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I know Stephenie Meyer has achieved plenty these days (she's one of Time's 100 Most Influential People this year, her first book is being made into a movie, every publication that mentions her couples her name with "the next JK Rowling," etc.). But today she managed something that had never happened before: I actually went out and bought her new book, The Host, in hardcover, on the day it was released.

I've bought new books before (rarely!), and I've even bought hardcover books before. But to do both on the very day of the book's release was a first. The closest this has ever come to happening before now was with Harry Potter 7 in Jordan.

I'm sure many of us are curious how good this book will be. I have to admit, I'm not much of a sci-fi fan, at all - all those Ray Bradbury and Isaac Asimov stories we had to read in elementary school left their horrifying mark on my psyche - but then again, I didn't think I was much of a vampire book person, either.

I was all ready to promise you a review by sometime early next week, since I won't be able to start the book for a few days. But it looks like there's someone in the family who might be able to give us a review much sooner than that: Jeremy. This afternoon, I noticed that the book was missing from the kitchen counter. Shortly after, I got an email from Jeremy that said, "guess what book I read on the bus..." Yes, it's true. Jeremy stole the book I bought on opening day and is reading it even as I write this. Vile usurper!

He's just lucky I wasn't planning on starting it quite yet. So as long as he finishes it in a timely manner, no one has to get hurt.

Is anyone else planning on reading this book?

Worth the wait

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