Like a lot of people I saw the movie first and was inspired to check out the book. I am glad I did, the book makes so much more sense than the movie....moreLike a lot of people I saw the movie first and was inspired to check out the book. I am glad I did, the book makes so much more sense than the movie. For huge fans of the movie trilogy be warned that the movie plots actually have very little to do with the original books. In my opinion, the book is superior to the movie because it doesn’t gloss over the mental and physical damage Bourne undergoes before and during the plot. In contrast, the movie is mainly about action scenes. Of course there is plenty of action in the books but it takes a backseat to the mystery of who Bourne really is and who wants to kill him.
Being a diehard romantic, I especially loved the role Marie St. Jacques plays in supporting Bourne throughout the book. Although her willingness and acceptance of Bourne in the beginning is a bit weird considering he kidnapped her, their eventual trust and confidence in each other plays a major role in helping Bourne recover his memory. Their relationship exhibited the unthinking passion of youth, tempered by a mature sense of belonging.
Beyond the relationship, I thought Ludlum did a phenomenal job dishing out information about the characters as the plot evolves. I think some authors have a hard time evenly spreading out information thoughout a book; instead they seem to clump information together in little chunks. I also think that it is even more challenging when it comes to descriptive fiction with amnesia victims. As a reader, I have inevitably come to expect most of the characters’ back story to come out in one big explanation near the end of the book. Ludlum did not do this, he spread out Bourne’s back story throughout the book, giving the readers snippet of foreshadowing and the occasional flashback.
I definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes an old fashioned spy novel; no fancy toys just go old fashioned skill. (less)
BEST Percy book to date! Rick Riordan really did his research. I am so amazed at how effortlessly he blends ancient myths and modern culture together in each of these books. I especially liked this installment, because we finally got to see the Roman camp. Ok, I will be the first person to admit that I know very little about the Rome, but I have spent over five years studying Latin and I couldn’t see any errors in Riordan’s mythology.
The descriptions of the camp and the legion really fascinated me; Riordan did an excellent job describing the different temples and the distinction between the military camp and the city, Oh, and he even added a little Tiber. I wish Percy had spent more time in the camp before heading out on the quest.
I liked Percy’s companions, Hazel and Frank. Although I was a bit skeptical about them in the beginning (Frank appeared to be a woose and there was just something off about Hazel), both of them turned out to be interesting and well rounded. Actually, they both did better on their first quests than Percy did looking for the lightning bolt. Speaking of Percy, I was expecting him to take center stage in this book, but I was wrong. He had an active part in the book but he let Hazel and Frank shine too.
Definitely cannot wait for the sequel. The one thing that really irritated me about this book was the cut off ending. It wasn’t a cliff hanger, but still something very cool was about to happen. O Well I guess I just have to wait another year.
I would recommend this book to just about anyone. It is a good read, with a few unpredictable turns, and likable characters all wrapped up in a well researched and very funny world. Just make sure and start with the first book, The Lightning Thief.
Humm … What should I say about Cinda Williams Chima’s work. Well I have read quite a bit of it, including part of the Heir series and all of this series. Of the two series, I prefer this one by far, probably because of Han and his past as a street lord. I don’t know why but I have always liked books that focus on noble or reformed thief characters. Han leaves behind most of his thieving ways in this book turning instead to wizardry and the courtly arts. Although technically enrolled as a student, Han seems to spend very little time in class. But honestly, with his teachers and classmates I would ditch too. I really enjoyed how Cinda Williams Chima brought Han and Raisa back together. Those two definitely have chemistry and their banter is very amusing.
Although I loved the first book in the series; like many other series, the Seven Realms series grows in this book. The world, the characters, the magic system; all feel more real, less forced and manipulated. I spend a great deal of my time reading fantasy; so far this is my favorite high fantasy series. Cinda Williams Chima has created a perfect fantasy series without it devolving into another overblown epic that loses its steam half way through.
