Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum! Ahoy, me hearties! Ya scurvy dog, bilge sucking son of a whore! Cutthroat seamen, pirates, privateers, buccaneers, cors Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum! Ahoy, me hearties! Ya scurvy dog, bilge sucking son of a whore! Cutthroat seamen, pirates, privateers, buccaneers, corsairs in search of doubloons and hoards of treasure! This adventure story is pure entertainment, about as realistic as Disneyland, as cool as Princess Bride. I didn't care for the epilogue, it was so pedestrian. ...more
I very rarely "cheat" by looking ahead in a book, but I did with this one. I was only about an eighth through the story when I realized that the writiI very rarely "cheat" by looking ahead in a book, but I did with this one. I was only about an eighth through the story when I realized that the writing was too powerful and I was in the grip of a terrible grief. I needed to know what happened. Once I knew then I could adjust my reality to match the book and not suffer as much. It is an amazing book about the strength of love, the beauty of love, the agony of sorrow and loss. I felt her pain on every page. And I was comforted by her friendships, her children, the supportive medical staff - as she was comforted. There is a world within the covers of this book. It is one of the most realistic feeling pieces of fiction that I have ever read. Beautiful, brilliant....more
Very funny for most of the book. The author succeeds in writing a very "loveable but not likeable" detective character. He keeps the reader laughing,Very funny for most of the book. The author succeeds in writing a very "loveable but not likeable" detective character. He keeps the reader laughing, at least this reader. But then near the end, everything changes. There is a grim murder, a grim detective and a grim reader. The ending is prolonged, very p-r-o-l-o-n-g-e-d. It was exciting in a way,if you could forgive the l-e-n-g-t-h of the ending, but now the book is so grim; the detective is grim; the reader is grim; the ending, once we are over the excitement, is grim. I never read a funny book that left me so depressed and feeling like crying. Also, in case you interested: Plum Island really is a Federal Animal Disease Research Center.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plum_Isl......more
Terrible, terrible story. And true. Francine Hughes, after fourteen years of spousal abuse at the hands of her husband, sets a gas accelerated fire arTerrible, terrible story. And true. Francine Hughes, after fourteen years of spousal abuse at the hands of her husband, sets a gas accelerated fire around the bed of her sleeping, drunk husband who had spent the day drinking and abusing her. When you read the story the words are written as if a reasonable and innocent woman, who might otherwise have never experienced violence, was caught in a situation so horrible that the only way out was to murder her husband. Actually he was her ex-husband but he refused to leave. I had mixed feelings about the acquittal, jury handed down a decision of temporary insanity. It was pretty clear that if she didn't kill him he was going to kill her. But the self-defense excuse was not going to fly because he had been asleep when she killed him. I think it was self-defense and not temporary insanity, but the lawyer chose well in his decisions on how to best save Francine from a life in jail. The book also makes it seem like she was close to her kids and all they needed was the father out of the picture. So the story ends on a positive note with Francine walking free. But go ahead and read about her life after this book. She was partying and doing drugs, her kids were already traumatized by the abuse they had witnessed, and the horrible way their father died. A few years after the trial Francine marries a man who becomes a, well I guess you could say hard-line strict, step-father, physically abusive and, if the youngest child Nicole is telling the truth, sexually abusive. I think it might have been better for everyone if Francine had served her life sentence and I don't know if the kids could have been rescued or not, but it would have been nice if someone had tried. http://www.people.com/people/archive/... Probably the most important thing about this book, and all the publicity around the case, is that it helped to change perception about spousal abuse. When Francine was growing up spousal abuse was the business of the family and nobody else's business. Her father abused her mother. She grew up seeing it, and to a large degree it was part of the culture of male dominance in which she lived. We understand a lot more now about the psychology of abuse, its causes and effects. It doesn't mean we have things under control though. From what I read, the third son Dana also became an abusive husband. We have more social services to help battered women and children, but it is far from a sure thing that these victims can get the help they need, that they can recover and not become the next generation of abusers. Also, I am not sure about the accuracy of what I have said here; I read a book and read some on line articles and comments. Her granddaughter says her grandmother did not marry another abusive man and that we should stop acting like we know her family when we don't. She has a point. http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Discuss:Wha...
