Amelia Peabody is a heroine for the bookish set who still have a lingering crush on Indiana Jones. So you could see why it appeals to me a little.
T Amelia Peabody is a heroine for the bookish set who still have a lingering crush on Indiana Jones. So you could see why it appeals to me a little.
This story is told to us by Amelia herself, in her writings. Now she's married to Emerson and they have a darling, lisping, unusually intelligent little boy nicknamed Ramses (natch). And she still calls her husband Emerson and he calls her Peabody (mostly) and they banter and argue and have a roaring sex life. Yipee.
Amelia has it all: - Rugged, intelligent husband who is totally in to her and always looking for moments for them to steal "upstairs" *cough cough* -Darling son who can be conveniently deposited long term with his Aunt and Uncle who love to stay home and be domestic with their 6 children -Plenty of confidence to defy all the bossy men around her -A cracking memory for details - both clues and Egyptian history -A disdain for regular girly women and total lack of need for women friends
If I sound a little snarky it's because Amelia brings this out in me. She and Emerson are rock solid but everyone around them is straight from central casting - - the goofy American scholar who says "golly", the beautiful vain widow of a rich Egyptologist who likes to flirt with Emerson, and a host of dumb natives who the Emersons use for manual labor and to fill in plot holes.
So while I really like reading about ol' Amelia she also makes me want to throw up my hands and cry "Uncle! You ARE the coolest! We get it!". I've found I can only take so much at a time of a woman doing everything so much better than me. Fictional or not.
Whoa, this was bad. And weird. And weirdly bad. I read it because I saw a glowing review about it and thought it sounded great.
Plum is a young sing Whoa, this was bad. And weird. And weirdly bad. I read it because I saw a glowing review about it and thought it sounded great.
Plum is a young single gal in the city who has been huge her whole life. And her whole life now kind of centers around her obesity and how she hates being stared at and mocked when she goes places. So she works from home and stays in a 5 block radius of where she lives. It was so depressing. Being fat was the only thing she thought about and her upcoming gastric bypass surgery is the only thing she looks forward to.
And then she finds that she's being followed by somebody and it leads her down this rabbit hole of feminist activists. And one is a rich, hippy do-gooder type, one is a former beautiful child star who now is fat and happy and done conforming. And they take Plum in, lavish her with attention and a makeover until Plum changes her attitude.
At the same time a guerilla group known only as "Jennifer" has been attacking the bad men of the world, kidnapping and publicly killing them, and Jennifer may or may not be connected to Plum's new found group of friends.
And man, this sucked. The very beginning had some potential for mystery and excitement (secret group sticking it to bad guys who got away, feminist ideals!) and then it just icky. Icky and gross and still depressing and when I was done I was pretty mad I had even bothered to finish.
I didn't hate this exactly but I certainly didn't like it much either. It often felt kind of slow moving and was populated with characters I didn't c I didn't hate this exactly but I certainly didn't like it much either. It often felt kind of slow moving and was populated with characters I didn't care about at all.
Frances lives with her mother in 1920s London and they are in need of money so they take in some lodgers. The newlyweds Lillian and Leonard seem nice enough and its all fine at first. Then two of the characters start an obsessive affair with each other and it's so melodramatic that it's almost funny. But so annoying that it wasn't amusing funny - just obnoxious along the lines of "I love you darling! So much! Never let me go!"...honk.
And the characters aren't very nice people, nor interesting, and I just didn't like a one of them. But I did keep reading because I wanted to see who got what in the end. And after ALL those pages it wasn't much. Not a fan of this one at all. ...more
I really rather liked this. It's about spoiled and aimless couple Ellis and Maddie and their friend Hank. Ellis and Hank are getting tired of all the I really rather liked this. It's about spoiled and aimless couple Ellis and Maddie and their friend Hank. Ellis and Hank are getting tired of all the whisperings about their dodging the war and so they decide to go to Scotland and get proof of the Loch Ness Monster.
But the trip to Scotland and their subsequent stay at a small inn in the Highlands changes Maddie and she starts to see the emptiness of how she and Ellis have been living all this time. There are a host of great characters in the Scottish highlands that you grow to love.
And there's a good mystery about the monster, a good villain and a good ending. The whole thing was very satisfying after reading a couple crummy books this week. I really liked this. ...more
I don't think there's anything I can say that hasn't already been said about this book. I think The Onion summed it up best with their shot of the bo I don't think there's anything I can say that hasn't already been said about this book. I think The Onion summed it up best with their shot of the book's cover altered to say "My Excellent Caretaker Deserves My Entire Fortune".
