Contemporary Literature

Book Choices  -- Spring Semester 2003

Ms. Rinaldi
Room 204
(303)698-6100 ext. 21411

(The Supernatural Version)

The Handmaid's Tale Margaret Atwood (Science Fiction) 

Fascinating tale of futuristic society with heavy feminist bent. Very strange but brilliant book.

The Mists of Avalon Marion Zimmer Bradley (Fantasy/legend) 

Retelling of the Arthurian legend from the perspectives of the women involved.

Ender's Game Orson Scott Card (Science Fiction) 

One of the most popular sci-fi books for the "computer generation", a young boy is taken into a secret school where he trains on video games for interplanetary war.

Sphere Michael Crichton (Science Fiction)

Aliens and intrigue as scientists explore a mysterious orb at the bottom of the ocean. Great read.

Like Water for Chocolate Laura Esquibel (Magical Realism)

Beautiful and passionate love story. The premise is that substituting any relationship for real love is like substituting water for chocolate.

Time and Again Jack Finney (Science Fiction)

A book about Time Travel, the main character goes back in time through a room in the famous Dakota Hotel overlooking Central Park. Great pictures and historical facts make it fascinating.

Practical Magic Alice Hoffman (Magical Realism) 

Story about two "normal" sisters who have a talent for witchcraft. Great read.

The Stand Stephen King (Horror). 

Plague decimates the population and the few survivors try to find one another and go on with their lives.

It Stephen King (Horror) 

All of the worst childhood fears rolled into one book. Very scary, ending is a little weak.

Watchers Dean Koontz (Sci-Fi/Horror) 

A book about scientific experiments run amok, and hasthe coolest dog ever as one of the main characters. Very easy to read.

The Dragonriders of Pern Anne McCaffrey (Fantasy) 

People on a distant planet develop empathic relationships with genetically engineered dragons to fight the biological threat to their planet. Wonderful characters and story.

Song of Solomon Toni Morrison (Magical Realism) 

One of the greatest books written in the 20th century, beautiful writing, weird characters, very insightful and deep perspective of African American experience.

Interview With the Vampire Anne Rice (Horror/Fantasy) 

Fascinating historical and philosophical examination of a vampire's struggle with his identity.

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