I really liked Liesl & Po. I don’t know what I expected as I read it, but I knew I’d liked some of Oliver’s other books so hey, why not? It was abI really liked Liesl & Po. I don’t know what I expected as I read it, but I knew I’d liked some of Oliver’s other books so hey, why not? It was absolutely delightful.
Liesl’s stepmother has locked her in the attic. Po is dead. Will is an orphan apprentice to a magician who might *actually* be magic but nobody really thinks he is. The sun hasn’t shown in about 4 years. That’s how everything stands when the book begins.
But then Po notices Liesl a bit too much and pops through. She sees it (dead folk aren’t really boy or girl because they forget and it doesn’t matter) and they start talking. Liesl misses her father who recently died and has questions for Po about the afterlife and her dad. Po doesn’t quite know what to say because there are no satisfactory answers. Will chases across town in the middle of the night to make magical deliveries to an important woman and the undertaker; he looks up to the window to see Liesl, and in his imagination she’s the most wonderful friend he never had. Will delivers the wrong box to the important woman, and all their lives (and Po’s afterlife, I suppose) wrap up into a big huge mess.
The whole book is charming. It’s a magical world they’re living in, but a very realistic one. The magic is there, but subtle and sneaky. I liked that part. The characters are adorable, their journey is fun and interesting, and I was left with warm fuzzies that didn’t even make me angry about feeling all the feelings. That’s a ringing endorsement, I’d say....more
Authors have a habit of taking real and/or literary events and adding imaginary characters to them. Sometimes it works out well, like Ragtime. Other tAuthors have a habit of taking real and/or literary events and adding imaginary characters to them. Sometimes it works out well, like Ragtime. Other times it’s just sort of .. a thing that people do, and can be a little interesting to see how they explain history but can also be awfully predictable and kind of meh. The Moon Riders is more along the lines of the latter.
Your first inkling that something fishy is going on here arrives when you see King Priam, his daughter Cassandra, King Agamemnon, and his daughter Iphigenia all hanging out together near Troy. Then you remember perhaps that CRAP you *did* read this in the book description but totally forgot and UGH now you’ve started but your eyes are involuntarily rolling so hard you’re getting a headache. Maybe.
The titular Moon Riders are a fictionalized version of the Amazons. Being a moon rider is often hereditary, so if your mother and grandmother were moon riders, your sister and you will be as well. In general, the moon riders travel across the land doing sacred dances in religious ceremonies. At times, however, the moon riders “turn warrior” and fight as necessary, so they’re all trained in shooting arrows from horseback. Of course they MUST be turning warrior, if for no reason other than Homer wrote that it was so, but that’s approximately 10 years down the road.
The thing is, I would have really liked this story a lot more if it took place any time other than during the Trojan War. The main character is surprised that Prince Paris seems to have some other dude’s wife with him! And the other dude wants her back? HUH. Achilles will pillage all the lands while waiting to beat up Troy? Cool story bro. I wonder if that guy has a weakness anywhere. Crap, and now I’m stuck rolling my eyes again.
This is a female-centric telling of the Iliad, but not from the perspective of the women who sat around in Troy during the siege or the women who sat around on Ithaka waiting for their husband to take the world’s longest boat ride. The moon riders are active in life and their own destinies; they serve for seven years, and then choose a husband for themselves. They are strong and capable. The nomadic tribes they come from support this and don’t think women are pretty flowers meant as silent decoration. HOW CONVENIENT. The whole moon riders thing is interesting; the customs and magic and travels are each interesting in their own right. Couldn’t it just be that a few years BEFORE the Iliad they existed and turned warrior to defend some random village from something that we haven’t all heard the story of a hundred times? Alas; no. Also, just like the Iliad, The Moon Riders begins with all sorts of backstory and Big Happenings, but then gets bored and says SKIP TO THE END and all of a sudden it’s 10 years later and nothing new has happened. I wish something new had happened once or twice in there. But no such luck.
It wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t terribly good either. In its defense, it was infinitely more faithful to its source than that horrible Brad Pitt movie....more
I am more than a little obsessed with this book right now. I got The Raven Boys as a free audio book from Sync, and started listening to it in the carI am more than a little obsessed with this book right now. I got The Raven Boys as a free audio book from Sync, and started listening to it in the car on a long ride last week. I almost immediately got into it, and want to not only read the rest of this series as soon as it gets published, but want to read everything else Stiefvatar has ever written.