First of all, this book didn't ruin "To Kill a Mockingbird" for me. Nothing could. And I knew there was only one place for Atticus Finch to go, and that was down. The man could do no wrong. So when a grown up Scout comes home to visit its an elderly, conforming Atticus she finds. He attends a City Council meeting and listens serenely as a racist jerkface expounds on the merits of segregation, thereby ruining Scout's opinion of her father.
But this new Atticus and new Scout couldn't touch the old ones because this book was ALL over the place. It was like Harper Lee had scribbled bits and pieces down on cocktail napkins someone carefully collected and put in order and called a book. There were flashes of Lee's beautiful writing, mostly when Scout is recalling childhood memories, but those moments are few and far between. Which helped keep it separate from TKAM - it was like the characters were complete strangers in this book and had no bearing whatsoever and those people we first loved.
This book was really bad. I didn't have high hopes but it was worse than I thought because it was so scattered and aimless. Beautifully drawn characters from the previous book were reduced to stereotypes and left flat.
Skip it, unless you want to contribute your $14.95 to Harper Lee's caretaker's inheritance. ...more
It's like Christmas! A new Alice Hoffman book and it's aimed towards middle school readers so I knew going in it wasn't going to have any bad surpris It's like Christmas! A new Alice Hoffman book and it's aimed towards middle school readers so I knew going in it wasn't going to have any bad surprises (and I LOVE no bad surprises. Bad surprises just tick me off whether in real life or fiction).
This book is about the tiny town of Sidwell where Twig lives with her beautiful but reclusive mother and a brother they keep hidden away because of his magical qualities. A witch cursed their family generations ago and it's just how things are.
But then the witch's cottage gets occupied by some of her descendants and Twig makes her first real friend ever.
I don't want to give much away but there is magic, mysterious woods, a monster, rare owls, and a hero the whole town gets behind. I just loved it. I'd totally recommend it to everybody. Happy Christmas. ...more
I'm somewhere between two and three stars on this one. I'm surprised people feel so strongly about it here - look at the other reviews - it wasn't ba I'm somewhere between two and three stars on this one. I'm surprised people feel so strongly about it here - look at the other reviews - it wasn't bad enough to hate nor awesome enough to love.
It was all very familiar. Kelsea is a 19 year old girl who has to go claim a throne that is hers that her slimy uncle has been sitting on for years. And there are people who are loyal to her and people who want to off her, and it's all very tense. And yet kind of predictable. Kelsea is another young woman on whom the entire survival of everyone seems dependent (...and didn't we see this with, like, Katniss Everdene?). And Kelsea has some jewels that sometimes can do magic and sometimes just glow really bright (thrilling, no?).
The setting was muddled. It is set in what feels like medieval times with everyone on horseback, wearing armor, wielding swords, etc. But it's set sometime in the dystopian future where society has regressed again (..and again, Hunger Games, Maze Runner, and others have been there and done that). I just wasn't too gripped by this story. And I hate to say that - I want to like books where the main character is a girl who is kicking ass and taking names - but this book just wasn't the one for me.
I really really like Annie Barrows. Her Ivy & Bean series is one of my favorites (me and the girls have read them all about 4 times), and Guernse I really really like Annie Barrows. Her Ivy & Bean series is one of my favorites (me and the girls have read them all about 4 times), and Guernsey Literary is one of my favorite books EVER. And she finally wrote another book for me!
This one is about a small Southern town in 1938 where a spoiled Senator's daughter has come to write the town's history as part of the WPA program, and to prove to herself and her father she can make her way on her own just FINE, thank you very much.
Layla Beck boards at Jottie Romeyn's home where Jottie lives with her nieces, twin sisters, and her somewhat shifty but charismatic brother Felix. The Romeyns used to be kind of a big deal in the town but have been falling from grace for years. Jottie's niece Willa is twelve and determined to discover some of her family's secrets and history as Layla works to map out the history of the town.
The characters were great. And yet sometimes TOO familiar. This book felt sometimes like "To Kill a Mockingbird -LITE!" - the town and its residents were just SO like Macomb I expected Willa to high five Scout Finch on her way down the baked sidewalk. I was really kind of distracted by it.
But the writing was descriptive, the storyline moved along at just the right speed, and you liked the characters despite their flaws. It wasn't as good as "Guernsey" - but what can you do? I'll take Annie Barrows books when I can get them. ...more
I read this because I really liked Julie Berry's other book and wanted to see if this one was as good, and if my daughter might like it.
