I picked this book up on a whim from my local library, and fell in love. I've been dabbling with the idea of making my own wine, looking up the occasiI picked this book up on a whim from my local library, and fell in love. I've been dabbling with the idea of making my own wine, looking up the occasional how to when I come across a post on pinterest that looks interesting, but this book pushed me over the edge, and I now can't wait to try making my own wines & meads (I'm researching sources of local honey now in preparation!) I discovered wild grapes on my property, and not being a big fan of grape jelly (which is what I made last year), I'd much rather turn them into wine!
The book has gorgeous photographs, is very well laid out, explains all the steps (and most important to me, doesn't just tell you what to do, but explains why doing something this way is so important, so instead of just telling you how to make wine, it educates you). It's a must for any gardener looking for alternate ways to preserving their crops....more
I just finished rereading this book, I'm rereading the later books in the series to get ready for #13. I admit I've gotten myself confused between theI just finished rereading this book, I'm rereading the later books in the series to get ready for #13. I admit I've gotten myself confused between the books & the show True Blood, so I wanted to get my facts straight. Rereading this reminded me how far off the show is from the books - good as they both are!
So this books tells a lot about Sookie's family history, including some truths about her parents, and her brother learns the truth & begins to grow up a bit, too. I don't particular care for Jason, in either the show or the book, so I was happy to see he has a minor part to play in the book.
I remembered almost right away the ending to the book, and I was anxiously not looking forward to it, hoping that if I didn't actually read it, it wouldn't actually happen - and of course, I did read the ending & of course, things happened the same way I had remembered ;/.
So... what did I love and hate about the book?
This one is much darker - and I love the Sookie books because they arent dark, but honestly, it was nice to read all the same. Life isn't perfect, it's messy, and once again Sookie's life gets crazy messy all at once. Some of the scenes are abrupt, but there's a lot happening in this book & you definitely get the feeling that a lot of this book, if not all of this book, is setting you up for the next couple of books. I actually find that a big negative with any book - I don't like books/episodes that seem to serve as a commercial for the next one - but I love Sookie so much and think Harris just does such a wonderful job that I really don't mind at all....more
Like the first book in the series, this book has been reviewed a bunch of times & I don't have anything new to add, so I won't write a lengthy revLike the first book in the series, this book has been reviewed a bunch of times & I don't have anything new to add, so I won't write a lengthy review. I read this book immediately after watching the movie & reading the first book in the series & loved it as much as I loved the first one. I couldn't believe my eyes as I read the book & watched the story unfold, & when it was over I sobbed because I had to wait to get the next book to read....more
I love the Outlander series, and like everyone else, was eagerly waiting for this one to come out & as always, Gabaldon doesn't disappoint. As alwI love the Outlander series, and like everyone else, was eagerly waiting for this one to come out & as always, Gabaldon doesn't disappoint. As always, there are scenes I wish I had more of, and scenes I wish I had less of, but you just have to love Jamie & Claire's love affair, especially now that they are getting older. It's still unrealistic, this perfect love of theirs where one never really fights or gets mad, but that's why it's fiction. The last couple of books dragged for me a bit, but overall I liked the pacing and the plot of this book more....more
**spoiler alert** 2010 review -- I'm not really sure how to write a review for this book. I greatly loved it, and read it in only a couple of sittings**spoiler alert** 2010 review -- I'm not really sure how to write a review for this book. I greatly loved it, and read it in only a couple of sittings. I enjoyed the fact that we learn a lot about various family relationships throughout the book. I greatly loved the fact that Alexei Romanov is a vampire, and I definitely agree with Harris that he'd be crazier than a loon.
The book is very slow moving, not a lot happens. I feel as if this book is a transition book, setting the scene for what happens next. Harris does a fabulous job of reminding readers what happened in past books, without getting too repetitive like some other vampire series I won't mention.
But... that whole relationship with Eric. It really drove me nuts, how normal Harris was writing their marriage. All the honeys and other terms of endearment, to me were just fake. And Claude being nice just seemed so out of character.
All of those negatives aside, however, it's still a wonderful book, a fast read, and I'm definitely left wanting to read the next book in the series.
2013 review -- Not much to add, really. Still enjoyed it, read pretty fast like the first time. Still love the fact that Alexei Romanov is a vampire, but have more more feelings about him this time around. Surprised I didn't write more about how evil, sick, and twisted he is - and how sad it all it.
I didn't find her relationship with Eric nuts this time - parts still felt a little fake, but it seemed a little more "real" this time around....more
Alright, I finished rereading this last night and it's time to write out my thoughts!
It's a long, long book. Yup, all the Outlander books are long &amAlright, I finished rereading this last night and it's time to write out my thoughts!
It's a long, long book. Yup, all the Outlander books are long & yes, I love my big fat books, but this one was long. A lot happens, they bounce around all over the place, and once Claire goes back in time things pick up speed and they run around the globe chasing after people, things, etc. It's a lot to cram into a book, and all of the main action in the book takes place in about 5 months time.
I still don't really care for this book in the series. I liked it more this time through, but I don't really care for it. A lot of that is all the action crammed into a short time period; a lot of it is the book really, really relies heavily on coincidences & I just feel like that is a cop out for an author to take. I don't really care for the ending, either, and as with all the Outlander books, this one just ends. They arrive in Georgia and boom! Book's done, and that's another reason why I don't care for this one. Another thing I don't really care for is how Jamie is so dishonest to Claire throughout the book and she doesn't even call him on the lies. "Oh, guess what I have a son I didn't tell you about & I didn't tell you about it 'cause I thought you'd be made, even though you left me to go back to your husband who you've been sleeping with for 20 years" and she's all like "Oh OK that's cool, you didn't tell me 'cause you thought I'd be mad".
And Claire is just so damned perfect throughout the book, killing me, getting injured, saving people left and right, and never reacts except one scene in the end where she cries for a night while Jamie holds her. And oh she's OK because she just happens to have enough pencillin left from the modern era to save her life even though she lost all her clothes and belongings several times over. Geez.
Still, I enjoy the series, though re-reading through the books I'm finding I like them so much less than I did say, ten years ago (if you are curious, I'm currently almost 39, and read them the first time in my twenties, where I was perhaps more sentimental & liked the romance bits more).
Oh, and one last thought: am I the only one who wonders if Claire is an alcoholic? Geez, in every scene she's drinking. Yes, I know water wasn't clean &/or easily available & everyone drank, but does she have to drink whiskey in every scene?...more
This has always been both my least favorite, and very favorite, of all the Outlander books. I loved the whole climatic ending with the final battle, bThis has always been both my least favorite, and very favorite, of all the Outlander books. I loved the whole climatic ending with the final battle, but hated the fact that you start reading about present stuff and past stuff, and hated the whole living in France bit. Everything that happened in France just bored me silly, and everything was just way, way too neat/simple/polished/fell into place. Grr. I hate books like that....more
I loved this book, and actually have a copy of it in the original French, which is how I first read it. I greatly enjoyed rereading the book, and actuI loved this book, and actually have a copy of it in the original French, which is how I first read it. I greatly enjoyed rereading the book, and actually got alot more out of it as an adult, though I often had to wonder just how the author came up with some of his ideas, and why this is classified as a children's book (other than the photos, of course)....more