Blue lives in a home full of psychics. She is not a psychic, though her mother, many aunts and cousins, and her mother’s best friends (who all live in her house too?) are. Blue is somehow an amplifier- her presence lends strength to spirits or whatever it is that psychics have contact with, so she sometimes sits in on important readings or other events. In general, readings are not terribly specific, though occasionally they can be much more so. In her small Virginia town, there are two kinds of people – the poor folks who live there with thick accents and not much going on, and the rich prep school Raven Boys who swing in for the school year and are all Ivy-bound. For her whole life, psychics (family, friends, unrelated people) have told Blue that if she kisses her true love, he will die. Sure, they don’t say when, but is it worth taking that risk? Blue has decided not, and therefore has sworn off boys in general, but Raven Boys in particular because they’re such total douches.
The event that kickstarts all the action is Blue accompanying her aunt to church-watching on St. Mark’s Eve. On this night, watchers can see the souls of the people who will die in the next year parade into a church. They take down the names of the doomed, and if they are clients of the psychics, they will tell them about their upcoming death. Heckuva service, amiright? Blue, having no psychic powers, has never seen any dead people parade anywhere, but sits there as an amplifier. But then she does see a person, a boy, who refuses to give his name to her aunt. Blue is urged to speak with him, to get his name, and she does so, finally hearing only that his name is Gansey. She can tell from his attire that he is a Raven Boy. After, when she asks how she was able to see him, she is told that she would only have been able to see him if he was her true love or if she was the one who killed him.
Naturally, Blue crosses paths with Gansey before too long. Gansey and his three besties, Adam, Noah, and Ronan, are working on Gansey’s obsession– finding a long-dead Welsh king who may be buried kind-of-alive in Virginia along some energy line that’s maybe connected to Wales? I don’t know anything about any of that. What I do know is that I loved these characters. Most chapters came from Blue’s, Gansey’s, and Adam’s points of view, with a few others going to random other characters along the way. I love how interconnected these kids all end up, how well they fit together despite the obvious conflicts built in. I already demand that Gansey not die at the end of this whole thing, but what choice do I have?
Stiefvater starts the book out wisely, looking at Blue who is kind of skeptical about everything. Psychics, boys, rich people, all of it. It seems as normal as any story you’ve ever read about a kid who grew up in a house of weirdos. But slowly and surely, strange happenings and mysterious revelations appear and change everything. It snuck up on me, really. I didn’t expect fantasy elements to be woven into all of it. I thought maybe the Boys were on to something with energy lines maybe, but by the end of the book I was convinced that this is an entirely made-up place that just happens to be set in this world. I love it.
This is the first of a 4-book series, I believe, with the second coming out in a few months. I am kind of tired of series that require me waiting and waiting and waiting to find out what’s going to happen, but I keep reading them and getting sucked into them and it’s not my fault because sometimes they’re REALLY good. Like this one....more
This book was intense, for lack of a better word. Short, terse, and non-stop. The rating isn’t so much about how well it was written – it was quite weThis book was intense, for lack of a better word. Short, terse, and non-stop. The rating isn’t so much about how well it was written – it was quite well done, with all extraneous information seeming to be ruthlessly stricken at some point of the process, and that was perfect for this kind of story. The rating is more about how Black Helicopters made me feel, which was awful and uncomfortable and pessimistic. That isn’t fair to Woolston, but too bad. I am subjective.
Valley and her older brother, Bo, were born and raised by off-the-grid survivalist conspiracy theorists. They never attended any formal school, but learned some basic reading and writing. They’re both very skilled at chess. They have learned to follow orders from their commanding officer no matter what. Their parents keep them away from the rest of the world because Those People are going to kill them. Those People will send their Black Helicopters and bad things happen. Valley and Bo see much evidence to support what their parents tell them, and none against it. They are true believers.
Black Helicopters jumps back and forth between the present times and Valley’s memories growing up. At the beginning, Valley is dressed in clothes to make her look like Those People as she gets ready to carry out her mission. The people she is with strap a bomb to her chest, and set up a video camera. Valley speaks: “My name is Valkyrie. I am fifteen years old. Your government killed my parents.”
Through the flashbacks, you read about her parents’ deaths. You read about Valley and Bo’s upbringing, the militaristic style of it, the paranoia, and the skills they learn. In the present, Valley heads out to find the right place to set off her bomb.
