caveat: i already possess the ability to write "a lot" (i'm researching books for a course i'm teaching)
i don't know. this one started off on a bit ofcaveat: i already possess the ability to write "a lot" (i'm researching books for a course i'm teaching)
i don't know. this one started off on a bit of a sour note for me...like a "too enthusiastic" (read: aggressive) trainer at a gym, with silvia going through the common excuses and pitfalls that guarantee one will fail in his/her endeavor to "write a lot"...and silvia probably isn't wrong to point them out, but the tone sat funnily with me.
things just went downhill from there.
1 star - for someone who responds to the tone better than i did, i could see this being helpful. for me, it was off-putting and felt (despite its clear research) steeped in personal experience....more
As a research manual, there are definitely some helpful components to this one, but it ultimately feels a bit unhelpfully helpful (with its instructioAs a research manual, there are definitely some helpful components to this one, but it ultimately feels a bit unhelpfully helpful (with its instructional margins - I don't know, I guess I just labor under the delusion that if you're teaching someone in college how to write, you probably don't need pedagogical hints on how to do it...) and dry.
despite the fact it has essays from people like Dave Barry.
It was a bit all over the place, with its essay samples, citation guide, grammar lessons, etc. And densely heavy. Literally. Figuratively. Ecumenically.
I just can't imagine a college kid cracking this bad boy open in earnest. You feel me?
and sometimes, i read books designed for 6.5 year olds.
this is one of the latter, but it's a wicked cute endeavosometimes i read important literature.
and sometimes, i read books designed for 6.5 year olds.
this is one of the latter, but it's a wicked cute endeavor, if not slightly played, where the beautiful princess is actually a kick-ass superhero in disguise.
i guess, my whole thing with it was...why did she have to masquerade around with all the pink and unicorns and crap, if she really just wanted to be this badass vigilante superhero?
i mean, is life really so stifling there that she needs to pretend to be someone she's completely the opposite of in order to protect her identity from those would work to undo her goodness (wigtower, i'm lookin' at you)?
it just didn't make sense. i could buy no one wanting her alter ego to be known, but i couldn't exactly get why magnolia would live in abject misery surrounded by a perfect pinkness which rendered her so miserable that she would seek thrills outside the safety and comfort of her own palace.
you feel me?
maybe i thought about it too much, but it detracted from the revisionist wannabe-feminist vibe it was sporting.
my girls loved it, though, so that's pretty awesome....more
look, i don't mind if you've got a gimmick. i've read other series that are essentially cookbooks masquerading as mysterieswell, this was a weird one.
look, i don't mind if you've got a gimmick. i've read other series that are essentially cookbooks masquerading as mysteries (or vice versa) and normally i don't care because who doesn't like a good cookie recipe...
i'm done with the whole chaste love triangle thing (unless there's something i'm missing in my reading here...but sitting sandwiched on the couch between two men your heart has feelings for while they bring you pizza and pate is not my idea of a great love triangle in the making). i don't really care which she picks, i just want hannah to make a decision.
also, to stop calling her mom "Mother." i don't know why that chafes me so badly, but it really does.
also, while i'm whining, the whole "i killed a man...let's go out for a fancy dinner as a plot mechanism to get me to this locale!"...yeah, not the best.
not my favorite installment in this series (granted i am reading them out of order, so that might have something to do with that...)
2 stars. okay. not really a mystery, more "i accidentally killed a man who was going to die and now it's a cliffhanger for the next book which will feature my trial!"
it's the literary equivalent to biting into what you think is a chocolate chip cookie only to find out it's oatmeal raisin. ...more
so, i really enjoy these trashy holiday-mystery movies that hallmark puts out for our enjoyment, so i thought i'd try to work my way through the bookso, i really enjoy these trashy holiday-mystery movies that hallmark puts out for our enjoyment, so i thought i'd try to work my way through the book series.
but i don't know if i can do it.
i'm sure it doesn't help that i'm reading them all out of order but i find it really sort of obnoxious (and stephanie plum-esque) that hannah is trying to figure out her romantic inclinations for two men by book 19 or 20...
especially when it's clear to the reader that she doesn't love either of them enough by book whatever this is.
but then again, she calls her own mom "Mother" so she may just be strangely detached from her emotions.
the unpassionate redhead?
here, the mystery centers around sugar cookies...a name i do so hope someone will call me at least once before i die.
the pros: quick, easy to read, attempts to use literature as a foundation for revealing the murderer (noWHY YOU GOTSTA RUIN BEOWULF LIKE THAT, MOLLY?!
the pros: quick, easy to read, attempts to use literature as a foundation for revealing the murderer (not successfully, mind you, but the attempt is appreciated)
the cons: tells more than it shows, stilted writing and description in places, too many narratives for its own good, predictable killer, predictable motive, dissatisfying conclusion of faux-love-triangle-thing that was happening with molly-adam-tony (and apparently most men who see molly).
i don't know. i might try another one; the jury's out on this series....more
while this series might include every possible mystery novel / crime procedural stereotype imaginable, the protag detective is what would happen if inwhile this series might include every possible mystery novel / crime procedural stereotype imaginable, the protag detective is what would happen if inspector lewis and DI hathaway were really merged into one remarkably good-looking borderline alcoholic, so i will now proceed to read...all of them....more