This book was pretty great. Also really uncomfortable, mostly in good ways occasionally in less good ways. It's nominally about two high school kids fThis book was pretty great. Also really uncomfortable, mostly in good ways occasionally in less good ways. It's nominally about two high school kids falling in love for the first time in alternating really short chapters from Eleanor and Park's perspectives. It is bare, and the characters them selves are surprised about just about every aspect of the experience. And in that, it's really raw... feeling accurate, and not just sappy. It's a really short read. I'm told the audio book is well read. And the pacing keeps you wanting to finish it in one go. They are kids, and I was sometimes a bit embarrassed by the view into their heads. I liked seeing body image problems being somewhat mitigated by friends and a kid who's into you. I found the depictions of small town knowledge transfer pretty interesting. Bits about extreme poverty and abuse in families was harsh, but I think she did an ok job depicting it rather than using it as a dumb plot devise. Similarly, though the theme of saving a poor foreign person bugged me (not a central theme, and not that no one had that experience, so maybe whatever...) I liked that some adults had healthy friendships and sexual relationships, too (and awkward kids disliking it, as expected!). All in all pretty great, and full of really fantastic one liners. So many little parts that bits keep popping into my head months after finishing reading it, which is maybe one sign of a great book....more
Oh my goodness, I couldn't get the songs from Pirates out of my head by the time I was done with this book. And, having enjoyed very much being in theOh my goodness, I couldn't get the songs from Pirates out of my head by the time I was done with this book. And, having enjoyed very much being in the Gilbert and Sullivan farcical piratical tale in high school this was inspired by, I enjoyed it again through the eyes of a few century's later fictional Holmes and Homes reincarnate (Russell).
Each chapter starts with a quote from the musical. But the story itself is about a play within a play--within several other plays. It's less tight than many of her other novels, and so I broke it into smaller chunks than I have most of her books to read, but it's oh so enjoyably silly at times. A light summer read full of requisite hidden identities and genders and even more full of our nearly or at least very quietly swashbuckling heroine. I loved it. ...more
This is really amazing. There are tiny blurbs about each of the dinosaurs. And the one on the cover is by no means the best of the bunch. There is eveThis is really amazing. There are tiny blurbs about each of the dinosaurs. And the one on the cover is by no means the best of the bunch. There is even a mammoth! If you like dinosaurs or know a kid or an adult kid who does, do yourself or them a favor and turn some towels into prehistoric amazingness....more
This book was very enjoyable like all of his, but it was kind of all over the place. I almost forgot about the Truelove through most of the book tillThis book was very enjoyable like all of his, but it was kind of all over the place. I almost forgot about the Truelove through most of the book till the tidy wrap up at the very end. But it was still another nice high adventure on the seas. ...more
Great book, really well written, interesting characters, crazy and amazing plot as usual for Palahniuk. It follows a model who's face has been blastedGreat book, really well written, interesting characters, crazy and amazing plot as usual for Palahniuk. It follows a model who's face has been blasted off in a freak accident as she reinvents her life and reimagines her past. The other characters are similarly interesting with a good mix of obvious and deep. The plot twists are good. I feel like I should have seen them coming even though I didn't and they serve the story, so basically it's a very well constructed novel....more
So nerdy, so wonderful! My favorite line is Harry's family motto, "You can never have enough books!" Everyone should give it a try, especially if you aSo nerdy, so wonderful! My favorite line is Harry's family motto, "You can never have enough books!" Everyone should give it a try, especially if you aren't morally opposed to harry potter and sometimes like rationality.
Even if you don't want to get through the whole thing, if you take the chapters as short stories the first few chapters or 100 pages are a compete riot.
If you're a historian you'll appreciate his occasional appeals to historical occasions during his search for moral high ground, or at least an internally consistant set of rules for himself.
If you're a scientist or SF geek you'll appreciate that this Harry is, too.
If you're neither, but you like Harry Potter, then this is a funny departure and somewhat flippant response to some of the silly things that went on the HP universe. Not that it isn't serious and a bit scary (in that it's sometimes scary to think about the complexity of good and bad characters beyond, well, good and bad), but it's more light hearted than dark and the extra dimensionality to the characters, if you liked them in the HP books is fun.
Oddly, this book is still in progress (though at 1300 pages it doesn't feel like I've been left with a cliff hanger, though I will come back occasionally looking for new chapters to finish it off). It's free, as it's a fan fiction, and you can read it in pdf, or download a format your ereader can handle. Or if you like, print it out yourself. Which is cheaper than buying a book, and in the end wouldn't "waste" any more paper. :) There's also a pretty good audio book version if you have a commute or work with headphones on. You can find it online here: http://perf.hpmor.com/
A warning, though, this Harry is sometimes as or more annoying than the original. He's smart, but really full of himself, cold, more like an educated 20-something than an 11 year old, and almost always gets his way. Also, if you are triggered by people who are evil by not thinking of their enemies as people, or by callus conversations about doing evil-death-eater-like things, avoid it too. ...more