All that having been said, I can understand why people who enjoy high fantasy might dislike this series. The Seven Realms series is primarily meant for a young adult audience and therefore does not delve into the mass amount of detail that characterizes many other adult high fantasy books. Personally this is one of the main reasons I like the Seven Realms books, because they don’t waste my time with pointless trivia that has very little to do with the plot.
If I were going to recommend this book to someone, I would first definitely make sure they had read the first one. This is not a series you want to read out of order. I would recommend it to anyone who loves fantasy, but is not a hard core fantasy reader. Also, I personal feel this book is suitable for anyone over the age of 14.
Watch out Katniss, you’re not the only “Girl on Fire”. Although not quite on The Hunger Games level, Legend has the makings to become the next big dys...moreWatch out Katniss, you’re not the only “Girl on Fire”. Although not quite on The Hunger Games level, Legend has the makings to become the next big dystopian series.
location: A city under the control of the Republic on the west coast of what used to be The United States. Now split into two parts, the Republic and the Colonies, North America has been ravaged by disease, famine, and now a never ending war. Marie Lu uses broad strokes in detailing all of her imagery, leaving most of the finer details out. Personally I would have liked to have seen a more detailed world. I think the story suffered because the world was not clearly defined. Even more details about June and Day’s activities would have helped me as a reader to develop a rounder mental image for this book.
Characters: June was a very strong female lead. I am always thrilled when I find a strong female character that can think and act on her own initiative without help from some boy; to my ever growing disgust they seem few and far between. Day is in a word, amazing. I absolutely love Robin Hood type characters, so I was in love from the beginning. His strength and loyalty to his family are only two of his many attributes. He is a genius when it comes to guerrilla warfare. Although I liked the characters, they turned out a little too perfect. I know that’s an odd thing to complain about, but I got this sense while reading the books that the main characters where too smart, too athletic, all around relatively flawless. A character needs flaws to be completely believable, I guess June and Day were just too flawless for my tastes.
Despite the lack luster descriptions, this book had an enormous emotional impact on me. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who loves dystopian YA or anyone who loves a Robin Hood type character. (less)
This book turned out to be nothing like what I expected. I grew up with the Disney version, so I knew the story (Ok, the vague story) and I knew it wa...moreThis book turned out to be nothing like what I expected. I grew up with the Disney version, so I knew the story (Ok, the vague story) and I knew it was a book. To be honest, after reading the book I definitely prefer the Disney movie over the book. I didn’t think I would ever say this, but the movie is so much better than the book. The book was an interesting, classic adventure story with a beautiful damsel and a handsome hero that must overcome great obstacles to rescue his lady. I loved the descriptions of the rain forest; Edgar Rice Burroughs did a great job of painting the stark differences between the harsh world of the jungle and the stark elegance of civilization. On the other hand, the book just dripped racism and bigotry. I realize the book was written in 1914 and the cultural standards have changed considerably over almost a century, but the level of racism and bigotry was inexcusable and quite frankly offensive to today’s readers.
Some of the concepts in the book were so outrageous that my disbelief distracted me from the story. I personally believe in nurture over nature, so I had a very hard time accepting little Tarzan teaching himself to read, let along learning how to talk so late in life. I am no psychologist, but Tarzan’s ability to read and speak fluent French after only a few months is positively ridiculous.
I really did not care for Burroughs’ descriptions of the apes, they were downgrading and ungenerous. True, they are animals with animal instincts, but that doesn’t mean they lack intelligence; they are sentient, they do feel, and they do have families. I guess Burroughs gave the apes some human characteristics, especially Tarzan’s adoptive mother, but I think he did this to make the evolutionary difference between the apes and Tarzan that more apparent to the reader. What I really liked about the Disney movie was all the humanity the writers gave to the apes. I know Disney gets a really bad rap for screwing up classic stories, but I think in this case it was a definite improvement.
