How to Be a Woman is part memoir, part feminist manifesto, and part pop culture commentary. The author has many insights and makes any good points; ho...moreHow to Be a Woman is part memoir, part feminist manifesto, and part pop culture commentary. The author has many insights and makes any good points; however, she really undercuts herself through unnecessary and excessive vulgarity. One of the rules of writing is to know one's audience, and since Moran's audience is all of womankind, her extravagant use of profanity and vulgarity and tendancy to overshare obsecure or gross details will alienate a good portion of her audience.
I laughed, but I also gasped and cringed quite a bit, and I am not particularly squeamish or shockable. Much of her social commentary is very valuable, but I wish she would have toned down the crassness, so her insights and comments would not be so easy for whose with opposing views to simply dismiss without even considering their validity.(less)
I enjoyed this dramazation more than I thought I would. The narrator and the actor playing Mr. Moonshroud were both excellent. The acting by the child...moreI enjoyed this dramazation more than I thought I would. The narrator and the actor playing Mr. Moonshroud were both excellent. The acting by the children was a bit stilted and wooden, but that is probably the price of using actual children to do the children's voices. (less)
This collection of Sherlock Holmes's adventures contains the short stories: * A Scandal in Bohemia * The Red-Headed League * A Case of Identity * The Bosc...moreThis collection of Sherlock Holmes's adventures contains the short stories: * A Scandal in Bohemia * The Red-Headed League * A Case of Identity * The Boscombe Valley Mystery * The Five Orange Pips * The Man with the Twisted Lip * The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle * The Adventure of the Speckled Band * The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb * The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor * The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet * The Adventure of the Copper Beeches
As with all short story collections, some are more interesting and engaging than others, but all of them show the legendary wit and reasoning of Sherlock Holmes. Ralph Cosham was an excellent narrator. (less)
Compared to other Sherlock Holmes stories, this one was not very interesting. The abrupt and long detour to Salt Lake City where Brighma Young and the...moreCompared to other Sherlock Holmes stories, this one was not very interesting. The abrupt and long detour to Salt Lake City where Brighma Young and the Morman elders punish apostasy with death was very jarring. Study in Scarlet is the very Sherlock Holmes mystery, and Holmes sharpens his game in subsequent works.
The reader was also mediocre and did an extremely wooden American cowboy accent. (less)
**spoiler alert** I wish I could give this zero stars. I was a big Anita Blake fan for the first six or seven books in the series, and then it downgra...more**spoiler alert** I wish I could give this zero stars. I was a big Anita Blake fan for the first six or seven books in the series, and then it downgraded to paranormal romance -- that is, porn. Every once and a while, I pick up a later book in the hopes that things will have magically reversed themselves, but, alas, things have only gotten worse.
Anita Blake was amazingly fun in the beginning. Despite the fact that she was short, never wore makeup, dressed entirely in frompy out-of-date fashions, occasionally donned a fanny pack to carry her spare magazines of ammunition, collected stuffed penguins, regularly attended church, and didn't believe in sex outside of marriage (or at least prior to an engagement), she was a complete vampire slaying, zombie raising, witty one-liner spewing, crime solving badass.
When I left off reading, Anita had just discovered that she was no mere animator with power to raise zombies, she was actually a necromancer. Very cool, right? But now the author has taken it to the extreme and broken one of the biggest and most basic rules in writing Sci-Fi/Fantasy fiction. The rule is don't make your character all powerful. Anita is now all powerful. Her only weakness appears to be being so sexy that every male in her presence goes out of his mind wanting to bed her, lose all backbone, and cater to her every ever moody demand.
Anita is not only a necromancer; she is also a vampire's human servant, master vampire who is neither dead/undead nor drinks blood, and a werewolf, wereleopard, a werelion, and a panwere all at the same time without ever shapeshifting. She now possesses a magical power called "ardeur" that causes her to want to have nonstop sex twenty-four hours a day. The ardeur allows her to develop new and, hitherto unheard of, supernatural powers herself whenever a bigger bad guy appears, steal supernatural powers from other supernaturals, break and enslave other supernaturals, engender supernatural powers in other supernaturals that neither of them previously possessed, and amplify super powers in supernaturals. As some feeble attempt at internal struggle, Anita still claims to cling to the notion that sex is a sin. Since she has had sex with nearly every male character named in this series and happily participates in BDSM threesomes and foursomes, this is really more than most readers' willing suspension of disbelief can stand. I couldn't buy it.
Anita's habit of getting mad to hide any other emotion she may be experiencing has also gotten supernaturally tiresome even though the ability to feed on anger and use her anger as a weapon is now one of her many new powers. She is particularly in a rage about the evils of monogamy, but despite feeling monogamy is unnatural for her, Anita insists that all the men in her harem be monogamous to her although sometimes she is okay with them having sex with each other.
The plot in Bullet is that the Mother of All Darkness, Marmee Noir, is alive afterall even though everyone thought she had been destroyed once and for all in an earlier book. She is out to take over the world beginning with the vampires and then the wereanimals and finally all of mankind. In order to save the day, Anita must have sex with a dozens of people in order to maximize the weretigers' powers and supe up her own superpowers. Oy! Most of the story takes place underground beneath the Circus of the Damned, which is just a series of overly interior decorated rooms that aren't a very interesting setting in which to spend an entire novel.
The sex scenes are terrible, truly cringeworthy. They are not even slightly titillating -- just Bluh! WTF? Bluh! Are you kidding? Bluh! What now? Bluh! Seriously? ad nauseam. But the whiny conversations that all the characters keep having before, after, and during the sex scenes might possibly be worse. Then there are pages and pages of description that a good editor would have pared down. The author especially likes to describe what sexy clothing all the men wear and how unbelievably good looking they all are. These specimens of "creamy goodness" all prefer pants so tight they "look painted on" and thigh high boots like 80's rockstars. Everyone has to dress like they are on their way to a very exclusive bondage club with an extremely strict dress code. Ug.
I don't think I will ever read another Anita Blake book again unless it is reread the beginning of the series. Those books were really good, and I am sad that the series has come to this.(less)