I sat on the fence for a long time about buying this book. The reviews show that this is a very polarizing book, offensive to some, but on target withI sat on the fence for a long time about buying this book. The reviews show that this is a very polarizing book, offensive to some, but on target with others. I went into it with an open mind to experience it myself.
I liked this book. A lot of the issues others bring up either didn't bother me or I read it differently.
For sure Angie is a character that has a lot going against her. But I felt that instead of getting emo or depressed about all the crappy things she's dealing with, she just keeps hanging in there. She keeps trying. In trying to figure out how to navigate all these issues, she works hard to find out who she is and what she feels and to be OK with it. She's ultimately a very internally strong being.
I know others have mentioned that she's skinny in the end. I did not experience it that way. She lost weight unintentionally working out to honor and try to emulate her sister, who she worshiped. She's working through her feelings of loss, she's not trying to loose weight to be liked. But she wasn't skinny, nor was she suddenly liked, or loved because of it. She's still Angie.
As for the gay part, I enjoyed the relationship Angie had with KC. It felt real and had issues. But they manage to be a support for each other. They are friends first but also there was no drama around KC being gay and Angie realizing she probably is too. I felt they have that kind of relationship in which both could explore all the changes happening to them as they become adults and feel safe with each other to do so.
Of course, there were some things that pushed my buttons. I think because this book covers or includes so many issues, it's easy to identify with one or some of them. And maybe that's why this book has generated varying extreme positions.
On a side note, I liked the writing style. I definitely liked the slang. It made it feel more insular to those characters and age group. ...more
I had been seeing this author’s books in my tweet stream for a while. There seemed to be lots of good buzz around them. I looked and saw that they havI had been seeing this author’s books in my tweet stream for a while. There seemed to be lots of good buzz around them. I looked and saw that they have a lot of positive reviews so I decided to get one.
Unfortunately this one was just not my cuppa. I’m still giving it 4 stars because I couldn’t find anything glaringly wrong even if I wasn’t feeling it. There was nothing about it that pushed any negative buttons.
I think in this case listening to it might have affected me more negatively. The way it was read, I found Anna to be completely annoying and melodramatic. In fact, that was my main feeling overall, that this book was a little too melodramatic for me.
I generally have a positive view on ghost stories. I like them. But I felt in this case it was complicated by adding in religious and mythical/ mystical elements that didn’t mesh well for me.
On a personal note, I wasn’t bothered by the religious part as I do appreciate the idea that being gay doesn’t automatically mean anti-religious. However, I had a hard time with Anna still being so influenced by her parent’s pastor and his archaic and puritanical views and not even questioning them even after knowing she’s gay and having so much education. And she’s a therapist. I assume many people doing therapy also have years of therapy themselves or at least some. So it bothered me that she seemed so accepting of a belief system so against who she is.
I did appreciate on some level that Anna has insecurities about her body although it’s more implied that she’s overweight vs outright stated. She mentions it often though.
It is ultimately a nice love story even if I couldn’t get into some of the elements of this book. ...more
I was quite excited to read this book, but ended up being disappointed. I thought it might be interesting as a story about two women who fall in love,I was quite excited to read this book, but ended up being disappointed. I thought it might be interesting as a story about two women who fall in love, coming from very different backgrounds. It’s an interracial, interfaith, multicultural relationship, as well as there being an age difference. And it features “mature” women. So much to work with and delve into. However…
If you would ask me to make a snap judgment of this book without me thinking about it, my first response would be that I was told this story; I didn’t feel it.
I think the main problem is it’s way too short for the all the elements introduced. When I got to the end I was like “that’s it?” I was reading thinking the pay-off or meat of story was coming, but it ended abruptly.
I wished as a reader I could have gotten more in-depth background on both the characters. Where they come from, why the feel attracted, the issues they would be facing, which got blown over. I mean nowadays interracial, interfaith, multicultural relationships are less of a big deal and are lot more common, but these two are dealing with so many cultural and social expectations that I would think it would have a stronger effect on them. It seemed the main point being made was that it was finally legal to get married as a lesbian couple.
