I enjoyed this book of romance from the POV of a man who, obvious to everyone but himself, shows signs of Aspergers.
However, as the daughter of a sci...moreI enjoyed this book of romance from the POV of a man who, obvious to everyone but himself, shows signs of Aspergers.
However, as the daughter of a scientist, I am disappointed Mr Simsion went with the stereotype of the atheist scientist. Growing up around them I've known MANY scientists who see religion and science as partners, not enemies, and have room in their life for both science and faith. I recommend that both the author and the fictional Don read the book "The Great Partnership" by Rabbi Johnathan Sacks and if they'd like, "Why Faith Matters" by Rabbi David Wolpe. (And by the way, Don's wrong about the fish. The reason the eye isn't perfect by human standards is because it's perfect for the fish and God didn't need to change anything else about it.)
So in what would've been a five star book I'm subtracting one because of the stereotype. I'm also subtracting one because while Rosie challenged Don's ideals in every other way, it would have been nice if she also challenged him on this and was able to open his mind a bit. A closed minded scientist is not a very good scientist. After all, you need an open mind when conducting experiments so you don't dismiss results you didn't believe were possible. (And for the record, I also have just as much problem with "religious" people who totally dismiss science. A closed mind in either side is a mind that is wrong.)
That being said, you can tell how much I enjoy a book by how quickly I read it. The faster I read it, the more I enjoy it. It took me - well, we could say two days because I started it on the afternoon of the 17th and finished it today. But if we went with total reading hours it took me less than 24. (Interruptions for things like work, internet, sleeping, dog walking, etc. Which is the sole reason it took two days. Otherwise I would have finished it the same day I borrowed it from the library.)
Every now and again I come across a book wondering who the author slept with to get it published since they don't have a...moreThis book is overrated trash.
Every now and again I come across a book wondering who the author slept with to get it published since they don't have a lick of talent. Forrest Gump is one. (Seriously, one of the few times the movie was better.) Gone Girl is another.
The story is about a hipster jerk who marries a sociopathic c**t.
It's poorly written. The characters are all 100% unlikable. The ending idiotic. It would've been much better had Amy been murdered by Nick's father and Nick covered it up while in a fugue state. Maybe with hints that this had happened before.
But it didn't go that way.
I wouldn't have even finished this pile of crap if it wasn't for the fact I'm recovering from surgery and didn't have the energy to seek out something by someone who actually has writing talent.
The Vagina Monologues is pretentious crap written by a woman with zero writing talent. Honestly, it's so bad you wonder if she's related to Stephine M...moreThe Vagina Monologues is pretentious crap written by a woman with zero writing talent. Honestly, it's so bad you wonder if she's related to Stephine Meyer.
(view spoiler)[But worse, she's one of those women who think it's okay for a grown woman to RAPE a child. (In the writing the girl is suppose to be 12 to 14, though I understand they usually cast someone 16. Doesn't matter. Still rape.)
Yes, there is a part in this where a grown woman rapes a little girl. The author has the audacity to call it "seduction" but it's rape. She gets the child under the influence of booze and rapes her.
It doesn't make that they're the same gender. It's still rape. The author should be ashamed of herself for writing this and glorifying rape. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I just wanted to post a small correction to the book. The model for Tinkerbell was not Marilyn Monroe but Margaret Kelly. Though Diane Purkiss isn't w...moreI just wanted to post a small correction to the book. The model for Tinkerbell was not Marilyn Monroe but Margaret Kelly. Though Diane Purkiss isn't wrong about Tinkerbell being based on a sex symbol. Miss Kelly had been voted Best Legs In Hollywood at the time she modeled for Tink and voiced one of the mermaids. (less)
I've read so many romance novels in my life and I can honestly say this is one of the dumber ones.
Marie is a freaking moron. I don't know if Miss Sim...moreI've read so many romance novels in my life and I can honestly say this is one of the dumber ones.
