Received as a birthday gift from my dear friend Denise, who knows enough about my adoration for Dear Sugar to know that I'll likely love this too. ItReceived as a birthday gift from my dear friend Denise, who knows enough about my adoration for Dear Sugar to know that I'll likely love this too. It's not really a book to be read straight through, but to be savored, so that's what I'll do with it. ...more
Most anything other than star-driven movie posters are a lost art (though we do notice when we see one that is unusual). This book isARC for review.
Most anything other than star-driven movie posters are a lost art (though we do notice when we see one that is unusual). This book is filled with re-imaginings of famous (and not-so-famous) movies through their posters. Lots of sci-fi and horror here and it also serves as a bit of a catalog and a biography (not surprisingly many of the artists list the Star Wars trilogy, the first two Alien films, Pee Wee's Big Adventure and Ghostbusters.....another popular one was Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Also, some of the posters serve as spoilers, so, be warned.
Among my favorites: Brandon Schaefer's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Oli Riches's Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Massimo Carnvale's The Blues Brothers (one of my all-time favorite movies), Clark Orr's Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (it's the lickable wallpaper - the snozzberries really taste like snozzberries!), Ridge Rooms, A Christmas Story, Sam Smith's Vertigo and The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (these were a bit similar but I loved both) and Scott Hopko's Swingers.
A great book for fans of art and movies - well worth your time. ...more
I absolutely adore Lutz's Spellman books (if you like a little bit of P.I. work with a whole lot of funny run get the wholeARC for review.
I absolutely adore Lutz's Spellman books (if you like a little bit of P.I. work with a whole lot of funny run get the whole series now - you won't be disappointed) so I was anxious to see what she was going to do next. This wasn't what I was hoping for.
The opening premise makes little sense - the main character's husband is accidentally killed and her first instinct is not to call for an ambulance or the police, but to go on the run (and to get to any explanation you have to slog through a bunch of equally opaque e-mails for an ultimate resolution that is rather underwhelming). It's not just that I couldn't understand the actions the protagonist was taking....that happens all the time, but it's the job of a writer to make me understand and Lutz didn't manage that here.
Essentially Lutz tried to write a thriller, but managed to strip the best thing about herself and her writing, her humor and sarcasm, completely away - the Spellman series "mysteries" were never about the rather tame, often uninteresting cases, but about the interaction between the characters. I so wanted to find that here, but I just couldn't. ...more
Nice cover design, and nice set up (book is told over the actual 48 minutes of a school shooting episode), but the social media aspectsARC for review.
Nice cover design, and nice set up (book is told over the actual 48 minutes of a school shooting episode), but the social media aspects were confusing and underused (there were huge blank areas in my electronic copy - perhaps that was part of the problem?), the motive was equally confusing and the dialogue seemed stilted, much more like that of adults versus high school students (and the sibling relationships seemed...odd). It was a page turner but I can't say I absolutely loved it. ...more
Fabulous idea - four nearly simultaneous plane crashes at sites all over the world, and three of the crashes have only one child as a survivor. GreatFabulous idea - four nearly simultaneous plane crashes at sites all over the world, and three of the crashes have only one child as a survivor. Great format - a book within a book about the story of "The Three" as they become known world wide. Then add a creepy religious element which is always fun...I just wish the execution had been a bit better, like, and no offense to Ms. Lotz since this is the first book of hers I've read, the whole idea was packaged up and handed off to Stephen King.
I did appreciate that Lotz (view spoiler)[wasn't afraid of bloodshed, especially of children (hide spoiler)] since anything else would have been a cop-out here and I must admit that I'm a bit curious as to how she's going to continue the story...just not sure I'm curious enough to keep reading. ["br"]>["br"]>...more
I've heard of this book for years, but it wasn't really on my radar to read until I needed a book about a native people (or a member of same) for theI've heard of this book for years, but it wasn't really on my radar to read until I needed a book about a native people (or a member of same) for the Book Riot Read Harder challenge and I'm so very grateful because it is absolutely delightful - funny, sweet, sad and educational, really everything that the best YA should be and I would recommend it to almost anyone.
