Like most avowedly alternative cultural movements, alt comedy was also an expression of snobbery.
Kelefa Sanneh, "Funny Person", New Yorker, November 1, 2010, 64.
Synopsis: Malik, a short round balding brown man, enters an impossible wager at his gentleman club to win the right to ask Rose Mbikwa to the annual hunt ball. The story is about this diminutive man greatness, with a lot of bird watching.
Rate: 5 Red Bishops
(Note this novel is higly quoteable. It's worth having a copy to keep forever!)
Houghton Mifflin, 2008
One Word Summary: Blase
Review: Mr. Darcy stomps around in his big boots scowling at anyone who looks at his wife wrong. And if he's not doing that he's delivering smouldering looks to Elizabeth. He never says anything truly intelligent through the whole book. In fact the reader is made to suffer while he repeats himself. He has two lines- "Don't look at my wife that way" & "Elizabeth I love you to distraction". He does of course laugh and smile now that he's married to dear Lizzie, but that's to her credit. The whole book is a tribute to her wit and charm. Only book itself is not witty or charming. On the upside Wickham dies in an asylum. Syphilis, who'd have guessed.
Synopsis: Elizabeth navigates the shoals London Society after her marriage. She takes the Ton by storm. Her younger sister, Kitty, becomes interesting.
Rate: 2 fairytale matches
Review: Another fantastic tale by Kristin Cashore.
Synopsis: On the other side of the mountains, the Kingdom of the Dells is at war with itself. Gracelings are unheard of, but there are monsters. They crave the taste of monster blood, they are irresistibly beautiful and they can control your mind. Fire is the only human monster alive. Most people hate and fear her. For the last 16 years she has lived quietly, but now she's compelled to help restore peace to the land. It's an opportunity to undo her father's wickedness. And really she wants a chance to prove she isn't the monster people think she is.
Rate: 3 red heads
Censorship: Teenagers do have sex.
The Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card