And I liked I read this because I really liked Julie Berry's other book and wanted to see if this one was as good, and if my daughter might like it.
And I liked it. I like fairytales and this story of Lucinda, being raised by a hateful Aunt, felt both familiar and new. Lucinda has to clear her name, help a stranger, meet a prince, etc. etc. It wasn't groundbreakingly original by any means but I liked it. It reminded me of Dianna Wynne Jones. A perfect way to spend an evening.
I feel lucky the Spanish airport had this book stocked in its very small selection of books in English. Because I needed a book to read on a long fli I feel lucky the Spanish airport had this book stocked in its very small selection of books in English. Because I needed a book to read on a long flight home and needed a palate cleanser after "The Magician's Land". This one was perfect.
Nick Hornby writes delightful characters. They are witty and clever without being smug, and you wish you knew them in real life. This book is about a small town English girl whose hero is Lucille Ball. She wants to act and be funny and be more than the pretty face she is.
So she goes to London, gets renamed Sophie Straw, and ends up making friends with some writers who write a sitcom starring her which takes off and becomes a little piece of British history.
It isn't plot driven, but I didn't mind. It wasn't meandering though either. It follows Sophie through her career experience in 1960s London and was just fun. It's not earth shattering or anything but was a light, enjoyable read. ...more
So Quentin is STILL kicked out of Fillory, and has somehow matured a little and gone back to Brakebills to teach in kind of a resigned way. Because h So Quentin is STILL kicked out of Fillory, and has somehow matured a little and gone back to Brakebills to teach in kind of a resigned way. Because he's all mature now.
This book answered a lot of questions and brought back a lot of same old characters, most of whom I was happy to let go. A lot happens - this book is traveling across realms and time and lands but by this point I didn't care about any of these people. I know that sounds harsh. But they wore me out with their cynicism, boredom, smugness, anger and lack of wonder and gratitude.
At the end of book 3 I feel the same way I did at the beginning of book 1. I liked the setting and storyline but just wished so much that the characters weren't so awful. I could have lived quite happily never having met them. ...more
So whiny Quentin Coldwater from the Magicians has hit the fantasy jackpot and is a KING of Fillory, along with his ol' pals Eliot and Janet - which m So whiny Quentin Coldwater from the Magicians has hit the fantasy jackpot and is a KING of Fillory, along with his ol' pals Eliot and Janet - which means the entire magical wonderful kingdom of Fillory is ruled by three smug magician jerkfaces.
I'm struggling with this story. I LIKE the storyline. I like the scenery. I hate the people. Quentin's old high school love Julia shows up and she's turned dark and scary and is extremely pissed she missed out on Brakebills (she failed the entrance exam) so she learned magic other ways.
Quentin is as bored as ever as the King of a magical paradise he used to dream about so he sets out on a quest to check out some outer magical islands and gets knocked back to Earth. And THEN he's just dying to get back - wait! I really liked it there! Now I appreciate it! - yeah yeah Quentin. Boo hoo.
But I wanted to know how it ended. So I kept reading.
I sure wanted to love this. Everyone keeps calling it a Harry Potter for grown ups. Which I think is where my problem lies. Because I thought it woul I sure wanted to love this. Everyone keeps calling it a Harry Potter for grown ups. Which I think is where my problem lies. Because I thought it would be delightful.
And it wasn't. The main character is Quentin Coldwater, a high school senior in New York who is a genius academically but socially not so much. He's whiny and bored and lonely. And then one day he gets whisked away to Brakebills, which turns out is a magical university hidden in upstate New York. And since Quentin has always been a major fan of a series of books about a magical kingdom named Fillory it's like THE big break he's been waiting for. Now his life is going to change!
Only it doesn't. ALL the students at Brakebills are geniuses and Quentin is on the fringes of a social life once again. And magic isn't just a bunch of wand waving. It's hard and takes a lot of studying and you kind of wanted to just poke Quentin right in the eye when he finds himself kind of bored with the whole thing.
Which isn't to say I hated it. I liked the author, and most of his creative descriptions of magical places and conventions. It was new and interesting. But the characters. Blah. There's no one as good as Harry, no one as bad as Draco, no one as smart as Hermione, just a WHOLE SCHOOL full of secondary characters who aren't brave, interesting, kind, funny, or anything really. Especially Quentin. This book follows him through his entire University career and he is just as whiny as he was in the beginning.
But I didn't dislike it enough to stop. I kind of wanted to see if these people could redeem themselves. So I kept reading. ...more