This novel is unlike any I have read before. It is told in first person from the point of view of an autistic teen. He lives in a town in England and...moreThis novel is unlike any I have read before. It is told in first person from the point of view of an autistic teen. He lives in a town in England and confines himself to a strict routine. Until one night he finds a dog that has just been killed. He loves reading Shirlock Holmes and decides to write a murder mystery novel about "the curious incident of the dog in the night-time."
The novel is meant to be written by Christopher (our main character) as he searches for clues to the mystery. He loves prime numbers so the chapters are each assigned one. About half of the chapters are descriptions of his surroundings or past memories that don't move the plot forward and sometimes happen right in the thick of things but are very interesting. Short novel, but surprisingly moving. (less)
**spoiler alert** I will give this one three and a half stars. I like books that take me places I've never been, and let me experience them. In Sea we...more**spoiler alert** I will give this one three and a half stars. I like books that take me places I've never been, and let me experience them. In Sea we get to go to Indonesia with a 15 year old tour guide.
So let's deal with the problems first. I get that Heidi Kling wanted to write a YA novel, but I had problems with Sienna going off with Deni by themselves in a different country. She is 15! This would have been more believable if she were in her 20s. I could tell that Heidi wanted to take us to Aceh and the mourning wall, but it was clear that Sienna's decision was a way for Heidi to push her story forward. It was a badly disguised story convention. I was also not clear about Bev and Spider. Are they twins? Who's older. Was Sienna friends with Spider first then Bev? How will Bev feel about her brother and best friend's relationship? As happens with many YA novels, the love story kind of stole the show. If she was able to think about more than Deni while in Indonesia, she may have done more good both for herself and us as readers. I would have liked her to make friends with one of the teenage girls, or spend more time with Elli
Now for the good. The chemistry between both Sienna and Deni as well as with Spider and Sea, was very believable. She made me feel something. Enough to give this book three and half stars instead of the much less I thought I would give after Sienna first decides to go off with Deni to a dangerous place without telling her father who is still mourning the loss of his wife. Stupid girl. I guess, what I'm saying, is the end helped make up for some of what was lost due to aforementioned problems.
Buy a motor and hold on tight? Terrible line. (less)
Well what can I say? I am not going to give this book one star, but I'm also not willing to give it more than 2. I won't say that I want the time it t...moreWell what can I say? I am not going to give this book one star, but I'm also not willing to give it more than 2. I won't say that I want the time it took me to read this book back. I don't regret it. If I never read it, I'd wonder. I fully realize that Clare's past books have not been even close to what I would call literature, but I still enjoyed reading them. I just wish she would have stopped at City of Glass. It was the perfect close to the series. This book takes the good ending, erases it and drags on a plot line that is ridiculous and pointless, and also, a bit insulting.
People were asking Clare who was going to be her new Cruella Devil, all wanting to know if it was Sebastian. Well, it looks like we were all predictably right. Too bad, it would have been nice to get to know someone new. Oh, and I like Jace, the sarcastic one. This Jace was mopey and destructive, instead of sarcastic and destructive. Oh and he was very swoony when he was with Clary. It was enough to gag me. (less)
I liked reading this book. It took me back in time, to a place that was unfamiliar to me. Cassandra Clare's writing has improved since the first Morta...moreI liked reading this book. It took me back in time, to a place that was unfamiliar to me. Cassandra Clare's writing has improved since the first Mortal Instruments Series. There were no gross brother/sister relationships, definitely a plus, and there was a bad boy. All good things.
Well maybe not. What is with bad boys in YA fiction? First of all, no one deserves to be treated the way Will treats, well everyone, but especially Tessa. I get that he is damaged and wants to push her away, but still feels connected to her. I just can't stand that she's taking it. From all the interviews I've read with Cassandra Clare, I get that she wants us to excuse Will's bad behaviour, because he's hurting. Well, I'm not going to take it. He can take his pain somewhere else. I think it would be funny if Cassandra Clare let a psychologist talk to the shadow hunters. It would do them all a world of good.