The story of Arnold Spirit is based partially upon Alexie's own first year off the reservation in a town called Reardan - that's really the most basic summary, but there's so very much here.....Grandmother Spirit, Oscar and what poverty means, the twenty-two miles, Arnold's drawing, basketball, the reservoir, the relationship between Native Americans and alcohol, Arnold's sister and, of course, the heartbreaking story of Rowdy where we need not see his future to guess what it will likely me, and the deeper sadness of knowing that he can see it too.
I truly can't say enough about this book, other than that I'll be sure to buy copies as gifts whenever age appropriate. Absolutely brilliant. ...more
I love Jon Krakauer (see the steady stream of five star reviews I've given to his books) and the subject matter of this book is extremely interestingI love Jon Krakauer (see the steady stream of five star reviews I've given to his books) and the subject matter of this book is extremely interesting to me. I think my problem with it (to the extent there was a problem....I maintain that three stars is still a "good" rating) was twofold: first it was a bit too long, often covering the same information multiple times. Second, I read it too closely in time to the (to me) far superior Asking for It: The Alarming Rise of Rape Culture and What We Can Do About It.
Actually, ASKING FOR IT was like the text book and MISSOULA was like the case study applying it, focusing on many of the rape myths outlined at length in ASKING FOR IT as well as the nature of a college sports town and the failures of a prosecutors office (I wonder if Fred Van Valkenburg and Kirsten Pabst can even continue to live in Missoula). Krakauer, as always, does an excellent job giving us all the relevant statistics then boiling them down to a few brave (and sometimes not-so-brave) victims and perpetrators and, as in ASKING FOR IT, tries to determine why so few victims seek help from the police, prosecutors and, here, school administrators (Krakauer does actually take a side on one issue and that is that universities should be allowed to continue to have their own judicial fora for alleged sexual assault cases) - and finds the same set of answers.
However, what remains key, and what Krakauer never forgets is that "women don't get raped because they were drinking or took drugs. Women do not get raped because they weren't careful enough. Women get rapes because someone raped them. Jessica Valenti The Purity Myth. We shouldn't either....more
Luanne Woodrow is a tragic figure, the only survivor of an attack that took her entire family, then acquitted of the crime. She has spenARC for review
Luanne Woodrow is a tragic figure, the only survivor of an attack that took her entire family, then acquitted of the crime. She has spent ten years in a rest home, too nervous to face the world. She is ultimately convinced to visit a ski area, but by whom, and why?
Hans Aldrik is the only one who remembers the Woodrow story - he's fascinated by it, and Luanne. He's an author who has written obliquely about the case, but now he wants to write a full-fledged true-crime novel.
I didn't know this book was originally published in 1968 when I began, but its dated elements became obvious quite quickly....insta-love, a cringing, nervous woman who can only be saved by a strong man. The gothic elements saved it, but only barely (Edwards should thank the existence of "fog" in her acknowledgments). Two-point-five out of five. ...more
We'll call this a two, but really a 1.5, rounded up.
First of all, (view spoiler)[ I was NOT aware that this was the first book in a sARC for review.
We'll call this a two, but really a 1.5, rounded up.
First of all, (view spoiler)[ I was NOT aware that this was the first book in a series, and I wouldn't have read it had I known. I was at ten percent left, then five, thinking, "when is "it" going to happen" and then....nothing does. Pfft to that. Books like this should be required to identify themselves, "Hi, my name is Dead Ringer and in addition to sucking I'm Part One of the Ringer series." (hide spoiler)]
Second, this book was not good on the merits. I could NEVER remember which character was which, partly the author's fault in using similar names for some of her primary characters (Sasha and Sarah, Lexi and Laura) and, honestly, I'm still not sure who is who, even at the end (but I don't much care).
It's unfortunate because, though rather formulaic all that we know is a group of high school in-crowders did something bad last summer (or two years ago) and they are all handling it in distinct ways. Then new student Laura enters school and she reminds the kids just enough of dead Sarah to rile everyone up all over again. Then there's also this hacker who MUST find out what happened to Sarah. The shifting points of view works here, but not much else did. And why don't any of these people have pets? Weird. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more