I'm glad to see Dave Barry back in the novel world, even though I found this novel eerily similar to..... Oh.
Not Big Trouble.
The other one. With the heI'm glad to see Dave Barry back in the novel world, even though I found this novel eerily similar to..... Oh.
Not Big Trouble.
The other one. With the helicopter, and the cruise ship.
Actually, there's a helicopter and a cruise ship in this one too.
Anyway, I liked the concept, which is two people in the same story alternate chapters of their story, often with hilarious results. It's an eye-opener about what different perspectives two people can bring to the same experience. And I'm sitting here typing this while listening to an argument between two coworkers over a derogetory comment one made about the other not two hours ago, and how differently they both remember that. It's exactly like Lunatics, except I don't believe I'm going to end up in Cuba or Japan or Somalia or anywhere else that Jeffrey and What's his name went in the book.
There was more poop humor than I generally like to read, but overall, a fun quick read....more
I read this book because someone tweeted about it. I forget whonow, which is unfortunate because it was a pretty good recommendation. This is msot defI read this book because someone tweeted about it. I forget whonow, which is unfortunate because it was a pretty good recommendation. This is msot definitely a YA book for young adults. You know, sometimes actual adults can let the label slide and enjoy the book just as much. This one had a very pervasive high school theme (which is well done, so that's not a criticism), so it's more difficult to forget that one is reading below (well below) one's age range. Still, a pretty good book. I will probably read the next one as well....more
Not quite halfway through this one yet. But the word "sour" has appeared far too often. More to come.
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I've alNot quite halfway through this one yet. But the word "sour" has appeared far too often. More to come.
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I've always read these books for the other characters, because I've always found Rachel to be ungodly whiny. But I'm jumping off the Morgan train here.
This book was a wreck. The editor should be sent to the Ever After to learn some lessons with Al, because the word "sour" appears in one form or another more than (by my grossly inaccurate count) 300 times in this book. It would have been an effective modifier used once or twice. It was just annoying after being over-used in the first chapter.
The story was just so-so. We get a new group of villains that we've never heard of before with a vague leader (if any). We get some silly vampire being controlled by another much older vampire that we don't know and don't really meet. As far as I can remember, he doesn't refer back to a story we might have heard in an older book. We get Trent, some. We get Al, some. We get no Newt. We get no Pierce. We get Ceri, some. And we get a pool table re-felted.
We get a metric ton of Rachel whining about her bad decision making skills and poor life choices. You know, I read books because I'm surrounded by people who make terrible, idiotic choices all day every day. I very often make bad choices myself. I won't tolerate Rachel's stupid choices any more, because she's fictional. If she's forgotten everything she hasn't apparently learned in all this time, she has a whole bunch of books she can go review- Thursday Next style- and see what a screw up she is. I realize she's fictional, but that doesn't give her the right to be a moron. She hasn't learned a damn thing in 10 books. So now the problem is mine, and I think the best way to stop it is to stop reinforcing the wrong behavior by continuing to pay for books that are incredibly frustrating.
Maybe I'll try again when the books don't seem so much like filler. This book was a short story padded out to book length. I can go to Laurell Hamilton if I want that. I'm sorry to lose this series, but not sorry enough to order the next one. ...more
Done new. I loved this book. I love Dr. Feynman. I'm even starting to love physics. I found the whole book wildly entertaining, especially the parts abDone new. I loved this book. I love Dr. Feynman. I'm even starting to love physics. I found the whole book wildly entertaining, especially the parts about Los Alamos and building the nuclear bomb. I'm also now of the opinion that we're all (especially those of us in tennessee) lucky not to be sporting two heads these days. I got this book for $1 from a kindle special offer, and it's easily the best money I've ever spent. Of course,.I've about made up my mind to go to graduate school in New Mexico, so that $1 investment may lead to a substantially larger financial commitment. Wish me luck!...more
Another fabulous Flavia De Luce mystery. Who could possibly resist Christmas at Buckshaw? Especially this Christmas, when there's also a movie crew inAnother fabulous Flavia De Luce mystery. Who could possibly resist Christmas at Buckshaw? Especially this Christmas, when there's also a movie crew in attendance. Toss in vicious sisters, a murdered actress, and a snowstorm that catches most of Bishop's Lacey at Buckshaw, and you have a holiday most of us could only hope for.
While we don't learn (much) new about dear departed Harriet, we do learn some fascinating things about Aunt Felicity and the De Luce family tree. The picture becomes (marginally) clearer.
I have to say, I thought I saw where this one was headed. I was hoping for a nice, juicy, far-reaching scandal in Bishop's Lacey. Alas, I was completely wrong. If you want to know what I thought, by all means email me. We'll chat. I won't spoil the surprise, such as it is, for those about to read.
Very sweet, an excellent addition to the Flavia canon. Happy reading, and happy Christmas! ...more
I love that this is the first book in a new series, because that means we'll have more books to read. It also means that we get to see more of Lord DeI love that this is the first book in a new series, because that means we'll have more books to read. It also means that we get to see more of Lord Denbury. Honestly: not the briar patch. ;-)
Fantastic story of a girl and the painting who loves her. Excellent New York settings with outstanding supporting characters. I desperately hope we get to know Mrs. Northe better in the next installment. I highly recommend it. Now, I will commence to pacing, awaiting the next book. I suspect you will too....more
I'm about 45% of the way through this book, and my only comment so far is that something dreadful must have happened to the person that wrote the coveI'm about 45% of the way through this book, and my only comment so far is that something dreadful must have happened to the person that wrote the cover blurb. The book described on the cover is awesome, and the book I'm reading is not. So far, there have been precisely no references to Dracula, no time travel (sorry, that is a spoiler), and no saving of either authors or literary characters, all of which were promised. There has, however, been both Jack the Ripper and some tawdry but unnecessary sex scenes, and one prolonged attempted suicide by a whiny good-for-nothing second-son dilletante who absolutely does not matter (I was pulling for him to shoot himself.). There has also been HG Wells, and to illustrate my point about tawdry and unnecessary, I thought the comment that "his manhood was modest, with a slight northeasterly curve" was both inappropriate and off-putting. The whole gag with the narrator breaking the fourth wall is cute, but I'm losing my patience with this whole mess. Unless something changes in the last half of the book, this will be the only book in the trilogy that I read.
I'll get back to you.
Talk amongst yourselves.
I'm back. I finished with this book. It was lousy. I don't recommend it. To say the cover blurb was misleading is a gross understatement.
Ironically enough, I'm going to use a quote from this stupid, stupid book to finish my review:
"This tiresome randomness of the plot, added to your writing style—worthy of some legal clerk who admires Jane Austen’s romantic novels—inevitably produces boredom in the reader, or if not, then a profound aversion to what he is reading"...more