This was a kindle freebie. I am conflicted a bit about this book. In some ways, it was a bit too stereotypical in the “old fo...moreCrossposted at Booklikes.
This was a kindle freebie. I am conflicted a bit about this book. In some ways, it was a bit too stereotypical in the “old folks discover the internet but still spin out folksy wisdom” type of a way. But there is something charming about the mystery.
This is 7th in the series, but I haven’t read the others. It was easy enough to get into for a newbie The premise is Emily runs a travel group/agency and murders happen when she goes on trips to places. The main customers seem to be seniors, including Emily's grandmother. The thing that annoyed the most was the main character’s, Emily, e-husband. He had gender reassignment, which isn’t my problem. But if I am suppose to believe that Emily is down with the whole thing, why does Emily still use the male name of Jack instead of the chosen one of Jackie? I could understand say, Jacks, but it just seemed a bit off. I could understand if this was right after the surgery, but both Emily and Jackie have moved on and are re-married. So it felt a little strange, off, and borderline insulting. I should note, however, that Jackie is shown as a transgender who is NOT addicted to anything and who is happy and well adjusted. She might be a sterotype in terms of shoes, but considering Emily is also this way, I'm willing to let that go.
That said – what I really enjoyed about this book was the use of humor. Even if I had trouble believing that the old folks didn’t remember about the coffee shops not serving coffee, the “high” seniors scene was very entertaining, especially with the legs and balls. Additionally, while the use of Jack instead of Jackie struck me as odd, I have to applaud the use of female friendship and teamwork. Jackie and Emily work very well together, and the friendship is done well. While I found it little hard to keep all the seniors in Emily’s group straight, the friendships were conveyed well, and it was nice seeing a group work together instead of being in opposition. (less)
Perhaps the best known play about witch trials in the United States is Miller’s The Crucible. Its popularity is not only due to the connection to the...morePerhaps the best known play about witch trials in the United States is Miller’s The Crucible. Its popularity is not only due to the connection to the McCarthy Hearings, but also because it is taught in what seems to be almost every American school. It says much about our culture that the play about witch trials is a plot about a jilted lover getting revenge on the married man who jilted her. Witchcraft trials wouldn’t really about that at all. The connection between misogyny and witchcraft trials is pretty much obivious, but what Barstow does in this study is present numbers to prove it. Some numbers are not shocking, such as more women being accused and executed in general, and some numbers are shocking, such as the information from Finland. Besides numbers, Barstow also shows how the investigation could destroy a village, at least the female population of a village (some villages only had one woman left) or the voyeurism of the witch finders. Apparently the witch finders were paid to feel up women and touched their most private areas. Of course, the witch finders did this would the best interest of everyone at heart. It is this close look at not only accusations in terms of gender and class but also on the investigation of such charges that Barstow brings the trials back to where they should be seen – as an attack upon women.
So Roman Britain doesn’t look that bad when you are dealing with massive debts, a sneaky loan collector, a ship wreck, and clogged drains. This entry...moreSo Roman Britain doesn’t look that bad when you are dealing with massive debts, a sneaky loan collector, a ship wreck, and clogged drains. This entry into the series concerns both the Medicius and Tilla returning to the family home. The mystery really isn’t that mysterious, but the characters and interactions make up for the predictable plot. Part of the fun is watching Tilla’s introduction to fledging religion of Christianity.
Once upon a time, the man who created the world’s most famous consulting detective had his leg pulled by two young women. In the days before Photoshop...moreOnce upon a time, the man who created the world’s most famous consulting detective had his leg pulled by two young women. In the days before Photoshop, the young ladies took pictures of fairies. They posed with the fairies. They claimed to see the fairies quite often. Of course, the fairies were pasted pictures. You look at this photographs today, and part of you wonders how people could be so gullible. Yet, we have famous fake pictures today as well. Do you really think the reporter is always in front of the White House? Doyle’s defense of the photos is a collection of essays, in part by him and in part by others. It can be rather dull reading, but it does include reporters various reactions as well as other accounts from elsewhere. These other accounts show why people were willing to believe, even those who should have known better. For me, the biggest surprise was the fact that one of the girls was 16, which does present a slightly different take on the story. Still worth reading for a Doyle fan or fairy tale fan.
I have to give a big thank you to the National Park Worker who recommended this book. Thank you, Ma’am, you were so right.
