I'm not exaggerating when I say that I love Rainbow Rowell's writing. She just kills me. The dialogue, the characters, they all just GET to me. So mu I'm not exaggerating when I say that I love Rainbow Rowell's writing. She just kills me. The dialogue, the characters, they all just GET to me. So much.
I was worried a little bit that this book wasn't going to be my favorite. It's a whole novel based on the copycat Harry Potter book a character is obsessed with in "Fangirl". Get that? A fictional character Rowell made up loves this fictional book series SO much that Rowell has NOW written this final book of that fictional series.
It's a lot like Harry Potter - a magical school, a "chosen one" named Simon Snow who isn't sure why or how he was chosen, Snow's nemesis Baz, a rich wizard from a fancy family, and the plucky female best friend. Only in this book, the love story is between Simon and Baz. And if I was worried that I wouldn't feel as invested in their relationship because they are dudes I shouldn't have been. Rowell just writes people SO well that you wish you were there, and you feel a tiny bit like you ARE.
Baz was my favorite character, and I liked all the supporting characters as well. THe chapters switch off from different points of view which was sometimes a little confusing but ultimately made you understand everyone better, which I loved.
If Ms. Rowell was writing instruction manuals for farm equipment I'd read them. And probably love them. That is where I am with her at this point.
I read a couple more serious books and then this appeared for $1 on the Nook and it was an easy buck to spend. I've said it before but I LIKE fairyta I read a couple more serious books and then this appeared for $1 on the Nook and it was an easy buck to spend. I've said it before but I LIKE fairytales and myths and the retelling of those. And despite the cover (which TOTALLY looks like some kind of romance novel) this book was pretty funny.
John Charming is from an old royal family, has been around forever, trained by the Knights Templar (before he had a falling out with them) and has spent his life killing bad guys and is now just kind of hanging out. He's sardonic and funny and speaks directly to the reader to explain back story and characters and it was kind of appealing.
Then John gets pulled out of hiding by a Valkyrie with a creepy older psychic boyfriend and a couple of mortals who try to help out killing vampires and ghouls when they can. They even ride around in a van like a modern Mystery Machine. Ya know, in fact, this group DOES remind me of the Mystery Gang - there is clearly a Fred, Daphne, Velma and Shaggy. Huh.
The whole thing was just like a Scooby Doo episode but instead of the bad guy being a guy in a sheet it really is a vampire and there's a little gore. But I assume that the Mystery Gang DID take on more serious cases as they aged so it all makes sense. ...more
This is the sequel to Me Before You about quadriplegic Will Traynor who wants to die, and his caregiver Louisa Clark who becomes his best friend and This is the sequel to Me Before You about quadriplegic Will Traynor who wants to die, and his caregiver Louisa Clark who becomes his best friend and tries to help him see the reason to keep going. That was a good book, and while I was reading it I was struck by how Moyes seemed to really know what it was like to live with and care for and about someone who was really sick, and used to be really alive.
I felt this same way in this book as Louisa deals with going on with her life after Will - Moyes told her story in a way that was very familiar to me in some ways. Louisa is a bit lost despite having learned these big life lessons in knowing and losing Will. She's working a dumb job, just kind of surviving. And people around her wonder when she'll snap out of it and she doesn't get what else they WANT from her -she gets up! She works! What?! She doesn't want to make a plan for the future yet. She just can't. That kind of killed me. I didn't even realize it before, but I know just how that feels. Being in a weird grief bubble makes it too scary to plan much of anything, or be capable of it.
ANYWAYS...then a troubled teenager with a connection to Will shows up and Louisa gets back into the swing of things. Helped, by the super handsome and kind Sam, an EMT who Lou meets while riding an ambulance.
I liked this book just as well as the first, which I've noticed a lot of GoodReads reviewers don't agree with. But I liked seeing how the high note the first book ends on with Lou traveling and making you feel like the story is wrapped up tight, unravels and settles again in this book. And of course it does. That's real.
This is a super long review. And all to say I liked it. Probably more because I felt some personal connections to the main character not everybody is going to get. ...more
I got this because it's about to be a series on Amazon, and I've never read a Philip K Dick book before so it was time. And I love WWII history so th I got this because it's about to be a series on Amazon, and I've never read a Philip K Dick book before so it was time. And I love WWII history so this one seemed like the way to go.
The premise of this book is that it's 20 years after WWII, which the Allies lost. Germany has taken over the entire East side of the USA, Japan the West with just a little strip in the middle which is (inexplicably, really) neutral. American cultural items (guns, toys) from before the war are very collectible and sold as fascinating antiques of a bygone culture.
