Notice for Review Requests

I receive review requests weekly. However, my personal schedule is hectic and I no longer review actively. (I also manage another blog called The Toronto Cafe and Food Blog). I do read every request sent but I apologize in advance that I do not reply to them all.

If I do take on a request, I will forewarn that it may take some time before I can review it. I am now looking to review adult fiction and self-help books instead of young adult fiction because I have grown out of it. If you are to request a review for either adult fiction or self-help, I will more likely to give it a shot.

In the meantime, Stop, Drop, and Read! serves as an archive book review blog. When I have the time, I may post a review. Thank you for understanding.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Q4U: What themes do you want to see in novels?

Q4U (Question 4 U) is a feature on Stop, Drop, and Read! that appears on random days. A question is asked for you to answer, where it could range from getting feedbacks for the blog to a start of a fun topic!

In literature, there is a vast majority of themes and stories presented. There are so many that you will notice many repeats with the popular ones but all different with each author's own writing style (ex. vampires, family, etc.). However, there are many themes that aren't seen too often. So I'm curious...

What themes do you want to see in novels?

For some reason, I want to read a novel about time-travelling. Surprisingly, there not a lot of stories about the protagonist going back in time or to the future. That would be awesome! (Recommend if you guys know any good ones?) I want to read about reincarnation but at the same time I don't want to. I don't know, that topic does interest me but I fear that it will be some depressing magical story or so.

What about you guys?

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fallenleaf said...

I really don't care whats in a book as long as it's interesting. Try Mammoth by John Varley the summery is:
When eccentric megabillionaire Howard Christian commissions a hunt for a frozen mammoth in northern Manitoba to clone a new model in Varley's rollicking, bittersweet tale of time travel and ecology, he gets more than he bargained for: next to the 12,000-year-old beast his team unearths lies the body of a human being, wearing a wristwatch, with a metal box—a time machine?—nearby. Christian hires Matt Wright, Canada's top scientist on the physics of time, to fix the machine, and employs elephant vet Susan Morgan to oversee the cloning of a new mammoth. The machine hurls Matt and Susan back to the mammoth age, then forward again, along with a baby Columbian woolly mammoth, Fuzzy, whose engaging story cleverly alternates with Christian's indefatigable quest for personal fame. Varley's sparkling wit pulls one surprise after another out of this unconventional blend of science and social commentary with real people convincingly doing unreal things. Fuzzy, though, is the true hero, an irresistible 15-foot-tall reminder of the wonders of nature and imagination. The winner of numerous Hugo and Nebula awards, Varley (Millennium) should garner new laurels with this outstanding effort.
It's not YA but it's pretty good.

The Mad Hatter said...

I love thriller mystery novels. There doesn't seem to be any good ones for YA. Also I think a good semi time travel book is House of Many Ways by Diana Wynn Jones. Its not so much a 'time travel' book as it is just really awesome.

Diana Dang said...

@Fallenleaf: I'll consider it!

@Hatter: I agree! There isn't enough thriller mysteries in the YA fiction! Lol, I remember trying to read a novel by Diana Wynn Jones long ago but I was so confused! But I will keep that title in mind!