Finally finished! After a few false starts and distractions, I've finished. Austen requires a certain level of concentration to truly enjoy, which is...moreFinally finished! After a few false starts and distractions, I've finished. Austen requires a certain level of concentration to truly enjoy, which is no bad thing in my view, but does mean that even such a slim volume as Persuasion takes me a bit of time, even once I actually get into it. But I loved every moment of it. I adore Anne, and Captain Wentworth. So glad to have read this.(less)
Adore this series, and this book is just another wonderful step in the epic.
The characters in this series are so very well drawn. Of course, everyone...moreAdore this series, and this book is just another wonderful step in the epic.
The characters in this series are so very well drawn. Of course, everyone will have their favourites, and I love reading about Jon Snow and Arya Stark, and the anti-hero's of Tyrion and Jaimie Lannister. Those four are my favourites. Oh, and of course, Daenerys Targaryen, Mother of Dragons...
I'm actually not going to spoil anything for this book, I enjoyed the ride so much that I want other to have the same experience. But suffice to say that I was not disappointed in any way by this book, and only left wanting to read the next one as soon as possible.(less)
This book touched me on so many levels; as a librarian and book lover, as a one-time small town resident, and as an animal lover and specifically kity...moreThis book touched me on so many levels; as a librarian and book lover, as a one-time small town resident, and as an animal lover and specifically kity affection-provider (as I'm sure our cat thinks of me!).
It addresses issues faced by public libraries every day, and makes them accessible. It focusses on the importance of books and access, as well as the importance of the library as a place in the community. These issues are all familiar to anyone who has worked in and around libraries. And in this book everyone else can be given the chance to think about them.
It also examines small towns, specifically farming towns in Iowa, USA, but many of the sentiments can be applied anywhere that people have to travel many miles to get to a decent supermarket, a bookstore, or public service like a library. I lived on a farm in the middle of nowhere in Australia, and while the farming was different, many of the feelings described in this book apply.
And essentially, this book is a love story where one half of the partnership is a cat. The love is evident, between Dewey and the public, Dewey and the library, Dewey and the world; but especially between Dewey and Vicki. Anyone who is lucky enough to have been loved by a cat knows what that relationship is, and just how special it is.
There was barely a chapter in this book that didn't make me cry. And I loved it. What a special kitty. After reading this I sat with Sam, the little lion (or so he thinks) that was curled on my bed, and gave him many pats, thankful that Dewey had been around, and that Vicki had written his story down.(less)
The Dubious Salvation of Jack V. is a South African Portnoy's Complaint. It examines a sexuality, ethics, race and culture, politics, guilt and discri...moreThe Dubious Salvation of Jack V. is a South African Portnoy's Complaint. It examines a sexuality, ethics, race and culture, politics, guilt and discrimination within the setting of a middle-to-upper class Johannesburg family, the Viljee's, and the family of their maid, Susie.
The frank discussion of masturbation and the preoccupation of an 11 year old boy with this and other bodily functions may be a bit much for some readers. Along with this is a concentration on the violence of the society around him, and a brutal examination of the snobbery inherant in the racial discrimination; whites contrasted with blacks, English with Afrikaans, other racial groups against each other. Religion and politics are also examined. But a major point of examination is the role of family --and in particular mothers-- in this world.
Jack V. is a child (and indeed an adult narrator) wracked with guilt over what he terms a "childish but nevertheless devastating" betrayal of his 'second mother', Susie. The book recounts a series of incidents leading up to this, and shows the aftermath.
For me the book was enlightening and aggravating by turns. I enjoyed reading it, seeing a unique perspective on South Africa and inside the mind of a young boy; but I was frustrated by the progress of the story, that we were promised a betrayal that was slow to play out. But the pay off was sensational. I will be reading this book again to savour it this time.
I received this book for free as part of the Good Reads First Reads. (less)
I loved this book! But to tell you why, exactly, would spoil it... so I'll tell a little about why else I like this series.
What I have loved about thi...moreI loved this book! But to tell you why, exactly, would spoil it... so I'll tell a little about why else I like this series.
What I have loved about this series is that despite being oriented around dead bodies and a mystery, they don't read like the hundreds of crime thrillers and forensic mysteries out there. Harper Connelly is not a forensic expert and she knows it; she doesn't attempt to do the police and other experts jobs for them, in fact she bluntly refuses! This character with her unique gifts uses them the best way she knows how to help people find answers. Of course, they aren't always the answers they wanted to hear.
This particular book concentrates on a serial killing which is extremely brutal. This book seemed much more gritty and violent than the first two, which were based on family and small town discord. To tell the truth, it was a bit sickening at times and I am not easily sickened, but I think my discomfort was partly because I just hadn't expected the violence given the past books. And it matched the discomfort that Harper feels through most of the book.
And the spoiler? (view spoiler)[ Well, that just made me squee in fan-girlish delight when they finally got it together!! But then, I am a sucker for slow-burn relationships (see: Sookie and Eric waiting til book 4! I'm definitely Team Eric) I see that a lot of people found the relationship squicky, but I just didn't have that problem. For one thing, Harper's realisation that she loved him in the second book (it was obvious from the start given how she thought about his other women) primed me and made it obvious that something was going to have to happen. Secondly, Tolliver's behaviour made it obvious to me that he didn't really think of her as a sister and that all the emphasis he gave that relationship was out of his own fears, for her benefit and the benefit of the public... the silly pair were in love from the start but too scared of breaking the support network they needed to risk making it obvious. Gotta admit though, the graphic sex scenes were a surprise, but not entirely unwelcome. (hide spoiler)]
Now I'm torn. I desperately want to read more of Harper Connelly, but I also love, love, LOVE the Southern Vampire Mysteries... Can we clone Charlaine Harris?! ;)
eta: Just discovered that the fourth book is the final one apparently. Now I'm torn about reading it, knowing it will be the last. I am awful about this, it took me months to watch David Tennant's last episodes as the Doctor since I didn't want it to end...["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Really enjoyed this. As a True Blood fan, and a Southern Vampire series fan, i was a little apprehensive about trying another one of Charlaine Harris'...moreReally enjoyed this. As a True Blood fan, and a Southern Vampire series fan, i was a little apprehensive about trying another one of Charlaine Harris's series. What if I hated them and it coloured how I felt about Sookie et al.? I'm so glad that I tried it though, because Harper Connolly is a wonderful character.
Harper is no Sookie clone, she has her own voice, and a wonderful brother who is nothing at all like Jason Stackhouse! The book was a quick read, an easy read. The mystery was suitably intriguing, and the clues just twisty enough that solving them is tricky. I look forward to reading the next one.(less)
I loved every minute of reading this. Shades of Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere at the beginning, but then, the idea of a secret side of the city is hardly u...moreI loved every minute of reading this. Shades of Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere at the beginning, but then, the idea of a secret side of the city is hardly uncommon. The magic and the characters were amazing. I had me laughing, and got me thinking. The concepts of religions were wonderful. (less)