I knew it wouldn't bode well for Tris when I saw a quote from Veronica Roth about Harry Potter, mentioning that if JK Rowling had sacrificed him, it would have made for a better book because it's such a risky move. I figured someone was going to die, but I didn't think it would be Tris.
The book seemed really jumbled to me. I liked the alternating perspectives, that didn't bother me, but we went from one force pushing for a revolution against another force pushing against revolution... I got lost in all the different rebel groups.
And how random is it that Tris died after being shot by David? I thought the Death Serum would have done her in, and I got really excited when I saw she made it out, then lil'buddy comes along and busts caps. WTF?! And he gets no punishment for his crime, since his memory is reset. In the real world, the insanity defense (closest analogy I can come up with) still gets you institutionalized and off the streets.
Other tidbits: *the death of Uriah was random. Life support, really? *I thought for a second, with the additions of Nita and Matthew, that Veronica had steered into love triangle/quadrilateral, something I've praised her for avoiding. Glad she didn't go there. *love the random nod to the George/Amar relationship. *even though I was **PISSED** at Tris dying, especially after going on and on about how she didn't want to be a sacrifice and wanted to live, it made me tear up when she saw her mother right before she died. (hide spoiler)]
I saw this sitting on a shelf at the library today, and I picked it up because the cover is pretty. After reading the back, I became intrigued, and saI saw this sitting on a shelf at the library today, and I picked it up because the cover is pretty. After reading the back, I became intrigued, and sat down to read a few pages. I liked it enough to check it out, brought it home at around 5pm, and finished it at 8pm, fifteen minutes ago.
Basically, the protagonist, Sasha, hasn’t been laid in over two years. So, it’s a pretty huge deal when she learns she’s knocked up. Basically, there’s a condition called “lazicum spermatozoa,” which loosely translates to “lazy sperm.” Some sperm crawled up in her sometime between the last two to eleven (!!) years, and then decided it wanted to fertilize an egg.
Yes, this book requires a suspension of disbelief. As a bio major, I know there’s no such way that could happen, etc etc, but I was able to put that aside and enjoy the read. The novel follows Sasha as she contacts everyone she’s ever slept with to relay the crazy story to, and to obtain a DNA sample so she can find Mr. Babydaddy.
It’s not distinguished literature by any stretch of the imagination, but I needed a bit of fluff after some of the novels I’ve read recently. I enjoyed it, and would recommend it to anyone needing a bit of cotton-candy reading.
I had never even heard of this book until today. I stopped at the library this afternoon to return Bossypants and Swimming Upstream, Slowly. I had jusI had never even heard of this book until today. I stopped at the library this afternoon to return Bossypants and Swimming Upstream, Slowly. I had just gone for a run not twenty minutes prior, and my chubby self still needed a bit of time to recuperate, so I wandered around the library's new books section. Once I saw the cover, I had to take a peek.
Taft 2012is a "science fiction/alternate reality meets saucy political commentary" novel. Former President William H. Taft decided to lie down and take a nap outside the White House after Woodrow Wilson's inauguration speech in 1913, never to be seen nor heard from again (this is where the sci-fi starts; WH Taft went on to do many extraordinary things, including becoming Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, before his death in 1930). One bright November day in 2011, he awakes, stumbles into the White House, and discovers an "unnamed black man without a waistcoat" in the Oval Office, instead of Wilson. Then, a Secret Service officer shoots him in the leg.
The novel goes on to see Taft and his great-great granddaughter, Rachel, pushed into running for office. Who would be better to run against the cumshot of Republicans fighting for the nomination, and the Democratic incumbent, than a history-maker like Taft? He's been President before, and he's 150 years old!
I decided to bring it home, and just finished it. It's cute, and the satire is excellent. I have to say I enjoyed it.
Mitch Albom, how do you get all the cries out of me?
I read The Five People You Meet in Heaven back in 2006, when I was pregnant.(review from my blog.)
Mitch Albom, how do you get all the cries out of me?
I read The Five People You Meet in Heaven back in 2006, when I was pregnant. It made me sob, of course, and since I normally don’t read books like that, I attributed it to the pregnancy hormones.
I have no excuse now.
I started and finished For One More Day today; it took about three hours altogether to finish it. It’s just shy of 200 pages, but it’s a quick read. The story follows Charley (Chick, as he’s called), a washed-up former baseball player, alcoholic, and bad father. He attempts suicide twice, and wakes up and finds his elderly mother standing over him. The problem: she died eight years ago.
Chick gets one more day with his mother, time to talk about all the things he never could, and say everything he wished he would’ve said before she died. Albom leaves you hanging; you don’t know until the final three pages whether or not Chick is dead, dreaming, or what is going on. This is a beautiful story of getting to spend a few precious hours with someone you love who left too soon.