The thing is, I spent the whole time hoping that Valley would realize that she was bat-shit crazy. I hoped she’d meet someone, one of “Those People” who was nice and kind and not intent on killing her, and somehow she would begin to at least doubt everything she’s ever been told, just a little bit, just enough for her to maybe not suicide bomb the crap out of something. I wasn’t aiming for a huge come-to-Jesus moment, just plant a couple seeds of doubt and give her the chance to try life a different way.
But the book isn’t long enough for that.
So that sucked.
What sucks even more is that Woolston didn’t wake up one day and imagine a world where Valley and Bo could have been raised like this. There are people right now being raised to believe that everyone and everything outside their family is an enemy, and that enemy must be destroyed at all costs. That life in a first-world democratic republic is a war. And, last I checked, these people are actively recruiting. Yikes. That is why this book has such a low ranking – because it scares the hell out of me....more
What’s Left of Me has an interesting premise: humans are born with two souls in each body. The souls share a body, but are given different names. EachWhat’s Left of Me has an interesting premise: humans are born with two souls in each body. The souls share a body, but are given different names. Each has its own personality, likes, dislikes, wants, needs, and so forth. In general, one of the two souls is dominant, and by the time the body is 6 years old, the recessive soul disappears, leaving only the other as the sole soul in that body. In some, supposedly rare, cases, however, two souls remain. Such cases are scandalous and dealt with through all sorts of dramatic measures. There was a huge 150-year war between the people with two souls and the people with one, and the one-souls won the war, finally. The result is that everyone is only allowed one soul. Borders are closed to keep two-souled people from other countries out. Apparently having one soul is more stable than two.
Eva, the narrator, is a recessive soul. She shares her body with Addie, the dominant soul, but Eva hasn’t been able to take over the body for years. When they were younger, they had to visit many specialists to help them settle into only one soul. Everyone knew Eva would be the one to leave, so eventually they got tired of seeing doctors and Eva just pretended to be gone. They moved away to a new town where their family wasn’t stigmatized as The Family With That Daughter, and started life over with just Addie as the daughter.
But then Addie and Eva’s history class takes a field trip. A girl from their class walks over to them and says “Eva, I can teach you how to be able to take control of the body again.” Yikes. Addie and Eva have tried so hard to be normal, but Eva longs to be more than a silent voice in Addie’s head. From this point on, everything gets kind of crazy. Suffice to say that everything Addie and Eva have been told about double-souled people is a giant crock of shit, and there are powerful people out to stop anyone from having two souls at any cost.
The most interesting part is the conflict between Addie and Eva. Eva had long ago made peace with being the recessive soul, living along with Addie but unable to do anything other than observe. She had given up hope that one day she could take over their body for a bit and do whatever she wanted, not just following along with whatever Addie decided to do. The option that maybe, just maybe, she can wakes her up and makes her especially determined to make it happen. But Addie! Addie had mostly forgotten what it was like to be anything other than the dominant soul. She had never considered what might happen if Eva had control, because to her it was never an option. Her struggle to deal with these changes is very interesting.
The whole two-souled thing is odd. It’s basically set in America around now-ish, but instead of a Revolutionary War and a Civil War and whatever else there was a 150-year civil war. It seems like the two-souled tag team in and out, but I have no idea how or when it works and why they change when they do. Everybody with two souls has two names, so that’s fun to keep track of. Apparently everybody can figure out whichever one it is by gleams in their eyes and voice inflections or something? There’s also an ugly undercurrent of racism going on. Apparently most Americans are white, blonde, and blue-eyed. Addie and Eva are. But their new friends are apparently very clearly visually half-something-other-than-American because they have darker skin. Since the borders closed, very few people look like anything other than white-blonde-babyblues. The friends are automatically suspicious in the realm of people having a secret second soul because of the color of their skin. Hm. I don’t pretend to know where Zhang is going with that or what it has to do with anything – it’s clear that there’s nothing wrong with having two souls and the friends are generally lovely people – but it’s still very definitely there, and a bit troubling.
I borrowed this from CPL, and when the sequels come out I will probably borrow them as well, but I wouldn’t pay for it....more
I was not terribly impressed with The Good Girl. The titular Girl’s family is in chaos. Her older brother died when he accepted a ride home from a druI was not terribly impressed with The Good Girl. The titular Girl’s family is in chaos. Her older brother died when he accepted a ride home from a drunk friend. Parents divorced in the aftermath. Dad is a shrink who can’t notice that his surviving daughters are broken; Mom moved across the country to live with a new guy and mother his kid. Youngest sister acts out. So the Good Girl holds everything together. This is her role.
