Nevada Barr's writing seems to be getting a lot darker as time goes on! This is a shadowy and creepy stand-alone thriller that's not like the Anna Pig...moreNevada Barr's writing seems to be getting a lot darker as time goes on! This is a shadowy and creepy stand-alone thriller that's not like the Anna Pigeon series at all. (although the last 3 books in that series have been getting darker as well). The book interweaves the lives of a Minnesota boy who is suspected of murdering his entire family, with the life of a woman who escapes a neglected childhood to start a new life in New Orleans.
I enjoyed the lightning-fast pacing of this book and read it in about 48 hours, it's definitely a quick read that you won't want to put down until you find out what connects all of the characters. However, the actual writing put me off a little bit. All of the dialogue seemed really artificial and kind of antiquated ... it really bothered me, especially since Barr typically throws in lots of on-point, wry witticisms and well-worded observations in the Anna Pigeon books. There were also A LOT of typos in this book! Ms. Barr's editor must have really done a rush job on this one! I had a hard time getting past that as well, there was at least one spelling error or misused word per chapter.
It's an exciting read for sure, but i was expecting much more out of this book!(less)
There's not much to say about Under the Dome that the other reviewers on this page haven't already said better. I'm kind of conflicted about this book...moreThere's not much to say about Under the Dome that the other reviewers on this page haven't already said better. I'm kind of conflicted about this book except for one aspect of it: the Dome itself. I totally agree with all of the faults that people already listed: cardboard characters that I couldn't identify with, too much foreshadowing, too obvious battle between good and evil, anticlimactic ending, etc. However, despite all these flaws I still had a great time reading the book, and still couldn't put it down. I think it was the idea of the dome itself that really captured my imagination. The chapters where King describes it falling are so detailed and creepy. And when he begins to describe the environmental ramifications of life under the dome - like the air quality and the pollution that builds up on the outside - it's a pretty good metaphor for what's happening to the larger Dome we all live under. And, the chapters describing the final tragedy to take place inside the Dome (which you can see coming from hundreds of pages away, King really piles it on with the foreshadowing) are harrowing and devastating in their detail. So, despite all the characters King packs inside the Dome, and all their problems and conflicts and flaws, the big star of the book is the Dome itself.(less)
This book is a fast-paced coming of age memoir that plunges the reader into Abby Sher's mind as a child and a young woman. After her aunt and father d...moreThis book is a fast-paced coming of age memoir that plunges the reader into Abby Sher's mind as a child and a young woman. After her aunt and father die, young Abby believes she must save the rest of the world from untimely death. The reader is plunged into the whirlwind of the authors obsessive thoughts, rituals, and behaviors. It's a startling and sometimes painful-to-read journey through adolescence and adulthood as the author slowly comes to terms with the legacy left by her parents' strong personalities. This book will raise the reader's awareness about what it's like to live with OCD. (less)
This cookbook shows that brunch is the best meal of the day for a vegan diet! The inclusion of a vegan quiche recipe will save the day for our annual...moreThis cookbook shows that brunch is the best meal of the day for a vegan diet! The inclusion of a vegan quiche recipe will save the day for our annual new years' brunch, I've been trying to find a good vegan quiche recipe for a few years. Also, the tofu benedict recipe is delicious. While this cookbook uses some ingredients that may be unfamiliar to those who don't spend a lot of time in health food stores, Moskowitz provides wonderfully detailed explanations of what the ingredients are and how to use them. A great addition to your cookbook and recipe library whether you want to eat vegan, vegetarian, don't like eggs, or just want to try some different things for brunch!(less)