I definitely do not recommend this book; go watch the movie instead. (less)
I am a die hard fiction reader, if I am not required to read it for a class I never pick up a non-fiction book, until now. I am not sure what drew me...moreI am a die hard fiction reader, if I am not required to read it for a class I never pick up a non-fiction book, until now. I am not sure what drew me to this book; I was poking around a recently added books list at a library and ran across this book, since I am currently in a linguistic based course, I decided to try it. I was definitely impressed; the writing was loose and funny without that “required” reading reek. I thought it was very interesting to learn about when and how that fashionable British accent first started, it is actually more modern than you might think. I also enjoyed the discussion about who speaks “real” English, the British or the Americans; the answer was definitely shocking. The book also discusses grammar rules that are actually lies thought up by Latinist determined to make English more like Latin. Having taken Latin for several years both in High School and College, I can kinda see where those Latinists were coming from; English does need a bit more structure like Latin. But then again, English is a Germanic language, so trying to apply Romance language rules to it is a pointless endeavor. All in all a good book; I would recommend it to anyone who would like to know a bit more about the English language. (less)
First things first, I want to make something very clear, I absolutely love Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunter series, so if you don’t like her work you probably won’t agree with this review. Darkness Dawns and the Dark Hunter series share some common themes. For one thing they are both about semi-vampires who protect the human race from evil. For another thing, both the Immortals and the Dark Hunters have a powerful, mysterious leader who has powers far beyond those of his followers.
All of that having been said, I really did not like this book. I did finish it in a vain hope that the story would improve, but unfortunately it did not. In all respects, the Dark Hunter series is superior; in my opinion there was nothing about this book to set it apart. First off, the Immortals leader, Seth, sucked; he was completely clueless. Ok, so I should go easy on him because he isn’t an immortal god like, Ash, but still he made a huge mistake. Second, this book started out with an interesting plot that boiled down to basically nothing in the end. Seriously, as soon as the main characters had sex for the first time it seemed like that is all they did for the rest of the book. The conclusion, if you can even call it that, was squeezed in at the very end, and honestly it fizzled out pretty quick. As for the character development, there really wasn’t any. The main characters didn’t seem to carry very much baggage. Of course the guy had some trust issues, but he seemed to get over those quickly.
Ok so this might just be me, but the one thing that really bugged me about this book was the vegan vampire thing. Basically, the virus that makes them immortal, requires that they eat naturally. All fine and good, but they played in up so much that I started feeling guilty about what I was eating at the time. Now when a girl can’t enjoy a slice of pizza because of a book, then we have problems.
All in all, a terrible book; I will not be buying any sequels. If you like paranormal romance don’t read this book, go find a Dark Hunter book, you will enjoy it far more.
This book reminded me a lot of The Thief Lord, with older characters and without a magic carousel. Wally is kind of like Scipio, in that they both com...moreThis book reminded me a lot of The Thief Lord, with older characters and without a magic carousel. Wally is kind of like Scipio, in that they both come from good, rich families but prefer life on the streets. Wally, unlike Scipio, has taken fully to street life and has cut almost all ties with her previous life.
The first part of Dark Eyes was actually very good. William Richter did a good job describing how hard Wally and her friends’ lives on the streets while at the same time exploring the sense of freedom such a life can give some people. Definitely not one of the darker descriptions of how bad it can be on the streets, the descriptions nevertheless made a lasting impression on me. To be honest, the ease with which Wally and her friends manage to survive seemed a bit hokey, but the story’s focus wasn’t on the hardships of street life, so I was able to overlook the inconsistency.
Midway through the book the story became very dark. Wally’s long lost father comes back looking for the treasure Wally’s mother stole from him. He will literally do anything to retrieve the treasure including killing. This made the last part of the book very depressing. Now, I do not mind depressing as long as there is a happy ending, unfortunately the book’s ending did not make up for everything that came before.
I personally cannot recommend this book due to my dislike of depressing books, but it does not necessary mean it is a bad book. (less)
I don’t know why, but in the beginning this book reminded me of Jumper by Steven Gould. The comparison didn’t last long.
