This book did not pull me in at all. There was just way too much going on. And, for a romance book, that's usually a good thing when the author tries...moreThis book did not pull me in at all. There was just way too much going on. And, for a romance book, that's usually a good thing when the author tries to actually have a plot and a storyline. However, it just didn't fly with me. I find it unplausible that at no time near the beginning of tasting Verity's food did Stuart think, 'You know what? I'm going to order my cook to show me her face. I want to meet the person who is creating these delicious meals!" No. He just eats her food and she hides from him. He's left thinking she must be some hideous, fat creature. And, later, when she reveals herself to him but only when wearing a mask, doesn't he think it odd that she's telling him she loves him when he still doesn't know she's the woman from his past? Honestly, if this was the first book of Sherry Thomas's that I read I would not pick up another. But, her other book was good so I'll probably give her another go.(less)
I don't read a lot of short stories but I have to say that this was an excellent introduction to the Newford series by Charles de Lint. They were shor...moreI don't read a lot of short stories but I have to say that this was an excellent introduction to the Newford series by Charles de Lint. They were short stories in the sense that each was its own entity but they were also the stories that painted the picture that is Newford. My favourite story that stood out for me was "Pity the Monsters" but that was only because it really creeped me out. This was obviously a well-written book and I'm giving it 5 stars because the writing was too good not to but I don't think it's a book I'll re-read again. I don't need to. This book is going to stay with me for a long while, I think.(less)
Wonderful!! A random book I picked up and it turned out to be one of my favourites. I love it when that happens. It's like finding a rare and beautifu...moreWonderful!! A random book I picked up and it turned out to be one of my favourites. I love it when that happens. It's like finding a rare and beautiful treasure that you didn't expect.(less)
I really like Kate Angell. Her books are always humourous and her characters are extremely likeable. Kate Angell always has me smiling every time I re...moreI really like Kate Angell. Her books are always humourous and her characters are extremely likeable. Kate Angell always has me smiling every time I read one of her books. I loved this one. "Rally Man" and "Sweet Cheeks" ... How cute!!(less)
Time travel. My brain has never been able to fully process the concept. I have too many unanswered questions that can't ever really be answered. That'...moreTime travel. My brain has never been able to fully process the concept. I have too many unanswered questions that can't ever really be answered. That's the thing, though, isn't it? Time travel is ambiguous. It's not really one thing or another. There are too many variables that need to be considered. I've been told that I over complicate things and that's why I get so muddled. But to think that time travel is uncomplicated doesn't make any sense. For it has to be complicated. We can't just go around bending time and shooting forwards or backwards without disrupting some sort of balance. Once you change one thing, then it's like dominoes and everything MUST change.
But that discussion is for another time. The Time Traveler's Wife was a book that has always been on my list of books to read even before the movie came out. When I asked for a list of good fantasy/sci-fi books it was this book that kept resurfacing ever since it was published. It didn't really get on my high priority radar until the movie came out. I was interested in seeing it but I make it a plan to never see the movie before I read the book. Just because the book is almost always better than the movie and I'd hate to see the movie and have it ruin the book for me.
It's apparently obvious from the first opening words that Audrey Niffenegger is a talented writer who is able to draw the reader in and immerse them within the pages of her book. Can you even imagine it? Meeting your future husband when you are 6 years old. Having him meet you for the first time when he's 28. It is one of the sweetest love stories I have ever read. And one of the most heartbreaking stories as well. Not many books can bring out those gutwrenching emotions but this one absolutely did. It is a touching and poignant love story that will stay with me forever. This is a beautiful book that really gives that message about love transcending through time and forever. It is the stuff of fairytales and yet, yet, somehow Audrey Niffenegger gives us hope that somewhere out there a love like that really does exist and maybe it is attainable. Love has no boundaries. Death cannot stop love. And certainly not ink on paper because Henry and Clare's story is one that will live in my heart forever.(less)