I might be a bit biased for this book because I painted the cover, but I found the book to be a great light hearted romp in fantasy. In the traditionI might be a bit biased for this book because I painted the cover, but I found the book to be a great light hearted romp in fantasy. In the tradition of the Eddy Bear mysteries and the Dirk Gently mysteries, Mullaney turns the detective novel on its ear. The lovable but gruff detective, Crag Banyon has been framed for the murder of one of Santa's little helpers, and it leads him on a journey through the seedier side of the North Pole.
Mullaney does a great job of breathing new life into familiar figures and breaking down your preconceived notions of the holidays. There's a chase scene near the end that isn't to be missed. If you enjoy detective stories mixed with a healthy dose of humor, you'll likely find this to be a grand romp!...more
I really quite enjoyed this adventurous tale mixed with a small town story. I found it to be an inventive story with some exciting, if not humorous, tI really quite enjoyed this adventurous tale mixed with a small town story. I found it to be an inventive story with some exciting, if not humorous, twists on some old ideas. The wit practically oozes off the pages, and every character has a certain charm that rings with authenticity.
If I had any complaint about the story, it's that it seemed, at times, to dwell on giving the back story on each and every character in the book. Stick with it, though, those back stories are relevant and necessary to the payoff at the end of the book. Moore has an excellent gift for building suspense and though the story wraps up quickly, it wraps up thoroughly.
It was an excellent read, and I'll definitely be recommending it to my reading friends....more
I've always treated books much the same way I treat movies; the more popular it is, the less inclined I am to check it out. A couple of years ago, wheI've always treated books much the same way I treat movies; the more popular it is, the less inclined I am to check it out. A couple of years ago, when Little Brother was still a new book, the hype was quite prominent, and I avoided reading it. Recently, I saw this nice hardbound copy at my local Goodwill, and figured it might be worth dropping $2 to check it out. I already had a free digital copy sitting on my e-reader taking up space until some unknown later date, but I thought a bound copy might be nice. Having the physical book in hand, I cracked it open to read a few paragraphs. Then I burned through the book, quickly (at least for me).
One of the blurbs on the dust jacket calls it an "important" book, and I'm inclined to agree. Somewhat familiar with Doctorow through sites like boingboing, I knew he was a tech savvy guy, but I was thoroughly impressed with his ability to readily break down some pretty complex technology into layman's terms. His descriptions of how surveillance can be misused and applied as an invasion of privacy under the guise of protection was both frightening and all too familiar in a world that has trouble drawing the line between terror and freedom.
I'm recommending this book to everyone I know, not so much for it's mostly believable plot, not for it's fun and identifiable characters, or even for it's great use of suspense. No, I'm recommending it because it's a great reminder to remain vigilant when privacy and personal information is concerned.
I found the ending to be a bit rushed, and the characters to be a bit naive from time to time, but then I have to remember this is a YA novel and I might not totally identify with the protagonist on too many levels, being in my mid-30's.
Any flaws in the book were really quite marginal, at best, and I heartily recommend everyone read this book--if just for the concepts presented within....more
Zero, like infinity, is a difficult concept to fully grasp, and Seife does a great job of pointing out the manyThis is a book about nothing.
Zero, like infinity, is a difficult concept to fully grasp, and Seife does a great job of pointing out the many ways and reasons this is so. He explores the way Zero has influenced culture, religion, and politics, dropping scads of interesting trivia along the way. I will never think of Pythagoras the same way again, after reading this book.
The book has a tendency to get a little heavy on the math, which is really to be expected in a book about a number, I suppose. The examples in the book are fairly easy to follow and the book has a logical flow, but math phobics might want to look for a different read. I found myself reading it in small doses, so that I could take time to digest the ideas that were presented, and so, though it was a relatively thin book, it took me some time to finish. I'm glad I took the time....more
Wow. The book is mostly comic relief, and I'd say that surprisingly Mel Brooks probably came closer to caI read the version available on Manybooks.net
Wow. The book is mostly comic relief, and I'd say that surprisingly Mel Brooks probably came closer to capturing Robin Hood than the newer movies have (I haven't seen Erol Flynn's Hood yet). The first part of the book is pretty whimsical and quite a bit repetitive, but somewhere around the 60% mark, it turns into a pretty stirring adventure and about 3/4 of the way through, it starts to make a gradual transition to something more mature and gritty. The 3rd act has some pretty tense moments in it, and I found myself genuinely fearing for the safety of some of the beloved characters I had come to know and love.
If you like upbeat, happy endings, I implore you, don't read the epilogue. (view spoiler)[At least one villainous character gets his comeuppance in an undignified and much deserved way (hide spoiler)], but the ending is so terribly sad, and kind of depressing. I kind of knew this going in, but I read it through anyway, for the sake of completion. I wasn't in any way prepared for the ending of this book. It was far sadder and unexpected than I had anticipated and yet, it felt complete. I'm not sure I would change the ending if I had the opportunity, somehow, it grounds the story in reality. I think it's that sense of reality and mortality that makes the ending so poignant. It's like you've watched this band of cut-ups, these Merry Men, grow and mature, and like all things in life, the world corrupts this idealism, and the whole thing feels tainted and paradoxically, fulfillingly unsatisfying.
I recommend the book.
If you want it to stick with you, I recommend reading the epilogue....more
One thing that can generally be said about the knitting community, we are a group that can laugh at itself. This book is a really light, quick read thOne thing that can generally be said about the knitting community, we are a group that can laugh at itself. This book is a really light, quick read that brushes on the high and low points of knitting life, and serves less as an instruction manual on knitting technique and more as a primer on knitting culture. Good for a few chuckles, it helps beginning knitters to garner a better understanding of their own trials in yarncraft while reminding experienced knitters whence their craft has come....more
An absolutely delightful look at the random flotsam and jetsam that floats around in the head of one of our genDoes exactly what it says on the cover.
An absolutely delightful look at the random flotsam and jetsam that floats around in the head of one of our generation's greatest comedians. When I read this and some of his other works, it just makes me wonder why his movies aren't still this funny....more