Back to the Future

What I’m Dying to Read…

I may be the last Sweet Valley High fan to know this, but on March 29, 2011 St Martin’s Press will unleash Sweet Valley Confidential: Ten Years Later. Can’t wait for it! Has Liz become a best-selling author? Did Jessica graduate from high school? Would she be pleased to know chocolate-brown walls aren’t really considered putrid anymore? (And perhaps they’re even passe now!)  Did Bruce Patman squander his wealth on Porsches and pastel polo shirts?

What I’ve Just Read…

Doug MacLeod‘s Life of a Teenage Body-Snatcher.

Loved this book. It was pithy, dark, a little gruesome, but very entertaining. It is, as the title suggests, about a teenage body-snatcher, a sixteen-year-old gentleman named Thomas Timewell. The year is 1828, and Thomas has just buried his beloved grandfather. And now he’s digging him back up again under the cover of night. Grandfather Timewell’s last wish was to donate his body to science and Thomas wants to fulfill that wish no matter what. As you would expect from an amateur, Thomas is caught in the act. Veteran body-snatcher Plenitude, who prefers to call himself a Resurrectionist, finds Thomas and takes him (and the grandfather’s body) under his wing.  Plenitude decides Thomas is well suited to body-snatching. But is Thomas cut out for it? If you love dark humour, this book will have you in stitches.

Read the story behind the story on Doug’s website.