How long have all these books been the same book? I mean, I keep reading them, I keep buying them, I keep experiencing this bizarre deja vu feeling. AHow long have all these books been the same book? I mean, I keep reading them, I keep buying them, I keep experiencing this bizarre deja vu feeling. And frankly, that feeling is starting to not be so great any more. It's just not worth the occasional Micah pages (or Nathaniel pages, or Jason pages) to keep plodding through these things!
I can't even remember the plot of this one, but I think it had something to do with strangers coming to town, Anita shooting off at the mouth, and a big bloody battle. Possibly an orgy scene. Possibly several pages of Anita whining about how she can't do relationships, and she's forgotten to feed something. Honestly, this has been dragging on forever now, you'd think she'd learn something, anything.
Oh dear. I just completely failed to narrow it down, didn't I?...more
Okay, this book is sort of an in-betweener. It doesn't tie back to any of the previous books in the series, and the episode isn't referenced again inOkay, this book is sort of an in-betweener. It doesn't tie back to any of the previous books in the series, and the episode isn't referenced again in the later books. It doesn't have a lot of plot, and frankly, I think the Anita character whines an awful awful lot about things she might as well just learn how to cope with.
but I gotta say, of all the men in Anita's life, I like Micah best. So the book gets four starts b/c it's all about Micah. I mean, don't get your hopes way up. Same plot: bad guys, zombie, Anita gets huffy and picks fights with people she loves (is this really a plot-furthering device), Anita gets huffy and picks fights with authority figures, there's a big bloody battle and that's it. Short. Simple. Actually, maybe she should reconsider. Maybe all of her books should be like this one....more
I love this book. I love this book to the extent that if I thought even one of the people in it was still alive and still living in Savannah, I'd pickI love this book. I love this book to the extent that if I thought even one of the people in it was still alive and still living in Savannah, I'd pick up and move there. For my money, this book has it all: romance, murder, gossip, a music man up to his ears in debt and ex-wives, football, historic preservation, and a drag queen with in-law problems. If you've seen the movie, give the book another chance. I mean, John Cusack was an inspired choice, as was Kevin Spacey (and now I can't read the book without seeing Kevin Spacey as Jim Williams. This is not a bad thing.), but moviemakers just don't have the kind of time to shoehorn in all the details that make this book so screamingly funny. I mean: the drag queen at the debutant's ball? "Where did Jim shoot that boy?" "I believe it was in the chest"? The Married Women's Bridge Club? Priceless.
For the author to be, frankly speaking, a Yankee, he captures the South in all its bitchy glory. I know. I live here. In Georgia. It's all true. Even the parts that aren't true....are true.
I love this book. Thanks to this book, now I also love cemetaries, and I can't go to a diner without wondering what kind of stories might be hiding behind the other patrons. Glowing goldfish indeed!...more
I don't get it. How can a book with such an unsympathetic character as Ignatius be a classic?
I found myself to be pulling against him.
To be perfectlyI don't get it. How can a book with such an unsympathetic character as Ignatius be a classic?
I found myself to be pulling against him.
To be perfectly honest, I read this right after I read The Thornbirds, which was a gift from a friend. This book had already replaced Thornbirds as her favorite. I think she didn't finish either of them. Her next favorite was Catch 22, and I don't think she read past the first chapter of that one.
I simply do not understand the big deal about this book. Maybe it's too much like real life, and I don't care to read about how miserable other people's lives are.
The only reason I would recommend taking this one with you to a desert island is so you could eat the pages if you run out of food....more
I don't get it. I mean, I just don't get what could possibly have been in this miniseries that captivated as entire country.
I read this one and the neI don't get it. I mean, I just don't get what could possibly have been in this miniseries that captivated as entire country.
I read this one and the next one (who's name utterly escapes me.) (you know, it just occurred to me that maybe there wasn't a second book, maybe it was just that long. That's a scary thought.)
Like I was saying, either I read all of this one or both of these, and I just don't see it. The character development was so-so (although the woman can write a gruesome death scene), but maybe Australia and New Zealand are just too far removed from me to be appreciable.
Maybe it was the appalling sense of loss that followed that poor girl everywhere she went. Maybe it was because nothing, NOTHING, ever went her way, not ever. And I really thought 97 pages of Cassie being in labor...after about page 30, I started skipping ahead to see if the baby was stillborn, b/c that was really the only tragedy that didn't seem to befall her. Unless I've forgotten something. It gets three stars just for the length. Anyone who can write that much depressing material and not off themselves gets at least three stars. BTW, a friend gave me this one b/c it was her favorite book at the time. I suspect she never finished it. Like she never finished Catch 22. Oy....more