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I devoured three books this week.

1. Chuck Palahniuk's Snuff. Chuck delivers a decoy twist, but really, it's a side plot. The second half of the real twist is a bit predictable, and the end is something funny that I didn't see coming. I'd like to see them try to turn this into a movie!

2. The Invention of Hugo Cabret, by Brian Selznick. Described as not exactly a novel, and it’s not quite a picture book, and it’s not really a graphic novel, or a flip book, or a movie, but a combination of all these things. It's a fantastic story about an orphan, an automaton, and Georges Méliès, who made the world's first sci-fi movie called A Trip To The Moon and introduced a new world of movies to the screen.

3. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I had described it to Charles as being just like the episode of Mork and Mindy where Mork gives birth to an old man who ages backwards. And Charles said, "Say no more! I saw a preview for a movie with Brad Pitt that I thought was a total rip-off of that episode!"
The book was bittersweet, and of course, sad at the end. It's strange how everyone around him denied his condition, but understandable. Everyone fears growing old, and nobody likes saying a final farewell to an infant. But nobody let on that they believed it, even though it was happening to Benjamin right before their eyes. How isolating it was.

My next book is Freaks, by Annette Curtis Klause.

I didn't get this cover. I wish I had, though. It makes me fall in love.