Mixed feelings. At times I loved this, and at others I felt let down, as though I missed something. Nella marries a well to do merchant of old AmsterdaMixed feelings. At times I loved this, and at others I felt let down, as though I missed something. Nella marries a well to do merchant of old Amsterdam to save her family. Her new husband is seldom at home and she spends most of her time under the watch and criticism of Marin, her new sister in law. The family is strange and has many secrets and this is the part that I enjoyed. As a wedding gift Johannes gives her a cabinet model of their home and one of her wifely passtimes is to furnish this new mini-house. Yet the Miniaturist she hires for a few pieces seems to be more of a psychic who seeings into the future of the household. Or is he a watcher or a spy. Also a very interesting angle. As the layers peeled back, the discoveries were interesting, but then it ended and I felt empty of some of the answers that I wanted.
---- I feel better knowing that I was not the only one who felt short changed, and that there was potential that fell short. A great idea that went no where. And the miniaturist is who exactly? That is what you want to know..... do you ever find out?...more
The premise is that overnight a forest of trees erupts and takes over the world. Smashing through buildings, roads and all of civilization. No one knoThe premise is that overnight a forest of trees erupts and takes over the world. Smashing through buildings, roads and all of civilization. No one knows what to make of it. Most are fearful, but a few down to earth types are stoked and take it as an eco message. A few random people come together and find a common path and purpose. Adrian who is lost and adrift and ill prepared to take care of himself period. Hannah a back to the land gardener to is all about the trees and her son Seb who is a technology teen, interested in his website and devices that have now lost power. Along the way they meet Hiroko, a Japanese teen exchange student who has been training in the zen of forest survival. They set out in search of Hannah's brother cabin in the woods, expecting all to be well. But nothing is as expected. So they set their path further onto Ireland where Adrian's wife was working... All the while the forest is every growing and changing and Adrian keeps seeing these little beings - wood nymphs, forest faeries, or whispers as they are called. Their are forces afoot that seem to be guiding them. But they do now always find what they hope to. This sorta reminds me of the world in which the Walking Dead takes places - a rag tag band of survivors, ever moving and searching for a way and a reason to continue. What is interesting is the combination of apocalyptic hell and an absolute embracing of nature, and all her potential cruelty. A little bit apocalyptic novel, a little bit of sci-fic Fantasy, a little bit fairy tale... I liked the story, I liked the premise, and I enjoyed some of the path and journey. I certainly didn't love it. I wanted to love it, I certainly didn't hate it. I found much of it frustrating -- the characters at times were annoying -- but in the end this was worth my time.
An amazing autobiographical story about a young newspaper reporter who overnight develops erratic behavior and for all practical purposes seems to havAn amazing autobiographical story about a young newspaper reporter who overnight develops erratic behavior and for all practical purposes seems to have "gone crazy" or "lost her mind". Through a very long and difficult process of many tests and doctors, eventually a diagnosis was found and a treatment put in place. She is now able to tell her story and help others. Completely captivating, scary and riveting. This is so well told and written, you can feel the pain and confusion of having no idea what has happened to your body and mind.
Mixed feelings about this one. The story is a dual one - In the present the last heir to a prominent chateau and vineyard inherits her childhood home,Mixed feelings about this one. The story is a dual one - In the present the last heir to a prominent chateau and vineyard inherits her childhood home, but she was distant from her family and so very unlike her socialite mother. She doesn't plan to keep the estate, but once there she feels so comfortable and falls into memories of her father and his amazing library. She starts to learn the story of her father and his involvement in the French resistance in World War 2. That was a fascinating and engaging story. I was especially taken with the story of Constance a special ops agent from the English Resistance who gets separated from her group and ends up with in the de la Martinieres family. Switch to the present where Emilie is sorting out her families legacy and in comes Sebastian, Constance's grandson. He shows up hoping to find out more about his grandmother. I didn't like this part of the story - it was way too obvious. I was annoyed with Emilie and felt like I was reading a generic romance and that made me angry. The story of the past was so much more interesting. I will say that in the end, I enjoyed how it all came together. The obvious part of the story pans out and is worth getting through. Still - it could have been written better, or edited better or something because I am not normally one to know a story before it happens and when I can feel the plot strings then I feel like it must not be carried off so well. I did want to find out what happened and found myself sorta hanging on for that conclusion of the families secrets....more
This was not quite what I had hoped it would be. A book barge in the Seine called the Literary Apothecary where the bookseller sells you the book he kThis was not quite what I had hoped it would be. A book barge in the Seine called the Literary Apothecary where the bookseller sells you the book he knows you need, not the book you think you want to read. I loved the idea. I loved the beginning and found myself enthralled. However this is much more about that booksellers emotional journey to coming to terms with his past lost love and the healing that he must go through to start a new. He holds himself on pause and dispenses books in a marvelous way to others, all the while keeping himself under lock. But a young author who is struggling with his own issues sparks something in the older man and the two of them set off in the book barge down the river in a spontaneous cutting loose. The pain of the past is confronted and new beginnings are found. And it's all very cliche and perfect. I find that I would have perferred to keep reading about how Perdu continued to dispense life changing books for his customers... but we all have to take our journeys and there are some gems to be had here. And there is a list of emergency literary pharmacy at the end, which may well be the best part of this....more
The cover drew me in... this was in the young adult section but I could not resist a book about a girl and a tree and the crossing into Faery. It's noThe cover drew me in... this was in the young adult section but I could not resist a book about a girl and a tree and the crossing into Faery. It's not tooo YA and I loved it. Clare returns home to Ireland with her father to the house she was born in - a house that is built into a hill with a tree growing in it. Her mother always told her that it was built for the faeries to pass through, but as Clare got older she tried to resist talking about faeries as it got strange looks from people around her. But Clare was always atuned to the "strange" and the "makings" of the Fae. I really like the word "making" for creating works of art and the connection to the timeless world, the strange world and the faery world. Clare is a guardian and is called to defend her tree and the gate to faery and this is the story of that "battle". <3 ...more