5.Sea Glass, Maria Snyder (2/1/10): In a word - solid. 2nd books sometimes fail to live up to their predecessor's high standards (if the first book had high standards, that is) but this book does. You'll have to read Storm Glass to understand this book. It follows a glassmaker who has a very special ability that has her on the black list of the magical council and the bad guys. Much intrigue ensues. Sometimes the book is confusing because of a plot point that becomes a bit cumbersome towards the end...but still, another excellent Snyder book (I highly rec'd her Study series).
6. Eating Animals - Jonathan Safran Foer: (2/15/10 ): In a word - complex . Fact, chicken corpses are doused with chlorine (
you know, bleach). The USDA spends 500-600 million a year to promote meat, dairy and eggs yet only spends $150 million on promoting fruits and vegetables, even though we should be eating more of the latter and less of the former. This book is a good read, for sure, especially for people unfamiliar with the farming industry. I still found the wishy-washy message a little frustrating, but I realize this is an issue in which flexibility and realistic expectations must be granted due consideration. All that said, go vegan if you want to help the animals. :)