I really wanted to love you Lovecraft, I really did. But I couldn't, so you get three stars.
The first negative part was the blatant racism, which bothI really wanted to love you Lovecraft, I really did. But I couldn't, so you get three stars.
The first negative part was the blatant racism, which bothered me more and more, but was only pronounced in the first third or so of the stories. When it got to the part where the narrator had named his pet cat N* Man, I was just like nope, done. I know that people have said that "he's a product of the times" and yea, I get that, but I don't have to agree with it or like it. He was blatantly, offensively racist, and that's a serious negative for me.
Next up, the stories were all very similar. Some of them are obviously related with the same places, creatures and names. The similarity of stories, as well as the fact that every first person narrator seemed to be the exact same person with the exact same thoughts and narration, meant that all the stories blended into each other and I frequently lost track of what was happening and who was who in each story. The connections between the stories made this confusion more pronounced and I can barely recollect separate stories as opposed to one long story with all the weird things included. Of course there were stand outs among the stories, and only one that seemed to have a completely different ending to all the other ones (which I ended up liking a lot for that reason). Many of the stories centered on the same stories, legends, and creatures, which probably confused me more than it should have. If each story was a distinct piece of writing with a distinct narrator and differing modes of story telling with new and different horrors, I would have liked this collection a lot more.
Another annoying bit was the constant repetition of the horrors talked about in the stories as being "too awful for words" or other similar sentences. I know that that was probably the way horror was written back in the day, but sometimes it just struck me that Lovecraft had a limited imagination, and if he only wrote that things were too horrifying for words then maybe the readers would fill it in for themselves with their own imaginations and he wouldn't have to think up actual things to write down. But for me, a reader nearly a hundred years later, it was just a little annoying. Maybe we're desensitised these days, but when I read a horror novel, I want to be scared, or at least a little shocked. The lack of concrete descriptions of these implied horrors didn't really do much for my imagination. It might be unfair to say, but it just seemed like he wasn't trying hard enough to scare people, at least not people now.
I will probably read more Lovecraft in the future if I get my hands on it. I did like most of the stories even if I did get a little annoyed more than once. ...more
I was seriously underwhelmed with this book. Honestly, the only reason it scores three stars is because there was a plot twist at the end when I was pI was seriously underwhelmed with this book. Honestly, the only reason it scores three stars is because there was a plot twist at the end when I was pretty sure the end was very predictable. Without that plot twist it would have only rated two stars. I'd seen a lot of people on tumblr reading it and loving it, and I only bought it because I found it cheap in a store. I thought the story wasn't that interesting, it didn't hold me well, and it was written very plainly. It's a book I wouldn't have read if I hadn't seen a lot about it on tumblr, and I'm no better or worse for having read it....more
Sliding down to three stars for this one purely because the suspense and intrigue of most of the book wasn't conveyed in the ending and unravelling ofSliding down to three stars for this one purely because the suspense and intrigue of most of the book wasn't conveyed in the ending and unravelling of the actual mystery that was there. ...more
I'm giving this three stars. I could never really get in to it, and didn't read much each time I picked it up. I just don't think this sort of humourI'm giving this three stars. I could never really get in to it, and didn't read much each time I picked it up. I just don't think this sort of humour novel is for me. I did laugh in places, it was quite witty, and a light and easy story line to follow. ...more
I've decided to go for a three star rating, which is pretty low for me because I normally give books I like four or five stars.
Overall, I liked it.
HowI've decided to go for a three star rating, which is pretty low for me because I normally give books I like four or five stars.
Overall, I liked it.
However, noticing the title "The Girl's Guide to Homelessness", I thought it would be something more of a how to on surviving homelessness, not the plain recounting of her life experiences that it was. I felt like while homelessness was a recurrent theme and things happened because she was homeless, it was more about the things that happened. There was very little in the way of her describing how she managed as being homeless and how other people could manage be they in the same position.
It was definitely more about her life experiences and the things that lead to her being homeless (good, in the how-to sense that I thought the book would be written), and the things that happened after she became homeless. And while the things that happened (her internship, book deal, lovely but then tragic relationship with Matt and all that she went through there) happened as a direct result of her being homeless, they are things really that could happen to anyone in any situation and not at all specific to her being homeless. I got really quite annoyed when the middle part of the book was just her gushing over Matt and how good their relationship was and how good it was going to be and the like. I'm sitting reading it thinking "this is a book about homelessness, not about some stupid love story".
But overall I liked the story, I liked the way she wrote and thought, but it just wasn't as related to homelessness as it could have been. I also know that many people think she wasn't "homelessness enough" to write a book on homelessness (which she barely did anyway) and I agree and disagree. Yes, she still had many privileges as far as homelessness goes (a trailer, clothes, the ability to use her laptop at Starbucks), but she did challenge that a few times, noting that she knew that she was well off in terms of her belongings and situation, and that she was well aware that there were so many other people much worse off than her. And of course, a homeless person in the sense that most people think of homeless (dead broke, literally living on the streets) obviously cannot run a blog or score a book deal.
Brianna's story is obviously tragic, and well done to her for scoring a book deal and all the things that she got because of her blog, and I do understand that any level of homelessness is obviously difficult, and while I enjoyed The Girl's Guide to Homelessness, it essentially only gets three stars from me because the story as it was written didn't really fit the title. ...more
**spoiler alert** I get the impression that most people either loved or hated this book. I found it ok. The end was surprising, but I wasn't really at**spoiler alert** I get the impression that most people either loved or hated this book. I found it ok. The end was surprising, but I wasn't really attached to the characters so I wasn't shattered by it. I think the way the ending was written was nice, I mean, it was sad that Emma died (not that I really was bothered by it), but then you saw Dex get upset, grieve, get better and move on, and also with the going back to when they first met, it felt kind of resolved. I like realistic love stories, it bugs me when people continuously live happily ever after because real life isn't like that. So it was nice that even though Dex's life was ripped apart by Emma's death, they did end up together for a bit, an then Dex was able to move on. It was, well, ok. ...more
So this wasn't nearly as academic as I was hoping for, but it got progressively more humorous as it went through the chapters, and I found myself laugSo this wasn't nearly as academic as I was hoping for, but it got progressively more humorous as it went through the chapters, and I found myself laughing a fair bit towards the end. It was very easy to read, written in a very casual manner and provided some light entertainment for those sceptical of the paranormal. The only academic thing about this book was the references to things like past psychological studies, very light reading indeed. I was hoping for a more academic explanation of how the brain can be tricked and what not, but maybe next time....more
**spoiler alert** Fought with a three or a four, thinking more of a three and a half, but rounding it down to three. Because the ending. Seriously, wh**spoiler alert** Fought with a three or a four, thinking more of a three and a half, but rounding it down to three. Because the ending. Seriously, what the hell happened? What a stupid, stupid, awful, stupid bitch. Rowan Mayfair, I loved your character, but man you made some awful decisions. Why accept Lasher? Why let him rape you? Why let him take over your child? And then, why run away after Lasher tried to kill Michael? Seriously. Why?!
I actually quite enjoyed most of the story, until the last part, The Devil's Bride. Up until then it was great. Amazing detail, amazing history, amazing writing. But then, seriously. I think I'm a bit dumbfounded. Stupid, stupid ending. ...more