I generally dislike memoirs, and every time I read one this is reaffirmed, but this one is different. Dubus III is a fine writer, and this memoir wasI generally dislike memoirs, and every time I read one this is reaffirmed, but this one is different. Dubus III is a fine writer, and this memoir was intriguing initially because it explored the relationship between the author and his famous father. Providing more depth than other memoirs I've read, which tend to be over-dramatized tales of "woe is me and my horrible upbringing", Townie is gritty, honest, and without expectations. Yes, Dubus had a shitty childhood, but unlike other memoirs that begin in such fashion, he doesn't use humor in a poorly disguised attempt to glorify or justify his actions as a teenager/adult, nor does he exaggerate the details to invoke sympathy from the reader. All the more interesting to me was the fact that he grew up in the area I currently live in, but I don't think that influenced my opinion at all, it was just fascinating to line up his experiences with landmarks that I see daily. Overall, recommend. ...more
**spoiler alert** I love this comic series...it's a gritty, post-apocolyptic story that tugs at the heartstrings. No zombies in this one, just a viole**spoiler alert** I love this comic series...it's a gritty, post-apocolyptic story that tugs at the heartstrings. No zombies in this one, just a violent death for most Americans and the bizarre occurrence of human/animal hybrid births. Volume 2 picks up with our naive little deer/human protagonist, Gus, in captivity, abandoned by the traitorous Jepperd. We find out more about Jepperd's motive for betraying our sad little friend, and the story ends with plenty of suspense. Can't wait for Vol. 3!...more
**spoiler alert** In a literary world overrun by vampires and werewolves, Deadly is a rare entry in the YA genre that proves that history can be just**spoiler alert** In a literary world overrun by vampires and werewolves, Deadly is a rare entry in the YA genre that proves that history can be just as intriguing as the imaginary. The protagonist, Prudence Galewski, is a teenager at the turn of the 20th century, stuck in a school that has a singular goal: to turn out graduates who are well-groomed, socially adept, and ripe for marriage. Our heroine instead dreams of working in the sciences, delving into the mysteries of human disease and contagion. The story follows Prudence as she sheds her seemingly predetermined future and embarks on the adventure of working at the Department of Health and Sanitation. Prudence becomes directly involved with the investigation of curious outbreaks of typhoid fever at several wealthy homes in the area. Throughout the investigation, Prudence suffers from the typical afflictions of a teenage girl...insecurity, a school-girl crush, and emotional conflict. She is a strong female character who pursues her own dreams despite immense pressure from society and her peers. The story was simple and historically well-researched, ending neatly with a bright outlook on the future. Personally, I was glad that there were no resolutions to the potential romantic situations that could have evolved. It kept the story honest and the focus on Prudence's independence true. Just the right amount of feminism without being self-righteous. A fine example for the young readers of today, well done!
I won this ARC through a Goodreads giveaway. I was really looking forward to reading this one because a ghost story set when Heathcliff was a boy sounI won this ARC through a Goodreads giveaway. I was really looking forward to reading this one because a ghost story set when Heathcliff was a boy sounded very intriguing. Unfortunately it didn't live up to my expectations. The writing was great and the idea was imaginative and promising, but the story just didn't go to the depths it needed to in order to impress. The lack of character development was disappointing; as a reader, I felt no connection with Tabby and had no opinion one way or the other about any of the other characters. The events that happened as the story progressed seemed to happen too quickly and felt slightly contrived; there was little build up or suspense. I think overall the book had a great premise but fell short of delivering an engaging story. I'm giving it 3 stars because the writing was well done and the story was an interesting concept....more