The other day I went to the library to order some books and DVDs: The World Is Flat, Walden, the X-Files, and some other stuff. On a whim, I decided to look up books with the subject "fencing." Of course, Nick Evangelista's works of fantasy came up, but I was surprised to find a teen fiction novel as well. And it was in stock!
Here I was torn. The thought of a teen fiction novel depicting fencing intrigued me; the thought of checking out one called Dueling Princes did not. The cover confirmed my fears: the book was written for 12-16 year old girls. The fencer in me took over. I took the book off the shelf and then frantically looked for any other book I could check out to make me look a little more manly. Fortunately for me, I found copies of Eats, Shoots and Leaves and Did Adam and Eve Have Navels? It's like going to the drug store and making sure that you buy combs and toothpaste when the real reason you're there is to buy Gas-X.
So far, the fencing in Dueling Princes has been pretty good, but the girl stuff is quite tedious (what did I expect?); Lynne Truss's Eats, Shoots and Leaves has me howling in laughter; and Did Adam and Eve Have Navels? is just annoying.