Finally, the reading experience I’ve been craving, a story so engrossing that I can’t help turning the page, whilst desperately not wanting to finish.Finally, the reading experience I’ve been craving, a story so engrossing that I can’t help turning the page, whilst desperately not wanting to finish.
I’ve never been particularly interested in the circus, in truth, I dislike the idea of animals being made to perform and clowns are simply creepy. But Water for Elephants isn’t really a story about the circus; it’s just an interesting backdrop to the events of one man’s life, Jacob Jankowski. And I loved Jacob Jankowski. As a lost young man escaping from the reality of his parent’s untimely death, or as a crotchety old man who merely wants a lunch that actually requires chewing, I always wanted to know more.
I was intrigued about the realities of a circus train, disgusted by the animal cruelty, laughed aloud at the practicalities of housing an elephant and a team of horses, and shed a tear or two at the brutality of redlighting and the indignity of old age.
What more can you ask for from 400 pages? Two days well spent. ...more
A is for Alibi is the first in a series of books about a private detective named Kinsey Millhone. It was recommended to me by my boyfriend's aunt whoA is for Alibi is the first in a series of books about a private detective named Kinsey Millhone. It was recommended to me by my boyfriend's aunt who raves about the entire series and as I usually enjoy a mystery "whodunnit" book I thought I would give it a try.
This book was an easy read and I enjoyed it. It didn't set me on fire and it will never be an example of writing that's studied in school but that doesn't mean it isn't worth reading. Sometimes you just need a book that doesn't challenge you.
The story was a little predictable (I knew who the bad guy was half way through) but maybe I just read too many books of this ilk.
I'm sure when I next need an easy read I'll be picking up a copy of B is for Burglar. ...more
Worth Dying For is the fifteenth instalment of Lee Child’s series about tough guy, drifter, Jack Reacher, a former military cop, with a habit of wandeWorth Dying For is the fifteenth instalment of Lee Child’s series about tough guy, drifter, Jack Reacher, a former military cop, with a habit of wandering into other people’s problems. In typical Reacher style he manages to find trouble in the sleepiest of places (this time Nebraska) in a town ruled by fear of the Duncan Family. As always, Reacher gets to kick some serious ass, outsmarts a plethora of bad guys and comes to the aid of some innocent people caught in the crossfire. For once there is no love interest for our hero which is a refreshing change (perhaps he’s losing his touch now he’s getting older or perhaps I should have read 61 hours before I read this!) I would certainly recommend this book to fans of the Jack Reacher series and will be reading the Affair shortly so I can still enjoy the Jack Reacher described by Lee Child before Hollywood turns him into teeny tiny Tom Cruise. ...more
The Understudy is the story of actor, Stephen C McQueen (no relation), whose career highlight so far is playing Sammy the Squirrel in an educational sThe Understudy is the story of actor, Stephen C McQueen (no relation), whose career highlight so far is playing Sammy the Squirrel in an educational show aimed at preschoolers. We meet Steve as he is understudying for Josh Harper, the hottest new British actor in Hollywood, currently holding the title of The 12th Sexiest Man in the World. Unfortunately for Steve, not only is Josh playing "his" role, he is also married to Nora, the woman Steve has fallen in love with.
This is the second time I've read a book by David Nicholls, the first being the fantastic One Day, and The Understudy doesn't disappoint. It's a well written, satirical look at the world of show business, which I found increasingly difficult to put down (probably due to the short chapters)and which actually made me laugh out loud on a few occasions.
Favourite line "He was woken the next morning by the smell of his own armpits" Bad times!
Stephen doesn't always do or say the right thing and sometimes you just want to slap him around the face and tell him to get a grip but ultimately throughout the book you're always rooting for him. I particularly enjoyed his internal dialogue where he looks to his favourite films to give him ideas on how to deal with situations. If only he would just relax and be himself life might not be quite so difficult.
The last few chapters are a tad unbelievable and deviate a little too much from what I feel would actually happen to a guy like Steve. All the way through, the story feels so very British and these last chapters give it too much of a schmulzy, rom-com, hollywood ending.
None the less, I am very happy to recommend this book and will be looking out for more David Nicholls stories....more
Too many flashbacks Too predictable Too many characters which are introduced but not fully explored. Too much use of the term "bitches" to describe our hToo many flashbacks Too predictable Too many characters which are introduced but not fully explored. Too much use of the term "bitches" to describe our heroines. A villain that was a little too "pantomime".
HA HA HA HA! This book was really funny, actually laugh out loud funny! Pretty sure this wasn't the reaction the author was wanting to evoke but thereHA HA HA HA! This book was really funny, actually laugh out loud funny! Pretty sure this wasn't the reaction the author was wanting to evoke but there it is! Comedy value equals 3 stars in LauraPaura Land!
The writing was pretty weak, not sure if I got a dud copy but there were so many typos that I was beginning to wonder if the publishers employ any proof readers/copy editors.
Apparently film rights have been sold but not sure how this will translate to a mass market of cinema goers, as the plot is so thin and the sex ever present (Anastasia walks into the study wearing only his T shirt and BOOM! sex on the desk; Christian and Anastasia get into a lift and BOOM! sex in the lift, and so on) that it can surely only work as a porno movie - cue tinny seventies music! It's almost enough to induce some serious rolling of the eyes - but wait, we know what happens then. Sorry Sir! ;-D
Also can't help but think that the scenario only works because Christian Grey is a super hot, successful multi "gazillionaire". Not sure it would have been quite so popular if he'd been greasy haired, dole collecting Chris Grey from bumpkin land. I mean then it would just be perverted! ;-)
Obviously I will be reading the follow ups. I'm nothing, if not dedicated to a literary series! Plus Fifty Shades Darker might be even funnier! ...more