Bad book, good book

I chose to read Baby X because the Goodreads description talked about IVF technology “on steroids”. That’s my interpretation of the description, those words weren’t actually used. This book is set in the near future where people can sort of “design” their own children. That is all I will say about that.

If you know me, you know I am concerned about the constant whittling away at pro-choice rights. I totally do not understand how these same people seem to be against IVF. Um, isn’t that supposed to bring MORE babies into the world? But it seems to me like the anti-choice folks are doing quite some contortions to put their heads up you-know-where. I know I am GROSSLY oversimplifying this stuff but I feel like I am totally missing something. Scratches head. Again. You want more babies to be born but you you prefer “forced birth” and not actual choice? Anyone who goes through IVF is CHOOSING life. At least for babies. Not necessarily for other categories of people but we won’t go there today.

Anyway, I spent yesterday telling people that Baby X was a terrible book. It isn’t great literature in any way, shape, or form. But then I started actually getting in to it. It all wrapped up neatly in the end and I was even sprouting a few tears by that time. That said, I am not really recommending the book but it is a fast read and maybe that’s what I needed this weekend.

After finishing Baby X, I started in on Interesting Facts about Space. I am really enjoying this one. I’m not sure it would be everyone’s cuppa, definitely not the GG’s. But if casual lesbian hook-ups (no graphic sex so far), true crime podcasts, and blended family dysfunction (and more) don’t turn you off, you might have fun with this. I am. Sprinkled into all the other themes are random facts about space. The protagonist (a “space agency” information architect) uses these in part to communicate with her mother.

One Response to “Bad book, good book”

  1. Margaret Says:

    I’m reading “West with Giraffes” and finding it interesting so far. The setting and time period are definitely vital to the story.