I'm so sick of reading these books to my kid. I love reading him books, but enough with the Beast Quest. And they just go on forever! Tom never gets aI'm so sick of reading these books to my kid. I love reading him books, but enough with the Beast Quest. And they just go on forever! Tom never gets a break! But I feel like I owe much to Beast Quest. They are getting my kid excited about reading. And now he doesn't mind if there aren't many pictures in the books I read to him. And they are at a really good level for him (he's 6). They are not too wordy, so he doesn't get confused or lost....more
**spoiler alert** OMG this book was so bad! I mean, the story was interesting. At least, it tried to be. But the writing and dialogue and characters w**spoiler alert** OMG this book was so bad! I mean, the story was interesting. At least, it tried to be. But the writing and dialogue and characters was just so bad! Sophie was so annoying! The princess tried to kill me, but she asked for help, so I guess I better come running! Her friends were such cardboard cut out of people. Look, I'm the smart one! Look, I'm the superficial one that cares about clothes and hair. Mais oui, I'm French! Oh gods! At first I was kind of excited. Look, it's girls talking about Physics! So what that it seems completely forced!? At least girls reading this book can have role models that enjoy science. But it was so freaking forced and not at all relevant to the plot. It was like name dropping. They might as well have been talking about the Kardashians....more
**spoiler alert** This book was a bit slow. I don't know. Maybe detective novels aren't my thing. I guess I wanted to know more *how* Strike solved th**spoiler alert** This book was a bit slow. I don't know. Maybe detective novels aren't my thing. I guess I wanted to know more *how* Strike solved the crime than just watching his brilliance? Afterwards, explaining what clues he picked up on that I clearly missed? I still don't get how the roses meant anything. Like why John had to bring them to Lula. Or how a dyslexic person would accidentally read an email when she meant to be dialing a phone number. I'm pretty sure dyslexia isn't the learning disability that makes it hard to use a smartphone in that way. I mean, I have dyscalculia but I can still tell the difference between my "internet" button, my "phone" button, and my "email" button.
I liked how, with each interview, we saw a slightly different picture of Lula and her relationships with people. Like drawing layers in an illustration to make the picture more realistic....more
**spoiler alert** When Amy described first meeting Nick, she said something about how she could just watch a movie and forget about how racist or sexi**spoiler alert** When Amy described first meeting Nick, she said something about how she could just watch a movie and forget about how racist or sexist it was. If I could do that with this book, I may have liked it. But this book is fodder for everyone who says "what about women who lie about being raped?" I hated everyone in that book except for Go and the Bolts (which is the name of my Pussy Riot cover band). It reminded me of White Oleander--they were both about a sociopath who thought she was an uber feminist. You're not helping....more
**spoiler alert** My thoughts on this book are best put into words by pretending I'm doing the voice over for the movie's trailer.
"In a world where pe**spoiler alert** My thoughts on this book are best put into words by pretending I'm doing the voice over for the movie's trailer.
"In a world where people are one dimensional by design, anyone who has a semi-developed character is dangerous."
Or "In a world that the author made no effort to build, needles are the only way the plot can move forward."
I didn't hate this book. I hate that I couldn't relate to it, which made me wonder what the hell the point was. Yes, we shouldn't put people into categories and define them solely on that one attribute, immutable or no. But I feel like everyone other than strident racists and bigots know this, so if this is the message, it's pretty useless.
So much of it just rang flat. Like Toni or Tori (I forget her name) talking about how if her brother was depressed, she would know. Um, didn't Tris just spend a significant portion of the opening of the book talking about OMG, I didn't know my brother's secret. So, no, I call bullshit.
I hated how bravery was a synonym for reckless and violent. Even though Four (whose name bothered me. Because the story was told in present tense, whenever the author wrote something like "Four steps away from the fence," I had to wonder if the character was doing something, or if the author was describing space) had different ideas for bravery, those ideas weren't explored, leaving me at least to think that it wasn't so much that Dauntless had been led astray and more than he was Divergent so he saw things differently. That being said, I did like how he and Tris described bravery. Selflessness or truthfulness as their own acts of bravery and the mention of everyday acts of bravery. Like in Harry Potter, when Neville had to stand up to his friends or Hermione had to leave everything she knew behind to study magic....more
Martinez's writing leaves me pretty speechless because it's that fucking good. He's so focused on place and setting and creating a sense of eeriness tMartinez's writing leaves me pretty speechless because it's that fucking good. He's so focused on place and setting and creating a sense of eeriness that I get this visceral reaction. I get all nervous and scared but excited too. Like I'm watching an episode of The Twilight Zone or I'm going up that first big hill of a roller coaster.
I don't want to say too much about the individual stories because I don't want to spoil them. I'll just point out my favorite bits. In the first story, The Lottery, he wrote about customers not wanting to see human faces (or anything that looked like a human face) serving them (he wrote it better than I am describing it, of course). But in real life, we want to see faces in things. That's why every few weeks on the news there is a story of someone seeing Jesus on a piece of toast. So this little detail in The Lottery became a great way of explaining how labor had been dehumanized and emphasizing the theme of the story.
In a different vein, in The Oasis, he describes a humorous moment of a chase scene with the elderly in their walkers and knocking people over in their scooters. It reminded me of this, of course: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=csuZH......more
I think I just stopped caring. There didn't seem to be much new to this book. People tried to kill them, they survived, let's watch Jeopardy! But thenI think I just stopped caring. There didn't seem to be much new to this book. People tried to kill them, they survived, let's watch Jeopardy! But then the things that are new just leave me wtfing. Like the cluviel dor. What the fuck is that? I should have stopped reading this series when the fairies came in. Not that I have anything against fairies. I just feel like she brought them in because she didn't have anything new to say about werewolves or vampires. And I'm so sick of the secret government of supernatural creatures....more
I liked this book much less than the first one because of the subject matter. I hate books and movies about pregnancy. And I was so annoyed by some unI liked this book much less than the first one because of the subject matter. I hate books and movies about pregnancy. And I was so annoyed by some unrealistic parts--that Sonia would pretend to be Rosie for the social worker and that Rosie just expected to take the baby to school with her....more
**spoiler alert** If three can share a secret if two are dead, then three books can be named S.E.C.R.E.T. if two are bad.
