Darren Shane has overcome his problem of drinking human blood knowing that he was not a regular human. Mr Crepsley had been acting a bit odd and goingDarren Shane has overcome his problem of drinking human blood knowing that he was not a regular human. Mr Crepsley had been acting a bit odd and going out on secret missions in the middle of the night but when Darren Shane and Evra Vonn the snake boy found on the news six bodies drained of blood. So Darren Shane and Evra Vonn set out to capture Mr Crepsely and kill him but stumbled into a vapaneeze evil vampires trap. Knowing that Mr Crepsley wasn't evil afterall he was trying to kill the vapaneeze. But Evra Vonn had been captured by Mogul the vapaneezese setting out to find the vapaneeze and save Evra but more problems had occurred. Darren Shane had the troublesome choice of giving up Debbie for Evra and decided it was the only way.
I liked this book but I think that number 2 the Vampire's Assistant was better.
This is the kind of book whose cover says outrageous things like "gripping" and "addictive" and is all the more so simply because for once, those damnThis is the kind of book whose cover says outrageous things like "gripping" and "addictive" and is all the more so simply because for once, those damn reviewers aren't lying.
Middle aged Sheba is a new teacher who becomes romantically involved with a 15 year old boy in her class, to the horror of her husband and destruction of her family. Barbara, from whose perspective the novel is narrated, is the older woman, confidante and friend who stands by Sheba throughout the affair and trial that follows.
That's about all anyone can really say without giving away spoilers. Except perhaps "beware when the stalker becomes the stalked", and "don't believe all you hear" and "wow, I'm gonna watch Single White Female again."
I've since learned that this book was made into a film with Cate Blanchett cast as Sheba and Judi Dench as Barbara - Yes and Yes! Perfection.
Zoe Heller is one of those authors that make you feel immediately confident in her skill - you don't always know where she's going, but no word is superfluous, no paragraph or observation out of place. You can feel it all moving towards a crescendo which, when it's done, you will want to stand up and applaud....more
I cannot love this book any harder if I tried. If I somehow managed to laminate myself inside the front cover, it still would not be close enough. ThiI cannot love this book any harder if I tried. If I somehow managed to laminate myself inside the front cover, it still would not be close enough. This is the second time I've read it and I can't believe how perfect it still is. Maybe it's getting better with (my own) age. Kate DiCamillo is a genius, she is subtle, heartfelt, gripping and her words will bowl you over with their simplicity.
You would not think that you could read aloud a book to a 6 year old that explores guilt, abandonment, grief, alcoholism and longing and have them understand a single word of it. Hell, you would have to ask yourself whether it would even be appropriate. And yet somehow DiCamillo gets away with it. More than that, she makes an achingly wonderful tribute to the beauty and triumph of human - and DOG - relationships, which, even though no substitute for the answers to all these unresolvable questions in life, can make the not knowing bearable.
How's this scene:
"You always give up!" I shouted. "You're always pulling your head inside your stupid old turtle shell. I bet you didn't even go out looking for my mama when she left. I bet you just let her run off, too." "Baby," the preacher said. "I couldn't stop her. I tried. Don't you think I wanted to her to stay, too? Don't you think I miss her every day?" He spread his arms out wide and then dropped them to his side. "I tried," he said. "I tried." Then he did something I couldn't believe. He started to cry."
I dare you to read this book and not be affected....more