Right about the time this book was published I discovered that my grandmother creates sequels to Austen’s classic in her head just like I do. It was f...moreRight about the time this book was published I discovered that my grandmother creates sequels to Austen’s classic in her head just like I do. It was fun to dream up our own version of Darcy and Elizabeth’s life together when we were together over Thanksgiving break. She was so excited to read this book particularly because like the rest of my family she loves mysteries/crime thrillers. I think she was more excited to read this one than I was, and I think she liked it more than I did.
I was surprised at how spunky Elizabeth took a backseat in this tale. It’s all Darcy, all the time. And even Darcy looses the deep characterization Austen gave him. Actually, nearly as the characters I know and love have become shadows of their former selves. Those looking for a competent Pride and Prejduice sequel may be disappointed. Yet, at the same time, those looking for a compelling mystery novel will also be disappointed. It’s not all bad as the book did keep me largely engaged throughout a long flight cross country. It’s just not the best out there.(less)
I downloaded this book from my uncle’s Kindle account. He has a whole slew of “fixing” America how-to books and I’ve always been intrigued by his sele...moreI downloaded this book from my uncle’s Kindle account. He has a whole slew of “fixing” America how-to books and I’ve always been intrigued by his selections. This book, subtitled “Turning the Country Around and Restoring Fiscal Responsibility”, was the title I found my finger hoovering over time and time again.
One of my biggest pet peeves is when people complain about paying taxes. Nobody likes paying taxes but we derive so many services from paying taxes that I’m always flabbergasted by people’s refusal to pay them. Walker doesn’t follow down this path exactly. Instead, he advocates that we follow Europe’s lead with a Value Added Tax (VAT).
Even with this new tax, Walker says we should dial back Medicare and Social Security and give up on the dream of health care for all. The general theme is that the government should get out of the business of helping people, and the solutions are so grandiose in nature that it’s hard to derive some practicality from them.(less)
**spoiler alert** I've been having a fairly stressful week and I wanted a break from all the dense nonfiction I've been reading lately. This book prov...more**spoiler alert** I've been having a fairly stressful week and I wanted a break from all the dense nonfiction I've been reading lately. This book proved to be a great escape; I just I hadn't figured out the culprit so quickly. Castle, or whoever actually wrote this book, tries to throw twists and turns into the plot but it is unfortunately fairly transparent.
I can also see why (the fictional) Kate Beckett was so upset that her alter ego was so sexualized. The way they end up having sex reads like fanfiction. Good fanfiction but fanfiction none the less. Even so, I will probably end up reading the next book in the series. I really like the character Nikki Heat, which should come as no surprise considering how much I like Beckett. Plus, my brain could use the mental break every now and then.(less)
A premise that sounds fascinating, no? Unfortunately, there is nothing fascinating or beautiful about this tale. An ugly duckling pining over a jerk?...moreA premise that sounds fascinating, no? Unfortunately, there is nothing fascinating or beautiful about this tale. An ugly duckling pining over a jerk? How boring.
Dexter is, frankly, a douche. He’s a womanizing asshole wasting his life and I do not at all see Emma’s attraction to him. Occasionally, Emma slips out a witty one liner or two. This is quite possibly her only redeeming characteristic. I lack the appropriate words to describe her the rest of the time – Frumpy? Dull? Insecure? Whiny? Desperate? Directionless? (Please, don’t let me end up like Emma out of college!)
How in the world did these two ever fall for each other? How in the world did I ever finish this novel?
I know why I finished it; I was convinced that there had to be some redeeming aspect of the novel, some twist at the end that would make it all worth it. There had to be a reason why this book became a national bestseller, a reason why the book has garnished almost four stars of GoodReads. (I guess my first clue should have been that the movie version came and went in theaters without much noise.) The book is a self-absorbed, uneventful slog through two miserable lives.
I seem to be one of the few bloggers who feel this way, but most of my friends have felt the same way about this novel. We all hated Dexter and hated Emma for falling in love with him. I’m not normally one to shy away from melancholy novels but is one even I could not get through.(less)