**spoiler alert** Probably last read around twenty years ago.
Some light Christmas reading.
Some thoughts: I dislike a number of books I've read becaus**spoiler alert** Probably last read around twenty years ago.
Some light Christmas reading.
Some thoughts: I dislike a number of books I've read because I cannot stand the protagonist. A boring protag is one thing, but many are just so unlikeable, and yet the author is trying to insist that they're just "flawed and in need of sympathy" or some such.
Then there are protagonists like Reva, who're just so wonderfully vile that I...can't honestly say I *like* her, as she's definitely someone I would not care to be acquainted with, but I most definitely don't despise her. Or maybe I love to despise her, which is different by some fine line. I laugh at her nasty antics and how gleefully she says the cruelest things. The fact that she feels fondness toward her younger brother, largely because, and Reva herself mentions this, "He looks so much like herself" is so delightfully vain that it's refreshing, especially compared to a lot of recent teen garbage, where the protagonists bemoan "How ugly she is, because she's so pale and dreadfully skinny and has limp, flat hair" (her skin complexion is beautiful, she's slender, and her hair isn't unruly. Ohhhh, so hideous. That must be why she has ten paranormal boyfriends.)
tl;dr: I like Reva (in a manner of speaking) because she practically revels in her nastiness, whereas many of today's protagonists are nasty but rarely self-aware enough to realize this. (And no one ever calls them out on it.)
I don't have much sympathy for Hank, however. As much of a jerk as Reva is, a boyfriend who punches through your screen door just because you don't want to go to the movies with him is someone you should break up with RIGHT AWAY....more
**spoiler alert** I read this book once six or seven years ago. I'm currently rereading it/listening to it for reasons unfathomable and intend to go t**spoiler alert** I read this book once six or seven years ago. I'm currently rereading it/listening to it for reasons unfathomable and intend to go through all four books this time around, for reasons even more unfathomable.
From my first reading, I remember thinking two main things: that the book was incredibly dull, and that Edward was incredibly creepy.
On this second foray through, I'm about....30 minutes in and wondering how I failed to also notice that Bella is an obnoxious brat. The fact that it's first person perspective makes this doubly so. So far she's done pretty much nothing but whine.
One of the real kickers is that, very shortly into the book, Bella talks about how she's never really been able to find a niche to belong to, that even her closest friend, her mother, isn't someone with whom she has that deep of a bond (or something to that effect.)
Is this because she's a super special snowflake and nobody can really understand her? Naw, it's probably just because she's a condescending douche who doesn't give a rat's ass about anyone else.
Right into her first day of school in Forks, she has like, five people or so who are interested in getting to know her and try to be friendly. Considering that most teens are usually pretty apathetic when it comes to new kids (from my experience, anyway) and just ignore you, this is a somewhat uncommon but great chance to make friends right away.
Bella says she immediately forgets all of their names as soon as they introduce themselves, because "Fuck off, there are beautiful vampires over there and you schmucks aren't important to the plot."
This is why you don't have any friends, Bella. Because you are an asshole.
Again, that's just thirty minutes into the book.
Well, let's keep going. Just for the hell of it....more
**spoiler alert** I guess I was sort of expecting more poignant stories from the deceased characters in the book before starting, but for the most par**spoiler alert** I guess I was sort of expecting more poignant stories from the deceased characters in the book before starting, but for the most part the tales of their deaths from all the ghosts fell more in line with say...Are You Afraid of the Dark? plotlines (the Instapets story being the biggest offender).
Still, the book kept me more engrossed than many other books I'd recently read/listened to, and each of the short stories was more than entertaining enough (albeit, none were at all scary). I liked Edgar's story the most....more
**spoiler alert** Haven't read any of the Boxcar Children in about....** years now, since I have no real reason to as they're quite juvenile even by c**spoiler alert** Haven't read any of the Boxcar Children in about....** years now, since I have no real reason to as they're quite juvenile even by children's book standards, i.e. little for adults to enjoy, even those that do read other juvenile fiction, but my online library has a number of these available, so I decided what the hey.
The audiobook is rather neat in that it includes sound effects, something most audiobooks do not, so it felt a bit more like a radio play or something rather than an audiobook.
As for the mystery...seriously critiquing a mystery designed for seven year olds is fairly pointless, but I doubt this is anyone's favorite Boxcar Children mystery. Everything is neat and clean and gets wrapped up likewise. Nancy Drew stories contain more excitement....more
The audiobook is 13 parts long, and so far the entire first part has predominantly been...recap. Is this realllly necessary? The first part already feThe audiobook is 13 parts long, and so far the entire first part has predominantly been...recap. Is this realllly necessary? The first part already felt too long, and since this is a continuing story, if you didn't read the first part, you probably should stay away from the second part anyway, and therefore all this recap is just making an already too long story even longer.
It's not terrible, but I think the overall quality would improve more with a bit of culling.
Also, the book (and actually the first one, too) spends too many pages describing dreams that characters are having. Even if they're prophetic in nature or whatever, reading about fictional dreams is something I almost always find to be pretty boring.
Having finished the book, it's definitely a bit better than the first. The first book was mainly a lot of laying down the framework for the overall trilogy, and while this book reiterates scenes we've already seen in the first one, and sometimes multiple times at that, the events are at least a little more interesting here.
Also, I quite like the reporter, Newton. Probably my favorite character thus far. Mike is still okay, too. And the Bone Man, I guess. Beyond those three, though, I...really don't care a whole lot what lies in wait for the rest of the book's cast....more
**spoiler alert** 3/21 parts of the way through on the audiobook.
Decided to check this out, since it has so many positive reviews here (though I shoul**spoiler alert** 3/21 parts of the way through on the audiobook.
Decided to check this out, since it has so many positive reviews here (though I should also realize that this sometimes means nothing.)
Part 1 of 21, I was pretty hooked (no...pun intended? Dunno if this version has a Hook), but it began dwindling down a little at part two, and around part three, I was checking the time on my ipod to see when part three would end so that I could switch to a different book for a while.
Starting at 4 of 21, I know the book has barely begun, and therefore there are still a lot of things that could happen, but it's just not really grabbing me as much anymore. I'm not entirely sure why that is, though I think at least a small part of it might just be the writing style. This is my first Brom book, and I'm finding his voice sort of bland. I really don't consider myself to be a prose snob or anything, but...his writing really doesn't have a whole lot of variation. Same sentence structure over and over, no particularly clever words or turns of phrases or dialog. It's all very readable (or well, listenable); there's nothing wrong with it. It's just that since I noticed it, I can't *un*notice it, and it's boring me.
I plan on listening it through to the end either way....more
**spoiler alert** Man, is this narrator an embarrassingly immature 28 year old. Condescending, too. I really don't care about her problems and the fat**spoiler alert** Man, is this narrator an embarrassingly immature 28 year old. Condescending, too. I really don't care about her problems and the father mystery.