Absolutely killer! A funny and well written book. I had to keep reminding myself that vampire were not real and this book was in fact fiction. The autAbsolutely killer! A funny and well written book. I had to keep reminding myself that vampire were not real and this book was in fact fiction. The author created characters that leap off the page and drew you into their story. The internal monologue of the one of the most fascinating men in history felt real and fresh, the vampire aside, it could have been an autobiography. Usually I'm not one for 'historical fan fiction' as it were, but this book was a delightful surprise. Well worth the read for anyone who enjoys this genre - my only advice? Stay away from the terrible movie! ...more
Absolutely endearing and hilarious! Mindy is sarcastic and funny as hell, this translates into her writing with ease. Quick book to get through and IAbsolutely endearing and hilarious! Mindy is sarcastic and funny as hell, this translates into her writing with ease. Quick book to get through and I recommend reading it in private, because its going to make you laugh out loud! ...more
This is a page turner from the get go and a highly enjoyable tale. The end threw me for a loop a little, as I feel the 'twist' came literally from noThis is a page turner from the get go and a highly enjoyable tale. The end threw me for a loop a little, as I feel the 'twist' came literally from no other place in the book, but when I found out there was an upcoming squeal in store, the end made a little more sense. At times the characters lacked motivation, I would have enjoyed a little more detail as to why the antagonist of the story suddenly turned so bad so quickly . . at the risk of cliche, it all escalated rather quickly.
Despite these flaws, the story was rich with detail, the settings were imaginative and engaging and the author balanced all three main plots with seeming ease. If you are in the mood for a book a little out of the box, that will keep you guessing until the very end through a rich mythos - this is a great read. It's not the deepest book but the authors engaging writing style often makes up for it's flaws. ...more
This author has an amazing talent for crafting her stories through the eyes of her characters, however this book it almost akin to reading two completThis author has an amazing talent for crafting her stories through the eyes of her characters, however this book it almost akin to reading two completely different stories of two very different families. though they are connected through their daughter (the American family who adopts Asha and the poor Indian family that gave her up) they are living very different existences. Both mothers are connected through the "secret daughter" and for both the connection leads to sorrow in many different respects. I enjoyed the complete immersion in both the Indian and Western Culture, by dumping the reader in both the differences between the two are startling but never outright stated. As someone who had very little knowledge of the Indian Slums and the huge gap between rich and poor in the country it was an educational and eye opening narrative. My only point of contention is the huge time jumps that happen at the beginning of the book, you have to pay great attention to the dates at the beginning of the chapters or your become quickly lost. All in all a very great read, but not one that had me glued to every page. ...more
Wow, what can I even say about this book that will do it justice and completely capture the beautiful heartbreak it invokes? The book begins with 50 yWow, what can I even say about this book that will do it justice and completely capture the beautiful heartbreak it invokes? The book begins with 50 year old Alice's birthday and a snapshot of her professional and wonderful life before she she is diagnosed with her disease. The reader falls in love with the eloquent women who has devoted her life to the love and understanding of language; as a Harvard Ph.D professor with tenure and an amazing body of work, her mind and its acuity and strength are the center of her world. As Alice begins to experience little instances of forgetting, getting lost and not being able to find words in a sentence the reader experiences her frustration and dread with each episode leading her further down the rabbit hole. When she finally admits that something is wrong, goes to the doctor and receives her diagnosis, the reader is left reeling with her and hoping against hope that its a false prognosis. As the book continues and her memory gets worse, her episodes closer together and she looses more and more of herself with each page until she no longer recognizes her children, grandchildren, husband and even her own face in the mirror. Through her eyes the reader watches are she loses everything that is important to her, everything that makes her unique until she finally loses even her own sense of self. Lisa Genova has the professional background that backs up the fictional characters with scientific fact and provides the book with a greater depth than that of a common fictional novel, bringing the story and characters to vivid life. There is no way to escape the sorrow, anger and frustration that Alice feels, along with the hopelessness, fear and terrible loneliness Alzheimer's brings her. This novel breaks your heart but it does so in the most exquisite and wonderful ways, by forcing you to feel what Alice feels and putting yourself in her place. Anyone who reads this book will forever be inspired, I know I gained a much greater understanding of a disease that carries such a stigma in our society and a greater appreciation for those that suffer with it. ...more
I was attracted to this book because I enjoyed the movie immensely and I figured the book was probably even better (which is usually the case). I wasI was attracted to this book because I enjoyed the movie immensely and I figured the book was probably even better (which is usually the case). I was happy to be right! Ahern is a remarkable talented author when it comes to conveying grief, loss and the worst of the human condition. You feel Holly's pain as though it was yours, which allows you to connect with the character in a deep way. Anyone who has ever experienced loss should read this book, it allows you to grow alongside Holly and understand that, no matter how hard it is, it will someday get better. Though Gerry is dead the entire book, his character is just as powerful as hers and you fall in love with him a little, for understanding the Holly is going to need help and love after he's gone. The writing is rich and witty, the characters fully developed and each with their own pocket of interest. The book will make you cry as much as it makes you laugh, and though not a coffee table book as it demands a lot of attention and emotional endurance, it is very worth it for the feeling at the end. As Holly heals and understands that her life must go on, she must start a new chapter, the reader is filled with a sense of hope and purpose as well. ...more