But she isn’t held together, not at all. So she starts stealing. $20 from dad’s wallet; he never notices. A pencil from an unlocked locker. It grows. She steals more. The things she steals all go into a box under her bed while she is praised for being so good.
Eventually it blows up in her face. This forces the family to confront what’s actually going on and find a way to survive. And, well, that’s about it. I can’t say that I recommend the book. It was available from the library, so if it falls into your hands and you aren’t doing anything, it won’t hurt. If it never does, you won’t be missing anything....more
I really liked this one. Charlie is a high school freshman near Pittsburgh. He is lonely, with no real friends. His best friend committed suicide in 8I really liked this one. Charlie is a high school freshman near Pittsburgh. He is lonely, with no real friends. His best friend committed suicide in 8th grade, and his favorite family member aunt died in a car accident years earlier. Charlie is an outcast, and doesn’t have the sort of personality that allows him to quickly and easily make friends. Patrick, a senior in Charlie’s shop class, notices him and they sort of become friends. Patrick’s step-sister, Sam, is Patrick’s best friend and the two of them quickly accept Charlie into their group. They take Charlie to parties, to concerts, to late-night hangouts. It’s the early 90s, so they take drugs and listen to fantastic music and discuss big things about life. They participate in live versions of Rocky Horror.
Charlie’s new clique is destined to be short-lived, as they will all graduate at the end of the year and head off to college, leaving Charlie a lonely sophomore. But they’re determined to live life to the fullest, and they drag Charlie along, not allowing him to sit on the sidelines and watch life go by, but rather insisting he participate in life. They’re basically the dream friends that any 15-year-old in 1992 would have killed for.
By design, The Parks of Being a Wallflower is a downer. Any kid so surrounded by loss is going to have some problems. Charlie is so lonely that the book is written in the form of anonymous letters from him to someone who he’s heard is a good person. We never find out who that someone is, nor does it really matter, but how lonely must you be to keep your diary in the form of letters to a stranger, hoping the stranger cares enough to read your words? Charlie’s new friendships solve some of his problems, but also force him to confront other problems he’s been suppressing. At times, it reads as a bit more Kid With Rough Life’s Fantasy than book, other times it’s more Psychoanalyzing My Characters but hey, why not? It’s well-written and interesting, which is all I really need.
It’s been adapted into a movie with Emma Watson playing Sam. I’m curious to check it out when I get the chance. I won’t specifically seek it, but if it falls into my lap I’ll certainly watch....more
I didn’t know what I was expecting, but I rather enjoyed this one. The titular Weird Sisters, Rosalind, Bianca, and Cordelia, were raised by a ShakespI didn’t know what I was expecting, but I rather enjoyed this one. The titular Weird Sisters, Rosalind, Bianca, and Cordelia, were raised by a Shakespearean professor at a small liberal arts school in the midwest. They grew up surrounded by books and Bill’s plays in a stifling small town, each rebelling against their life and each other as best they could. Rose became a mathematician, staying near home as a martyr, taking care of their parents because no one else would. It doesn’t matter whether the parents needed caring for. Rose did it and no one else would. She is afraid of change, afraid of leaving, afraid of life. Bean moved to New York and started working as an office manager where she promptly started embezzling to fund her immaculate NYC wardrobe, hair, shoes, and martini habit. She sleeps around and knows that eventually it will all catch up with her, but she hopes today is not that day. Cordy lives as a drifter, floating around from commune to commune, sleeping on floors, sleeping with artists, dancing at muddy music festivals.
But their mom has cancer. Rose is getting married to a globe-trotting chemist. Bean is caught, must pay back everything she owes, and has to leave the Big Apple. Cordy is pregnant, not sure who the father is, but must change her lifestyle because it isn’t a way to raise a kid. The sisters reconvene in their hometown to care for their mother and because they have nowhere else to go. They aren’t really friends, these sisters, but they do know each other in a way no one else does, and they don’t find fault with each other, not really, as long as each is being herself.
The Weird Sisters is more about lost people finding their way through a world they’ve each been running from and figuring out where they belong than about sisters or Shakespeare. Those were just a decent way to frame the story. It was rather interesting, and I enjoyed it quite a bit....more
If you can’t tell by the title, I Kissed a Zombie and I Liked It is a ridiculous book. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t bother reading it if a copy falIf you can’t tell by the title, I Kissed a Zombie and I Liked It is a ridiculous book. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t bother reading it if a copy falls into your lap, but I certainly wouldn’t pay for it (library FTW). In this version of the world, there have always been vampires, but they’ve been hidden from humans forever. But then, a big evil Walmart copycat found a special formula that you can sprinkle over graves, which creates zombies. They used these zombies in their warehouse as supercheap labor. When the story got out (causing a huge scandal), vampires came out of the coffin (ugh, are we really still using that phrase?) and freed the zombies from the evil company. Turns out they don’t drink blood anymore because there’s some veggie supplement drink that is more satisfying (beats TruBlood, I guess).