This book has an interesting...moreI don’t know why, but in the beginning this book reminded me of Jumper by Steven Gould. The comparison didn’t last long.
This book has an interesting premise, time travel without all of those headache inducing paradoxes. Seriously if you don’t believe fictional time travel can induce headaches, you must read Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card. But I digress. Jackson Meyer, the main character of Tempest, finds out that he can time travel. He tells his best friend and they start running experiments to see how far the ability take them. Then one day two mysterious men show up in his girlfriend's room and shoot her. In a panic Jackson jumps back in time to 2007 and gets stuck. Thus begins the mother of all headaches, no not from the time travel, but from Jackson’s pure stupidity. Seriously, I have no idea how I made it thought the whole book, Jackson makes one mistake after another and he never seems to learn from them. First off, he totally blows his cover story (he made up a lame story about how he is in New York when his 2007 self should be in Spain) and then he starts stalking his present day girlfriend two years before they are supposed to meet. I won’t go into too many details in case someone actually wants to read this book, but the bottom line is that there are a lot of things that don’t add up in this book especially as the plot gets more complicated.
The last thing I want to say about this book is that the writing and the descriptions really tested my ability to believe, some of the concepts were just too hokey even for science fiction. Save your throat, don’t read this book because if you do you will scream yourself hoarse at the main character. (less)
I spent a good five minutes searching through a thesaurus to find the perfect word to describe this book. Awesome, breathtaking, sparkling, and even a...moreI spent a good five minutes searching through a thesaurus to find the perfect word to describe this book. Awesome, breathtaking, sparkling, and even awe-inspiring didn’t quite fit the bill. In the end I doubt any one English word can sum up all the passion, imagery, and emotion in this book.
First off, the locations; Laini Taylor did a spectacular job detailing all the different locals Karou, the main character, visits. I especially liked the mystical and slightly magical descriptions of Prague. I seriously want to know if the crazy Poisson Kitchen is a real restaurant. A favorite hang out of Karou, the restaurant is filled with old statuary wearing, of all thing, WWI gas masks. The description of the place brought to mind the restaurant from Cynthia Leitich Smith’s Tantalize; both have that slightly ghoulish and yet fun aspect. Overall Taylor provided plenty of details bringing the scenery to life. I only wish she had included more details about the world Akiva comes from.
As for the characters, each one is vivid and bursting with life and vitality. I was honestly shocked at the level of emotion Taylor was able to portray through her characters. I especially liked Karou’s friend. The dialog between Karou and her friend was hysterical; I am definitely adding Laini Taylor to my “writers who can actually write worthwhile banter” list. It’s just sad that so many writers think they are being all cool and witty in the dialogue but in actuality the words are cringing on the page. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked Akiva’s character. In the beginning he definitely has that bad boy, supernatural appeal that is so common in this genre, but through our glimpses into his thoughts and through his actions he morphs into this sweet, gentle guy. I could say more but I don’t want to give anything away.
The plot, always the take it or leave it aspect for me, was a mixture of old and new. Taylor took the well worn Romeo and Juliet theme and made some alterations. The twist with teeth is really ingenious, and quite frankly I didn’t see it coming. Some people might complain that the latter half of the book is merely a bunch of flash backs and there is no real climax, but I thought the story was well paced and organized. But I do have to admit Taylor does dump a lot of information on her readers at the very end, I guess in an attempt to tie up all the loose ends.
Overall a phenomenal book, I would highly recommend to anyone old, young, girl, boy that likes fantasy. (less)
A sweet historical romance, this book brought tears to my eyes. I love the way Putney paints both her characters and the scenery around them, such viv...moreA sweet historical romance, this book brought tears to my eyes. I love the way Putney paints both her characters and the scenery around them, such vivid pictures help draw readers in and hold them tight till the last page. The best thing about Putney’s books is the historical detail, honestly I am not an expert, but the level of detail truly separates her work from other historical romances.
