Well written, but not interesting enough for me to care. Sorry high school romance/self discovery story. I'm so over you and your formulaic start of s...moreWell written, but not interesting enough for me to care. Sorry high school romance/self discovery story. I'm so over you and your formulaic start of school through fall/homecoming pace. Can we please get some editors with some imagination up in here?
That said, I appreciated the queer/questioning approach this book takes. But like many of the others I've read for Forever Young Adult, the blind adults are the problem and the kids are in a cycle of high school gossip and backstabbing. Everything in this story is just a little too shallow for me to get really invested. Can't tell if that's the white-washed point of the small town story or just an accident of trying to cover hard topics in a way that doesn't offend anyone.(less)
This series is one of my absolute favorites I've come across in recent memory. It's exceedingly well written and really fascinating. It deals with a m...moreThis series is one of my absolute favorites I've come across in recent memory. It's exceedingly well written and really fascinating. It deals with a multitude of controversial issues and topics in a way anyone could understand and that rings true in the storyline as well. This exciting conclusion was one of the best. I cried, I got worried and read the last page, which made me even more worried before I finally completed the story. But whoever you are rooting for in this tale, the final outcome is still left to us as readers to imagine. This ties in with the theme of creating a world from ideals which is what starts the cycle to begin with. Really, really great stuff.(less)
This book had a lot of potential and some of the images are really beautiful and there's a talking cat so my mom obviously needs to read it but, it ki...moreThis book had a lot of potential and some of the images are really beautiful and there's a talking cat so my mom obviously needs to read it but, it kind of felt like the editor said, "this isn't long enough" when the author first turned in the manuscript so there's a lot of weird disjointed stuff in the middle to end that feels shoved in there and not as pretty or smooth as the rest of the story.
That said, the beginning is a really great olde worlde style fairy tale opening and I love the that the main character is a working person. She has great skill and knows it and that feeling of being a master at something is hard to find these days. I like that as an example for young people.(less)
1. It's a series and I figured I'd get it out of the way if I didn't like it and;
2. It has a male main character and while I sometimes like them, a lot of the time I just want to read about women.
Well, this book was a total surprise. As soon as I started I was pretty sure I didn't like it, even half-way through I wasn't sure I liked it, but all of a sudden I was done and I'd missed my bus stop and I was tweeting about it and now I've picked up the other two books in the series from my library.
Even though I don't actually like what's happening in the story or how it happens (because hey, it's about a society created by murderous mad men), the way the book is written keeps me going and going and coming back for more. I think that's a true test of an excellent writer and I am very much looking forward to the next part of this story.(less)
**spoiler alert** They seem not only to like each other, but to understand each other. At first it seemed to me that if he could really make this crea...more**spoiler alert** They seem not only to like each other, but to understand each other. At first it seemed to me that if he could really make this creature his problem might be solved. All the elements for a successful union where there--except the fundamental one. Bessie was almost as unusual in her way as himself. She had as little concern about giving herself to a man as she had about the dessert which follows the meal. Usually she singled out the object of her choice and made the proposition herself. She was not bad-looking, nor could one say she was good-looking either. She had a fine body, that was the chief thing--and she liked it, as they say.
They were so chummy, these two, that sometimes, in order to gratify her curiously (and also in the vain hope of inspiring her by his prowess), Van Norden would arrange to hide her in his closet during one of his seances. After it was over Bessie would emerge from her hiding place and they would discuss the matter casually, that is to say, with an almost total indifference to everything except “technique.” Technique was one of her favorite terms, at least in those discussions which I was privileged to enjoy. “What’s wrong with my technique?” he would say. And Bessie would answer: “You’re too crude. If you ever expect to make me you’ve got to become more subtle.”
There was such a perfect understanding between them, as I say, that often when I called for Van Norden at one-thirty, I would find Bessie sitting on the bed, the covers thrown back and Van Norden inviting her to stroke his penis…”just a few silken strokes,” he would say, “so as I’ll have the courage to get up.” Or else he would urge her to blow on it, or failing that, he would grab hold of himself and shake it like a dinner bell, the two of them laughing fit to die. “I’ll never make this bitch,” he would say. “She has no respect for me. That’s what I get for taking her into my confidence.” ******************************* It must have all started with the navel. They cut the umbilical cord, give you a slap on the ass, and presto! you’re out in the world. adrift, a ship without a rudder. You look at the stars and then you look at your navel. You grow eyes everywhere--in the armpits, between the lips, in the roots of your hair, on the soles of your feet. What is distant becomes near, what is near becomes distant. Inner-outer, a constant flux, a shedding of skins, a turning inside out. You drift around like that for years and years, until you find yourself in the dead center, and there you slowly rot, slowly crumble to pieces, get dispersed again. Only your name remains.(less)
1. Awesome historical research and accuracy. Loved the slang, clothes, social commentary, etc. I was especially impressed with the home fr...moreGood Things:
1. Awesome historical research and accuracy. Loved the slang, clothes, social commentary, etc. I was especially impressed with the home front war repercussions in the main character's life. 2. Cast diversity. Appreciate the difference in temperament, age, race and class in the characters. 3. Story was intriguing if not my cup of tea. It was more horror/murder mystery than I was expecting.
Less Good Things:
1. Too many characters, not enough characterization. 2. Too many dreams, which seemed to take away time that could be spent on plot development in the real world. 3. I love beautiful words and writing, but I feel like the opening with the wind and ending with the Stove Pipe dude was complete literary self indulgence. If the author truly wants us to spend time reading this I need it to not be full of easy stereotypes: the storm is dark, the crows are black, the house is evil, etc. Can we please use our imaginations?
This book was fine. It was an adventure romance. The characters are ok, if not that interesting. BUT the epilogue at the end was one of the worst thin...moreThis book was fine. It was an adventure romance. The characters are ok, if not that interesting. BUT the epilogue at the end was one of the worst things I've ever read in my life. Barf. No redemption.(less)