This was a surprise because it was somewhat sweet. It also seems to be a parody . I mean, the commanding officer is General Horace Steele (who I wi2.5
This was a surprise because it was somewhat sweet. It also seems to be a parody . I mean, the commanding officer is General Horace Steele (who I will admit at one point seems to have more two hands, though he doesn't do anything interesting with them). And c'mon, whose name is really Randy Dangle?
Though there are some funny lines "his smooth face was bright and eager to serve his commanding office" or "He began to feel a tingle in his trousers".
**spoiler alert** It's not ick bad. It's just, well, a riff on "Beauty and the Beast" and Stockholm syndrome. And he goes from being her step-brother**spoiler alert** It's not ick bad. It's just, well, a riff on "Beauty and the Beast" and Stockholm syndrome. And he goes from being her step-brother to her half-brother for no reason. And it isn't really romantic.
So the highlights, so you don't have to read it
1. She calls her mother Emma. Not mom or anything.
2. '"Bye Anna," they shouted back, voices tired and slurred with a mixture of exhaust and sleepiness. ' Car fumes will do that to you.
3. "and glass windows lined with expensive portraits and stuffed heads of animals, most probably alive at some point in the not so distant past" That's a difference in taste; most people put such things on walls. And at least the animals are dead now, I think.
4. "for slabs of moonlight entering through the large glass windows" - wouldn't that ruin the animals?
5. "Anna never knew why Jack, her stepfather, had kept this old piece of machinery when newer models were loitering the market and new ones were practically being produced every day." Apparently Anna does not know about antiques and is surprised that clocks are still made. Not to mention, I didn't know that clocks loitered.
6."Jack had a son from a previous marriage, Nathan" - I didn't know people named their marriages.
7. "a trick played by her brain with the dark" - I will admit it is a problem when your brain leaves your skull and hangs out with the dark . It's also sad that the house you live in and this stuffed with people is apparently empty all of a sudden.
8. "Her breath was coming in gasps and her feet were shaking life it suddenly dropped below freezing point"
9. The place where previously Nathan was, now stood a huge bear, his jaws exposed, moon light gleaming in his eye . . . bearing his teeth" I think that last bit was supposed to be a pun, but after the teeth mooned her, I just don't know.
10. "Maybe the woods didn't have a comfortable bed" - well, it is the woods, not the Four Seasons.
11. "He chuckled. She sweat". I just got dumber.
12. " 'I' she stared but he cut her". How does one stare an I?
13. A room suddenly becomes a hall.
14. And then suddenly her half-brother (who is also the step-brother?) becomes her captive somehow....more
I found this a little muddled at times, especially towards the end of the novel. That said, the characters are well drawn, the world building is solidI found this a little muddled at times, especially towards the end of the novel. That said, the characters are well drawn, the world building is solid, the idea inventive, the wordplay quite funny, and the ideas interesting. I do wish the plot had been a little tighter. Still, enjoyable....more
Disclaimer: ARC via Netgalley courtesy of Open Road.
Blevins’ novel traces the lift of Crazy Horse from young adult hood to his death. Unlike many wri Disclaimer: ARC via Netgalley courtesy of Open Road.
Blevins’ novel traces the lift of Crazy Horse from young adult hood to his death. Unlike many writers, Blevins does not fall into the trap of making any one character or race too saintly or too demonized.
When the reader first meets Crazy Horse, he isn’t called Crazy Horse, but Curly. He is trying to find his place not only in his tribe but within himself. This first section of the novel is not quite a coming of age story but more of a feeling out who you are story, struggling to come to terms with not only a changing world, but what your duty in that world is.
The rest of the book charts both Crazy Horse’s highs and lows. The focus is on Crazy Horse and the Lakota, and in many ways it is good that Blevins does not make the Battle of Little Bighorn a central piece of the novel. Would Crazy Horse really see the battle as meriting the same importance as white Americans? Doubtful.
Perhaps the weakest part of the novel is the development of the female characters, in particular the romantic interest of Black Buffalo Woman. Her motives and reasons do not seem to be really developed. How much of her behavior is based on cultural belief and how much due to her own desire is unclear. While this does occur, when combined with her limited page time, it makes it hard to know her character let alone really care what happens to her. The same is true of Black Shawl, and Crazy Horse’s third (or second, depending upon how you count) wife hardly gets any screen time.
This weakness aside, the novel does an extremely good job of conveying the culture of the Lakota as well as the political maneuvering that occurred when the white American continued their Westward expansions (take over, chose your term). It is not a romanticized view of the West or of Native Americans and for that the book deserves much praise. ...more
I’ve passed up on seeing the movie version of this book several times because I really don’t like Ethan Hawke. Way back when TLC and A&E were actuI’ve passed up on seeing the movie version of this book several times because I really don’t like Ethan Hawke. Way back when TLC and A&E were actually watchable there was a show call The Great Books. One episode was about Great Expectations. Hawke was interviewed because a movie version with him was coming out. Whatever he said convinced me that he really didn’t understand what he read. Combine that with I don’t think he can act, and well, there you go.
But I just might watch it now.
Wharton’s novel is All Quiet on the Western Front set in World War II with a dash of Catch-22. It is told from the viewpoint of a young sergeant who finds himself (and his men) in a rather confusing situation with some Germans. It’s true that some of the supporting characters could be more developed. The story, however, does grip the read, and the voice is compelling. You know how it’s going to end, you have to, but the book still moves you. It always will. There’s something to be said for that.
It isn’t all depressing; there are some wonderful funny passages and scenes. It’s not about heroism, but about people struggling to be people. It is really good. Wonderful. ...more