I remember both Major Alexander Randall and Lady Julia from the first book in this series, Loving a Lost Lord. I am glad they received their own book, they are a cute couple. The plot was entirely character driven, so it could get a little boring, but the mental struggle the main characters went though was impressive and inspiring. Honestly I cannot say too much about this book without giving away plot points, but I did enjoy it and I definitely recommend it to anyone who loves historical romance. (less)
Ok, so this is officially my favorite Putney book to date. History, romance, adventure, and spies what else could a girl ask for in a book. I also enj...moreOk, so this is officially my favorite Putney book to date. History, romance, adventure, and spies what else could a girl ask for in a book. I also enjoyed finally getting to hear Lady Kiri Lawford’s story, I loved her brother’s story but her’s is definitely far better. Like most of Putney’s heroines, Kiri is a strong, forceful character, an equal and powerful match for Mackenzie. The development of their relationship was very funny because Mackenzie tried so hard to stop it but he just could not prevent the unavoidable. Kiri reminded me of Amy Mallory, neither of them let their chosen man’s misgivings upset their plans for happiness.
Unlike the first two books in the series, this book has a fast paced plot with a few sharp, unexpected turns. I liked all the details about perfumes, although I found the idea of Kiri’s sharp nose a little hard to believe. I will definitely read this one again and I whole heartedly recommend it to anyone who likes a little action in their romance. (less)
Before I read this book, I hated zombies. I thought they were grose, mindless, and to be honest, a dumb plot device. Every time I thought zombie, I th...moreBefore I read this book, I hated zombies. I thought they were grose, mindless, and to be honest, a dumb plot device. Every time I thought zombie, I thought of all of those really terrible horror films with grose zombies and dumb scantily clad girls. As you might guess from the previous rant, I really dislike horror as both a movie genre and a book genre. I like uplifting stories with happy endings. Yes, yes, I know not very realistic, but like I always say, “I live reality; I don’t want to read it.”
Ok, so there is one exception to my I hate horror mind set, Supernatural, I absolutely love that show. One of the things I like about the show is the interaction between the two brothers, Sam and Dean. This leads us to Rot & Ruin and why I liked this zombie ridden, horror book so much. (I bet you thought I would never get around to discussing the book. :-) ) Like Supernatural, Rot & Ruin’s story has a lot to do with the relationship of two brothers, Tom and Benny. Actually throughout the book the zombie threat take a back seat to human relationships.
This book explores the horrors within the human soul, more than it explores the mindless zombies. Actually, Tom Imura is a zombie hunter that shows mercy and kindness to the pitiful dead, whenever possible putting them to rest in a peaceful, humane way. Through Tom’s teachings, Benny learns that even though they’re not alive, zombies deserve to be treated with dignity and humanity. Of course, this doesn’t mean you let the raging monsters kill you. This philosophy and approach to zombies is what drew me into the story, and the realization that the real enemy was both human and alive was even more shocking.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes adventure and coming of age stories. (less)
I honestly don’t have much to say about this book. I enjoyed it while I was reading it but it didn’t leave any lasting impressions. Basically to sum t...moreI honestly don’t have much to say about this book. I enjoyed it while I was reading it but it didn’t leave any lasting impressions. Basically to sum this book up:
Boy likes girl
Girl is too scared of messing up her friendship with said boy to deepen their relationship
Girl comes to her senses and starts dating boy.
