I finished The Hunger Games late last night. I have to say that it is one of the best books I have read in a good long time. From the first page to the last the story was engaging and downright exciting. And the characters, most especially the protagonist, Katniss Everdeen, feel so completely human. During Katniss’s moments of introspection I found myself thinking, ‘Yes! That’s exactly what I would be thinking!’ Of course, I’ve never been in a fight-for-my-life-on-live-television situation, so I cannot say for sure.

Bottom line, The Hunger Games is a fantastic read and I really can’t recommend it enough. I cannot wait for the film version this March and I’ll be getting the second and third books in the series very soon.

Tonight I’ll be starting Gore Vidal’s Lincoln. I have read some other Vidal novels, Creation and Julian (which was quite good). Vidal has gotten a little kooky in recent years but Lincoln was written in 1984, so it should be safe. Abraham Lincoln is such an important, and yet enigmatic, persona in the history of America. I look forward to getting a personal (if fictional) look at the man.

Note: Attentive readers will note that I didn’t have a ‘finished’ post for A Confederacy of Dunces. Well, that’s because I didn’t finish it. Maybe I’ll write more about it later but the short story is that I just got bored with it about 3/4 of the way through. I just didn’t want to waste any more time on a book I wasn’t enjoying.