Glory O'Brien's History of the Future, but her name, Glory O'Brien, of course, reminded me of the song Were You There? And the last verse which reads, "Sometimes I feel like shouting, "Glory! Glory! Glory! Were you there when He rose up from the grave?" This version is by Marion Williams. It doesn't end that way, but man....what a rendition. WOW. WOW. WOW.
Glory O'Brien's History of the Future is a pretty "wow" kind of book. A.S. King really has written terrific books. I haven't read them all, but I really hope to do so next year. I think that next year I might take an author-focused approach and also finish up my "Reading Road Trip" deal where I am trying to read a book set in each of the nifty-fifty.
Where does Glory O'Brien's History of the Future take place? In Pennsylvania! I think most of her books do. Aaaannnywayyyy....I am rambling.
This book is a must for the Amelia Bloomer Project. It is a very odd book, but odd in a good way, as in original! It reminded me a bit of Grasshopper Jungle because that also had a main character who was writing a history, not of the future, but of the last days of Earth. I don't know if this is sci-fi like Grasshopper Jungle and Noggin, because modern science doesn't give Glory and her friend their super powers, they come from drinking the ground-up remains of a bat. But natural science is still science, right? So maybe? It is like GJ and Noggin though because while it definitely is paranormal, it doesn't seem way out there, it is very realistic. Is this a new trend in YA fiction? Paranormal fiction that is more normal? GOHOTF also reminded me of Sure Signs of Crazy which I read just about this time last year. Glory and Sarah both had mothers who ended their own lives and both are concerned that they will do the same.
There are just some really great characters in here. And a very great father. This was just such an exceptional book, even though Glory is not a very likable character and I don't think she is meant to be. Well maybe she is just like a normal person. No one is likable all of the time. Well, I actually do know a lot of people who are likable all the time! Not me! But I do know a lot of people who are!
Anyway...great, great book! A.S. King, great, great writer.
What's Going On Here?
There are SO MANY wonderful book review blogs out there and I can't compete with them, that is for sure. So this is not a book review blog. This is just a way for me to organize what I have read so that I can be better at matching the right book to the right person. The blog title comes from the brilliant mind of the most talented woman who ever lived, Ms. Judy Garland. The full quote is, "Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of someone else." That is what I hope to do here and in ever aspect of my life.