What was this? I was looking forward to reading this book for a really long time. I think this is the worst of the Doctor Who books of the few that I...moreWhat was this? I was looking forward to reading this book for a really long time. I think this is the worst of the Doctor Who books of the few that I have read. The time travel stuff doesn't really work. (view spoiler)[Why in the world can't old Mark and young Mark be in the same room together but two Rorys can be as long as the Doctor sonics them? Why doesn't he just sonic the two Marks? WTF?! (hide spoiler)] Does the cycle ever stop? Wouldn't this cycle keep happening over and over again? And the author tried really too hard to give this story a happy ending and wrap the story up in a pretty little bow. (view spoiler)[So 17-year-old Rebecca touches the cheek of 48-year-old Mark and it short circuits the time differential (which doesn't even make sense) and her touch allows him to become 39 or whatever-years-old so the Doctor can put him back in his main time stream. WTF? That doesn't EVEN make sense. (hide spoiler)]
I also felt that in the beginning of the book, the author was trying too hard to get the Doctor's voice right. I don't really think he succeeded. Nor with Amy and Rory.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I've read 3 Sophie Kinsella books and this is the first one that I liked and I liked it a lot...like a lot, a lot. I think that is bec...more**4 1/2 Stars***
I've read 3 Sophie Kinsella books and this is the first one that I liked and I liked it a lot...like a lot, a lot. I think that is because I thought that book was hilarious. And I really liked most of the characters. It's been a while since I've read my past Kinsella books, but I don't think that I liked the main characters, but I really liked Poppy. Yeah, she did some not-so-smart things here and there, but for the most part I thought she was great.
As for Magnus,(view spoiler)[I initially thought that he was a good guy, but maybe a little dense. He seemed like a flawed, but a good person. And then you have Sam and he's flawed, but great too. So I really liked that Poppy was going to have to choose between two good men. For me, their was this great twist when you find out that Magnus is completely horrible -- I didn't see it coming at all. So great! (hide spoiler)]
So, I crazy enjoyed the book even though it was somewhat predictable. It was just so much fun. I told my fiance about the (view spoiler)[bit where Poppy and Sam go to the jeweler to get a fake engagement ring and all of the shopgirls thought that Sam was cheap (hide spoiler)] and even he thought that was really funny.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I don't know why this took me so long to read, because I loved it. I think maybe I was just busy with other things. I think this may...more***4 1/2 stars***
I don't know why this took me so long to read, because I loved it. I think maybe I was just busy with other things. I think this may be my second favorite Noel Streatfeild book, second to Ballet Shoes. So apparently there are three short stories with characters from this book and now I really want to get my hands on that. I really liked all of the characters in the story.(less)
Maybe I would have liked this a lot more if I had read this when I was a child or if I hadn't seen the film, but I didn't really like it at all.
--The...moreMaybe I would have liked this a lot more if I had read this when I was a child or if I hadn't seen the film, but I didn't really like it at all.
--The movie is quite different from the book, Bert for one is barely in the book.
--Mary Poppins is mean. Outside of the "special" things Mary does, I don't know why the children would like her any more or less than any other nanny. Mary is very vain. Also after these special/magical events occur, Mary pretends that they never happened in the first place. Jane and Michael seem to be a lot younger in the book than in the movie. To me, as an adult, that seems very manipulative to the children in the story.
--The story is anecdotal, so there isn't any real plot. Each chapter is its own little story. It seems like a good book to read to a young child before bed. You could read a chapter a night and not worry about him/her forgetting what happened in the previous chapters.
--I almost stopped reading the book altogether when I got to Chapter 5, The Dancing Cow. It was ridiculous and I really felt like there was no point to it and it went on for way too long.
--Several of the chapters are just kind of weird.
Now for the good stuff:
Even though the majority of the book was not recreated in the film, it was fun to see where certain moments in the film came from. For example, Andrew the dog is barely in the film, but he gets a whole chapter in the book. The bird that Mary sings to in the film is sort of/kind of in the book. Also there is a snippet in the chapter, "Bad Morning" that is in the film. So that was kind of fun, seeing where these little moments come in.
The first and last chapter were the best, but everything else in the middle was kind of blah.(less)
I really enjoyed this book even though it took me awhile to get through it (had a lot going on with a trip and Christmas). There were a couple of flaw...moreI really enjoyed this book even though it took me awhile to get through it (had a lot going on with a trip and Christmas). There were a couple of flaws here and there, but generally, I didn't mind too much. The novel is set in 1954/55 London, England and the setting was charming. I really enjoyed all of the characters as well.
My only major problem is... (view spoiler)[ that at the end of the novel after Magna burns down, Penelope confides to Charlotte that she believes that Rocky set fire to the house. But at least to me, it seemed like the author wanted you to believe that it was Penelope's mother who burned down the house. So I can't figure that out. (hide spoiler)] But otherwise, I really enjoyed this book.["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I was just thinking about this book and I think that 3 and a half stars might be a better rating.
I liked it, but not enough and certain parts annoyed...moreI was just thinking about this book and I think that 3 and a half stars might be a better rating.
I liked it, but not enough and certain parts annoyed me. I felt like it was a second rate version of The Thirteenth Tale. When I was first introduced to "the garden," I was like "really, we are going to do The Secret Garden now." So it was great when they referenced Frances Hodgson Burnett. It was good to see that it had been done on purpose.
(view spoiler)[I don't know about everybody else, but I figured out the twist way early. I figured out that Eliza was going to be a surrogate mother by actually having sex with her brother-in-law, about a page before Rose's mother decided that would be the plan of action -- way before it explicitly was said in the book. Now one of my biggest complaints about this book is that I can't tell if that is the moment when we are supposed to figure the twist out. If it isn't and I just figured it out early, then fine, the rest of the story works out well and Mary is a convenient red herring. But if it is where we are supposed to figure out the twist, then the rest of the story is just way too long. The Mary thing makes you think that it is plausible, but it doesn't all fit. And the rest feels like its just filler...in Eliza's story anway. They could have just skipped to the rest of the story. But if I hadn't figured it out, I wouldn't probably have felt this way. But I do wonder if everybody feels this way.
And Eliza's uncle? Is he actually as creepy as I read him to be? I kind of got the impression that he may have been with his sister in an inappropriate way. Before we met the real "bad man," I thought that the uncle was the real one and the other was a red herring, but clearly I was wrong. But the uncle was so creepy. (hide spoiler)]
I did like how the story was told with three different narrators and Eliza's story was definitely my favorite. I kept wanting to go back to her story.
"Yes," said Julia, swallowing an excited smile. "Yes, it was. Tied up with a ribbon was a collection of scrapbooks. One for each year from 1900 up until 1913." "Scrapbooks?" "Plenty of young ladies used to keep them back then. It was a hobby wholeheartedly approved of by the powers that were-one of the few! A form of self-expression in which a young lady might be permitted indulgence without fears that she'd lost her soul to the Devil."