It was a good, quick read. Lacks some depth, but 100% the quick, interesting story I was looking for at the time. Would like a tiny bit more characterIt was a good, quick read. Lacks some depth, but 100% the quick, interesting story I was looking for at the time. Would like a tiny bit more character development for Oliver (he came off slightly flat, and too perfect and too willing, even when in his POV). The ending was wrapped up a little too perfectly, but that's acceptable, and I was happy with it. I personally wouldn't mind seeing this made into a movie, so long as they kept the ages the same and actually got age-appropriate actors to play it....more
It took me a really long time to read this book; and it has the same drawback that much of history investigations have where it becomes somewhat diffiIt took me a really long time to read this book; and it has the same drawback that much of history investigations have where it becomes somewhat difficult to follow what is happening when it is necessary to go back and forth in time and place to track the series of events. But I think this was done well and the subject matter is insanely interesting. I definitely learned several things about New York and the streets of downtown that I can't help thinking about every time I walk them now.
A must-read if you're into spy craft or NY history at all....more
Very interesting explanation of the history and politics surrounding the painting. Have your phone ready, because there's a lot of name dropping, forVery interesting explanation of the history and politics surrounding the painting. Have your phone ready, because there's a lot of name dropping, for which I had to almost constantly look up who that person was or what exactly an art style looked like. The authors assumes the reader has a lot of knowledge or the willingness to look things up, which is why it took me so long to read through this.
Worth it. I would have given it more stars if it had been easier to read, with more explanation or maybe some footnotes....more
Very interesting. I'd love to see some alternative history fic/novels about what might have happened if Ludlow had led a Hague-backed charge or if absVery interesting. I'd love to see some alternative history fic/novels about what might have happened if Ludlow had led a Hague-backed charge or if absolutely anything had gone differently.
It was also interesting to hear about how dissenting the colonies already were toward the crown - America is often portrayed as having been loyal subjects who were just given the last straw that led to revolution.
It took me a very long time to read this because I'm terrible with names and the text goes back and forth, sometimes referring to a lord by their title, others by their actual name; also because often the names are just very similar, so I would have to flip back and double check that I was following the correct story line.
Overall very informative, and again, very interesting, and a great insight into the politics and personal vendettas at the time....more
"It's only then, talking to her, working with her, that I realize I've been lonely too. What a strange thing marriage can be. You can stand next to th"It's only then, talking to her, working with her, that I realize I've been lonely too. What a strange thing marriage can be. You can stand next to the person you love for so long that she becomes invisible." (261)
I definitely liked some of these stories more than others, and maybe didn't understand why some were even considered horror. But I liked them all the same and overall, this was a good mix. I look forward to the next theme....more
I loved this series. Two thumbs up. The entire series manages to point out humanity's flaws without sounding preachy.
Completely devoid of any human wI loved this series. Two thumbs up. The entire series manages to point out humanity's flaws without sounding preachy.
Completely devoid of any human who could be considered homosexual or transgender, though. Just completely ignored; though I often assume the worst, like maybe the aliens saw these things as flaws and did not decide to allow these humans to live. But I really hope not.
Otherwise, a really great scifi series and really interesting commentary about community and family. Definitely a must-read....more
I actually really enjoyed this book. Despite the fact that I kept getting interrupted, it was a good, quick read, and I felt like it picked up perfectI actually really enjoyed this book. Despite the fact that I kept getting interrupted, it was a good, quick read, and I felt like it picked up perfectly from the first book. It also felt less rushed and I felt like I had a chance to really care about the characters more in this one - they finally felt like real people. Props to the author for breaking my heart - over and over again. When you have magic, it is often too easy to use it as a fix-all in your fiction. I'm happy she didn't do that. Also, while I thought I knew what would happen in the end, I appreciate being kept on the edge of my seat. Without being spoilery, I kept saying "she can't, she can't" but I didn't know if she would. So far, good series. I'm interested to read the novellas as soon as I can get my hands on them....more
Very informative. Not dry and doesn't read like a list. Obviously written by someone who respects the subject matter without letting it cloud his scieVery informative. Not dry and doesn't read like a list. Obviously written by someone who respects the subject matter without letting it cloud his scientific inquiry. Definitely would recommend....more
I picked up this book because I bought Victor LaValle's The Ballad of Black Tom (based on the "Horror at Red Hook") and wanted to have an understandinI picked up this book because I bought Victor LaValle's The Ballad of Black Tom (based on the "Horror at Red Hook") and wanted to have an understanding of the universe before reading his. I'm happy I read this collection, because now I can better understand the discussion happening around Lovecraft and because I do now understand the enormity of the world he created.