Basic girl next-door love story with a bit of craziness (i.e. future Facebook entries) added in to make things interesting. The concept of somehow connecting to a future version of the web is really cool, unfortunately, the book didn’t explore the idea of having wired access to the future with enough detail for my tastes. Instead, the plot is very character driven. As a Sci-Fi addict, I wish the authors had explored the future of the internet a bit more. As for the characters, Emma is crazy and stupid. She needs to go see a psychologist because she obviously has some emotional trauma over her parents’ divorce, which is seriously effecting her capacity to maintain a healthy relationship. Josh was by far my favorite character and in my own private opinion should be the poster child for the “Boys are Better in Books” campaign. I will readily admit that this book’s message of live in the moment was well founded, but the metaphorical approach and the disappointing Sci-Fi lowered my rating. (less)
YUCK, this book was so bad I couldn’t even make it though the first half. I will freely admit I am not a big horror fan, but I do read some offerings...moreYUCK, this book was so bad I couldn’t even make it though the first half. I will freely admit I am not a big horror fan, but I do read some offerings in the genera. The premise of this book drew me in, a group of ghost fighting teenagers sounded cool. Unfortunately, book didn’t live up to its promise.
I started getting worried within the first ten minutes of picking up the book. The first scene is of a ghost attacking a subway train full of people. The descriptions were so overworked, bloody, and gruesome that I just couldn’t help laughing. Melodrama anyone! Seriously, the scene had so much blood and bugs, it was ridiculous not scary.
Hoping the author was just trying to draw people in with the shocking depictions in the first few pages, I read on. I was hoping in vain as it soon became apparent that the author had no intention of putting a lid on his overly dramatic writing style. The description of how CRYPT was founded was rather interesting, but was on the unrealistic side. What really made me give up on the book was the main character. What a douchebag! All he seemed to do was whine about his job or admire himself. He actually replays a clip of himself getting out of a helicopter and ridding off on a motorcycle, pretending it is a music video. Did anyone order a narcissist?! Because I sure didn’t.
Well, anyway that is why I dropped the book; I am very busy with schoolwork and cannot afford to waste time reading a book that I don’t like. I might recommend this book to someone who likes melodramatic and overdone crap, but that is a big “might”. (less)
Absolutely Wonderful! I read a lot of Maria V. Snyder’s work and like a great deal of it, but I was especially impressed with this book. Touch of Powe...moreAbsolutely Wonderful! I read a lot of Maria V. Snyder’s work and like a great deal of it, but I was especially impressed with this book. Touch of Power tells the story of one young woman’s struggle with her principles as a healer. The last of her kind and hunted by bounty hunters, Avry is a strong willed female lead who fiercely defends her rights. This causes no end of problems, when she butts heads with the leader of the band of men that rescued her from handing.
The book’s magic system is based on 11 different magical aspects, including such things as moon, forest, and rock, nothing to strange. I hope the different aspects are explored more in later books. As a healer, Avry has the gift to absorb the injuries and illnesses of others into her own body. Once absorbed, Avry’s body heals at an increased rate; this allows her to heal people who are on the brink of death and survive the disease or wound. I have seen this concept of a healing power in other books, but Snyder has taken an interesting and more matter a fact approach. The healing is not instantaneous, the person who is healed might not be injured or sick any more, but the healer’s actual healing process might take weeks. Honestly this is more reasonable than a miraculous recovery that does not cost the healer or the person being healed anything.
Another thing that I liked about the book was the flaws in all the characters. None of the characters were prefect and Maria V. Snyder did not try to hide the fact. Also the idea of rumors and acts made out of necessity can cast a dark light on someone’s character when taken when taken out of context. Throughout the book, Avry is faced with untrue rumors about the healers and rumors about the Prince she must save.
Although I could probably write a whole lot more about this book, I will just leave any reader with this last statement: If you like adventure, romance, and a plot that takes many sharp turns, this is the book for you. (less)
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Although I love romance, especially historical romance, good plot driven stories are hard to come by in this...moreI was pleasantly surprised by this book. Although I love romance, especially historical romance, good plot driven stories are hard to come by in this genre. I have read far too many “penny dreadfuls” lately. This book with its adventure, mystery and just the right amount of “sweep a girl off her feet” romance was just what I needed to revive my waning opinion of the genera.