Also, putting all that outer circumstances aside, I wasn’t feeling them as a couple. Again, I felt it was more told to me as the reader what they felt and why they are together.
On a positive note though, I did like that the author mixed it all up and didn’t go with a traditional love story. ...more
I've seen the movie of this book several times. I knew who did it and how it kind of went. However, the joy in this book/and audio version read by DanI've seen the movie of this book several times. I knew who did it and how it kind of went. However, the joy in this book/and audio version read by Dan Stevens was the process.
I just love Poirot's deductive reasoning. I love his process. And finally reading the book was so entertaining. Knowing who did it actually made it more interesting to follow the small details that sometimes I miss with the excitement of finding out who did it.
Narrator was amazing. He actually sounded just like David Suchet in voice and inflection on how he read Poirot. And he did a really good job with different accents. The characters are all from different countries and he got the accents down. He totally acted this book vs reading it. ...more
I had only ever seen the movie a few times and a long, long time ago. I remember loving the movie, the tension in it and the mystery.
Someone tweetedI had only ever seen the movie a few times and a long, long time ago. I remember loving the movie, the tension in it and the mystery.
Someone tweeted that it was on sale so I bought it.
Again I had the same experience. I had a constant feeling of dread and tension about what's really going on; the constant shocking revelations keeping me curious about the outcome. As far as the suspense goes, I think it's a well done book.
I don't know how I would have felt about this book has I read it vs listened to it because narrator Anna Massey did a freaking amazing job reading this. I think particularly she brought to life the inner dialogue of the new Mrs. de Winter.
New Mrs. de Winter had a very colorful inner dialogue about what she imagined people were thinking or saying about her or how people or she would react to different situations. She created very detailed scenarios in her head and Anna Massey I think made them far more interesting than if I would just have read them.
I think this is a book I will read again years into the future. I savored every moment of it.
Wow, I mean, just wow. I loved everything about this book. EVERYTHING. This is such a unique and creative world that author Daniel Jose Older has crea Wow, I mean, just wow. I loved everything about this book. EVERYTHING. This is such a unique and creative world that author Daniel Jose Older has created. It’s full of action and moves along at a fast pace. It practically jumps out at you. I could not wait to see how it all would pan out.
It’s always so interesting to me how often the best books I read come to me in random ways. I have not been into paranormals for a long time. I’m not that into fantasy; they can be hit or miss for me. But someone on twitter said they loved this book and that it was on sale. I scooped it up and for some reason put it to the top of my TBR pile. I’m so glad I did.
The biggest turn-on for me is this story is an ordinary/extraordinary heroine. She’s strong, vibrant, full of heart, down to earth, and is willing to take up her unexpected role as a leader. Sierra Santiago is that type of heroine I would love to read more of.
Also inspiring for me is the theme of women passing down knowledge to other women in the family. The idea that women are the keepers of ancient knowledge and power and do so behind the scenes is very appealing to me. This book is all about that even though the men have this knowledge and power as well. The power struggle is that they try to keep it for themselves away from the women and have abused it.
Sidebar, maybe not that interesting to others, but I liked that there was a lesbian couple in this. They aren’t a big part of it, just a minor thing, but it’s so nice to have a lesbian couple show up in a general story that includes a wide circle of friends.
Lastly, I would absolutely recommend you listen to this book. Actress and singer Anika Noni Rose was brilliant! The way she read this book I felt it was so real, that I was part of it. It was more of an experience vs. something I was looking at from outside. She totally brought this story to life.
I really enjoyed The Full Legacy so I got this one as well. Again, there's a well done mystery; I liked the pacing and detail of this story. The authoI really enjoyed The Full Legacy so I got this one as well. Again, there's a well done mystery; I liked the pacing and detail of this story. The author gives just enough and keeps just enough back to keep you wondering what's really going on.
I think the romance part was more on the back burner to the mystery and happened more as a feeling vs actual action. The two MC's only meet briefly, Kate the cool, uptight therapist and Naz the easy going hotel employee. Naz falls in love with the Kate like immediately, maybe because she witnesses a vulnerability Kate rarely shows, and then they are separated by circumstance. Even their first night together seemed subdued and more perfunctory vs passionate. Naz then fights for Kate. However, in the end the author did manage to convey that these two could have strong feelings for each other based more in reality.
