I took this one back to the library because I am not in the mindset to read it right now. I couldn't really get a hold of the story, and the violence...moreI took this one back to the library because I am not in the mindset to read it right now. I couldn't really get a hold of the story, and the violence was getting to me a lot, as far as what I've read.
I may go back to this one at a later day. For this time period, this book isn't a good match for me.(less)
I felt bad because I really feel that a 1 star rating should come with a reason for that low rating. Suzanne Brockmann is a very popular author in the...moreI felt bad because I really feel that a 1 star rating should come with a reason for that low rating. Suzanne Brockmann is a very popular author in the romance genre, and I am sure that my rating gets a lot of raised eyebrows. For me, this book is a fail. Why? I cannot stand the heroine! I tried my hardest to keep reading, but she annoyed me so much, and I didn't even want to be bothered. Honestly, I have a problem with Suzanne Brockmann's heroines in general. I find most of them fairly unlikable. I have a handful I do like, and Veronica is not one of them. Her snobbery, her disdainful way of treating Joe, who is a nice guy, way too nice for her, really got my goat. I like a proper, even stuffy heroine. But she was just plain offensive to me. With a romance book, I have to like the characters to want to see them get their happy ending. In this case, I wanted Joe to ditch Veronica and find a nice woman to fall in love with.
I realize I am an outlier with this book. Sometimes that happens. I have considered trying to reread this and see if I like it better the second time. But, I found it so off-putting, I'm not sure when that will ever happen, especially with my immense tbr pile (not to mention books I liked and want to reread).
My opinion, and certainly not the only one. (less)
This book was too depressing for me. It seemed like things got worse and worse. I started to think, "How much can one woman suffer, and when is it goi...moreThis book was too depressing for me. It seemed like things got worse and worse. I started to think, "How much can one woman suffer, and when is it going to get better" as I read. Not a good sign. It was such a downer for me, I started skimming, and while the writing is good, it's just too dark (in a way I don't personally care for). And there is a twist I really didn't like as well.
After reading three of her books, I've come to the conclusion that Candice Proctor is not for me. I have The Last Knight in my tbr pile, and I'll probably give up on her after that one.
I can see this is highly rated, and I'm glad it appeals to other readers. I like an angsty story with a very happy ending, but this one is just way too angsty and bleak for my taste.(less)
I just realized that I hadn't rated or reviewed this book. I read it several years ago.
To be honest, I couldn't finish this book. The writing had an i...moreI just realized that I hadn't rated or reviewed this book. I read it several years ago.
To be honest, I couldn't finish this book. The writing had an inescapable pattern to it: Introduce character, character gets killed or in some horrible way or eaten by a dinosaur. I hate collateral damage in books, movies, or tv. Big turn-off. Plus, I don't like the creation of sacrificial lambs to be killed, paper-thin to the point of having no personality practically.
The science part was a little too detailed (yes, even for a biological scientist). I think that if I want to read a textbook, I can easily do so. But, for fiction, I like the plot to have nicely-integrated factual information, and the focus to be on the characters and the unfolding storyline.
Between those two issues with this book, I gave up on it. It is a horrible, horrible thing for a bookworm to say, but I liked the movie better. :(
This one is too erotic for my tastes. Having said that, It's well-written, and I like Ms. Ellisson's ideas for vampire culture, and the idea of a hote...moreThis one is too erotic for my tastes. Having said that, It's well-written, and I like Ms. Ellisson's ideas for vampire culture, and the idea of a hotel catering to vampires. I liked her narrative voice, and the humor. Recommended for readers who enjoy erotic literature and urban fantasy in one package. Thank you for giving the opportunity to try to read this, CJ. You are clearly a talented author.(less)
**spoiler alert** Warning: Review goes into some graphic detail of what occurs in this story.
I won't be finishing this one. I started Loving Jiro last...more**spoiler alert** Warning: Review goes into some graphic detail of what occurs in this story.
I won't be finishing this one. I started Loving Jiro last night, with a sense of excitement, and I was really disappointed. It was too much for me after a while. I patiently endured several scenes in which Kiara was horribly abused by her boyfriend, forced into giving deep oral sex while he beat her, watching her be completely disrespected and treated like trash by this lowlife, and dealing with her low self-esteem, thinking that things would get better for her. I accepted the plot progression of Kiara choosing to become Jiro's mistress after he bails her out when Odell finds her six months later, kills a friend who walked her home, and she's forced to beat him with a bat after he starts attacking her--all the time hoping that things would work out for her. I was really hoping that Jiro would treat her with respect and love. But, their first love scene together was an anal scene? I'm clearly not a fan of anal sex period in books, but the first time you make love with a woman who's been systematically abused and mistreated, you have anal sex with her? It didn't seem like an expression of tenderness and loving care. He wasn't rough, but it just seemed like more of a show of possession. You are my mistress, you made me wait, I will take you in such a way to show you that you are mine, and you must do anything I want you to do. It just didn't work for me.
The way Kiara was treated by Odell really turned my stomach. Her low self-esteem was such that she was willing to endure this. I realize she tried to get away from him, and he'd always find her. It wasn't so much the low self-esteem heroine. I can deal with that, but I didn't really feel why it was necessary to show this abuse so graphically, such as him forcing his member down her throat to the point where she couldn't even breathe and passed out, and then slapping her to wake her up so he could finish. I dealt with it, hoping that things would be different with Jiro, but his idea of sexual love is not something I can deal with. I really wish this book had been marked as having graphic sexual material and scenes of abuse. Maybe then, I could have decided if I wanted to try to read it. And to think, I was just talking to friends about the 'bait and switch' that publishers pull on readers. This felt like one of those cases.