Girls like dating vampires. It’s a status symbol. I can’t roll my eyes hard enough, but I’ve always been an eye roller when people do stupid shit. That never stopped people from doing stupid shit. Ali is a music-lover who writes a column in her high school paper about local bands. She rolls her eyes when girls squee over vampires. She’s fun. Until she goes to a show and falls head over heels for the cute boy who moonlights with the band for a few songs. You can’t blame her- he’s dark and mysterious, and he sings Cole Porter, which is Ali’s favorite. They start dating, though he has some sort of sickness that makes it hard for him to talk and he has to take medicine every 4 hours and he doesn’t really eat. Ali’s a dumbass. Obviously the dude is a zombie.
He was resurrected by the evil corporation, and after the slave worker zombies were free, he stuck around. Most just stopped taking their “medicine” (embalming fluid) and crumbled, but he didn’t feel like being dead again just yet. Yeah. So formerly-tough girl Ali is now a gooey fawning idiot. Within 3 days of meeting him, she’s in love. By day 4 she’s considering becoming a zombie and giving up her dreams of moving to Seattle and instead staying in Des Moines and going to Drake. They’re the hot new “it” couple as she introduces him to her parents and buys him a tux to take her to prom (he only has the suit he was buried in). Ali’s an idiot.
It doesn’t end well. It can’t end well. But it’s still oddly upbeat and weird about ending as it had to. I guess maybe it’s a good counter to Twilight and stuff, but overall, meh....more
The Demigod Files is another of those halfy books, the ones that come between other, bigger books, and are full of non-essential information but can sThe Demigod Files is another of those halfy books, the ones that come between other, bigger books, and are full of non-essential information but can still be kind of fun for a bit. I think it’s mostly set between the fourth and fifth Percy Jackson books. It has 3 short stories about Percy’s random happenings that weren’t important enough to make it into the books, plus some extra tidbits about various characters and settings. It isn’t close to necessary for reading or enjoyment of the other books, but wasn’t a complete waste of time either. It was fine....more
Fallen in Love is billed as “Fallen 3.5″ – a minibook taking place sort of in the events of book 3 but not really. The gist is that it takes ancillaryFallen in Love is billed as “Fallen 3.5″ – a minibook taking place sort of in the events of book 3 but not really. The gist is that it takes ancillary characters to the main Luce-Daniel story and talks about them all being or falling in love at some point or another. They’re all in some medieval English town for St. Patrick’s Day and some of their past-selves are wandering around there too and they all run into each other and have overlap and some fall in love in this English town and others reminisce about their love or whatever.
I rather liked it, despite the ridiculousness of everything about this series. Each one of these characters seems more interesting than Luce, and each love story is far more believable than Luce’s “I love Daniel just because I do forever” crap. Of course it’s all absurd; but who cares? It was fun enough....more
I remember liking this book as I was reading it, but when I look back and see that I read it, I can’t remember what it was about at all. And then I loI remember liking this book as I was reading it, but when I look back and see that I read it, I can’t remember what it was about at all. And then I look it up on goodreads and take a minute or two and … yeah, ok, I guess I remember that? And then an hour or so later I see the cover again and can’t remember what the hell it was about again. So, take that as you will.
Prophecy‘s main character is a girl who can see demons. There are all sorts of bad guys, and they want to kill her cousin, the prince, and make him dead. She can stop them and protect him. But the king insists that it remains a secret that 1) there are demons and 2) she can see them, so instead she is constantly shat upon by everyone for being the only chick in the army. Everybody including the king and her dad. So that’s fun for her.
There’s a lot of chasing bad guys around and then there’s some journeying and escaping and getting caught and fighting and some other stuff. But really, I don’t remember and don’t care enough to look it up. I think this is the first of a series, but I’ll be damned if I bother trying to find any sequels....more
Under the Never Sky was INTERESTING, man. I read Roar and Liv, which is the “0.5″ promotional e-book, before I got to Under the Never Sky, even thoughUnder the Never Sky was INTERESTING, man. I read Roar and Liv, which is the “0.5″ promotional e-book, before I got to Under the Never Sky, even though it was published after UtNS, and I would recommend that readers do the same. It obviously isn’t required, as all the halfy ebooks aren’t ever required. But it’s interesting and a good introduction to the world here.
