The best part of this book is the awesome cover. It's what drew me in.
Normally, when a book is "not for me," I don't write a review. But this one needThe best part of this book is the awesome cover. It's what drew me in.
Normally, when a book is "not for me," I don't write a review. But this one needs it so I don't make the mistake of trying again.
I got three chapters in, and then checked in further towards the end, but my opinion stayed the same. 1 star.
The author has a very dim view of human men (so it surprises me to find out that he's a man) and probably also has an MFA (which should give you an idea of how the book is going to go).
The main character wants to be Holden Caulfield, but isn't clever enough to pull it off. So he's just a terrible person who doesn't think much of women or religion/spirituality on any level. (I'd go so far as to say he hates both of those things. He may, at some point, learn to like something, but I couldn't bring myself to read far enough to find out.)
Possibly the most interesting character was the roommate from LA who seemed pretty laid back. And *he* starts out the book by announcing that he fucked someone's neck (yay for you?) and calling women whores (who should be treated as such) for wearing sheer blouses over tank tops.
This book is aimed at people who enjoy the literature that comes out of MFA programs.
It is not, however, for people who believe in men as human beings, women as human beings, and anyone with a spiritual connection as a human being. ...more
**spoiler alert** I admit it. I've got a thing for Mordred. Mordred and Loki are the awesome, talented, nice guys who are hated by those they love for**spoiler alert** I admit it. I've got a thing for Mordred. Mordred and Loki are the awesome, talented, nice guys who are hated by those they love for reasons they cannot alter and, after being beaten down too many times, rise up. Loki acts out; Mordred stages a coup for the good of all Britons. Their failures to rise above and change the system are very sad. Someday, I'm going to write a novel from the POV of Loki's therapist.
Anyway, The Book of Mordred was more about the young girl he helps (saving her from certain death at age 5, protecting her from villagers in her preteens, and then sending her off to Avalon in his place) than about Mordred. So, probably a better book that I'm calling it, but not enough Mordred for me. I felt cheated. When's the sequel to Clegg's Mordred: Bastard Son coming out? Even if liking it does convince Amazon.com that I want to read horrible gay romance novels, I'm dying for my next Mordred installment....more
So, E.B. White was a great essayist of the 20th century. And his prose is great, yes. His observations, witty and incisive.
But I'm spoiled.
Spoiled bySo, E.B. White was a great essayist of the 20th century. And his prose is great, yes. His observations, witty and incisive.
But I'm spoiled.
Spoiled by the Internet. Because this forever-long essay reads like a self-indulgent blog post. Oh, to live in an era when papers paid money for blog posts!
I was also disappointed that half the things White described as sooooo New York are true of any big city. E.g., there are a million events going on, but he's never heard of any of them. Yeah, that's true in NYC, but also in other cities I've lived in: large ones, like Seattle and Los Angeles; smaller cities like Fremont, CA and Oxford, UK.
Maybe I just don't love New York enough. Maybe if I did, this would be brilliant and nostalgic... as well as an over-long post by another opinionated blogger who doesn't care much about precision. (Not that there's anything wrong with that. Just, this volume doesn't live up to its hype.)...more
Haldeman's novels are always -- on some level -- about the human condition. (Maybe his profs went a bit heavy on the Thucydides when he was in collegeHaldeman's novels are always -- on some level -- about the human condition. (Maybe his profs went a bit heavy on the Thucydides when he was in college.) This one is no different. This time around we have two separate alien entities hiding out on Earth. Neither of them knows about the other, and both can change shape at will.
"The Changeling" - For the changeling, this is a coming of age novel. It spent millions of years under the sea (and as various sea creatures), before deciding to check out this humanity lark. It knows nothing about humans nor human logic, so it takes a random human form. It survives psychiatric evaluations in an insane asylum, the Bataan Death March, and many lifetimes. The changeling essentially becomes human, growing as a "person" and seeking its origins.
"The Chameleon" - The chameleon is a one-sided creature that lives to eat, drink, sex, and kill. It does these with skill. It has no interest in changing, and hasn't for milennia. The chameleon serves as a control against which to compare the changeling.
Oh, yeah, and there are some scientists, but they're totally irrelevant.
Maybe I'm just getting sick of "coming of age" stories, but I have higher expectations of Haldeman. Sure, I expect his work to ultimately be about humanity, but can't it have more plot than this? I mean, the major plot point was that the changeling's ship had been found and the scientists were in a tizzy trying to figure out what it was. ...more
Quick premise summary: A fraudulent medium may or may not have channeled H. L. Mencken, the great skeptic with more famous quotes than Mark3.5 stars.
Quick premise summary: A fraudulent medium may or may not have channeled H. L. Mencken, the great skeptic with more famous quotes than Mark Twain (possibly). This causes serious issues for skeptical newspaper owners who both want to believe Mencken has returned...and who couldn't possibly believe in the charlatan who's acting as his channeler....more
Okay, this may not be the best romance ever, but it was chock full of a fun take on the regency tropes. Our heroine is, of course, a virgin trying toOkay, this may not be the best romance ever, but it was chock full of a fun take on the regency tropes. Our heroine is, of course, a virgin trying to find a husband during the London Season. It's her 6th Season, and she's totally bored by the concept. Also, she sets her cap for the rake who is determined never to marry. Ever. He sleeps with plenty of women, but he's never hurt a young virgin's reputation; he only sleeps with married women and widows. His particular form of honor won't let him hurt a girl's chances, and he has never broken a promise or vow. (If the married women want to break their promises, that's their own look out.) Too bad for him, our heroine is in cahoots with his sister to make it look like he's stalking her. Poor thing is actually in love, but wants marriage less than he wants the woman. Or does he?...more
Lynsay Sands can write! The novel goes by fast, and I loved the first twenty pages or so of snappy chick-lit. Too bad Bite Me if You Can is so horriblLynsay Sands can write! The novel goes by fast, and I loved the first twenty pages or so of snappy chick-lit. Too bad Bite Me if You Can is so horribly clichéd (soul mates), over the top (oh noes! my family knows I'm in love with my soul mate!), and chock full of extraneous junk (vampires are really the product of Atlantean nanotech)....more
The Black Jewels trilogy has plenty of intrigue, gore, non-con, magic, and characters who are at their most interesting in book 3. Also, the magic reqThe Black Jewels trilogy has plenty of intrigue, gore, non-con, magic, and characters who are at their most interesting in book 3. Also, the magic requires jewelry-wearing: great for cosplay! I'm torn between really liking this and "really liking it, but only at 3 am".
Non-textual note: don't buy the oversized copy with all three novels in one volume because it's difficult to hold and will hurt your wrists....more
**spoiler alert** Predictable military space opera. My library finally got books 2 and 3 of "The Lost Fleet", so I'm back to reading this series. It's**spoiler alert** Predictable military space opera. My library finally got books 2 and 3 of "The Lost Fleet", so I'm back to reading this series. It's strongly predictable, yes, but in ways that I enjoy. Our hero, Capt. Jack Geary, has been floating in a stasis pod for 100 years. He wakes up famous. His hopeless "last stand" has set the tone for what it means to be a fighting soldier in the current times. People quote him. This could be funny if he weren't suddenly made acting Admiral of a space fleet in the middle of hostile space, crewed by people who fight for glory and honor rather than for winning or discipline. No, it's not great literature or even overwhelmingly inventive, but it makes a good beach read....more