**spoiler alert** Loved this book! It was sort of a twist between The Time Traveller's Wife (which is a spoiler, sorry) for kids, and almost Harriet t**spoiler alert** Loved this book! It was sort of a twist between The Time Traveller's Wife (which is a spoiler, sorry) for kids, and almost Harriet the Spy in its urban and realistic feel.
I've already added it to my favorites list!...more
This was soooo good, I couldn't stop reading once I started! It's so original and gripping and fun. And there was romance too! I really liked Peeta :)This was soooo good, I couldn't stop reading once I started! It's so original and gripping and fun. And there was romance too! I really liked Peeta :)
My one complaint, and it's not really the book's fault, but I felt Katniss was too calculating to be truly likable. I know it was her survival on the line, but I felt like she was too aware of the cameras, and how everything would look, given that she's never been in front of cameras before.
I can't wait to read the next book! There are 3 requests in front of me at the library. Curses!...more
A guy returned this today and just raved about it for 5 minutes. He said it was told backward like Momento, and I liked that movie, and really took hiA guy returned this today and just raved about it for 5 minutes. He said it was told backward like Momento, and I liked that movie, and really took him by surprise. He said, "if you read it, and ever see me in the library, let me know, because I'm dying to talk about the ending with someone!"
I pretty much will read anything a library patron raves about, unless it's really not my type of book, so I guess I'm going to read it....more
Tristran Thorn is a romantic sort of fellow who pledges to bring back a fallen star for a woman he wants to marry. So he journeys to a magical world,Tristran Thorn is a romantic sort of fellow who pledges to bring back a fallen star for a woman he wants to marry. So he journeys to a magical world, but finds that the task is infinitely harder than he expected, because the Star is actually a woman, he is not the only one searching for her, and the magical world that he is in is one that is filled with such peril that he will be lucky to make it back alive.
This is the type of fantasy book that I love since it was almost like a fairytale. It was wonderful and there were only two parts I didn't like as much: a hedgehog that is cooked alive, and a Unicorn that is killed :( :( :(
It very easily could have been YA appropriate, except for one or 2 sex scenes. I still think it could be YA appropriate, despite those scenes.
I figured out the ending about halfway through, but that didn't stop me from adding it to my favorites.
Hector Carpentier leads a boring, ordinary life during the time after the French Revolution. All of that ordinariness goes away when Vidocq, the firstHector Carpentier leads a boring, ordinary life during the time after the French Revolution. All of that ordinariness goes away when Vidocq, the first police chief to really go out of his way to solve mysterious murders (and a real person, the only one in the story), informs him that a man was murdered with Hector's card in his pocket. Despite Hector never having met the man before, he allows Vidocq to draw him into solving his murder.
It ends up that the murder is only the beginning of the mysteries they will encounter, as they are led out of Paris to find a man who might be Louis-Charles, the son of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette, and heir to the throne. Everyone in France hopes that Louis-Charles secretly made it out of the Black Tower, the prison that he supposedly died in, and will one day come forward to be their King. But since the man they find has amnesia, it will take more sleuthing to discover if he is really Louis-Charles.
This was a truly excellent mystery. It's one of those rare mysteries that builds upon itself, so you never know where it's going next, and although you may have guesses about how it will end up, it always surprises you. Add to that an amazing sense of time, place, and character, and also beautifully descriptive writing, and you have an automatic add to my favorites list.
*Funny anecdote* I had a bad dream (in the dream, the wall seperating my town house from my managers, who live next door to me, had to come down for construction. So they were constantly micro-managing my life. It was a really creepy dream.) Anyway, what I do when I have a bad dream is I'll get up and read for awhile. Otherwise I fall right back to sleep and continue on with the bad dream. So, I get up and start to read a section of this book...and what's going on in the section that I read? Hector is swarmed by hundreds of rats, and is absolutely covered by them! I had to laugh at the totally inapropriate bad-dream-banishing subject matter....more
Lev lives in Piter (St. Petersburg/Leningrad) Russia during the siege of WW2, and is arrested for theft. The punishment for this should be death, butLev lives in Piter (St. Petersburg/Leningrad) Russia during the siege of WW2, and is arrested for theft. The punishment for this should be death, but instead, he and a soldier charged with desertion, named Kolya, are given a fool's errand: find and bring back a dozen eggs in less than a week (in a country where people are eating mud to survive), for a colonel's daughter's wedding cake.
This was a truly fantastic book, and, as such, is a rare instant add to my favorites list.
Like with all of the best books, the reader is taken on an emotional journey, in addition to the actual journey the characters go on. The book deals with the atrocities of war, to be sure, but there was also humor and romance and teasing and pettiness. It felt very true to life: you can't focus on how horrible war is constantly, or you'd go nuts. You still have to live, and the characters have real life and depth to them. Lev and Kolya are really believable characters, and also really likeable, and the same is true for all the secondary characters. They could carry the story just on that likeability alone, but in addition to that, the story is just completely well written. I kept cynically waiting for a lag, but it never came. There’s always something to keep you interested, and keep you reading.
The story is mainly about Lev and Kolya, their relationship, their fears and growth, but the war and location never feel like a backdrop. There are little details sprinkled throughout, at times gruesome, at times humorous, that not only a reader with little to no knowledge of the war (myself), but also someone with a great knowledge of WW2, could take some new knowledge away.
Finally, I just did a whole bunch of searching, and I still can't find out whether this book really is about the author's grandfather. I was wondering whether that was the case, because the book begins with 'a writer' going to talk to his grandfather, who then proceeds to tell him about a week of his life during WW2, which is the story that follows. I am (probably overly) critical of books told in the first person, as if the character were talking directly to the reader, for no discernable reason. So, I thought to myself, what an interesting method to explain why the story is in first person, because first person works so well here, since it draws the reader in, and makes the events in the book seem more real and present. Then I began to wonder. David Benioff / Lev Beniov? Is 'the writer' in the book, actually THE writer? In the end, despite my searching, I couldn't figure out one way or the other, and I guess, in the long run, it really doesn't matter. It just shows how much I liked the book that I would find it believable enough to question whether it was fiction or not. I *did* discover that the author is married to Amanda Peet...what a strange twisty world it is....more
I've always really loved this book. Historical time period, plus diary format, plus spunky main character is a winning competition in my view. The onlI've always really loved this book. Historical time period, plus diary format, plus spunky main character is a winning competition in my view. The only problem is that it ends where it does. You get to the end, and you just want to know how things will work out for her, and whether a character who is only obliquely referenced throughout will turn out to be as she hopes. Really, it's as if she ran up against a publisher's deadline. Despite the ending, though, I highly recommend this book!...more