Listened to in audiobook format narrated by Scott Brick. I must point out: Scott Brick is hit or miss. This is one case I feel was a "hit" but the foll...moreListened to in audiobook format narrated by Scott Brick. I must point out: Scott Brick is hit or miss. This is one case I feel was a "hit" but the following book, The Lion, is a total miss.
Terrorist thriller. Loved the build up in the first chapters. It gets a bit brutal, and the perspective of Americans when it gets into "the other side of the story" might rub some the wrong way. That said, I really liked it.
One gripe: contains one of the dumbest sex scenes ever written. It hurt my brain and probably killed a few innocent, unsuspecting brain cells. Having to hear it in audio was torture. I was running with my phone tucked away in a pack on my back, and it was too much trouble to skip ahead, so I was stuck listening it. Dear Nelson, you're an adult writing an adult fiction book... I understand your character is a smart ass, but we expect him to have a little game in the bedroom, as he is also supposed to be a BADass. It is utter absurdity to refer to a penis as "wee willy winky."
Be steamy, or be succinct, but god, don't try to be sexy and satirical at the same time, the result is *stupid.* I figure if you're not afraid to write out someone getting their head sawed off (not this book), you can get the penis to the vagina without turning into an giggling 12 year old.
It did, at least, give me a laugh - between snarky remarks huffed out at a run - there wasn't much else I COULD do at that point.
Other than that, it was an entertaining listen.(less)
Not bad, but, I find myself preferring the CSI meets Buffy type "monster of the week" style she had going earlier.
This is the book where the series s...moreNot bad, but, I find myself preferring the CSI meets Buffy type "monster of the week" style she had going earlier.
This is the book where the series supposedly goes downhill and Anita starts bonking the preternatural populace with glorious abandon. The teenage pent up sexual frustration is predictable and Anita panting through her polo shirts ...well, it may move ya, it may not.
The big frustration for me - and perhaps also a draw - is her hypocrisy and narrowminded stubbornness coupled with some completely goony and hard to justify situations. She "has" to date Jean Claude or he'll kill her boyfriend? Please. We're not fooled here. This is the Executioner - even the cops can't get her to behave and asassasins tremble in fear, but she's somehow the victim of manipulation.
It wasn't too long into the book before I was begging her to cut the crap. Hamilton goes about setting up excuses to fall into place for her. For a no BS girl like Anita, justifications and excuses just don't fit.
But, really, this is thinking too deeply on it - these books are light reading, action movie fiction, not Steinbeck. I finished it and still felt like reading another Anita Blake, so the series hasn't "jumped the shark" just yet, for me. :)(less)
Initially when I heard about this book & tried to read it, years ago, it was just too close to home. I had waitressed for years and KC came out sh...moreInitially when I heard about this book & tried to read it, years ago, it was just too close to home. I had waitressed for years and KC came out shortly after I'd quit and vowed never to go back. I think at the time I wanted to forget that segment of my life entirely. Not a good choice in books if you're trying to FORGET restaurant culture.
One might argue this is a book for cooks, but while cooks and "waitrons" may be sharks and golfish respectively, we share the same sloshing fishbowl. We have different views and experiences in it, but it's all the same greasy water in the end.
These days, I can look back on the weirdness of restaurant subculture from years away, and from this distance, the book is funny as hell. Completely uncouth, for sure, but restaurant life is uncouth. He points out somewhere along the line that it's a bit of an incestuous soap opera, and that it is. You know that saying that "if you've slept with someone, you've slept with all the people they've slept with before you"? In restaurant life, not only is that true, but you've met all those people...and worked with them, too.
Since that initial first read, I'm not quite so sensitive. I found myself reading bits out loud to my husband. Bourdain's merciless wit spares no one, especially not himself. He's got some good wisdom for kitchen life (and life in general).
It did drag a bit near the end, for me - it was like he wasn't quite sure how to wrap it up. Venting was done, but there were a few more things to say. A couple chapters were just not that interesting. "Adam, last name unknown" was funny, though, and the chapter on Tokyo was great. I can see that Cook's Tour and No Reservations are the perfect niche for him.
I enjoy his writing style and voice. He's surprisingly articulate for someone who swilled down a couple decades of drugs and screwed up living. I like that he's a foodie that also periodically craves junk food and therefore isn't judgmental about it. I remember admitting I liked ketchup with grilled cheese on a foodie forum and sparking a total uproar over it. Ever have to articulate a defense for ketchup? I did. So again: hooray for the down to earth perspective.
I like that he took a moment of embarrassed humiliation and being put in his place and used it to spark a career where he not only proved himself, but excelled his own expectations.
I also like that he went back to check in on those people he mentioned, organize his facts, correct himself, and make amends for some of his misconceptions.
Overall, I like Bourdain. He's blunt, and brutally honest, but it comes with a large heaping dose of good natured bluster. These days, the bluster is easier to spot. We've had HBO shows to uncover the mystery of the likeable villain. Bourdain is the Al Swearengen of Food Media - the bristly crusty cussing curmudgeon with a soft nougaty center. (less)
Mentioned in Mystery Webinar, then recommended by a patron... who looked me in the eye and said "it's on the shelf right now." After that, what choice...moreMentioned in Mystery Webinar, then recommended by a patron... who looked me in the eye and said "it's on the shelf right now." After that, what choice did I have? I went and got the book.
It was a good afternoon read on vacation and a nice introduction to the series. I had my doubts with the prologue and a character nicknamed "Lefty" (agh), but it quickly turned around for the better and I zipped through the rest of it. I liked Joanna and her daughter and their combined pluck/grit.
I enjoyed these - I liked the story concept: To go with the book summary above: the main character loses her memory & pieces of it are scattered ac...more I enjoyed these - I liked the story concept: To go with the book summary above: the main character loses her memory & pieces of it are scattered across other realities/parallel dimensions/times. Her life is at risk as well, so her beloved takes her shell and sets out to seek out each piece of her memories. The cost is that they will never recover her memory of him.
I have the first three volumes and enjoyed them. I may give them another read again in the future and continue through the series.
The anime could have been good, but the sound dubbing is distracting, as the music overpowers the actual spoken voices and it is hard to hear what they're saying.