I loved the secondary characters, especially Saskia- she's just on it and says what she thinks and was a lot of fun.
Narrator was very good and added a lot.
Just a note that one of my enjoyments of this book was the constant British colloquialisms. Love the way this author writes.
Will definitely be getting another of this author's books.
This book reminds me of one of the things I fell in love with when I lived in Japan--that there is beauty in precision, simplicity, and the mundane.
LThis book reminds me of one of the things I fell in love with when I lived in Japan--that there is beauty in precision, simplicity, and the mundane.
Literally, this story is tedious. Daily, the housekeeper and the professor sort of go through the same routine over and over, re-introducing and re-learning how to get on. The professor is a mathematician and he is constantly working on math problems as well as seeing connections in everything based on numbers and equations.
As I got further and further into the story, I found my mind thinking first---is this the whole story? Then, wishing something would happen like that the professor would suddenly get his memory back. Like SOMETHING has to happen.
But then I realized that this is just about relaxing into and enjoying each moment as if it were totally new. No goal in mind, just being. And it’s about connecting to other human beings in simple and heartful ways that are beyond language. I then found myself just enjoying how the professor, housekeeper and her son all connect in a way that is free of pretense. Even the constant math equations, which I found boring at first became intriguing. How the author made this fascinating is amazing in itself.
Would love to read another of this author’s books. ...more
I used to read a lot of romance but after a while it became stale and seemed same old in every book. Or I felt the romance didn’t really hit4.5 Stars
I used to read a lot of romance but after a while it became stale and seemed same old in every book. Or I felt the romance didn’t really hit the spot. I bought this book mainly because I’ve been on a mystery, detective book kick for a long time and I like when a minor lesbian romance is part of the book. No expectations of a good romance doesn’t disappoint then if it’s not good.
But Goslyn County has turned that around for me. I just loved the romance in this book. I know maybe not everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s so nice to read a romance in which the two main characters are mature, know what they want, and actually talk things over. It’s rare to read two people who clearly have a strong attraction discussing all the important things about being with someone before actually getting together because why waste time if you’re looking for something serious and that other person is not on the same page?
Ollie and Maureen are just these two. Even with what some might feel is not very romantic--talking about practical things, author A.M. McKnight totally expressed the passion these two women feel for each other. They fit each other so comfortably. It makes me want to read romance again.
The other huge part of this book was an investigation that involves Maureen, Ollie, several different Gov. agencies, police, and their co-workers. While this is what brings Maureen and Ollie together, it’s also what creates some tension in their budding love.
I felt the detective part of the story, the bad guys and action, was interesting and paced well. However, towards the end of the book I couldn’t remember why Ollie was going after one of the bad guys because her case and Maureen’s case intersect with the same suspects. I did like though that the criminals were not black and white bad. They are written to some degree with compassion for their personal demons that control them. They make bad choices even if trying to be good. Well, some of them.
Lastly, while sometimes I have a hard time with the small town, everyone knows each other and everyone’s business--- (I’m a city girl)—I did enjoy all the family and friend connections and how everyone loves and supports each other. Especially nice is that Ollie and Maureen don’t deal with issues around being gay with their friends, family and co-workers. They are completely and utterly accepted and that’s always a feel good.
I was very excited to read this book. There was a lot of buzz on my tweet stream about it and the author’s writing so I read it right away.
This is aI was very excited to read this book. There was a lot of buzz on my tweet stream about it and the author’s writing so I read it right away.
This is a pretty powerful book and it’s not a light read, although there are moments of love and brightness that shine through.
I’ve thought for quite a while on how to review this book, or even if I could. It doesn’t really fit a genre mold; it’s definitely lesbian fiction, but it’s more than that. It’s also about current events happening in the US that are important to keep to the foreground and discuss.
Also while I was thinking about how to approach it, I felt almost as if I could not critique it as fiction. I mean I feel although these are fictional characters, they felt very real. So it feels almost as if I would critique actual people vs characters.
