This book I think is a solid three stars. A mystery with the possibility of political ramifications. T...moreCopy provided by GoodReads First Reads program.
This book I think is a solid three stars. A mystery with the possibility of political ramifications. The classic uptight do-gooder and the rogue with the tortured past teaming up to solve a mystery.
I liked the attempt by the author to write a story that was meant to evoke some of the storytelling style of novels written during the late 1800's.
The novel had the right smattering of colonial delusions of superiority with a dash of the fear of "going native" to keep in touch with the notions of the time. That being said, I think that it would have been interesting if the author had chosen an Indian detective teaming up with the East India Company soldier. That would have given some interesting plot points and added a thicker layer of the question of identity and the complex issues of loyalty.
Overall I thought this was a fine novel to bring along on a train ride and pass along to a friend when finished.
This book was weird. Gross. Uncomfortable. Icky. I found it also: funny, charming, well-written, and a...moreCopy provided by GoodReads First Reads program.
This book was weird. Gross. Uncomfortable. Icky. I found it also: funny, charming, well-written, and a great collection of short stories.
I had a feeling I might be in for a treat based on the cover alone. The stories contain elements of danger, sexuality, and the basic want to be accepted.
The only thing that I didn't like is that I felt that each story could have been a book on its own. Each story made me want to know what happened before the moments we are shown. What happened after the curtain closed? How did they go on? There was a point in each story where I dreaded what might happen next, but I was unable to stop. I HAD to know what happened.
I think this book is perfect for people who like the strange and unusual. It is filled with misfits and outcasts. All seem strangely familiar. Like shadow versions of the society we all live in.
Red Rising started out as something I just wasn't interested in. I read the first chapter and was dismayed tha...moreCopy provided by GoodReads First Reads.
Red Rising started out as something I just wasn't interested in. I read the first chapter and was dismayed that it was happening on Mars. I am not a great fan of Science Fiction for the most part. I DO love YA fiction though, so I of course wanted to continue and see where all of this was going. Because things were about to get even bleaker. I can handle bleak, so I read on.
Our "hero" Darrow is filled with rage. He is different from others. He is meant for something more. He isn't nice, he doesn't care about many outside of himself, he doesn't care for greater good. And I LIKE that about him. He is completely and hopelessly flawed.
After the first few chapters, Darrow's world changes and I couldn't wait to see what happened next. I read every moment I could spare, and raced to the end, hoping for just a few more pages.
You have to have a strong stomach for much of what happens in Darrow's life. He makes choices that most of us wouldn't/couldn't make. I wish that this book had only been one part and not a trilogy, but now I wait like many others to see what happens on Mars in the not so far off future.(less)
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The author has passion for her subject, as evidenced in the Epilogue. Jenny Uglow hits her stride i...moreCopy received from Good Reads First Reads Program.
The author has passion for her subject, as evidenced in the Epilogue. Jenny Uglow hits her stride in the final pages, lending a lyricism to her writing that just doesn't come through in the rest of the book. Which is a real shame. Uglow has solid research and a good voice when she lets down her guard a little. It seems that in restraining herself, Uglow makes this a scholarly paper more than what could have been a love letter to a woman who was quite something.
I would have liked to see more than just the facts. If only there were more letters, poems, drawings, etc., that would give more of a depth to Sarah Losh, and would elevate this biography.
All that being said, I did make it all the way to the end of this book with relative ease, and I would very much like to learn more about Sarah Losh as well as visit the church she designed.
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I love wine. I love food. I enjoy a good mystery. This book should hav...moreFull Disclosure: I received this book as part of Goodreads First Reads program.
I love wine. I love food. I enjoy a good mystery. This book should have knocked it out of the park for me. Unfortunately, it fell a little short.
I wanted to like this book. It was technically interesting in describing in detail several parts of the wine-making process. There was a mysterious painting (always good).
I was not able to feel a personal connection with the characters in the book, but I felt as though either something was lost in the translation, or that the characters just were a bit flat. They were so close to being good, that it was almost more disappointing that they didn't seem fully realized to me.
This book DID make me want to see the television show. I think the story has a good premise, but the length of the book didn't give enough time to establishing the characters. I would have also loved the recipes for all of the wonderful dishes throughout the book included at the end of this slim volume.