I really liked this book even though I'm not very fond of the fantasy genre. The only thing about this book thatI really didn't get was the Pick charaI really liked this book even though I'm not very fond of the fantasy genre. The only thing about this book thatI really didn't get was the Pick character...the stick that talked? It was a stick. A wooden stick. And he talked. Boo....more
This novel was amazingly fantastic awesome. I loved it. It was sweet and sad and amazing. It tells the story of a girl (Margaret, not to be confused aThis novel was amazingly fantastic awesome. I loved it. It was sweet and sad and amazing. It tells the story of a girl (Margaret, not to be confused at all with Crazy Margaret) from Ireland in the 1840s who marries and has a family and lives through the famine and emigrates to America and works in the laundries and starts a union and lives to be an old woman. It's really not anything I ever thought I'd enjoy reading but the part that sucked me in was that she was a keener, which is someone who wails for the dead. It's something she studied to be under an old Irish lady when she was a kid, but then the more Catholic things became the less she had to use her keening skill because it was a pagan-type thing.
And then when she emigrates to America she never gets to keen again because it's not done at all in America.
Some other cool things I liked was that she was an adept healer and even had to help birth a few babies but she didn't like that kind of thing too much because she was more comfortable working with death, what with the keening and all. And that really made me think. I cried at a couple parts, and I did not want the book to end.
This is the first book in the Stephanie Plum series. This book was pretty funny and I love how the character, Stephanie, deals with everything. She beThis is the first book in the Stephanie Plum series. This book was pretty funny and I love how the character, Stephanie, deals with everything. She becomes a bounty hunter 'cos she needs the money. But she knows noting about capturing people. (The first guy she goes after is a cop wanted for murder. He's innocent and all, and she helps him prove his innocence and you can totally tell that he's going to be in the other books and they'll probably do it.) I know. Stupid premise but it's really funny. The only thing I don't get is why she's ALWAYS wearing spandex biker's shorts. Wha fuh? I just...don't get that. Maybe it's a Jersey thing? ...more
This book is great, but I found one of the main characters, Hosea, so annoying that I hated it when I would get to one of his parts of the book. He waThis book is great, but I found one of the main characters, Hosea, so annoying that I hated it when I would get to one of his parts of the book. He wasn't a bad character, just a little crazy. And I kept thinking, "yes, he's crazy, we get it, now let's get back to the better characters."
There's basically two storylines, the one with Hosea, the mayor of the smallest town in Canada, and Knute a young mother who moves back to the small town with her daughter. Since this is Canada's smallest town there are of course hilarious small town characters: Combine Jo, the town drunk who gets smashed and rides her combine over her dead husband's grave. Mr. Dranger, the asthmatic fireman. and there's also Bill Quinn...a stray dog.
So the novel is a slice of rural Canadian life. Which, believe it or not, is a lot like a small town in the south. I guess small towns everywhere are probably a lot alike. But it was a bit of a shock to me to think that way because it's Cananda. It's a different country. I, being the Stupid American Pig Dog, would've assumed a small rural Canadian town to be all frozen and Eskimo-y. So imagine my surprise when I'm reading this fantastic book and laughing at all the crazy goings on and thinking, "wow, what a bunch of rednecks!"
This book was just as good as the first one, however, I must pick on one thing because it's one of those things that COULD SO EASILY BE CORRECTED BEFOThis book was just as good as the first one, however, I must pick on one thing because it's one of those things that COULD SO EASILY BE CORRECTED BEFORE PUBLISHING THAT IT DRIVES ME CRAZY.
It's redundancy...I hate it.
How many times do you think it should take to get the point across that the heroine, Kate, loves her family and wants to protect her family from the demons that she has to hunt? Hmm? How many times do we need the character to get mad and say something like, "Demons? At my daughter's school? NOT ON MY WATCH. THEY BETTER STAY AWAY FROM MY FAMILY. I LOVE MY FAMILY. I'LL DO ANYTHING TO PROTECT THEM. EVEN IF I HAVE TO LIE TO THEM. BLAH BLAH BLAH."
She says this like, three or four times...IN EACH CHAPTER. Does no one proof read for things like that? Or am I an idiot and books are supposed to go throught the Department of the Redundancy Department? Hm? Just me? My own pet peeve? I'm the only one going insane from having to read the same sentence over and over throughout the book? Okay.
Other than that one little thing, the book was very enjoyable. The way Kate has to juggle her family life around killing demons and keeping it all a secret is hilarious. And the way she deals with missing her first husband (who was murdered) and how she loves her second husband is a really interesting, um...thing? Sorry, I can't think of a word.
This is a true crime nonfiction book. And as those kinds of books go, it's really easy to get into. It's never boring. And it's descriptions of old HoThis is a true crime nonfiction book. And as those kinds of books go, it's really easy to get into. It's never boring. And it's descriptions of old Hollywood and LA are really neat to read.
Basically the story is this: Steve Hodel goes through his dead dad's things and finds pictures that his dad took of Elizabeth Short, the Black Dahlia. He finds this curious and so he investigates further (he's a retired LA policeman and now works as a PI) and he finds what he believes to be oodles and oodles of evidence that his dad not only killed Ms. Short, but several other woman in LA in the 1940's.
So like I say, an interesting read. However, I gotta say that I wasn't really convinced. Oh sure, his father, Dr. George Hodel, was an egomaniac, womanizer, pedophile and all around major asshole, but all the evidence that pins the Dahlia murder on him is circumstantial (i guess it's circumstantial...if there's a word that would be one level lower than that it would be more accurate.) and since it happed more than 50 years ago...I'm sorry, but I'm gonna need actual proof before I believe Dr. Hodel killed her.
But who knows, maybe he was the serial killer. It's possible. The parts I really enjoyed were the gossipy Hollywood parts. It seems Dr. Hodel knew lots of famous people like John Huston and Man Ray and they would have these crazy drug and sex parties. Like, all the time.
If you like true crime you'll probably enjoy this book. I enjoyed the book.
This is a really great read that sucks you in, and you can't put it down, and you feel really weird about not wanting to put it down, and you feel ashThis is a really great read that sucks you in, and you can't put it down, and you feel really weird about not wanting to put it down, and you feel ashamed for being so interested in this serial killer.
What's interesting about the killer is that he killed more than 200 people and HIS WIFE AND TWO KIDS HAD NO IDEA HE WAS A MURDERER! i know!
The killer's name is Richard Kuklinski, and he grew up in New Jersey. He had a shitty childhood and he grew up and killed tons of people. He didn't just do mafia hits, he also killed people who pissed him off. Sometimes he'd even kill homeless people. He claims to have been in on the Jimmy Hoffa murder.
It was a good book. The only thing that bothered me was twice the author used the phrase "no shit, Sherlock." Which was really unnecessary and also kinda immature. I mean, he says this when he tells about Kuklinski in prison and the prison psychiatrist says that Kuklinski is psychotic....and the author then writes, "no shit, Sherlock." Which, ha, yeah, some dude kills a bunch of people in horrible ways it doesn't take a genius...but also? The guy's in prison and he has to undergo a psych test...and the test has to have a conclusion made by a doc...and the doc was just saying what the test concluded...no need to make the doc look like an idiot for doing his job, douchebag. No need to be a dick, Mr. Carlo.