I'm not sure what to say about this one. It is a study of right and wrong and shades in between, mostly shades in between. What was most disturbing foI'm not sure what to say about this one. It is a study of right and wrong and shades in between, mostly shades in between. What was most disturbing for me was that the least worthy people had happy endings and the most worthy people got something else. A man is found drowned in a bathtub and all the evidence points to 13 year old Heather as the murderer. The police investigation rules it an accidental drowning after Heather is given an alibi by her mother and sister. Forward to when the sisters are young women, their mother has lost her mind, Issy has lost her boyfriend and Heather has found true love. Will the truth ever come out? Should it? ...more
It was a sweet romance; comic, romantic, sexy and sweet. Very Jennifer Crusie. She is my favorite romance writer. This is one of her earlier books an It was a sweet romance; comic, romantic, sexy and sweet. Very Jennifer Crusie. She is my favorite romance writer. This is one of her earlier books and it is not quite as good as later books, but I still enjoyed it....more
Absolutely appalling but always interesting and inspiring. I felt excitement over food that I haven't felt in a long time. Between trying to restrictAbsolutely appalling but always interesting and inspiring. I felt excitement over food that I haven't felt in a long time. Between trying to restrict calories, and only eating healthy foods, keeping kosher, and having to be gluten free due to some health problems, food is all about restrictions for me. Reading Anthony Bourdain was so exciting, he brought the pleasure of food back to my mind. He made me want to cook food and do it well. Unfortunately I may have gotten too inspired. I decided that maybe, after 4 years of being gluten free, that maybe I didn't need to be gluten free anymore. I bake my own challah for my family and last night I decided that I would eat my gluten challah. I couldn't believe how good it tasted. So even though I woke up not feeling all that well I ate some more for lunch. Dear oh dear, tummy ache time, big time tummy ache time. So much for jumping into the pleasures of food. I am disappointed for myself, but the book was good and I hope others can enjoy great food!...more
Boring and sleazy, old man sleazy. Here is what the book is about in the author's own words:
"Stone sat at Elaine's with Dino, gulping bourboBoring and sleazy, old man sleazy. Here is what the book is about in the author's own words:
"Stone sat at Elaine's with Dino, gulping bourbon. "What's the matter?" Dino asked? "What's the matter?" Stone made a moue. "Well, let's see: I've been assigned by Eggers to save a fair damsel from the clutches of an evil fortune plunderer, as a result of which I've become embroiled in an NYPD undercover drug operation; I've been shanghaied back into the department, reporting to Brian Doyle, of all people; I've been fucking his undercover detective and her girlfriend at the same time, all while trying to protect Carrie Cox from her evil ex-husband while fucking her; Tiffany Baldwin has reared her beautiful but addled head again and wants me to fuck her, and she's going to try to shanghai me into working on her undercover operation to bust Sig Larsen. Let's see, did I leave out anything?" Well, mostly, it sounds as if you're fucking every woman in sight. What else is new?"
Does this sound like a book you want to read? Besides the above, he eats and drinks. He details each meal and drink that he has. It was like having someone you know put as their status on FB everything they eat and drink, with pictures.
A cute, light-weight murder mystery. Clare Cosi is newly back to work at the Village Blend Coffee House as co-owner with her ex-husband, Matteo. MatteA cute, light-weight murder mystery. Clare Cosi is newly back to work at the Village Blend Coffee House as co-owner with her ex-husband, Matteo. Matteo's mother is trying to get Clare and Matteo back together. But tragedy comes about soon, when a young barista is found dead at the foot of the back stairs in the coffee house. Fallen or pushed? Clare helps to solve the mystery with Police Detective Quinn and an attraction develops between them. This is the first in the Coffee House Mystery series. It contains coffee information and recipes. ...more
If you like Sandra Brown books then you should like this one. I did. Small town, big secrets. Five missing women and an ice storm that strands two ofIf you like Sandra Brown books then you should like this one. I did. Small town, big secrets. Five missing women and an ice storm that strands two of the characters in a remote cabin. One of those two characters may be the killer....more
I was disappointed in this book, found it soporific. By the time I reached the end my eyes were very nearly closed in sleep. So there was that, but itI was disappointed in this book, found it soporific. By the time I reached the end my eyes were very nearly closed in sleep. So there was that, but it was also frustrating. It could have been titled "Missed Connections and Wasted Lives". Lucy Gault is nine years old when her family is threatened by patriot hooligans who poison the dogs and try to firebomb the house. Mr. Gualt, Lucy's father, shoots over these hooligan's heads from an upstairs window to frighten them, but he misses and hits one boy in the shoulder. The boy is then considered a patriot wounded for Ireland and sentiment runs against the Gaults. Lucy's parents decide they must move to England until things cool down. Lucy does not want to go and takes an impetuous action that changes all their lives forever. One could forgive that mistake, despite the terrible consequences, as she was a child. When she later makes another stupid decision I was done with her, although I did finish the book. The sentimentality of the book left me untouched. I thought it was a melancholy waste of time in that I gained no insight, learned nothing and was not entertained. ...more