The book provides a look into Shanghai, China during the 90's with a young girl named Hong as the narrator. Hong is an inspiring writer who gets mixedThe book provides a look into Shanghai, China during the 90's with a young girl named Hong as the narrator. Hong is an inspiring writer who gets mixed up into the world of drugs and sex. It's sex, drugs, and rock and roll China style! I loved this book. It is one of my favorite books to read and reread. The beginning of the book is excellent and while the second half of the book gets a little repetitive, it was still enjoyable to read. I would love to get my hands on the original Chinese version to see the differences between the Chinese version and the English translation....more
This has seriously been one of the best books I have ever read. The book caught me at the beginning, kept me engrossed in the story, and did not disapThis has seriously been one of the best books I have ever read. The book caught me at the beginning, kept me engrossed in the story, and did not disappoint me at the end. Fantastic book!...more
**spoiler alert** I've been wanting to get this book for a little while now, but I didn't have an ereader until recently. So, I unconsciously had high**spoiler alert** I've been wanting to get this book for a little while now, but I didn't have an ereader until recently. So, I unconsciously had high expectations for this book. I was so excited to start it. I loved everything I read in the summary. I loved the time period. The Wild West/gold rush setting. There being a hot Chinese man as the main lead. The romance genre. So, how did this book live up to my expectations? I'll be placing this one on my favorites shelf.
The book was great in setting up the time period, the hardships and racism of that time, and the town "Gold Mountain". Overall it was a good blend of historical correctness and romance which I absolutely loved. There were some good action scenes in the book as well like when Quiang got involved with the Triad or when he went to get revenge against the people who attacked Leah and Clara's business. I felt that the story flowed very nicely together. The romance took some time to build up and was believable. When Leah and Quiang finally did get together it did not feel like their scenes were interrupting the flow of the story but instead fit right in and complimated it.
Now, I only have one complaint with this book.
When Clara died I was sad. I didn't expect that. At first I thought it was just a way to get her out of the picture so the two main characters could get together and leave town, but then her ghost came back. I seriously was not expecting someone's ghost to hang around and help the main characters. Ok, I was fine when Leah first saw Clara's ghost because she was still sad over her friend's death and it was kinda sweet. I was not fine when some random Chinese guy who was paid to kill Quiang and Leah saw Clara's ghost, became immobolized and was killed as a result. He had never seen Clara before so why could he see her ghost? This book was great in setting up a believable and realistic representation of the time period and the town only to throw all of that away by bringing in the unrealistic element of ghosts. And if you know me, you know I don't really like ghosts interfering like this. I honestly was not expecting a ghost coming in and saving the day when I started this book. Also, Clara's ghost continued to follow Quiang and Leah around.... watching them. I know it was supposed to be nice that Clara is guarding them but I think she needed to move on. ...more
A Life Less Ordinary: A Memoir by Baby Halder is a personal memoir about a woman growing up poor in India. She gets married off to a man that does notA Life Less Ordinary: A Memoir by Baby Halder is a personal memoir about a woman growing up poor in India. She gets married off to a man that does not love or appreciate her. Eventually she is able to leave her husband and finds work as a maid in Delhi but that does not end the hardships for Baby. Now she has to work a demanding job and take care of her own children on her own. Even though she faces a lot of challenges in life, Baby does not pity herself.
Firstly, I am in love with this cover! Look at it! It is even more beautiful in person. I also like the little designs that got carried over from theFirstly, I am in love with this cover! Look at it! It is even more beautiful in person. I also like the little designs that got carried over from the book cover above each chapter heading.
I loved this book. I really like the whole fairy theme/world. I've also found myself laughing at some points in the book. XD
The only thing that I did not care about in this book was the set up for the romantic love triangle between Megan, Ash and Puck. I did not like Ash when he first appeared in the book. Even later on I still didn't really care about him. Hopefully he gets better because right now I am just not invested in him. Also, I just don't feel like Puck is that great of a match for Megan either. It is really just the fact that he is A Midsummer Night's Dream Puck which to me is just..... yeah, I love Puck and A Midsummer Night's Dream but no thanks.
I just want to see Megan take on The Iron King and kick his butt!
My graphics design professor said she would not make the class buy a book unless it was a book that would be useful for us even after the class ends.My graphics design professor said she would not make the class buy a book unless it was a book that would be useful for us even after the class ends. Now, after four years of buying books for college that resulted in nothing but a pile of dusty textbooks, I was a bit skeptical. She was right though.
This book is a must have for any graphic designer. I'm more of an illustrator myself but even I found this book to be very useful and defiantly one worth keeping.