I really wanted to give this book 5 stars. For most of it I lived the book, in a way that I haven't done for a long time. I loved seeing people reactI really wanted to give this book 5 stars. For most of it I lived the book, in a way that I haven't done for a long time. I loved seeing people react to "young Alice" and was fascinated by the idea of having lost all memory of the last 10 years (how would I react if I thought it was 2006 and woke up to 2016? Probably wouldn't be quite as big a shock as for Alice, as there haven't been quite as many changes in my life - but still!).
Unfortunately the end was a bit of a let-down. Once Alice gets her memory back, everything is just resolved far too quickly. I did like the way it was resolved, but would have appreciated being shown rather than told that that was what happened.
But otherwise a brilliant book! I definitely need to read more of Liane Moriarty's work....more
Awesome book, with a suckerpunch ending, that left me reeling.
This was basically "The Breakfast Club" for the 21st Century. 5 students are thrown togeAwesome book, with a suckerpunch ending, that left me reeling.
This was basically "The Breakfast Club" for the 21st Century. 5 students are thrown together for a school activity, bicker and annoy each other at first, but slowly become friends (or at least friendly).
I had a hard time putting it down, and it could have been a straight 5 star book (even though I didn't like the twist... it was still believable) if Sarah Ayoub had added just a few more chapters. There were a few too many threads left hanging, and though people appeared to be heading in the right directions, I'd like to have it confirmed before the book ended....more
A collection of really charming short stories, set in the KarmaCorp universe.
As a general rule, I'm not fond of short stories, but that rule goes flyiA collection of really charming short stories, set in the KarmaCorp universe.
As a general rule, I'm not fond of short stories, but that rule goes flying out of the window when it's short stories set in a universe I'm already familiar with, revolving around characters I'm already fond of (or at least know), so I guess my beef with short stories is mostly because I think they give too few pages to set the scene, so when the scene is already set (so to speak), I'm free to love them just as much as I would any other book by that author.
If anything, I thought some of these short stories were far too short. I'd have loved to read more about Kish, Tee, Raven and Iggy's introduction to KarmaCorp and how their friendship (and talents) grew, and the stories about Yesenia and Bean were heartbreaking in their lack of closure (although we did get a bit more of that in "Grower's Omen", so more may still come).
I devoured the book, and wouldn't have complained if it had been twice as long....more
I wasn't really a fan of this comic, but that's got more to do with my personal taste than the quality of the book. It was well made, and would probabI wasn't really a fan of this comic, but that's got more to do with my personal taste than the quality of the book. It was well made, and would probably have been captivating, if I'd been into that kind of plot....more
I received this book as an ARC in return for an honest review.
Let's get the good stuff out of the way first - I liked the style of the drawings in thiI received this book as an ARC in return for an honest review.
Let's get the good stuff out of the way first - I liked the style of the drawings in this, even if it did get difficult to tell Mike and Robby apart at times, and the mother's face had a weird shape.
There. That was it.
There was literally nothing I enjoyed about this comic. I kept reading it, under the assumption that it just HAD to get better eventually... but it never did. Instead it ended on an extreme low, that just made me push the book away in disgust.
Full disclosure - I don't know Benjamin Frisch, and have no clue if the Fun family is based on a newspaper comic strip of some kind. If that's the case, I can see Benjamin Frisch getting so tired of his own story, that he felt the need to write a book about their life going to hell in a hand basket, in order to get some sort of therapeutic release. That would make sense, and that would make the book make sense. It wouldn't make it any more enjoyable, but at least I'd understand what he was trying to do.
Instead what I got was a book full of dysfunctional adults and only marginally less dysfunctional kids. Until the very end, I'd sort of expected that the grandmother's ghost would help the family get back on their feet again, but instead she just introduced a whole new level of weirdness into their lives.
The parents were the worst though. They kept making bad decision after bad decision, leaving the kids to bear the brunt of it and pick up the pieces. I wanted to kick some sense into both the mother and father, for them to wake up and take responsibility already!
A deeply unpleasant book that I wouldn't recommend to anybody....more
This was... extraordinarily weird! Not necessarily bad-weird, but totally unexpected. I read most of it with my eyebrows up and my jaw down, wonderingThis was... extraordinarily weird! Not necessarily bad-weird, but totally unexpected. I read most of it with my eyebrows up and my jaw down, wondering how on earth I had entered this surreal universe.
The drawings were great - although perhaps slightly too detailed at times, which could get slightly gross. The plot pretty unique, and the main character unusually unpleasant. This is definitely not a comic I'd hand to a girl who likes princesses - but very possibly to a boy who likes the unconventional.
Really not what I had expected, and as such, I have a bit of a hard time figuring out what I think of it, but at the end of the day - I think I like it....more