Some criticisms I would make are these: he is definitely misogynistic and racist and it comes through heavily in some of his stories, simply by his choice of words. He has an inflated sense of his own intelligence - it actually hampered my ability to enjoy the stories in some cases. He uses unnecessarily archaic words and terms, which even when he was writing, post WWI, I do not think were not used often. It seemed that he wanted to make sure everyone who read his stories knew and understood how educated he was - to the detriment of the storytelling itself. Also, he tried too hard to create suspense. It took me a really long time to read this collection because some of the stories were just so long for no reason I could understand. He just kept repeating himself. While I could understand doing this in one or two where you were trying to establish the narrator as overly scientific, doing it in every story, where every narrator sounds almost the same with no varying voice, just makes all the stories sort of run together. Even now, just having finished the book, I probably could not tell you the different between Charles Dexter Ward or any of the other young learned gentlemen who meet an unwelcome fate. I did like the "Color Out of Space" and am going to be looking for the (80s?) movie. And again, I do appreciate the sci-fi/fantasy aspects of The Old Ones and Cthulhu (who did not feature as prominently as I thought he would) and the other Elder Beings.
I think that, having given myself this foundation in his universe, I will better understand the other writers who have taken and expanded it - though I imagine I will probably like their writings better.
Besides, I'm not sure how much I ever could have liked someone who so openly and obviously detested New York City as much as Lovecraft did. That is something I will never understand.
I received an ARC of this book through first-reads on goodreads from Flatiron Books.
This novel made me so angry. I constantly just wanted to whisk AmaI received an ARC of this book through first-reads on goodreads from Flatiron Books.
This novel made me so angry. I constantly just wanted to whisk Amanda away from the shitty people she had to deal with and try to make everything better.
As a story, it's definitely YA. It's a quick read. It's a little over-simplified - everything fits just a little too well and the end felt just the tiniest bit rushed - but I never felt like the author was talking down to the reader, which is a problem I sometimes have with YA books.
It is a good story. It is heartbreaking, and would be simply for the fact that you know Amanda is a real girl and that these events happen, even if she herself is not flesh and blood; but also because it is so typically a teen romance, but one that the main character has to fight for so hard, when it feels like every other main character in YA has their romances handed to them and then finds fifty different ways to whine about it, or to make it more complicated than it has to be, at which point I roll my eyes or sigh.
This story just made me terrified for the main character. I knew what was coming, after a certain point, what was inevitably going to happen by the lead-up, but I didn't know who it would be, or why, or how Amanda would handle it. But I saw all the horrible ways it could end and, spoiler!, I'm really happy it didn't. I'm really tired of seeing all of my favorite characters, particularly the lgbtqia ones, die.
I'm also really happy that the author included the author's note that she did, because even when you know, sometimes, you just have to hear it again. I didn't cry during the reading of the book, but I did during the dedication (before I even started reading the story, jeez!) and the note.
And in the note, the author did acknowledge that Amanda is a little too perfect, that she's a little too well-adjusted, a little too quick to get over her traumas, or at least it feels that way. It makes her easier to read, but harder to understand. But in the end, maybe that makes her more real.
If you're looking for a book about a transgender person that doesn't end tragically for once, read this. If you're looking for a YA romance that isn't freaking Bella and Edward but is still sweet (and less stalkery), read this. If you're cis and straight and maybe looking for a little insight, read this. If all you want is to read more books by people who are not old white dudes, read this.
Maybe the fact that I had not read the Scarlet Pimpernel prior to reading this installment (as opposed to having read Persuasion prior to For DarknessMaybe the fact that I had not read the Scarlet Pimpernel prior to reading this installment (as opposed to having read Persuasion prior to For Darkness Shows the Stars) made this more enjoyable since I only knew the basic plot beforehand, but I found this book easier to get through, as I could not constantly anticipate every move and conversation as it happened. Either way, I enjoy a good spy story and LOVE a good "pretend to be dating" trope; and the continuity of the world the author had introduced in the first book is firmly upheld here. I liked it and it was a very quick read. Looking forward to what she introduces in the next one (and trying to get my hands on the novellas in the meantime)....more
3.5. I desperately need more information about the people in this book. I look forward to seeing the movie as well. Definitely an interesting and heartf3.5. I desperately need more information about the people in this book. I look forward to seeing the movie as well. Definitely an interesting and heartfelt read.
"Part of Greta was numbing over with shock. Her husband was no longer alive. It, the tingling shock of it, felt like his soul passing through her. Once again Greta Waud was a widow, and she thought of Teddy's coffin, stalks of bird of paradise across its lid, sinking into the earth. But she wouldn't have to bury Einar. She had settled him into a felt-paneled compartment on a train bound for Germany, and now he was gone - as if his train had simply charged ahead into the icy January fog and disappeared forever. She imagined that if she were to call his name it would echo, again and again, for the rest of her life." (206)...more