The story follows a few main characters throughout the country, all of which are functioning or being oppressed by the Germans or Japanese rulers. It could be a little hard to read - the language is so racist and made me uncomfortable because I just wasn't used to it. Especially when talking about black people (who are acquiescing slaves now), the Chinese (eager to please their overlords, just slightly above slaves), and the few Jewish people who have managed to survive the mass extinction of their people. This book went a little slower for me because there were lots of times I wasn't enjoying it, despite finding it fascinating. A whole America which is being ruled by the Axis powers was just SO interesting.
And then it ended. And I honestly didn't understand the ending even one bit. And I can't find anyone to discuss this book with. Please. Someone read this and let's talk about that last chapter- what did it mean? How is that possible? Anybody?
This book had a lot of promise and I quite liked the idea of it. Ceony Twill is a graduate of a magical school where people learn to put spells on ce This book had a lot of promise and I quite liked the idea of it. Ceony Twill is a graduate of a magical school where people learn to put spells on certain man made things like metal, paper, rubber, etc. She wanted to be a metal magician but gets assigned to paper because there's an opening.
She ends up at Magician Thane's unusual house and soon learns to like him and his peculiar ways. She even starts to dig paper magic. And the book was all good up to this point. Then a bag guy comes in and something happens and Ceony heads off to help Thane.
And this is where the book veers way off course and you find yourself wondering if you're still reading the same story you started with. Not that it wasn't ok, it was just such a weird turn that I wanted it to be over and go back to what it was before and I found myself impatient for that. Too bad for me though. The whole second half of this book is Ceony on her bizarre adventure.
But I liked this book. I liked it well enough to give the next one a shot, even though it wasn't fantastic or anything I felt like the story had promise. And I used to fold a mean paper note when I was a kid so I'm pretty sure I'd have some paper magic skills, yo. *fist bump*...more
Well, this was a surprise. And not a great one. I LOVE Jean Shepherd. Love him. Everything I've read of his so far has just killed me and I adore "A Well, this was a surprise. And not a great one. I LOVE Jean Shepherd. Love him. Everything I've read of his so far has just killed me and I adore "A Christmas Story" to a somewhat obsessive degree. So naturally the first book in years published of Shepherd's stories was a big deal, and I saved it to read for when I thought I'd like it most (as in now, as an antidote to a sad book I read recently).
But this book wasn't great. Shep's stories about his time in the army were a little too short on whimsy and a little too long on cynicism. Which I get - I mean, the army isn't a barrel of laughs. But I'd read one short story about his army days in one of his other books that WAS awesome, so I expected a little more from this book. I liked some of it, but those moments were few and far between.
His other books are absolutely worth reading, but this one I'd say skip. The lack of lovable secondary characters like his foul mouthed father took a lot away from these stories. Boo. ...more
I don't know WHAT possessed me to pick this up because I usually am pretty strict about NOT reading books about people you love dying unnaturally you I don't know WHAT possessed me to pick this up because I usually am pretty strict about NOT reading books about people you love dying unnaturally young. It's a pretty big rule, really. But I don't know, I kept reading about this and I loved her other book I read so I just went for it. And I'm glad I did, even though it was pretty draining there at the end.
This story is about Will who used to have it all (looks, brains, babes, money) and now is a quadriplegic and Louisa who has never had much at all but doesn't really mind too much. Louisa becomes Will's companion, hired by his mother because Will has pretty much lost his desire to live.
So, like you can imagine, Lou and Will end up becoming great friends and Lou wants to show him that his life is STILL worth living and he can be happy despite his handicap. It was VERY familiar to me, all the descriptions of what they do with their days and how the outside world doesn't touch them in the same way it used to. That is JUST what it's like when you live with someone really really sick. You have a weird kind of isolation with small triumphs to your days that wouldn't even register on someone else's radar. And I totally understood Lou's desire to want Will to continue to live, however diminished and uncomfortable, just to BE there; and similarly his desire to want to stop being in pain.
But it was hard to read. So sad. But sweet and lovely for sure. And can we talk about this publisher's graphics department? The covers to her books are the WORST. They look like a 1970's book describing puberty to girls. I really super hate them. It makes me not want to buy them and be seen with them in public. ...more
This was a good read. Fun, clever, fast, and interesting.
The book follows Dodger, a 17 year old street kid who survives by scavenging in the London This was a good read. Fun, clever, fast, and interesting.
The book follows Dodger, a 17 year old street kid who survives by scavenging in the London sewers. He believes in the Lady, an ancient Goddess who may or may not watch over those who scuttle around down there, and he and his buddies promise to pay back debts on St. Never's Day. It isn't a bad life really and Dodger has a good community of people around him.
Then he saves a girl from getting beat up one night who turns out to be someone important and Dodger is suddenly more important. He gets befriended by Charles Dickens, puts Sweeney Todd away, and even pals around with Benjamin Disraeli.
The story moves along well and describes Victorian London very well. It wasn't anything over the top amazing but it was good. ...more
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