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03 January 2009 @ 11:50 am
Book Rec  
I owe somigliana a big thanks for that book rec of The Hunger Games. It was a fascinating, riveting book.

The premise is actually rather horrifying if you think about it for more than a second, and it was especially brought home to me because the protagonist, Katniss, was from District 12... which is what used to be, in this world, Appalachia. Essentially, Katniss could have been from right here. District 12 is the coal miners, and less than a hundred years ago coal mining was still a very active part of life in this area.

I used to listen to Great-Aunt Effie talk about her father and brothers going to the mines, about the time when she lost one of her brothers to a mine collapse. There's a house out on our lake that once collapsed when someone was building it (no one was hurt) because it had been built over a coal shaft that everyone had forgotten about.

And then they rebuilt it and it did it again. And again, though apparently they fixed the problem, so the third time really was the charm.

I especially loved the Appalachian lullaby that was used during part of the book. I know the author wrote it, but it's likely based off something real, so I'm trolling what I can find to see if I can find something similar.

I adored the book and I really can't wait for the next one.
Somigliana: Hunger games 2 place where I love yousomigliana on January 4th, 2009 01:20 am (UTC)
Glad you enjoyed it, hun. Can't wait for the next installment of it.

Team Gale or Team Peeta, then?
Gelsey: Hunger Games - mockingjaygelsey on January 4th, 2009 01:27 am (UTC)
Me either! Gah, hate waiting.

Hmmm. Peeta is sweet and genuine, but Gale is teh awesome. I'm leaning toward him (or, goodness, Cinna!), I think.

Lyrics are similar in nature, yes? Anyhow, I'm still searching for more... harder than you'd think.
Somigliana: Hunger games district 12somigliana on January 4th, 2009 02:08 am (UTC)
Well, I'm looking forward to seeing more of Gale, actually. He was only in the first chapter.

Oh, that's lovely! Very similar in nature, I think, yes.

I wonder when the next installment is coming.
Gelsey: Hunger Games - mockingjaygelsey on January 4th, 2009 06:56 am (UTC)
Nod. He seems quite interesting, though, from the glimpse we were given. I feel like the author has a good grasp of him even if he's not very present.

I'm becoming rather interested in the history of my area. I need to find some books, I think.

I don't know. Does the author have a website, do we know?