I should note that this is the first work by Elizabeth George that I have read. When PBS showed the Inspector Lynley myDisclaimer: ARC via Netgalley.
I should note that this is the first work by Elizabeth George that I have read. When PBS showed the Inspector Lynley mysteries, I tried to watch them, but I found them to be well acted (I mean look at that cast), but rather boring.
After reading this short story, perhaps I should give the series a try.
This short story, a longish short story (though there is not a wasted or unneeded word) details the life of Janet Shore (aka Annapurna) who has the ability to take yourself and others into novels.
I know what you are thinking. You are thinking, well it’s like that series by Jasper Fforde. Well kinda, but not really. For George’s story is securely anchored in our world, and the tone is different, far different than everyone’s favorite Thursday.
On of the charms of the story is Janet’s role as book/reader matchmaker while she is a book snob. Why, for instance she wonders, should one read Twilight when Dracula beckons? In many ways, the story is love poem to the books (and bookstores) that are overlooked by those rushing into the latest fad. It is also a love story about the power of books to take readers away from all that.
And it is about the evils of excesses, not so much reading, but other types.
The ending is brilliant.
Strongly recommended. A short eBook well worth the cost. ...more
Well, you know how schools debate about how to teach sex ed? Have students read this, it makes a threesome sound dull. Not to mention, it seems as ifWell, you know how schools debate about how to teach sex ed? Have students read this, it makes a threesome sound dull. Not to mention, it seems as if it is really one guy....more
Well, it is edited, though the whole graduate school thing doesn't make sense (I knew two grad students in the same area and they did far more fiel2.5
Well, it is edited, though the whole graduate school thing doesn't make sense (I knew two grad students in the same area and they did far more field work). Additionally, there is some contradicting sentences (and why isn't her head shaved?). Still could be worse. Bonus points because Wolf does address language issues....more
While the short story has been edited - there are some mistakes, but not too many or too large - I found it a little dull. In short, this would have bWhile the short story has been edited - there are some mistakes, but not too many or too large - I found it a little dull. In short, this would have been two stars. However:
Ms (or Mrs) Grey deserves a bonus star for the following reasons. The first is that her heroine is not skinny or Hollywood pretty. She is big bosomed and wide hipped. There are few passages detailing why the weretiger of the title is better than the heroine's former boyfriend. The main point is that the former boyfriend never called her hot (among other things), and the weretiger does. In fact, with the weretiger she doesn't feel she has to cover her body in shame. That's nice.
The second reason is that when the weretiger says "I love you" after their first encounter (which occurs the first night they met), the Stacy's (the heroine's) reaction is WTF. While it would be fair to say that the love issue is resolved rather too quickly (though it is a short smut story after all), it is at least brought up. Full credit for that.
The third reason is the strongest one. The first two were just icing. Stacy has a best friend who truly is her best friend. Her friend tries to cheer her up, it is clear that the two woman are close and respect each other, and are not jealous or in competition in any way.
That was so wonderful. I loved that because even in a great many popular books (ie big publishing house fantasy novels), don't even show such a true and real relationship between women....more
Usually when I get approved on Netgalley, I try my best to write at least 250-500 words. I find that for this book I caDisclaimer: ARC via Netgalley.
Usually when I get approved on Netgalley, I try my best to write at least 250-500 words. I find that for this book I cannot do so.
Simply put: This is the best book I have ever read about a church or other building.
I collect and read Pitkin guides as if they are going out of style. But this book blasts them all to shame. I pre-ordered a Kindle copy after reading the digital ARC.
In this book Margaret Visser gives a complete guide to the church of Sant’Agnese di fuori Mura (in Rome). Along the way, she deals with church history, art history, architectural history, feminism, martyrs, and ancient history. It is brilliant. One would think a book of this length on such subject matter would be boring.
It’s not. It’s sheer poetry.
I never heard of this church before, and Visser makes you feel as if you there, but now I want – I need – to see it.
If you interested in any of the above topics, please read this book. I cannot thank Open Road Media enough for re-issuing this for Kindle and for allowing me to read a digital ARC.
**spoiler alert** Do you see that space before the d in do? It is called, well, a space. Writers use spaces between words so readers know when one wor**spoiler alert** Do you see that space before the d in do? It is called, well, a space. Writers use spaces between words so readers know when one word ends and another word begins. There are even two (2!) spaces between sentences. These two things are done so a story does not look like this:
Theauthorofthis shortebooklooks likeshe is areallynice woman.She hasa cutedog.She evenuseda somewhatfatheroine.
Despite the use of a fat heroine, this book is bad for the following reasons:
1. "She had a few extra ponds here and there which made her self-confidence be a bit smaller than most people's". No doubt it is the fault of the frogs and fish in those ponds. Is the self confidence here the same as the inner goddess in 50 Shades?
2. "Her motivation was to maybe get Ben to notice her, but apparently it was doing the opposite." I hate it when my motivation doesn't do what it intends.
3. Is it Ben or ben?
4. I have lost count of how many times maybe is misused (see #2 for a case).
5. "They hadn't spoken in two weeks, and Hannah tried with desperation to call him." It's good that she has friends like Desperation.
6. "Show ordered if maybe there was a reason for him to be so quiet, but she assumed that it was probably what she would find out on Friday". - I have no idea what that means, and English is my native tongue.
7. "When it finally did, Hannah managed to skip as class in order to get there early" - What is as class?
8. "Ben had black hair, and it was draped over his eyes and he looked even paler" - So his hair is like a wig? Paler than what?
9. When a man reveals he's a vampire, I think some shock is in order, especially when there is no hint that Hannah lives in a place with vampires. Shrugging and letting him bite your neck without blinking is rather strange and passive. Is she so accepting because of her ponds? (And if what was suppose to be pounds as I believe it was, this is a horrible endorsement of fat women being desperate for intercourse that they will do anything)....more
Despite the fact that the cigarette chapter is out of date, this book is still important today. Over a decade after it was published. Don't believe meDespite the fact that the cigarette chapter is out of date, this book is still important today. Over a decade after it was published. Don't believe me?