer is perfect for plane reading--gripping enough to make the hours fly by and doesn't make you think too much.

Also, thanks for your brother's posting on the filming! Interesting katir owie.

sarah said...

yes i contemplated going out to buy it too since I was hanging out with Janice at the hospital for a few hours at a time. but then i forgot about it. tell me if you and jeremy like it!

Lindsay said...

Great, now you got me interested, and instead of borrowing this one from you, I'll have to go out and buy it too since I'm leaving next week. Let me know if it is worth the hard-cover price. =)

Nattie said...

Yes on reading the book sometime in the future. My damaged psyche comes from watching Edgar Allen Poe filmstrips, specifically the Tell Tale Heart. Permanent. Damage.

Jeremy Palmer said...

done. I enjoyed it quite a bit. I liked it more than the Twilight series. Bridget won't let me write details now...not until she has read it. Let me just say that when this book is made into a movie, the character Jeb is going to be fun to watch. By the way, much of the story takes place just outside of Tucson!

Sarah Rose Evans said...

I put this on hold at the library, based on your recommendation. When all other 176 people in line have read it, I'll let you know what I thought. :)


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