The Fault in our Stars is an amazing book--in case you thought it might be crap because a lot of people like it. It is not crap. It is worth reading.The Fault in our Stars is an amazing book--in case you thought it might be crap because a lot of people like it. It is not crap. It is worth reading. It will make you cry in the best way possible.
Sure, it's not a perfect book. You can see the author in there, but not in an obtrusive way. I always felt like the characters were real, like they were people that were more interesting and thoughtful than I am, but real. The book felt honest to me. The things the character said sometimes strained believability but most of the time, I bought in hook, line, and sinker. There was very little that was expected, which surprised me.
I'm a woman nearing middle-age--okay, maybe I'm there--and yet I could relate to the characters, all of them. and I loved all the characters. Even Peter. I will have to check out some of the author's other books....more
This is my favorite Louise Penny mystery so far! It's a beautifully written novel, with characters that are so real and so tragic. Penny explores inteThis is my favorite Louise Penny mystery so far! It's a beautifully written novel, with characters that are so real and so tragic. Penny explores interpersonal relationships with a tenderness and deep insight that is truly her greatest gift as a writer. She so skillfully creates characters, only to reveal that all is not as it seems, making me feel so painfully sorry for them. Her exploration of the Morrow family's dynamics is heartbreaking and absolutely riveting.
So, as with her other novels, the quality of the writing is top notch, but this time around, the mystery is equally good. I had no idea who the murderer was, and I was captivated for the entire book. If I was going to recommend any non-Agatha-Christie mystery book to anyone, it would be this one!
My only complaint is that the method of murder was a bit far fetched, but I can forgive it, because it was also so poetic, which is fitting in a novel filled to the brim with such lovely prose (as well as snippets of poetry). Not just a great mystery, but a great novel!...more
This children's book was out-of-print until this year, but now that it is no longer the rare and extremely expensive book it once was, I urge everybodThis children's book was out-of-print until this year, but now that it is no longer the rare and extremely expensive book it once was, I urge everybody out there to go buy a copy of this book. My two 1969 paperback copies are probably not worth much now that it's been reprinted, but I don't care. It's more important to me that this book is accessible to all! Buy it for your children or for yourself. It has delightful illustrations and a fun story that enchanted me as a child. It is definitely one of my favorite children's books of all time, and I am a collector of children's books from all eras!
Cards on the Table embodies everything I love about Agatha Christie mysteries. It’s basically a locked-room mystery, where there are only four suspectCards on the Table embodies everything I love about Agatha Christie mysteries. It’s basically a locked-room mystery, where there are only four suspects who could have committed the crime and four investigators working in their own distinct ways to ferret out the murderer. You can tell from reading the book that Agatha Christie really liked laying out how these different detectives worked—Superintendent Battle with his good sense, his careful attention, and his smarter-than-he-looks appearance; Ariadne Oliver with her knowledge of the criminal mind and her intuition; Colonal Race with incisive deductions (although his character is the least developed in this novel); and of course, Hercule Poirot with his “little gray cells”. Each offered some piece of the puzzle that, in the end, Poirot used to piece the truth together. After reading Christie’s atrocious novel The Big Four, I was relieved to read a much more subtle and interesting portrait of Hercule Poirot, where he is much much less the know-it-all who plays his cards close to his chest than the Hercule Poirot of that earlier work. It is refreshing to see him actually show respect for and admiration of his fellow sleuths.
This novel manages to keep the reader guessing without having a dozen or more suspects from which to choose and thus avoids the pitfalls of having a plot that is too convoluted and confusing (like in Sad Cypress, with 23 characters total, not all of whom are as they seem, and a twisting, turning plot that defies belief). In Cards on the Table, all of the elements are there for the reader to figure out “whodunit,” but the end is in no way predictable, nor is it totally baffling either. Just when you think you know what’s going on, Christie pulls the rug right out from under you! That’s how I like my mysteries! A great read! ...more
I love Nordan's Music of the Swamp, so it's no surprise that I love this book, which focuses on some of the same characters. This book will make you lI love Nordan's Music of the Swamp, so it's no surprise that I love this book, which focuses on some of the same characters. This book will make you laugh out loud! It also may disturb you. Probably my favorite short story in the world is "Sugar Among the Chickens," where the little boy, Sugar, is fishing for chickens in his back yard. Hilarious!...more