At first, I wanted to write this off as a Middle Class Problems book -- a guy who's crushed because he can't throw a baseball perfectly anymore, a spoAt first, I wanted to write this off as a Middle Class Problems book -- a guy who's crushed because he can't throw a baseball perfectly anymore, a spoiled woman who's unhappy at her married life, and an old academic who's new to being gay. It still is about that, but it's nicely written and the characters started growing on me.
For the first half of the book, I was annoyed with how earnest and honest the characters were. Maybe it was because I read in Vanity Fair's How a Book is Born about the Disney-esque characters, but I couldn't shake that thought. Luckily, once more serious problems showed up, the characters started acting more like real people.
Something that happened in the end (view spoiler)[digging up the dead body (hide spoiler)] was a little *out there* but all in all, a bittersweet book. It makes me want to read Moby Dick. I do have to give Harbach props on getting me excited about the fictional baseball games. It made me excited for a spectator sport in the same way Friday Night Lights does.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I think this is referred to as a regency romance book -- at least, I think so because there were corsets involved. This one is set in colonial India during an uprising, which made for a fascinating background for the two main characters. I liked that the leading man wasn't super alpha-dog, but I initially thought the protagonist was hum-drum. It seems like a lot of these regency romances are about odd women who don't fit the mold and don't like needle point and read science books. With so many of these women about, it seems like they're the majority, so what's so odd about them?
Luckily, I grew to like the protagonist in this book more, especially towards the end because she didn't devolve into some love-lorn, pathetic, loser. ...more
A short, quick read about a boy coming to terms with An Important Life Event. At first, I thought the monster element was gimmicky, but it worked. KeeA short, quick read about a boy coming to terms with An Important Life Event. At first, I thought the monster element was gimmicky, but it worked. Keep a box of tissues handy....more
You know when you're at a party and you see those mutual friends that you only see once or twice a year at parties, and they're talking about people aYou know when you're at a party and you see those mutual friends that you only see once or twice a year at parties, and they're talking about people and things you kind of know about but not really? That's how the beginning of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy starts -- right in the middle of things so you'll need to keep your wits about you to understand what's going on.
For most of the novel, I didn't understand exactly what was going on. I knew the Cold War backdrop, and the general plot of trying to find a mole, but that was about it. Despite my confusion, the novel was still enjoyable because le Carre write such genuine characters with real emotions and real problems that I forgot that I was still confused about the plot. Sure, there's a lot of (awesome) trade-craft going on, some stealthy, seemingly coincidental meetings in parked cars and chalk lines, but at its heart, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is about the people coping with their job-related dilemmas.
The novel was slow to start, but I read the last quarter in one rushed sitting because everything was finally coming together and I really wanted to know what happened. After I finally digested What Happened, my mind was nicely blown. Good play Karla. Good play....more
I just can't do fairies! I knew going in that this book was going to be about the Fae and I wanted to give it a chance. The main character seemed pretI just can't do fairies! I knew going in that this book was going to be about the Fae and I wanted to give it a chance. The main character seemed pretty good and not that whiny, but man...fairies. I can only suspend my belief for so long and fairies fall on the other side of the line....more
More of the same, which isn't bad if you like your murder mysteries with a touch of police protocol and romance, which I do. I had a inkling as to whoMore of the same, which isn't bad if you like your murder mysteries with a touch of police protocol and romance, which I do. I had a inkling as to who the killer was since this person seemed to have just popped up in the story, but I kept reading on to see how it tied together. One complaint (if it even counts as one) I have about these books is that Roarke is too jack-of-all-trades perfect. There's no such man like that, unless Batman is real....more
I had avoided reading this book for two reasons: 1) I thought it was a western and I don't like reading westerns because everything is so d(3.5 stars)
I had avoided reading this book for two reasons: 1) I thought it was a western and I don't like reading westerns because everything is so dusty and dry and dirty, and 2.) I though it was full of gratuitous violence. I was right on two counts, but I still enjoyed (well, not really enjoyed) reading the book till the end.
Blood Meridian is a hard book to read in terms of prose and subject. Sentences can go on for miles and some paragraphs just don't make much sense. Then there's the before-mentioned gratuitous violence, which wasn't really that bad despite all the warnings I got from other readers. Really, all the people-on-people violence didn't make me bat an eye, but I did feel very uncomfortable with the animal cruelty going on. I don't think I'll be able to get that image of a dog dragging its smoking, charred body out of a fire for a long time. Despite the extra dose of violence, it does serve its purpose, which I guess makes it justified.
I mainly kept reading because of the judge and the kid. I've heard people say that the kid was morally ambiguous, which I disagree with. The entire book seemed like a story about how to corrupt an innocent and in the end, he was incorruptible. I guess I wanted good to triumph over evil, but I did like that the book ended the way it did. The judge will now go in my list of top 10 book antagonists. He's just such an awesome character and says things like this:
War was always here. Before man was, war waited for him. The ultimate trade awaiting its ultimate practitioner. That is the way it was and will be.
I can't really recommend this book to anyone. It's like telling someone they should go watch Schindler's List. It's not really an enjoyable experience, but it is a memorable one. I hated it when I first started reading because I couldn't get into the rhythm of the prose, but after a while, it finally clicked, so for anyone struggling with it, just keep on truckin'...more
I enjoyed reading the first two of this series, and maybe it's my rose-tinted glasses, but I felt that Goliath was not aI dunno about this one guys...
I enjoyed reading the first two of this series, and maybe it's my rose-tinted glasses, but I felt that Goliath was not as good. Nothing was bad about it, but I wasn't as excited for the story or the characters while reading this book.
I was mainly curious for the romance between Alek and Deryn and hoping that finally, FINALLY, she would tell him that she was in fact, NOT a boy. I was going to spoiler tag this, but since this is the last book of the trilogy, it's pretty obvious that Deryn's big secret will be revealed to Alek. And it was. And it was a little disappointing, but only because he acted the way I expected. I guess you can say that about the entire book...everything went as expected.
I liked that there were historical figures in this book. I liked that Deryn didn't have to revert to wearing skirts or acting girly. I liked what happened in the end. But the book just didn't wow me. I guess I just wanted more oomph....more
This second book in the series was better than the first! I had problems with the main love interest in Iron Duke, but the one in here, Archimedes FoxThis second book in the series was better than the first! I had problems with the main love interest in Iron Duke, but the one in here, Archimedes Fox, was great and went well with the kick-ass heroine. I also appreciated the background to Yasmeen and what was going on in "the other part of the world."
It's good to read a romance book where the woman isn't completely bonkers and putty and always pining after the guy. I liked the role reversal here and the fact that Yasmeen didn't really have a character change once she fell in love....more
I started off really excited about this book and I did like some parts, but wow did this drag on. When you're an astronaut and have to go to2.5 stars
I started off really excited about this book and I did like some parts, but wow did this drag on. When you're an astronaut and have to go to Mars on a ship with limited space, it makes sense to be a specialist in more than one field because that makes you more valuable. It's like having two or three people for the price of one. Similarly, this novel demands you to be an expert in all sorts of fields from ecology to politics to economy. There is a breadth as well as depth. Unfortunately, the story seemed to have gotten lost in the info dump.
In the end, I didn't really care what happened to Mars or the first 100....more