Several things struck me most about this book. Of course the biggest for me was the relationship between Toya and Folami. Clearly they are two people who love each other and this came through very strongly. I felt that even though they have their differences in how they approach things, they are both on the same page as far as the cause and what they feel for each other.
I also liked that rather than argue about their differences, they both understood and let each other the space to have their own feelings. They respected each other enough to allow that and also that they talked things over, so it didn’t get frustrating. I really hate the big misunderstanding as a plot device. So this was very satisfying. Even if this is not a romance, it is a love story.
The other thing that hit me was that I loved that the author gets to the nitty-gritty of issues and posits various viewpoints on activism and how to approach it to get the results desired.
Both Folami and Toya are part of a core group trying to organize protests of police brutality against African Americans after a shooting of an unarmed man by police. Several of the men of that group are more radical in their approach, which causes tension between Toya and Folami. Toya is less about violence and more about taking a pragmatic approach, whereas Folami is more in the passion of the moment and has a hard time going against the more outspoken males of the group. One could think that maybe Folami is not that strong as she’s willing to go along even if her being, being a lesbian, is dissed on, however, I felt for her. She is feeling angry about the injustices to her family, friends, and community and I could see just doing what felt she needed to do.
Nina, another activist, not part of their group, shows Toya that she can do it her way and supports her in that. I rather liked Nina and I kind of wished she more page time. I liked how she is so strong and comfortable in her own being and in the way she wants to use her voice and power.
Toya is my favorite character. Being dissed on by her own group, she doesn’t back down, nor does she concede anything to the group even when it causes problems between her and Folami. She gets fired up to commit even more to the Black Lives Matter cause and organizes her own protest in her own way. I loved her determination.
I think the author brought out how these women not only have to deal with American apathy and excuses in general about what’s happening with African Americans and current police tactics of shoot first, but they also have to deal at times with misogyny and homophobic attitudes of who they are as LGBT persons within their larger group.
This book made me think about how courageous these activists/women are. What a huge hill they climb every day against constant push back from a racist and bigoted society. I see it in my tweet stream daily, the constant stories from news, and people I follow and this book personalizes it. It put names to the everyday people and feelings of that community that everyone can relate to.
Lastly, I loved author Sheree Greer’s writing style. You know it’s hard to say why you resonate with how a person writes, but I felt as if I connected with this book not on an intellectual level, but a feeling level.
I would love to read a sequel because it felt like just the beginning of the story vs complete story, however I felt as is, it creates a huge impact and is exactly what’s happening. ...more
Good mystery with lots of twists. One of the main characters, Kyosuke, is a Sherlock Holmes-ish type character. It's one of the things I enjoyed most,Good mystery with lots of twists. One of the main characters, Kyosuke, is a Sherlock Holmes-ish type character. It's one of the things I enjoyed most, his logical reasoning process, which was written well.
It was also quite interesting to get a snapshot of the world of Tattoos in mid-20th century Japan. I had no idea it was illegal, however, I did know it was associated with the crime world in later years.
Also maybe more on a personal note, I enjoyed the descriptions of traditional Japanese houses, styles, items used daily and food. That this was originally written in 1948 is a huge plus for me.
On the downside, and I didn't use this in my rating of the book, which is separate, the audio had major flaws. I'm sure it won't bother most who will listen to this who haven't studied Japanese or lived in Japan, but awful pronunciations of Japanese names and words drove me crazy. However, if you wouldn't know any better, the audio was OK. ...more
I listened to the first book in the original series, the one that introduces Agnes and Eleanor and found it entertaining, light reading. These are theI listened to the first book in the original series, the one that introduces Agnes and Eleanor and found it entertaining, light reading. These are the kinds of books I'd rather listen to, but the next few books in that series are not in whispersync, so I got this one.
Meh-- it was OK. I disliked the narrator. The one for the first book was good and added much to the story. This one, not so much. I wouldn't recommend the audio.
While I get these aren't meant to be serious, this one was rather hokey. Still though, it was mindless entertainment and it was OK for me. ...more