To be honest, the love scene wasn't even that sexy. It was more clinical than anything else. I didn't feel a lot of heat between Kiara and Jiro. Possibly, that was because I didn't really get a feel for Jiro. As far as the sex---it could just be me. That is not my thing, and it never will be. I don't think having anal sex the first time you make love with someone in a romance is very romantic or tender or sexy, especially with a heroine who has a history of being forced or abused, even if he's gentle about it. Even if I was okay with anal scenes, I wouldn't like to see one depicted this soon in a relationship, especially considering Kiara's past situation. She seemed to enjoy it, but I don't enjoy reading that. I try to be careful what kinds of books I choose to read, but I was burned yet again. I don't even have the wherewithal to try to read the Lakota story. I was so disappointed with what could have been a great story, Japanese assassin, heroine in need, cute little sister. I have two more of her books. I guess I'll skim through to make sure they don't have any anal scenes.
Just for clarification: I marked this 'ick factor' because of the depiction of abused of Kiara by her boyfriend Odell. Way too much information there. The anal scene wasn't over the top (if you don't mind that sort of thing).
Content Warning (in case you missed): anal sex, graphic depictions of violence against women, including sexual abuse.(less)
I read Rage and The Long Walk. Very violent and depressing. I didn't care for them. They were well-written but as any who know me, I don't do depressi...moreI read Rage and The Long Walk. Very violent and depressing. I didn't care for them. They were well-written but as any who know me, I don't do depressing pleasure reading. I'm glad that King's style has changed.(less)
I know some friends that like this book, but I was turned off by several things in it. Call me a prude, that's fine. I didn't like the hero at all--to...moreI know some friends that like this book, but I was turned off by several things in it. Call me a prude, that's fine. I didn't like the hero at all--to me he came off as a user of women (even if they are consensual I don't like when the hero doesn't respect women and uses them for sex with no tender regard for them). For those who are squeamish about erotica, you might want to avoid this book. I bought it for the secret baby plotline (which is less common in IR) and it turned out to be very in your face sexually with some objectionable language and discussions (to me). I guess my naivete was the factor, but I had a bad taste in my mouth and feel like I bought the kind of book that I don't care for and wasn't clearly warned for what kind of book it was. I think Ms. Vaughn is a very good writer. This one is just not my cup of tea. I really wish I had bought a paper copy so I could trade it. Since I bought an ebook, I will just have to delete it. :((less)
It was too saga-y and had too much drama for me. I hate to say I gave away a Jodi Thomas book, but in this case, it wasn't to my taste. But I'm sure t...moreIt was too saga-y and had too much drama for me. I hate to say I gave away a Jodi Thomas book, but in this case, it wasn't to my taste. But I'm sure there was a happy reader out there when they saw my copy on the bookshelf at the used bookstore.(less)
HP Lovecraft's volume The Thing at the Doorstep and other stories is pretty good. Lovecraft has quite an imagination. However I am quite sure that one...moreHP Lovecraft's volume The Thing at the Doorstep and other stories is pretty good. Lovecraft has quite an imagination. However I am quite sure that one cannot read too much Lovecraft at one time. His writing style is so unique and in some ways taxing, that it is best to break up reading him.
The Case of Charles Dexter Ward was surprisingly a real page turner. It is about the possessing of an inquisitive youth by his nefarious wizard ancestor. It is written almost like a report and you are the reader. You believe initally that the hero is Charles Dexter Ward but it turns out to be his doctor and old family friend. He shows truly brave actions to save the young man from himself and his horrid ancestor. Despite not understanding most of the words used and the intricate writing style, this story really sucked me in.
I'm glad that Lovecraft leaves a lot to our imagination. That's actually more scary. I also really enjoyed Beyond The Wall of Sleep and Pickmen's Model too. Beyond the Wall of Sleep features a psychiatrist who is intrigued by the case of a hill-dwelling man who is seemingly possessed by an otherworld entity. The story is disturbing but very poetically written. Pickmen's Model was so clever. It's told by a man who is relating his experiences with a painter to another fellow. This painter makes the most disgusting and bizarre imagery that repels most people. The narrator continually asserts his open-mindedness until he comes to the knowledge that the horrendous paintings the artist makes are a glimpse of reality. It totally freaks out the narrator, and when you read the story, you share in his horror.
The Tomb is also a good story. The narrator is a German naval officer, and is about the most unlikable protagonist imaginable. He watches his whole crew succomb to a supernatural force and denies to the end the power of it, until he rationalizes his own demise. You don't really mourn him. Not after all the atrocities he commits within the course of the story. Instead you want to say good riddance. But at the same time, you're wondering what calls him to his demise, and it does the rest of his crew. The door is open but you don't get to walk through. You just watch the narrator leave.
Another standout story is The Dunwich Horror which is definitely weird fiction. In a word, tentacly. Yes there are lots of tentacles. It is the visceral kind of horror that shrinks your stomach. Not so much fear for your life, but fear of abomination. Fear of unspeakable depravity. To understand what I mean, you have to read the story, or I would spoil it.
Unfortunately it is clear that Lovecraft was deeply prejudiced against rustic, country-reared people. This is especially clear in reading The Dunwhich Horror and Beyond the Wall of Sleep. I like how the editor ST Joshi posts footnotes as reference to what Lovecraft is talking about as far as references to other stories and places and historical figures. I must add that it was necessary to look up a lot of words as I was reading.
I got stuck on The Mountains of Madness and ended up having to return this to the library. Maybe someday I will get to finish this one, or read the other stories in this volume in another book.(less)