TCL Call #: Mystery Bradley A (is on New Releases 04/2010)
Bradley has pushed it too far. What was rather endearing about Flavia and her family in theTCL Call #: Mystery Bradley A (is on New Releases 04/2010)
Bradley has pushed it too far. What was rather endearing about Flavia and her family in the first book of this series has now morphed into the obnoxious.
Flavia herself is no longer simply precocious and instead a know it all snot that inserts herself into every situation with her finger in every pie - she even breaks into various neighbors' homes. Not too adorable. Her sisters are no longer just picking on her but are instead out and out vicious. While her father was a heartbroken absent minded figure in the first book, he's plain checked out in this one.
Call me sexist but I think this book falls under a lot of fantasy books that divide the men from the ladies. It reTCL Call #: Science Fiction Rothfuss
Call me sexist but I think this book falls under a lot of fantasy books that divide the men from the ladies. It reminded me a lot of all those other "epics" that seem to pull all their storlines from some other epic and all their fantasy characters from some other fantasy but I'm supposed to think their innovative. In other words, it's another Lord of the Rings - ugh.
Only this one's worse because the main character seems to be able to do everything, and I mean everything. He can play the lute better than anyone, he has an almost photographic memory, he excells at all scholastics. he can survive the mean streets and he can sweet talk the ladies. This means he outwits those crafty tinkers (notice the inginuity here) as well as the inn keepers (another amazing invention) and ever so silly peasants and nobels alike as well as defly handeling the most sought after women and the one that lives under the school in her own alternate world. In short - he's the MacGyver of the fantasy world. Sigh.
To make matters even worse, he can really go on and on. The whole book is written as a "retelling" of his story to a travelling Chronicler. If you're interested in what he had for breakfast you'll like this book. If you want to get on with the story you can skip to about page 150 and then learn to skim.
HOWEVER - this book was recommended to me by one of my favorite "recommenders" who has about a 90% sucess record when it comes to me. He loved it. And, another library worker saw me reading it and he also was mad for it. I cannot ignore these two sage readers. Which leads me to the conclusion that it just might not be for me but may be the cat's meow for others.
So my ultimate review is that if you loved the Lord of the Rings you will probably like this as well. If, like me, you found the Lord to be total tripe full of rehashed characters that sounded oh-so familiar and lots of unnecessary made up names for places and things then you'll probably do better skipping it. ...more
This is a collection of all the short stories Harris has written for the Sookie Stackhouse series. They are ultimately quiteTCL Call #: Mystery Harris
This is a collection of all the short stories Harris has written for the Sookie Stackhouse series. They are ultimately quite forgettable. The only reason you might want to pick this up is to read the short entitled "One Word Answer" that explains all the weird gaps in the cousin Hadley storyline. If you really want to suffer and be skeeved out read the final short "Gift Wrap" where Sookie has a one night stand that was set up BY HER GG GRANDFATHER so that she could have a NICE Christmas. Not making that up, folks....more
Two ladies at Teton County Library host a weekly radio show on KHOL called "From the Back of the StackTCL Call #: Mystery Harris (also in Large Print)
Two ladies at Teton County Library host a weekly radio show on KHOL called "From the Back of the Stacks". One of the recent topics was is it possible to still like a book if you don't like the main character. I'd given the Twilight series as an example of this as I thought the books were well written and the story line engaging but, boy, did I loathe me some Bella.
How ironic that that was a Vampire series and I now find myself totally over the main human character of this vampire series. The only difference being that I thought Bells was a wanker from the get go and ole Sookie snuck up on me to the point where I may have to drop this series entirely from future reading even though I do like to follow series through to the end.
Ok. So. Short and painful. Not one of Sookie's friends is better off from knowing her by the end of this book and some of them are waaaaaaay worse. Because of her. Because she can't seem to think things through so she's definitely NOT a psycic. Not even a moderately aware human. She's so totally wrapped in Sookie-land that she wipes out those around her. Awesome.
Then we have the whole bull-honky about all her suitors. At the beginning of this series you'll recall how delighted she was to meet Bill because she'd never been able to be with human males as she always knew what they were thinking. Then Bill got skeezy on her. Well, she has now thoroughly hooked up with Eric - a vampire that can do all for her that Bill did but also so far be faithful and interesting and not such a boring push over but is she pleased? Oh, no. The reader is supposed to believe that she still pines for the yawn Bill (et al.) and is torn. Whatever. She's basically sure any of her other possibilities besides Eric could be the one even though they all have huge reasons why she's turned them away (Alcide = Debbie, Quinn = family, Bill = his maker, Sam = ? not sure why really, I'm sure there's more but I've blocked them from my psyche). Even before Bill cheated on her with his maker he had ignored her for his work. And it was revealed that he only sought her out initially when his queen ordered him to. Yup. I can see the pine-worthyness of his boring self. Let's not get into the other suitors - I'm bored already.
I mean I know Harris has to keep some drama going within her series but it's been at the expense of her main character who now looks skanky and stupid. You go Sookster!
