Mini-reviews: Nine Horses: Poems and The Diary of Pelly D

nine horsesTitle: Nine Horses: Poems
Author: Billy Collins
Genre: Poetry
Publisher: Random House
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Source: Print copy from my personal library

I am an unabashed fan of Billy Collins, but this definitely wasn’t my favorite collection. It had a few memorable poems, but most I thought were just okay. Unusual for Collins – every other collection I’ve read, I have rated 5 stars.

dairypellyTitle: The Diary of Pelly D
Author: L.J. Adlington
Genre: YA dystopian fiction
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Source: Print copy from the public library
First line: When the dust settled, Toni V took his goggles off for a moment and rubbed his eyes.

Megan at Po(sey) Sessions recommended this one to me, and I’m so glad she did. The author was fascinated with war diaries, and so took the idea of a war diary and the Holocaust, and put those ideas together with genetic testing and future humankind on the planet they have colonized. This deals with some issues that aren’t that far back in mankind’s past, and the idea that we could repeat the same mistakes is horrifying. Highly recommended.

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14 Responses to Mini-reviews: Nine Horses: Poems and The Diary of Pelly D

  1. Serena (Savvy Verse & Wit)
    Twitter: SavvyVerseWit
    says:

    Sorry to hear you didn’t like the collection of poems by Collins. I haven’t read that collection yet, but usually his collections are well crafted.
    .-= Serena (Savvy Verse & Wit)´s last blog ..Name Your Favorite Detectives and Win =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Serena – i agree – he’s one of my favorite poets. Don’t know why I didn’t love this collection as much – maybe the topics didn’t resonate with me as much.

  2. Belle
    Twitter: msbookish
    says:

    “took the idea of a war diary and the Holocaust, and put those ideas together with genetic testing and future humankind on the planet they have colonized” – sounds interesting!
    .-= Belle´s last blog ..A Rambly Random Wednesday =-.

  3. Andreea says:

    I have never heard of these books, but I will keep an eye on them.
    .-= Andreea´s last blog ..The Manual of Detection by Jedediah Berry =-.

  4. Vasilly
    Twitter: Vasilly
    says:

    I was just thinking about poetry and had to come and visit your blog. Too bad about the Collins book. At least you enjoyed The Diary of Pelly D. It sounds really intriguing!
    .-= Vasilly´s last blog ..Library Loot: The Blame Game =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Vasilly – I just started a new collection yesterday- it’s called Delights and Shadows – I think the poet is Ted Kooser. He’s a new one for me – but I’m enjoying it so far.

  5. Anna says:

    I’m going to have to check out the Diary of Pelly D. Sounds right up my alley. Thanks for bringing it to my attention!
    .-= Anna´s last blog ..Review: The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Anna – you’re welcome – I love it when I can pass on a great book recommendation.

  6. It’s been ages since I opened a book of poetry and read it. I should pull my Emily Dickenson collection off the shelf and reread it. I confess I’m not very good with meanings of poems, but I love the sound and feel of them on my tongue. I’m sorry the collection you read wasn’t better. At least you enjoyed the Diary of Pelly D!
    .-= Literary Feline´s last blog ..Review: The Fairest Portion of the Globe by Frances Hunter =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Wendy – it really is unusual for me not to love a Billy Collins collection – all of his others I’ve read have been 5-stars.

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