Marie is a freaking moron. I don't know if Miss Sims is really a man writing under a fake name, because only a man can write a woman that badly, women TALK about their problems. Even "ice queen" types reach out to someone. There's no way she'd keep her illness quiet. We women seek out others for support and help. Going it alone is a man trait that people wrongly think when applied to women makes them "strong" characters. No, this just makes them flipping idiots!
And to fall for a worthless w***e like Josh? No. Just no. He sleeps around too much. A s**t like that could never, ever be faithful. Yes, men can be w***es and s**ts too. If you sleep with people without considering their feelings that's what you are. If Josh was a real man he would only sleep with women he wanted a chance to commit to.
What's with all the vampire bashing? Vampires are far superior to were-creatures. Why would anyone want a were-creature or to be one? If you thought PMS was bad wait until a full moon.
Vampires don't have periods, vampires don't go crazy during a full moon, vampires are immortal, and vampires can't get pregnant so Marie wouldn't ruin her life by ever having kids.
But the immortal part is the best. Even shifters die of old age and accidents. (Course in the original myths werewolves had the good luck to turn into vampires when they died. Unless shot with a silver bullet as silver is deadly to vampires.)
What Marie should've done is -
1: Tell everyone about her illness the way all strong women do.
2: Get permission to start a profile and be turned.
3: Tell Josh she doesn't want were-herpes.
4: Find herself a vampire instead.
I'm mostly mad at how utterly stupid Marie is and the whole trope of "I'm dying let me find a miracle cure." If that hadn't been the driving force of the book I might've bought everything else about it. Including her falling in love with a worthless tramp like Josh. But as it stands, no, just a stupid book. (less)
Okay, first off, I hate with a burning passion the whole "vampires/zombies are an infection, nothing supernatural" crap so many do. To me that's just...moreOkay, first off, I hate with a burning passion the whole "vampires/zombies are an infection, nothing supernatural" crap so many do. To me that's just lazy writing. Because supernatural origins means so much more research and imagination. (Plus, while it wouldn't apply to this book as it's a "guide" rather than a novel, it's always fun to see a character who's a non-believer of any sort suddenly having to grow and be more open minded when confronted by the supernatural.)
Next, this book is all "gun guns guns fire."
No, guns only work against vampires if they have silver bullets.
I know what some of you are going to whine about. "Silver is only for werewolves!"
NO! Go back to the original mythology people!
Unlike vampires, werewolves are 100% mortal. They can die from accidents, illness, or old age. The problem is - werewolves return from the dead as vampires!
So you have to use a silver bullet to prevent the werewolf from coming back as a bloodsucker.
In fact, the only way silver really comes into play with werewolves other than to prevent them from returning as a vampire is that you can cure them - strike them while transformed between the eyes with a silver blade and you break the curse. Otherwise you can kill a werewolf by throwing them in a wood chipper.
All the "information" in here is utterly repetitive and unimaginative. There's none of the actual mythology here. Like how you can repel a vampire using cow poop found in a thorn bush. (Yes, that is an actual vampire repellent!) Or how you can pin them into their grave using an iron spike through the skull.
There's nothing about Dhampires - children born from the sexual union between a human female and a vampire male, natural born vampire hunters. Only a brief mention on how vampires have to count grains. But not how they have to untie knots and other signs of OCD.
And the business about vampires not being able to stand the sun? Yeah, no. In fact there's any number of myths involving vampires that can and do come out in daylight. Such as the farmer who died, was buried, returned from his grave the very next morning with all the signs of being a vampire including red eyes, and went about all his usual chores without speaking, then returned to his grave at sunset. He did this for years until his family could survive without his help.
Most of all, this book is not nearly as imaginative or as fun as the Zombie Survival Guide. (Okay, so that does the stupid virus zombies crap I hate so much, but at least Max Brooks acknowledges true zombies as created using voodoo.)
Basically, so glad I borrowed, not paid for this dreck.