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)
I had a ton of fun reading this book and rushed immediately to grab the sequel as soon as I was done. While "The Luxe" is probably not the most histor...moreI had a ton of fun reading this book and rushed immediately to grab the sequel as soon as I was done. While "The Luxe" is probably not the most historically accurate depiction of the late nineteenth century (I can't imagine how these wealthy young ladies would be so unsupervised and able to get up to so much mischief on their own!) Godberson captures the atmosphere of Gilded Age excess with her descriptions of old New York's buildings, clothing, gossip columns, and more little details that evoke the time period. I've never read "Gossip Girl," but it seems like these books are a historical cousin to that series.(less)
Wow! I listened to this as an audio book as I commuted to and from work, and I could barely get out of my car at some points in the story. Let me firs...moreWow! I listened to this as an audio book as I commuted to and from work, and I could barely get out of my car at some points in the story. Let me first caution that 'Heartsick' is not for the faint of heart (pun intended) or stomach. Maybe it was the detailed, deliberate voice of the reader, but some of the gory details really made me squirm and say "UGH! ... GROSS!" out loud as I was driving. The skin-crawling relationship between Gretchen Lowell, a female serial killer, and Archie Sheridan, the cop that chased her until she caught and tortured him, is the main focus of 'Heartsick.'
The reader is thrown into the situation right away. As the book begins, we launch into a description of Archie's ordeal at Gretchen's hands. These grisly scenes of torture (and the development of Archie's major case of Stockholm Syndrome) are interwoven with the stories of another serial killer, who kidnaps adolescent girls, and Susan Ward, a young reporter who's assigned to write a series of stories on Archie. Cain uses details masterfully. The character of Susan is especially great. I felt like i could absolutely picture what she looked like and what she would be wearing at any given time : ). Gretchen is also a very chilling and memorable character and I felt like I could picture her as well. I totally pictured a scruffy Robert Downey Jr. playing Archie. The little details about Portland are especially fun too.
I can't wait to listen to the second book (and the third is coming out soon too!) to find out how the relationships further develop and whether Archie can keep up with the vow he makes at the end of 'Heartsick.'