Amanda Palmer is honest and doesn't hold back on telling the reader all the details of her life. From the fights with her husband to her success (andAmanda Palmer is honest and doesn't hold back on telling the reader all the details of her life. From the fights with her husband to her success (and failures) as an artist to her pms, she gives it all to you. I enjoyed reading her insights into her own self, her personal journey. It's always fascinating to see someone's self analysis. It's not a journey that will fit everyone else's life and she doesn't intend it to be. The story about asking, though, is something everyone could benefit from hearing. As a sometimes artist, I sympathized with all the art-related pressures we have not to "beg". Everyone should watch her TED talk at least once. It's absolutely amazing.
Some of the writing is a little rambling and the narrative hops around. I imagine this is because she's never written a book before, but it's also indicative of her thought process. It can be a little distracting for those of us with occasional grammar-nazi tendencies though....more
A good, solid conclusion to the Sookie Stackhouse books. We had a glimpse of almost every character (still living) and everything was tied up nice andA good, solid conclusion to the Sookie Stackhouse books. We had a glimpse of almost every character (still living) and everything was tied up nice and neat. Maybe a little too neat, but it was a fun series to read....more
**spoiler alert** I really enjoyed reading this book. It was a bit long and drawn out in places, but overall I found the world to be varied and detail**spoiler alert** I really enjoyed reading this book. It was a bit long and drawn out in places, but overall I found the world to be varied and detailed. I liked the description of all of the different types of creatures and their societies: vampires, daemons and witches. They all have cultures and customs, and I look forward to finding out more. It was also filled with a lot of historical references that I found fascinating.
The slow parts for me involved the alchemical analysis and the romantic conflict that occurred over and over between Diana and Matthew, but the latter is very common in many books where two characters in a forbidden relationship.
I personally am drawn to story tropes involving a main character coming into their own and discovering they are mega powerful. The thing that annoys me about this trope is how they always fight it so much! Just accept your damned responsibility, put on your big girl pants and learn your abilities. Fight the fight.
Diana's spunk and unwillingness to bend to Matthew's controlling nature made me happy. She loved him, but didn't let it cloud her judgement. Matthew was the smitten, unthinking lover in this scenario. Interesting to see the shoe on the other foot in this story.
I love, love, LOVED Diana's aunts, Sarah and Em, and the Bishop house. It was a very unique idea and I would love to live in a house like that. Hopefully I wouldn't piss it off too much.
Overall, as I said up top, I had fun reading the book and will be going to the library to grab the second one immediately. Coming up: history storyline and learning magic!...more
This book reminds me a lot of Neil Gaiman's American Gods, where gods of old walk the earth, but told from the perspective of an insider, a 2100-year-This book reminds me a lot of Neil Gaiman's American Gods, where gods of old walk the earth, but told from the perspective of an insider, a 2100-year-old Celtic druid. It started out interesting as they established the backstory, but the book really picked up about halfway through. Kevin Hearne has an easy-to-read writing style that makes it easy to fly through the book while still feeling satisfied. I'll definitely be reading the rest of the series!...more