This book made me so sad. The**spoiler alert** If three can share a secret if two are dead, then three books can be named S.E.C.R.E.T. if two are bad.
This book made me so sad. The first was so strong. But this was, ugh, heavy handed with it's pro-sex message and approaching unbelievable. It was cool with everyone to guilt Cassie into accepting Will into their sex club? No. Pierre had a change of heart after he attempted to rape Solange? No. Jesse and Matilda? That kinda came out of no where. Were there any clues to that in the first, when Jesse was willing to leave S.E.C.R.E.T. for Cassie? None that I remember.
I did not like how Cassie ended up with Will. I guess there were just too many "Will's a douche" moments in the first two for me to be willing to forgive him.
I liked Solange's story. I liked how her focus was (unknowingly) rekindling the relationship with her ex-husband. I liked how the book dealt with an older (well, older than me and older than most woman considered sexy) woman being sexy. That it's not something reserved for 20-somethings....more
**spoiler alert** I've been Team Stefan from the first book, and I have to say it was well worth the wait! I pissed that he ditched her as soon as he**spoiler alert** I've been Team Stefan from the first book, and I have to say it was well worth the wait! I pissed that he ditched her as soon as he got what he wanted. Also from the first book, I hated Cody's "we can't be together because we're different" shit. I just have no patience for that. So, yeah, disappointed in the end. But I understand why it happened that way. :(
But gah! Carey's books are usually so well researched, but so much of the law stuff bothered me because it was so, um, no! I didn't mind calling the plaintiff's attorney the prosecutor, violating (maybe) the rule against perpetuities was ok, I could live with having no cause of action, ignoring pro hac vice, not really understanding how precedent works, the defense attorney's trial strategy that got to the right facts but for the wrong reasons, and ex parte communications, but that she ignored the 11th Amendment was unforgivable! Especially since she had so many options! She could have, maybe, not put it in federal court. That really added nothing to the plot (there was also no jurisdiction, but I digress). She could have had someone just acknowledge it's existence then use the plot devise of "well, he's a hell-spawn lawyer with the judge in his thrall. The court said sovereign immunity was waived because the Halloween party is a ministerial function." It's not, but whatever. I would have suspended my disbelief for that! I did it when I pretended that the plaintiffs had a viable case of negligent infliction of emotional distress.
OMFG STEFAN! So hawtt and perfect in this book! Balloons, ravening, the sex!...more
I've lost my patience with this book. He makes offensive jokes to try to be fun and interesting, but I'm just offended and bored. I thought this wouldI've lost my patience with this book. He makes offensive jokes to try to be fun and interesting, but I'm just offended and bored. I thought this would be a good book to give me a wide scope of British history, but I've got to try something else. His misunderstanding of the Boston Tea Party was the breaking point. What else did he lie to me about?
Ok, so now I finished. My opinion of it did not change....more
**spoiler alert** I finished this book yesterday and am still not sure how I feel about it. A friend of mine she said she liked it not as much as she**spoiler alert** I finished this book yesterday and am still not sure how I feel about it. A friend of mine she said she liked it not as much as she liked Harry Potter but for the same reasons--a book about people and relationships. I think I liked Harry Potter for the mystery and adventure, so maybe I should be reading Rowling's stuff published under Robert Galbraith.
So, yes, this books was about relationships and how all the characters related to the deceased Barry Fairbrother. I thought that was kind of interesting--that the character that tied everyone together wasn't even there. I also felt that way with Gaia, if this makes sense. That she wasn't a character so much herself but rather how she effected Andrew, Kay, and Gavin. That was kind of interesting. I don't even think she had any dialogue other than something like "hi" and once when she yelled at or about Gavin until the last quarter or third of the book.
I think it took me 2 years to read this book. I kept on putting it down for various reasons. It was hard to get into because there were so many characters and it was hard to keep track of who was who and how they related to each other. Then I started again and I found myself going through a bout of depression and didn't want to read a book about a rape, a little kid dying, and a suicide. Then I got in a better frame of mind and finally finished. Maybe I was looking for something more emotional, but I kind of felt like the rape and Robbie's death were just things that happened in Krystal's life, like getting a sandwich or going on a walk. There wasn't much emotion in the writing there. Her suicide was more emotional. I just feel like if I'm going to read about something hard, I want to be moved by it....more
**spoiler alert** I saw this movie years ago and enjoyed it, so when I saw the book in a thrift store, I thought, why not? I liked it better than the**spoiler alert** I saw this movie years ago and enjoyed it, so when I saw the book in a thrift store, I thought, why not? I liked it better than the movie. I liked the characters better (especially Ellie), I liked the ending better. I think if I had read the book first, the movie would have disappointed me.
I love how it dealt with suicide and depression. When I had first picked up the book, I was entering into my own depression and just couldn't read any more because it was dragging me down. But then I felt better and finished the book (and am so glad I did). When Fiona got depressed again, I was worried for myself, but I was just so satisfied by the ending....more
I picked this book up since it was lying around the house and I didn't have internet for a few days. I ended up liking it much more than I had anticipI picked this book up since it was lying around the house and I didn't have internet for a few days. I ended up liking it much more than I had anticipated!...more