This just wasn't at all what I what I was expecting based on the descriptions and reviews. I guess I thought the humor would be in a YouTube-funny-pet...moreThis just wasn't at all what I what I was expecting based on the descriptions and reviews. I guess I thought the humor would be in a YouTube-funny-pets kind of way. I mean, the idea that all dogs have ADHD is so hilarious because if you've known ANY dogs, you know how entirely true it is. But the way it's presented in the book is in a human perspective, merely set to stock images of random dogs playing. The text is simply ADHD symptoms laid out in blanket statements and does little to give the disorder any lightheartedness. I wanted it to be playful and silly, more about using dogs (which more of the general population has experience with and can relate to) as a tongue-in-cheek bridge for people to better grasp the nature of ADHD (and maybe even make dog behavior easier to understand as well!).
And before I get railed on for being an insensitive jerk, as someone with the disorder myself, and the mother of two children with it as well, I think I have a more personal interest and should thus be allowed an honest critique of the book more than the average reader. That said, I had high hopes for this to be a coffee table book I would actually display, but sadly, as a schmaltzy awareness publication, I don't even care to own it.(less)
As I laid out in my review of All Dogs Have ADHD, this book fell short of what the descriptions and reviews seemed to imply. Rather than a fun little...moreAs I laid out in my review of All Dogs Have ADHD, this book fell short of what the descriptions and reviews seemed to imply. Rather than a fun little LOLcats parody that plays up their sometimes mystifying and simultaneously adorable behaviors to make Asperger Syndrome easier for people to relate to, it was simply generalized, humorless descriptions of symptoms set to generic stock images of cats. In other words, nothing special and thus an unfortunate disappointment.(less)
Wow. Ok, Georgette Heyer has finally impressed me.
Despite the unfortunate name of the title character, Sylvester is a brilliant cross of Jane Austen a...moreWow. Ok, Georgette Heyer has finally impressed me.
Despite the unfortunate name of the title character, Sylvester is a brilliant cross of Jane Austen and Oscar Wilde: witty, comical, plenty of misunderstanding, and a variety of social disasters. In short, a comedy of manners.
Sylvester is aptly compared to Pride and Prejudice, but I saw a lot of the silliness of Northanger Abbey as well. And frankly, I think I like Phoebe and Sylvester better than Darcy and Elizabeth! Darcy and Elizabeth seem stiff and cold in comparison to the palpable frustration of Phoebe and Sylvester.
As a writer, Heyer is at the top of her game. I love how she puts you in the mind of so many characters to illuminate various perspectives, building such a solid cast that you can't help but be consumed by the story. And you know what? I laughed out loud! That practically never happens for me!
And seriously, all the way through, I couldn't stop picturing Ian Somerhalder's eyebrows.
Oh man, this really needs to be made into a movie.(less)
My second attempt at Heyer was no good. She can be quite entertaining, but good grief, sometimes sooo tedious!
It is unfortunate that her opening info-...moreMy second attempt at Heyer was no good. She can be quite entertaining, but good grief, sometimes sooo tedious!
It is unfortunate that her opening info-dumps are painfully long and so thick in Regency stylization because it requires quite a but of effort to wade into and get absorbed by the story.
Once the action and dialogue finally begin, it's much easier to get sucked into the lives of her characters, which as I said before, are clearly the strongest feature of her writing.
The story of Frederica was likewise interesting and well paced, but Frederica herself was kind of annoying. She would not stop jabbering! Rather aimlessly, too.
And as for romance, Heyer is severely obtuse about it. Both books of hers I've read wait until literally the last page to show any spark of affection between the main character and the love interest, but that's the ridiculous part: it's almost entirely begrudging for both of them! While its nice that her couples establish strong foundations of friendship and dependability for their relationships, it irritates me that one or the other has to be almost violently forced into conceding to the match. It's a very unsatisfactory way to end a story.
Finally, I feel likes there needs to be a glossary for all the Regency slang that is used. It's not hard to figure out most of it, but thank goodness for ebook readers with dictionaries, because I look up a lot of words! Clearly, Heyer has a vast store of knowledge on the period, so footnotes and even pictures would be extremely helpful, as well, if not adding to the story itself.
Despite my lukewarm feelings, I'll probably end up reading more from her.(less)
Apparently I've been living under a rock, since I'd somehow never heard of Georgette Heyer and her 50+ regency books (that have been around for 40+ ye...moreApparently I've been living under a rock, since I'd somehow never heard of Georgette Heyer and her 50+ regency books (that have been around for 40+ years) until now.
The Grand Sophy seems to be a fan favorite, and it was nice enough (though not stellar) so I'm not sure if everything else will be downhill from here.
What I really enjoyed most were the characters; Sophy in particular. In fact, im quite jealous of her. She is so authentically charming and self-confident that you realize how misused these terms have become. It's been a long time since I've seen someone described as such without being more than a little selfish and egotistical as well. The difference seems to be that rather than acquiring these traits through parental fawning and indulgence, she has come by them through significant trust and responsibility. She was treated as capable and fulfilled that expectation. And her many years of living amid a wide variety of cultures, and mainly interacting with adults skilled at diplomacy and political savvy surely contributed to her ease of manner as well.
I feel like I'm reading way too far into this, but it really makes perfect sense, and I totally appreciate an author that can back up their character's personality like that.
But coming back to the story, it wasn't until the end when all of Sophy's machinations seemed to turn reckless and chaotic, that she was the least likable. And the way her part of the story ended was just as off-putting.