While "Vampire Cabbie" may not be a novel filled with literary merit, it is just the same a very well written and entertaining story. If you’re lookin...moreWhile "Vampire Cabbie" may not be a novel filled with literary merit, it is just the same a very well written and entertaining story. If you’re looking for the next great classic, this probably isn’t it. However, if you’re looking for a story that will engage you and keep you turning pages, (especially if you want one about a vampire) look no further.
The story is about a vampire named Al Farkus. Al is leading the good life, mingling unnoticed amongst society. One day he learns that his fortune has been lost in a stock market crash, leaving him pretty much broke. Forced to fend for himself financially, Al accepts a job in Madison, Wisconsin, and sets off to resecure his financial fortune. Arriving in Wisconsin, Al secures an apartment and pays the rent for the first year upfront. Next Al learns that his job has fallen through, leaving him broke, unemployed and virtually stranded in this strange city. Faced with the obstacle of needing a job with night hours, Al ends up applying for a job as a cab driver on the night shift. From here we follow Al as he attempts to understand, or at the very least, deal with, his quirky passengers and co-workers.
"Vampire Cabbie" kept me turning pages from the start to the finish. Like I said, its not the next great literary classic, but its definitely an entertaining read. I’m looking forward to future works from this author.
How many different ways are there to say that you completely and utterly adored a book? I sat down last night to start this book, and didn't get up un...moreHow many different ways are there to say that you completely and utterly adored a book? I sat down last night to start this book, and didn't get up until I finished it. I connected with the main character from the first page, and can honestly say that he's one of the most pessimistic yet endearing characters I've encountered in a story in a long time.
"Strange Skies" is the story of a man named Paul, who is married to a woman he loves with all his heart. However, his wife is eager to change the life Paul loves...she wants to start a family. Not something Paul is too thrilled with. After finding a lump in his arm, the doctors send it way for biopsy, to find out if Paul is indeed inflicted with cancer. When the day of the big news arrives, Paul finds he is sadly disappointed to learn he is healthy as can be. Then, without even really thinking about what he is doing, he tells his wife, his friends and pretty much everyone he meets that he DOES have cancer. He's a dying man, and he uses this idea as an excuse to live life the way he's always wanted to.
I laughed out loud several times as I read this book. I also found myself despising and respecting Paul all within the time it took to read a single page. Some of the things he does are immoral and wrong, yet he's funny as hell, which almost excuses his behavior.
If you need a quick read that will make you smile, and even take a step back and examine your own life, this is a book for you. I loved it. Two thumbs way up.
For all you Nicholas Sparks fans out there, rest assured, he's done it again. He's written another ridiculously perfect, impossible not to cry over, r...moreFor all you Nicholas Sparks fans out there, rest assured, he's done it again. He's written another ridiculously perfect, impossible not to cry over, romance. I'm usually not a fan of this type of work, but as I've said before, there's something about a Nicholas Sparks book I can't resist. It's like my guilty pleasure or something.
This one is about Travis, a small town vet, who has everything he could ever want out of life. He's got excellent friends, a cool dog, his own house and a great job. Sure, there's no steady girlfriend in the picture, but Travis is okay with that.
Until (yep, you guessed it. Enter girl of his dreams.) Gabby moves in next door. Gabby is a pediatrician, who has just moved to this small town to take a job. Complete with her very own unsatisfying relationship. Gabby and Travis meet when Gabby's dog suddenly ends up pregnant and she assumes it was that carefree neighbor's unruly dog.
The two meet, and come far from hitting it off. Yet behind closed doors, neither can stop thinking about the other. Yadda yadda, perfect romantic courtship follows. You know how it goes, its nothing earth shatteringly new. I knew exactly how this plot would unfold, it was completely predictable (as all of his books are) and yet I still cried and read the entire thing in basically one sitting.
So if you like his books, you won't be disappointed. It's exactly like all his others...
As far as a work of fiction goes, this book is pretty decent. The characters are all complete opposites, yet they come together nicely, in a way that...moreAs far as a work of fiction goes, this book is pretty decent. The characters are all complete opposites, yet they come together nicely, in a way that somehow complements each other. The story line revolves around a four generation family of women. Gammy, the oldest, is a devoutly religious woman who is constantly praying for the salvation of her daughter's soul. Her daughter, Allegra, is an old school hippie with no fear of getting arrested for the right cause. Allegra's daughter, Mariah, is a more conservative woman, a recently unemployed college sociology professer. The final member of the family is Lindsay, a junior high child prodigy of sorts, who worries over everything, and often finds herself trying to keep her family functioning from day to day.
The story is told from the alternating perspectives of Allegra, Mariah and Lindsay. Each woman is facing her own personal battles, along with trying to cope with life on a daily basis. I read a customer review of this book somewhere (I can't remember which website I read it on) and the reviewer wrote that this book was terrible, and that so many issues were raised which were never given any resolution. Having just finished the book, I would have to strongly disagree. In my opinion, all the issues were touched upon, and dealt with. If no answer was directly given, readers are at least left with the sense that the Moon family is going to triumph once again. The book ends on a note that is hopeful and positive, and you realize that everything will go as it should. At least that's the feeling I walked away with.(less)
Here's another book to add to the "I couldn't finish it" pile. Again, a bitter disappointment. So much potential, but I just can't get into it. After...moreHere's another book to add to the "I couldn't finish it" pile. Again, a bitter disappointment. So much potential, but I just can't get into it. After suffering through the first 200 pages, I've cast it aside.
The story is that of a family in Bosnia, captured in the midst of the war between the Serbs and the Muslims. Afraid to walk on the streets and risk sniper fire, falling asleep each night to the sounds of mortars exploding. In an attempt to fight back, the seventeen year old daughter becomes a sniper herself, and then, honestly, I don't know what happens, because that's where I gave up.
Irena, the young girl, doesn't become a sniper until around 160 pages into it. The first 160 pages are about living with nothing, fearing for her life, and so forth. The thing is, what could be a powerful story, instead comes across as jumbled and disconnected. The characters themselves have no depth whatsoever, I think because the story is so disorienting. I never really was able to get sucked into a story, as it was all over the place. No cohesive story means no connection with any of the characters.
This book has gotten rave reviews from a lot of people. However, I will not be complying with popular opinion this time..
Keri is a single mother, trying to raise her daughter Trina, in the best way she knows how. Things are going well; Trina is a straight A student, has...moreKeri is a single mother, trying to raise her daughter Trina, in the best way she knows how. Things are going well; Trina is a straight A student, has lots of friends, and is a pleasure to spend time with. When Trina is 17, things quickly change. Trina's grades drop, she is violent and hostile at home, she begins drinking and doing drugs...Keri isn't sure where to turn. After several sleepless nights, and lots of tears shed, Trina is diagnosed as bipolar. From here the downward spiral really begins.
"72 Hour Hold" is the told from Keri's perspective, as she seeks help from the mental health system and tries to get her daughter's life back under control. While this is a fictional story, the feelings of desperation are dead on. I don't know anything at all about the author, but its clear that she has had some first hand experience with bipolar disorder. She describes the mania, the depression, the frustration with the mental health system, the hopelessness, all of it, quite accurately. You don't have that sort of insight without some sort of personal experience somewhere.
It's a decent read. Like I said, the emotions are accurate, and that was a selling point for me. It's real and honest, and I really enjoyed that about it. If you're interested in bipolar, this is a good book to read for some insight.