I picked this up last year when I visited the Cemetery.
The book is a comprehensive guide to Arlington. It includes a history (brief) of the property as well the family. Then there is a history of the Cemetery itself – including the fact that for a time it housed escape slaves on part of the property. There is a section of 100 people, notables and unusual people buried or remembered. Each of these 100 is given a biography and includes not only the Kennedy clan (Jackie O is one of only two first ladies buried on the site) but Wild Bill Donovan, Richard Byrd, Matthew Hensen, Joe Louis, Lee Maarvin and others. There is second listing of more notables (no biographies). Finally there is a detailed description of the major moments, including a history of each, criteria for burial and description of services. There is also a map, a guide to symbols, and a listing of ranks broken down by the type of service. The writing is friendly and there are many neat facts.
Honestly, if you are planning to visit or have visited, get this book. (less)
I have not read Gorky Park, yet. But I have seen the movie and this book reminds me of that with the added bonus of fantasy and without the unbelievab...moreI have not read Gorky Park, yet. But I have seen the movie and this book reminds me of that with the added bonus of fantasy and without the unbelievable romantic sub-plot. (less)
Honestly, can someone please tell me why people think charging 2.99 for a book that is basically a wikipedia entry is good? I mean, this isn't bad per...moreHonestly, can someone please tell me why people think charging 2.99 for a book that is basically a wikipedia entry is good? I mean, this isn't bad per se. It's a good high school paper, I suppose. But you can get work by Derbyshire and Ridgway for the same price, and those works don't read like a wikipedia entry in any way.
Black keeps refering to a historian at times, but doesn't tell you who. He does to be fair mention three historians by name. There also isn't any type of cited or further works page.
Granted Charles River Editors charges a similar price for thier work, which can be hit or miss, but even in the miss one, CR Editors at least gives you further reading. But I don't buy the CRE books either. I just pick them up when offered free, but they do seem like better bang for the buck. And they are geared toward high school and college freshmen.
Additionally, the wording makes it sound like Catherine of A and Henry got hitched right after Arthur's death, which was not the case.
I just don't get why anyone, even a student, would pay for this at all. (I picked it up when offered as a freebie). You can find something like, with a better source list, on the internet for free.
Sometimes you read a book and wonder why the hell it won all the acclaim listed on the cover.
This is not one of those books.
French’s work details the investigation of a murder of a young English in Peking just before the onslaught of the Japanese. To say that the book is engrossing would be an understatement, and to say that the whole book is engrossing would also be wrong.
It does start off very slow but picks up around page 40.
French keeps the reader’s attention because he plays with the ideas of guilt and innocene. In many ways, the reader is like a third investigator in the case or perhaps the jury while French is the advocate.
This is a relatively good short biography of Anne Frank. It is designed for children and schools, so it offers a glossary and...moreCrossposted at Booklikes
This is a relatively good short biography of Anne Frank. It is designed for children and schools, so it offers a glossary and fact boxes. While it doesn’t hide the truth, it is not as graphically illustrated as it would be in an adult biography.
Mullin gets full marks for doing much to present a further picture of Edith Frank and Pfeiffer than what Anne presents in the diary. Too often Edith give way to Otto, and Mullin does much to correct this. It is well worth a read by anyone who has read the diary. The focus is on the Franks so no real mention is made about the adaptations of the Diary. Further information is given, however, about Anne’s friends. It, in many ways, answers questions that someone would have after reading the Diary. (less)
I don’t think I have read Gallant before picking up this book, unless it wa...moreCrossposted at Booklikes
I almost didn’t buy this book.
But I’m glad I did.
I don’t think I have read Gallant before picking up this book, unless it was in college during the Canadian Literature course I took. But wow.
Paris Stories is somewhat of a misnomer as half the stories don’t take place in Paris. The overarching theme of these stories seems to be that what people see and what actually is – in terms of relationships, reality, or anything else. They are about creative beings.
Many of the stories are just so stunningly beautiful and can turn so suddenly.
In terms of style, Gallant seems to be the love child of Austen and Twain (if Twain had actually liked Austen).
The stories focus on families, for the most part. A couple with children, a grandmother, a honeymoon couple, a woman and her tenet who is more than a tenet.
