[image error] What will they think up next? If they were like some YA writers, most likely the same crap they have been spinning over the past two deca[image error] What will they think up next? If they were like some YA writers, most likely the same crap they have been spinning over the past two decades. Well, maybe just one decade. And this is the part where I yearn for the authors of my past lives, and/or the nineties. Originally, when I wrote this prehistoric review, I gave an extra star out of acknowledgement of hard work. It can keep it, I guess. But by the time I revisited this in the future, I was hoping that the scenery would have graduated from zombies and vampires. It has, but it only has moved from the pits of hell to the exact opposite, sex appeal beings on earth. Hurrah. Though I have to say, I am looking forward to them graduating to gargoyles. [image error] [image error]
----Original---- The Forest of Hands and Teeth begins with quite strong grabber paragraph, "My mother used to tell me about the ocean...always moving towards you and away." That in itself was obvious to the one standing at the shore. But since I live in the Pacific, I am of course going to be cynical about this statement. I see the ocean almost every day, lucky me, but imagine how incredible it must be to a person who has never seen a body of water that huge and terrifying before.
As I progressed with this particular YA read I found, of course, errors that comes with your first book ever. Since I began with mine various titles I have learned that a flawed manuscript is better than a meticulously perfect and dreary one. Finding editing mistakes and sentance inprefections makes it WAY better, it reminds the reader that the creator of this world is human like them, and they have pains in the same manner (well, mostly.Writers block is worst than many cancers). But my mind readily agreed with this Zombie infested world. It was nicely crafted, and although I was not "enchanted" or anything with this book, it still has a place in my heart. Why? Well, for one, the YA authors I have met on Myspace and such are more CONNECTED with each other and their readers than adult writers, well, most of them anyways. I plan on being different, to let readers know I love them for trying to connect with their favorite writers. It is more important to readers the quality of the book if the author actually wants to talk to them, whether they are a bunch of macadamia nut cookies or not.
(I realize that this review is mostly thought and not information...but there should be a shooting rocket in reviews sometimes. It is an effort to not be conformitative." ...more
Lipman's plots have always been vaporous, but compared to someone like Milan Kundera, she takes her comedic reaction to life's situations with a frown Lipman's plots have always been vaporous, but compared to someone like Milan Kundera, she takes her comedic reaction to life's situations with a frown on her face. The Family Man is no exception OF course, still humorous, and relative to many situations that my own family (do they even qualify to be under that title anymore?) revolves around. Three words,wait, no, four. Divorce.is.very.contagious. The syllables of the latter make everyone in my hometown cringe (H1N1 anybody?), but the feeling of departure, no one is ever safe from, not even in fiction. Makes me mad, but oh well, I can cope if someone makes me toast at a cafe.
The stylish scent giver, Hubbard, returns in this new novel of intrigue. although dulled by an age long story of failure and searching with over doneThe stylish scent giver, Hubbard, returns in this new novel of intrigue. although dulled by an age long story of failure and searching with over done symptoms, Hubbard scored a point in my heart with her infamous descriptions that she issues so freely. ...more
Artfully and skillfully drawn, Cutting for Stone is a 534 page installment as one of the best books of 2009. And I for one readily agree. Abraham VergArtfully and skillfully drawn, Cutting for Stone is a 534 page installment as one of the best books of 2009. And I for one readily agree. Abraham Verghese is a masterful writer of worlds and he holds onto his story with honesty and sincerity. Although the time period is not numerously mentioned in the book, Cutting for Stone seems to have a modern feel to it, and yet, I feel as if I am being drawn back into history. But the story of the two brothers, Marion and Shiva Stone is beautiful enough to capture even the most unwilling of hearts to take part in a novel that involves blood and guts in such detail, it made even I, the girl who loves to fish in the ocean, sick with the realness of the montage of hospital scenes parading before my eyes. And unlike most books that are written in first and third person, Abraham Verghese almost never strays from his characters. He keeps us close to their hearts instead. ...more
Reading The Girls Guide to Hunting and Fishing I felt like I was being passed notes in English class from the failing student to help her with her homReading The Girls Guide to Hunting and Fishing I felt like I was being passed notes in English class from the failing student to help her with her homework. The plot being full of holes and with not much to go on, I quickly lost interest in this book. But since I have made a vow never to take a book back to a store, or a library, that I have not read, I trudged through it's mucky pages anyways. I guess Melissa Bank's work can be an example to not always believe what the reviewers say. I will give her an extra star for making me laugh at appropriate, and otherwise, times though. ...more
Hilarious and utterly stupifying, I swallowed I Am Not Sidney Poitier whole like a crocodile would swallow a dead chicken. I was hungry for more afterHilarious and utterly stupifying, I swallowed I Am Not Sidney Poitier whole like a crocodile would swallow a dead chicken. I was hungry for more after Everett's latest. He has a wicked sense of style and to be honestly, it makes me insanely jealous I didn't think of it first!...more
I can assure you, there is nothing better than coming upon a book, after so many tried and faulty reads, that actually is an honest one. Going to SeeI can assure you, there is nothing better than coming upon a book, after so many tried and faulty reads, that actually is an honest one. Going to See the Elephant is an ingenious work of art, a colorful innocent tapestry of The City and what can happen if you listen to your intuition inside of it. Fishburne's Slater Brown is a wickedly funny character that wound me around his little finger so neatly, I couldn't help loving the little bugger.
Slater's journey began when he emerged from behind his "innkeepers" house and walked the streets, scribbling in the streetcars and jotting down whatever he heard in his mind or on paper. Of course, being in a city as large and expensive as San Fransisco, Slater is what we jokingly call a "starving artist" which is not entirely a fairytale for the best of us writers, but still a laughable subject.
But here, in the beginning, Slater was unheard of, lonesome and searching for work. And the before and after shots of his writing career seem to be infused with a raucious band, trumpets and all, I could almost detect the 1930's in his gait and the air of The City. Not only were the characters colorful, they were also colorfully, ridiculously real. My eyes dribbled joy because it was so true, the banter that we fall through to get our points across.
And if I didn't know any better, Slater sounded like he held more than a fragment of Fishburne himself (which is an interesting subject of interest with me, the voice of the book is the soul of the writer, or at least it should be anyways). My apologies to Fishburne, but it made me love the story all the more to think that the author might have gone through many of Slater's adventures, giving him a falcon's eye view of that rabbit below, the thing we call life. ...more
Enchanting and sometimes moving, Chocolat is a novel to be treasured by all of those who love the usage of their five senses. This little jewel of a nEnchanting and sometimes moving, Chocolat is a novel to be treasured by all of those who love the usage of their five senses. This little jewel of a novel is to please both your sub-concious taste, smell and seeing. A truly pleasurable novel by a wonderous mind in the world of literature. ...more
Never one to romance with poetry, oh how skeptical was I of this gift from a friend. But discovery of Tate was like biting into a sweet, simple pieceNever one to romance with poetry, oh how skeptical was I of this gift from a friend. But discovery of Tate was like biting into a sweet, simple piece of fruit, but it also had an aftertaste, like the REAL whipped cream you get. Always ousted it in the grocery store by yogurt. HA....more