SO I would have given more stars if not for Will. What he pulled on Tessa at the end of the book was inexcusable.
But even if I can't stand Will, there is still Jem and apparently, the Clockwork Prince deals with Jem and Tessa's relationship, so I'll read it. (less)
Anita Shreve was one of the fortunate living writers (pre James Frey) to have her book picked by Oprah to be in the Oprah book club. Although not an a...moreAnita Shreve was one of the fortunate living writers (pre James Frey) to have her book picked by Oprah to be in the Oprah book club. Although not an avid book club member, I have from time to time, picked up an Oprah book club book. A few years ago I read The Pilot's Wife. Shreve has a way of writing that is different and fresh. Her voice is detached and strangely unemotional considering her choice of plots. The Pilot's wife is about a woman who experiences crushing grief after her husband unexpectedly dies in a plane crash. After reading that book, I have had a hard time resisting Anita Shreve novels. It's not that I love them, it's that they are so readable. I start and before I know it, I'm halfway through and I have to finish it. Very satisfying.
Body Surfing is set in the same house as The Pilot's Wife. The owners bought the house from the pilot's widow (as she is called in the book). The main character is a young woman of 29 who is both divorced and a widow. The novel starts shortly after she lost her second husband. She is working for the family who owns the house, as a tutor to their daughter. She meets the girl's two brothers and the plot moves forward from there. One thing about an Anita Shreve novel, there are rarely ever truly happy endings. If you're expecting something sappy, pick up an Erica James novel. She usually ends things on a upbeat.(less)
Have you ever read a book and loved it while reading but became uncertain of it after? I had that experience after reading Kate Jacob's first book (Fr...moreHave you ever read a book and loved it while reading but became uncertain of it after? I had that experience after reading Kate Jacob's first book (Friday Night Knitting Club). But I did enjoy reading it, so I decided to check this one out. Plus I love watching the Food Network which factors heavily in this book.
The novel's main character is a woman named Gus of all things, who after the death of her husband, leaving her a widow with two children to raise, found a way to make money. Gus opened a sandwich shop, or was it a grocery store? Anyway, she eventually serves a Cooking Channel (or in other words, Food Network) executive who gives her a job on his fledgling cable channel. The novel starts after she has been on the Cooking Channel for 12 years and is well known. Gus is approaching a certain age and finds herself trying to up her ratings to keep her job.
My problems with the novel? All the "incidents" are contrived and convenient. The main character is basically Martha Stewart, even down to her outfit. Two daughters she raised alone, her love of gardening, her large house outside New York City, even down to an incident with money that has her investigated by the FBI. It was unreal. I kept wondering if Jacobs had read all about Martha Stewart and decided to write a fictional version of her or if she just accidentally did it. Anyway, it was painfully obvious that this was a story about Martha Stewart, intentionally or not.
I also found the writing a bit flowery. There were a lot of descriptions of clothing and other mainly non-essential details that didn't move the plot forward and felt unnecessary. I'm afraid I'm giving this one 2 stars.(less)
I really enjoyed reading most of this novel. The characters were well developed, and the writing was full of wit. Fowler used a somewhat omnisceint na...moreI really enjoyed reading most of this novel. The characters were well developed, and the writing was full of wit. Fowler used a somewhat omnisceint narrator. It was mostly told through the point of view of the main character Rita, but then occasionally we would be privy to the thoughts of Rita’s god mother. Although I laughed while I was reading it, I kept waiting for something to happen. The plot line was weak. It never got exciting and not much happened. I also Hated the ending. Not a book I would recommend, but it did have it’s moments. When I got this from the Library it was catagorized as a Mystery novel. So I’ll do the same but I’m not sure that I agree. It’s a novel about mystery novels, but there’s no mystery here.(less)