It’s a good thing that the stories are so good that I have trouble deciding which one of them is my favorite. There is “Mlle Dias De Corta”, a story told in letter form. The narrator is one of those catty and endearing women. Then there is “The Moselm Wife” which really isn’t about a Moselm wife. It has the sentence, “He read steadily but cautiously now, as if every author had a design on him” (102).
The stories are like Chinese boxes and Russian dolls. Hidden parts, rich food, and great wine.
Perhaps it is “From the Fifteenth District” a story about haunting but not in the way you think. It is somewhat “Irina” about grandmother who is not what she appears to be.
This review is crap because I cannot write about how truly wonderful this collection is. (less)
**spoiler alert** Full review at Booklikes Note, that there it is in two parts.
The things you do for online friends. I think my eyeballs will never fo...more**spoiler alert** Full review at Booklikes Note, that there it is in two parts.
The things you do for online friends. I think my eyeballs will never forgive me. This is the funny partof the review, a more detailed anaylsis will follow, as soon my eyeballs forgive me.
At least I didn't pay for it.
"Bring on your best bikini" - Bikini fight apparently.
Emily's sex growls (Loc. 82) Vagina dentata eat your heart out. Emily's vagina is a pitbull on a leash. (Which must make it rather hard to sit down).
Wait, no. I had that wrong. Emily's sex quivered. So it is an arrow. Does that mean she has a penis?
Yeah, I know, I know. Okay, so the first part of this review pointed out some of the typos and mistakes that could possibly lead to laughs. This second part of the review is more serious
First off, if you are going to charge 2.99 American for a book that would take anyone whose reading level is higher than second grade 20 minutes at the most to read, it better be damned good and not filled with fragments, confusing sentences, and independents clauses that just don’t make sense. (Please note, that I got this book for free. The list price on Amazon is 2.99).
Second, and more importantly, this book is a big solid endorsement of rape culture.
It’s the girl really wants to be dominated, abused, and raped trope.
That pisses me off. Fine, ignore the conditions between porn and abuse. Ignore the stupidity of a woman doing what Emily does, and even ignore the fact that an aspiring porn actress is okay going bare back – how is rape erotic? It’s not. It’s, at best, pornographic. And Emily is seen begging for her rape, there really is no other way to put it, twice in this thing. TWICE! (less)
You see, what I like about Le Carre is the total lack of James Bond cool factor. Like the Looking Glass War, this wil...moreCrossposted at The Fish Place>
You see, what I like about Le Carre is the total lack of James Bond cool factor. Like the Looking Glass War, this will just leave you speechless. Wonderful BBC production as usual. If you have seen Law and Order UK, Harriet Walker is part of this cast.(less)
I have to admit, even as I hate doing it, that the only Heaney I have read prior picking up this book is his translation of Beowulf. To say that the...moreI have to admit, even as I hate doing it, that the only Heaney I have read prior picking up this book is his translation of Beowulf. To say that the poems in this collection are good would be correct. They are bag of Irish life, ancient myth, and family life. It is the Irish ones and “Mycenae Lookout” that tend to be the most powerful. The power of Mycenae Lookout is obvious. It is about Troy, told from various views, including a solider waiting for the return of his king and fellow soldiers even as he knows that the king’s welcome isn’t assured at all. “Two Lorries” is about, well, two lorries, one whom was in fact. It is a powerful comment on the Troubles and the fight for Irish independence. It is the type of poem you read and cannot forget. Reading this small volume you realize how great Heaney was.
This is a story about Gawain the goose who is accused of stealing from the kingdom’s treasury. You would think the bear...moreCrossposted at The Fish Place.
This is a story about Gawain the goose who is accused of stealing from the kingdom’s treasury. You would think the bear king would eat him as punishment, but he doesn’t. It is a rather simple tale, but truly charming. Lovely illustrations, and I like the decorating.(less)
This book is a photographic collection of old postcards that trace the path of the Avon river (the one connected to Shakespeare). There are several po...moreThis book is a photographic collection of old postcards that trace the path of the Avon river (the one connected to Shakespeare). There are several postcards of both Warwick Castle and Stratford. What is interesting is seeing the development in the areas and change in postcard styles.
I should note that I love both Handmaid’s Tale and The Scarlet Letter. I LOVE them.
The problem for me is, and there really is no nice way to put this, this book reads like fan fiction of both novels. It is as if it is almost trying to be more recent Handmaid’s Tale or a more timely/feminist version of the Scarlet Letter.
Do not waste your time with this book. Read the originals instead.(less)