In this world, there are three places a person can live. One is with a clan, out in the open, surviving life as a group. One is basically alone, out in the open, in a hardscrabble sort of life. These two were known from Roar and Liv. But there’s a third option: with a huge group of people in a dome, protected from “out in the open” and hidden from the aether, tucked away safely in a virtual-reality world where all non-essentials are done away with. Under the Never Sky begins in one of these domes, narrated by a girl named Aria. In the domes, you are taught that there are a million ways to die out of the domes, and leaving leads to certain death. The people who live out of the domes are savages and cannibals and murderers and all sorts of similarly awful things.
Through a series of happenings, Aria crosses paths with a savage. She’s terrified of him, though he isn’t as bad as she expected in some ways. Little does she know that she’ll be spending the rest of the book with him. The savage is Perry, a scire from the Tides tribe, and an all-around interesting guy. The chapters alternate between Aria and Perry’s narration, each showing the world they know and understand, with each being suspicious and frightened of the world they don’t know and all the people associated with the world they don’t know. Both Aria and Perry end up on quests of a sort, and discover that their quests have some overlap. They agree to work together as a means to an end, but really dislike each other. Obviously they’ll fall in love on the way. I don’t have a problem with that. That’s how these things always happen.
There are some very awkward bits as Aria adjusts to life where not every little thing is controlled by some combination of drugs and machines and computers, but that’s okay with me. Awkward is good sometimes. It’s good for readers to get out of their comfort zones, particularly when the rest of the world they’re surrounded by is so different from the literary one anyway. Why not add some squickiness?
I’ve got to get my hands on Through the Ever Night, the second book of this trilogy. I really like it and want to know what will happen to Roar, Liv, Aria, and Perry....more
AND I SAID “WHAT ABOUT BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S?” SHE SAID “I THINK I REMEMBER THAT FILM…”
Sorry. Had to get that out of my system. It isn’t my fault thaAND I SAID “WHAT ABOUT BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S?” SHE SAID “I THINK I REMEMBER THAT FILM…”
Sorry. Had to get that out of my system. It isn’t my fault that I never saw Breakfast at Tiffany’s until long after that damn song had entrenched itself into eternity as an impossible earworm. I’ve seen it once. It was fine. Never really got the appeal, to be honest. I’m much more of a My Fair Lady girl, if we’re talking Audrey.
Not all that long ago I read a thing where somebody gave hell to girls who say that Audrey in BaT is the most classiest beautifullest amazingestly fantastic role model in the world. The reason for the hell is that SHE IS A PROSTITUTE. Not that there’s necessarily anything wrong with that, but come on. Nobody says Pretty Woman Vivian is their classy role model. I didn’t remember that bit, but probably didn’t actually pay that much attention when I saw the movie (something about Moon River?) so I figured I should read the book. What do you know? She’s totally a prostitute.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s is told from the perspective of “Fred,” a man who moved into the apartment above one Miss Holiday Golightly. He noticed her in the building a few times, before she sneaked into his flat through the fire escape one night to get away from a client. That night, the two began talking and Holly realized he reminded her of her brother Fred and promptly decided to call him that. She was a whirlwind of activity, moving quickly from subject to subject and ensuring that she remains in the middle of things without ever being terribly revealing. Fred, like so many other men, found her irresistible.
Holly is a trainwreck. She knows it, but won’t acknowledge it, and spends much of her time hiding from her knowledge of what a freaking mess she is. She’s interesting, to be sure, but never turns into a real person. Both to “Fred” and herself, probably.
One thing I do remember about the movie is whatshisnuts in yellowface. Mickey Rooney? I always get him confused with Rourke but he’s the one with the messed up face from The Wrestler I think, so it must be Rooney. Anyway. In the book? The character is racially Japanese, but from California and there’s no ridiculous accent whatsoever. The character is mentioned for a hot second or two at the beginning, but once Fred meets Holly, he’s never brought up again. Ugh, Hollywood.
Anyway, not a bad little book. This Capote character seems like a heckuva writer, and uses words and imagination well. I dug it. But not enough to keep a doomed romantic relationship afloat based solely on me and some dude digging it. As far as having one thing in common, this isn’t much....more