At the risk of sounding harsh - I feel like we've crossed over from a fun campy series to a really bad romance novel. Not feeling it, Harris....more
Uh-oh. Were starting off with the Sookster saving herself for the "babe" weretiger and putting off the pursuing and now bondTCL Call #: Mystery Harris
Uh-oh. Were starting off with the Sookster saving herself for the "babe" weretiger and putting off the pursuing and now bonded Eric. Bad sign for the book. But, hey. It is called "From Dead to Worse" so maybe one of the vamps will finally off the ole Sooker and turn her into a vampire.
The Sook has to stand in for her brother when his marriage falls apart. Umm . . . she meets some unknown family.
Oh - and the Sookster still cannot decide on a man. Pretty interesting for a girl who spent a quarter of a century not being able to be with any human man. La.
Meh. Is is just me? Is it just me because I'm reading the books in this series one after the other with no break in between?TCL Call #: Mystery Harris
Meh. Is is just me? Is it just me because I'm reading the books in this series one after the other with no break in between? But I'm getting real tired of Sookie's endless string of possible males. It's like the author thinks the best thing that could ever happen to a girl would be to have multiple men heavily interested in her. Not only that but in this book they all troup off to a vampire conference where I'm thinking there must be lots of options available to these supernatural men and yet all the main men only want the Sooks. Whatever.
Plus the incredibly boring weretiger (how can you be boring and a tiger?) is in this one again with his "babe" calling self. Sigh.
And this one makes Sookie look too stupid and self-absorbed as Harris virtually screams out what is going to happen and yet the telepath Sookie and Bellboy are utterly clueless.
Fingers crossed for the next one. What does the Sook have against Eric anyway? She pines and pines for the yawner Bill who is dating someone else but when she's pursued by Eric that is utterly inconceivable to her. Girl's got some issues she's growing into. Needs a firm shake.
I got roped in. That's the only thing I can come up with when I try to think about why I finished this book. Normally, when somethTCL Call #: SF Meyer
I got roped in. That's the only thing I can come up with when I try to think about why I finished this book. Normally, when something is this bad I put it down at page 50 but I liked her Twilight series so I thought I'd give it until page 100. Something was actually happening on that page so I kept reading and then it became that it was the only book I had in the house so I kept picking it up. But that is NOT a testament as to its read-ability. It reminded me of another hated book "The Road", where nothing happened and the tone was monotonous and the point was to show the never-changing gray post-apocalyptical landscape. Well the landscape is our beloved Earth it's just the aliens inhabiting our bodies that are never changing. Told from the viewpoint of one of these steady beings it's a bit bland. Gray. Plus, is it just me or does Stephenie Meyer have a thing with two men fighting over one torn (and a yawn of a) female? She obviously did that in Twilight but she falls back on it again in The Host. And in this there's nothing to distract you from it unlike Twilight which had some action going for it. She also very much overdoes the "mother" drive. Remeber in Twilight how Bella got all nuts and was turning towards the crazy blond vampire to protect her baby while it consumed her from the inside out and uber-mommy she was after? That's nothing compared to how this alien behaves towards her human host body's little brother. When he's ill she lays next to him repeating his name over and over and over until she's hoarse. And then of course potentially sacrifices herself to help him. Sigh. Just. Not. In. To. It....more
While I love Foer's writing I found this to be a bit painful. It's all about the errors in language usage - something I do often myself - so I didn'tWhile I love Foer's writing I found this to be a bit painful. It's all about the errors in language usage - something I do often myself - so I didn't find it to be the funny ride everyone else did....more
Someone gave me this book as a gift which explains why I got past the first 50 pages - I always feel like I have to finish the giTCL Call #: F LARSSON
Someone gave me this book as a gift which explains why I got past the first 50 pages - I always feel like I have to finish the gifts as the giver must think there's something in it for me (doesn't always work tho - see 5 People You Meet in Heaven, ugh.). I struggled with this book and found I did not care at all about the characters. I finally got into it around page 200 so if you can hold out that long you, too, might start liking it (?). But I have to admit I found the ending far fetched and tripe-y. Sigh....more
TCL Call #: SF HOBB I so wanted to like this after the delight at reading Ship of Magic (Liveship series) but could not. I actually stopped about halfwaTCL Call #: SF HOBB I so wanted to like this after the delight at reading Ship of Magic (Liveship series) but could not. I actually stopped about halfway through. I did not get in to the characters and the story was a yawn....more
TCL Call #: F GRAHAME-SMITH S While a delightful idea the execution proved shoddy. I couldn't help feeling the "feminine touch" was missing - the veryTCL Call #: F GRAHAME-SMITH S While a delightful idea the execution proved shoddy. I couldn't help feeling the "feminine touch" was missing - the very thing that makes a Jane Austen book so delightful. I definitely knew a man had written this right off the bat and the story suffered for it. Other than that, zombies could have been a good addition. Someone else give it a try?...more
Thought it was a bit boring? I know it's supposed to be all that and one of the best ever but didn't feel it. And it only got woTCL Call #: YA PULLMAN
Thought it was a bit boring? I know it's supposed to be all that and one of the best ever but didn't feel it. And it only got worse when I saw the Nicole Kidman movie - ugh. Had to turn that tripe off....more