This was a cute book. Well, I guess cute may not be the appropriate word but its the one that comes to mind when I think of the writing style and voicThis was a cute book. Well, I guess cute may not be the appropriate word but it´s the one that comes to mind when I think of the writing style and voice of the main character. The heroine of the story is fifteen year old Temple, a supremely capable young girl who has a go getting attitude and no time for nonsense. Only problem is that her very ´capableness´ has now gotten her into trouble. After years of living and, arguably, thriving, in a zombie infested post apocalyptic world Temple finds a community of other survivors who have managed to create their own relatively peaceful sanctuary. Here we see, as we so often do in literature, that of all threats man faces, whether they be mundane or supernatural, man is his own worst enemy. As I mentioned the voice and style of the book is kind of cute in its own way but this is contrasted by the darker elements of (view spoiler)[cannibalism, regret, guilt and sense of purposelessness (hide spoiler)]. However, it is the contrast between the light, yet eloquent, tone of the writing with the violence and with such themes as spirituality, purpose of life, and existential angst in a post apocalyptic world that make it poignant to the degree it is. So... cute probably isn't the word I want to use.
In short the book is well written and is a shiny raft on the sea of the zombie apocalypse genre.["br"]>["br"]>...more
It's weird how some books just call out to you. I was looking for a book to read, a while back, and as I do I was reading through various synopses andIt's weird how some books just call out to you. I was looking for a book to read, a while back, and as I do I was reading through various synopses and googling miscellaneous keywords. As I was looking through the catalogue at Audible.com I saw the cover of 14. With no other knowledge of the book than it's simple nondescript name and the cover art I knew this was something I would enjoy reading. Lo and behold it gets a place on my favorites list (next to John Dies at the End :)
I won't go into any details about 14, the fun thing about it is its mystery. ...more
While reading this a friend asked me what it was about. When I told him I was reading a book about English grammar I could see in his face that I hadWhile reading this a friend asked me what it was about. When I told him I was reading a book about English grammar I could see in his face that I had just gone up a few ranks in nerdiness. When I told him it was a fun book I think something in him broke. Being an Icelandic person who was born and raised for the first ten years of my life in Faeroe Islands it's understandable that people would find it weird that I like these kinds of books. On the other hand English has held my interest ever since I first started learning it from the cartoons and documentaries I would watch on cable-TV as a kid. Adding to that was the fact that it has comparatively simple grammar, rich vocabulary and all the entertainment that really interested me as a teen was available only in English. Icelandic and Faroese are two different languages but they are similar enough - with the same words meaning different things in each language - that it was sometimes very confusing for me as a kid to be able to properly express myself in either language. These things have in the long run developed in me a general interest in languages as well as an especial interest in English. I love to read about English and it's many aspects, history, grammar, its various accents and so forth. I like how alive and rich it is and how people have such strong opinions about how it should be spoken and written.
Although I like correct grammar and think its important I don't very much like grammar nazism. Some aspects of language will always be changing and developing whether we like it or not but at the same time there's no reason to let go of good standards. This is a balancing act that you will find in all languages I think. Icelandic has had a very interesting history in this respect. Icelandic people can still read 1000 year old manuscripts but it also looks like that may not be the case in perhaps a 100 years due to rapid changes to the language. It's impossible to know. A 150 years ago our language faced the same crisis due to heavy influence from Danish but a language revival movement removed most of the Danish elements.
Anyway, in this book June Casagrande takes a look at how grammar snobs use their, often bogus, knowledge of English grammar to bully those with less confidence in matters of grammar. June makes the point that usually our first instinct in grammar is correct even though we may not be able to use the correct terms and explain the intricacies of the why's and how's of grammar. June puts the bullies in their place with easy to understand explanations which seek to put us on equal footing with the so-called experts. The only thing I didn't like about this book was the "spite" part of the title, fortunately its a only small part of the book.
As for the grammar mistakes in this review - their there on porpose just to annoe u ;)...more
This was a fun book to read. It takes a light hearted approach to the horror genre with two supernatural buddies, Duke- an overweight werewolf and EarThis was a fun book to read. It takes a light hearted approach to the horror genre with two supernatural buddies, Duke- an overweight werewolf and Earl- a constantly complaining vampire, fighting against the forces of evil. Had a few laugh out loud moments while reading this which is pretty rare for me.
This is the second book I've read by A. Lee Martinez and they've both had a pretty cheesy feel to them, but cheesy in a good way. Martinez definitely has a unique writing voice ...more