“Have you ever lost someone you love and wanted one more conversation, one more chance to make up for the time when you thought they would be here forever? If so, then you know you can go your whole life collecting days, and none will outweigh the one you wish you had back.” -For One More Day
This book is way too relevant right now. I’ve posted a few times recently about Matt, a friend of mine who committed suicide back in July. I’ve been going through the proverbial “what-if” questions, hoping and wishing for that one more day, because he died not knowing how much he meant to so many people.
**spoiler alert** Wow. Hemingway is a tricky little devil. I spent the first 250 pages of the book hating Tenete and Catherine. Tenete seemed to be th**spoiler alert** Wow. Hemingway is a tricky little devil. I spent the first 250 pages of the book hating Tenete and Catherine. Tenete seemed to be the same "manly man" Hemingway so loved to create, nothing more, and Catherine was a crazy bitch. The only characters I seemed to remotely care about where Rinaldi and the priest, neither of whom made an appearance after the first fifty percent. I wonder of their fates.
However, the last ten pages completely threw me. After the death of Baby Henry (told so quickly I almost missed it), I felt a pang of sadness I didn't expect. Then, not even a few pages later, news arrived of Catherine's hemorrhages, and I found myself hoping and praying along with her "husband" for her swift recovery. Then, just as quickly as her son's demise was laid out, Catherine's lay on the final page.
I sat in stunned silence, holding the paperback in my lap, not knowing what to think of the fates of the two characters I had written off as trite and boring. During the first half of the book, I trudged along, holding out for completion's sake, but now as I write this review, I'm thankful for having read it. Good job, Hemingway, you sly devil....more
It took me a good 150 pages to actually get interested in this book. Selfish, naive, and histrionic Briony reminded me too much of myself at age thirtIt took me a good 150 pages to actually get interested in this book. Selfish, naive, and histrionic Briony reminded me too much of myself at age thirteen, so she was a bit hard to stomach. Also, Ian McEwan’s lengthy prose was hard to plow through at times; for the sake of my project, however, I trudged on.
I’m so glad I did.
Atonementtells the tale of thirteen-year-old Briony, and her inability to understand adult motives and situations. After intercepting a sexually-charged letter from a young servant to her older sister, Cecilia, and then witnessing the sexual assault of her cousin, Briony mistakenly reveals the servant, Robbie, to be the assailant and sends him to prison in mid-1930s England. The remaining two-thirds of the novel follows Briony, Cecilia, and the jailed Robbie, five years later during World War II.
The story of atonement, forgiveness, and coming of age is unmatched by anything else I’ve read thus far. The last fifteen pages are particularly heart-breaking, but out of my unwillingness to spoil the novel, I won’t discuss them here. Atonement is a must-read for anyone who appreciates a broken love story, historical fiction, or chunky prose....more
I will write a more eloquent review later, but having just finished this novel, I am compelled to give a first impression. The eloquent prose and chilI will write a more eloquent review later, but having just finished this novel, I am compelled to give a first impression. The eloquent prose and chilling plot were captivating, and although I knew the ending (duh, Kevin shoots up his school), the details I never expected. I paged through this twisting tale hoping Eva and Franklin patched things up and re-bonded after he finally realized how deranged their son actually was. The truth of Franklin's and Celia's fates just holyshit stunned me. Wow. Fantastic story telling by Lionel Schriver....more
I have followed Tina's career and projects for the past ten years or so, since I first caught her on SNMiss Tina Fey, you svelte fox. How I love thee.
I have followed Tina's career and projects for the past ten years or so, since I first caught her on SNL when I was a teen. It was refreshing to see a famous woman who was brunette, glasses-wearing, and nerdy like myself, and who wasn't afraid to be smart! and funny! on TV.
Bossypants will not disappoint Fey fans. Tina delivers in her usual tongue-in-cheek and self-deprecating manner as she dishes about motherhood, gay men, and Sarah Palin. She handles elation, disappointment, and a frightening childhood experience (resulting in her cheek scar) with the same insight and humor as we've come to expect and cherish. I flew through it in about three hours, then sat down to watch some 30 Rock with my husband. Need more Fey!
I didn't know who did it until the last 10% of the book. I usually figure things out really early, and I had suspicions, but nothing that stuck. ThisI didn't know who did it until the last 10% of the book. I usually figure things out really early, and I had suspicions, but nothing that stuck. This is my second Gillian Flynn novel - I read Gone Girl earlier this year and loved it. :) No I'm going to start on Sharp Objects....more