I have read almost all of Paretsky's mysteries. This one seemed to hearken back to some of her books in the beginning of the series. I like how ParetsI have read almost all of Paretsky's mysteries. This one seemed to hearken back to some of her books in the beginning of the series. I like how Paretsky has written a more mature and slightly mellower Warshawski. Good read....more
I saw this in the new book section in the library and decided to pick it up. The first 50 pages I was ambivalent about the book and then it took off!I saw this in the new book section in the library and decided to pick it up. The first 50 pages I was ambivalent about the book and then it took off! I enjoyed the pace and the writing. It blends fantasy with genre fiction beautifully. The story is full of life especially with Molly, one of the main characters. She is spunky, lovely and mischievous....more
I almost didn't finish this book. I listened to the first reflection, "I remember nothing," and thought it was horrible. It seemed as if Ephron said aI almost didn't finish this book. I listened to the first reflection, "I remember nothing," and thought it was horrible. It seemed as if Ephron said about 25 times in the chapter that she remembered nothing. So I didn't think it would be a good audiobook after all. However, I read the reviews on GR, and the reviewers gave me a boost since they mentioned that she wrote about being a journalist in the 1960's. So I made it through the first reflection and kept listening. It was a treat. There are some many highlights that I just think you should listen to it! She was describing the time that she thought that she might inherit money from her uncle. The story in some ways is bland and ordinary, but Ephron knows how to make even the most ordinary stories interesting/humorous. Another favorite reflection was when she wrote about a Christmas dinner party that she attended for 22 years with a group of friends. On this particular year, one of the dinner party attendees had died and the organization of the dinner party started to unravel. She said that her friend was the "glue," and that the other friends were becoming like bickering siblings. Obviously I can't do it justice, but she captured the essence of relationships in this reflection. She also wrote an entertaining reflection about email (the six stages of email). Anyway, it was special especially knowing that she was a successful screenwriter and down to earth. I felt like I was listening to my favorite aunt. Delicious, I highly recommend it. ...more
I am often seeking giggles, so I started to venture to humorous audiobooks. I just finished this one this week. Dave Barry had some really good sketchI am often seeking giggles, so I started to venture to humorous audiobooks. I just finished this one this week. Dave Barry had some really good sketches in this book. Dave Barry used to be a columnist for the Miami Herald, and I had read his column a few times. He tends towards male humor, but can appeal to the general human experience. The book is comprised of sketches/articles/short stories that are read by him. He did a good job narrating and some of the humor was directly related to his delivery. Some highlights were the history of the decline of the newspaper (according to Dave Barry.) A parody of Twilight that had me rolling in laughter. He also did a sketch of watching his daughter play soccer in relationship to crazy sports parent. The beginning was a little predictable with a few "Women are from Mars and Men are from Venus" sketches which really weren't to my taste. He seems to have many of these short books, so I will definitely be listening to more....more
This was such a well written book but I couldn't quite finish it. The chapter where Viola, the unhappy daughter, was justifying her behavior as she loThis was such a well written book but I couldn't quite finish it. The chapter where Viola, the unhappy daughter, was justifying her behavior as she looked back on her life was my last straw. I have read about 4 of Kate Atkinson's books and I couldn't help but notice such similar archetypes that I started to lose interest. Viola reminded me too much of Jackson Brodie's ex-wife, even though she was a little wittier.
This is one of those books whose timelines are not chronological. We went through Teddy's life as a child, adult, grandpa, father and husband in a random order. I couldn't connect with Teddy. He was also a WWII pilot. In one chapter, he was visiting the mother and pregnant girlfriend of Vic, someone he flew with and died in one of their missions. One of them mentioned that Vic had said that Teddy was "the best man that he knew." I was confused because Teddy seemed to march through life but not with a lot of soul or conviction. He kept his feelings close to his breast so I never felt like I knew him.
Atkinson is an amazing writer but I just couldn't get into this book....more
This was a pretty raunchy novel, but I had to appreciate how Friedman inserted some historical fiction into his romp of a mystery novel. I did enjoy rThis was a pretty raunchy novel, but I had to appreciate how Friedman inserted some historical fiction into his romp of a mystery novel. I did enjoy reading about Hawaii but the dialog was a little to low brow for me....more
This book was enjoyable. The format of the book reminded me of Beautiful Ruins. There were a small group of characters and most of them were connectedThis book was enjoyable. The format of the book reminded me of Beautiful Ruins. There were a small group of characters and most of them were connected in some way. The chapters went forward and backward in time. The story opens with the mention that since the Georgia Flu was about to wipe out most of the planet, this would be the last time people would be going to the market, watching a performance, etc. Arthur, one of the main characters, dies in the first few pages of the book while performing as King Lear in Toronto. As the book continues, we get most of the back story on Arthur. I looked forward to reading Arthur's reflections in the book because he seemed lost and unsure but surprisingly affable. I had compassion for him. The other main character was Kristen who was performing with Arthur when she was a child. As the pandemic spreads, we fast forward into the story of a post-apocalyptic life. Kristen (as a grown up) is with the Traveling Symphony and performs in cities and villages that no longer have the internet, electricity or ground transportation. The story unfolds slowly at the beginning for me since I wasn't invested in the characters yet. However, then the story gets some traction and you really want to know what happened to Arthur before his untimely death. All and all it was a good read. I read Lola's Quartet by the same author, and I saw some similarities in the format of the book, however, LQ was much more depressing....more
One of the better Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery series books. I really enjoy the narrator Barbara Goldenblatt who has been used for everyone of the GoldOne of the better Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery series books. I really enjoy the narrator Barbara Goldenblatt who has been used for everyone of the Goldie Bear books that I've listened to. Perfect for listening while commuting. ...more
This is the second book that I read by Kate Atkinson. The first one was Life After Life. I felt that Life after Life was a little to "loose," but I enThis is the second book that I read by Kate Atkinson. The first one was Life After Life. I felt that Life after Life was a little to "loose," but I enjoyed the writing. When I was at the library, I saw that they had this book on CD. I also got the print copy. The CD was narrated by a monotone British actor that worked perfectly. The book has some of the features of going forward and backwards and some confusion on the reader's part, how the story threads will intermingle. I think the first connection was about a third into the book. I find Atkinson's writing laugh out loud funny and observant. She does so many tongue in cheek comments about living, families, relationships and reflection that every page was a gem. I just read aloud the following passage to my teenager: Jackson was comparing his teenage daughter Marlee to his younger son, "He could barely remember Marlee at that age, her current sullen incarnation had begun to dominate earlier, sunnier versions of his daughter." He goes on to reflect that his son will eventually "outrun him, overtake him in the relay race of existence." Reading lines like this are precious and so well crafted. The book is full of them!
The mystery involves a detective: Jackson Brodie. He is looking for the biological parents of a woman from New Zealand. Even their brief interactions over email and Jackson's comments on her exclamation points are hilarious. There are quite a few middle age characters and the stories, of course, intertwine with an earlier time period. The plot slowly unfurls so it is hard not to write a spoiler. I enjoyed the plot and the witty observations throughout the book. I will definitely be reading all of her books....more