Heather Cynster was the perfect heroine. She was strong but she also had her flaws. I really liked that fact that see never acted the part of the damsel in distress. She knew what she wanted and wasn’t about to let anyone get in her way. She also displayed some brains by fooling her kidnappers.
Viscount Breckenridge wasn’t my ideal hero, but he was well suited to Heather. Compared to other rakes he didn’t have the same debonair, amusing streak that I love so much. To say it bluntly, he was boring and a bit unbelievable. His whole aversion to “love” was never explained to my satisfaction. Basically he was cool but unbelievable as a character; It is like Laurens tried to give him depth but completely failed in the process.
I will definitely be reading more of Laurens’ work in the future, but in the mean time I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good old fashioned romance. (less)
Oh Stephanie, what kind of mischief are you going to get into next time?
So may be this book doesn’t deserve four stars (it isn’t world class literatu...moreOh Stephanie, what kind of mischief are you going to get into next time?
So may be this book doesn’t deserve four stars (it isn’t world class literature after all) but, what the heck, why not give it four stars just for being so drop dead hysterical. When I go looking for a book, I want something that will carry me away and make me laugh, no matter how stressed out I might be at the time. One for the Money definitely fills the bill; from the first page to the last, Stephanie’s antics will have readers roaring with laughter. And you know what they say about laughter, it’s good for the soul.
On to the story, in the beginning of the book Stephanie has been fired from her job as a lingerie buyer and is desperately searching for work in order to pay her bills. Her last resort is to get a job working as a bail bonds enforcement agent for her cousin Vinnie's company. Her very first job is to bring in Joe Morelli, a local cop who is now runn, and someone Stephanie knows very well. Morelli and Stephanie have a lot of history together, good and bad, but they haven’t spoken since Stephanie tried to run Morelli over with her father’s Buick. Stephanie’s attempts to catch Morelli are, well, pathetic to say the least, but hey you have to give the girl kudos for trying. Hopefully, Ranger, Stephanie’s hot new coworker can teach her a few new tricks, because Stephanie’s going to need all the help she can get.
Just like a stuffed jelly donut, this book oozes sassy dialogue and questionable good sense with a hefty dollop of raucous humor on the side. If you’re looking for a light and funny book, look no farther; I highly recommend this one. (less)
Honestly, this book opened my eyes to how much disability rights awareness has changed since the ADA...moreWow first review, hope I can do the book justice.
Honestly, this book opened my eyes to how much disability rights awareness has changed since the ADA was signed in 1990. This book contains a collection of short stories dealing with disabilities. Since the book was written before the ADA, it paints a harsher picture of discrimination than is commonly see today. The characters in the stories had to deal with problems like inaccessible bathrooms, intolerant people, and discrimination when trying to get a better job. Things are not exactly perfect now, but as a person with a disability, I know that my rights are protected and I will be judged by my achievements not my disability. I am glad I picked this book up, because now I have a new appreciation for all the opportunities I have received. I hope our society continues to learn and accept people with disabilities as equal members. (less)
What to say, what to say; I am not sure I can describe my exact feelings after reading this book, but I will try. Definitely, among the better histori...moreWhat to say, what to say; I am not sure I can describe my exact feelings after reading this book, but I will try. Definitely, among the better historical books that I have read, this story draws you back over a thousand years to medieval England. The tale follows Essa, a young boy who was abandoned in an unfamiliar village by his father Cai, as he grows into a warrior. As a character, Essa has the typical angsty teenager attitude to all the adults in his life, especially his father, but despite his bad moods, he is a likable young man who works hard and loves animals. From the very first page, I felt drawn to Essa; in a way, he reminded me of the main characters in both The Lost Years of Merlin and The Sea of Trolls. Essa is by no means the only interesting character in this book. Katy Moran seems to breathe life into all of her characters. Whether it was a warring king or a village peasant, none of her characters seemed flat or two-dimensional as they flitted in and out of the story.
With such vibrant characters, the plot was extremely character driven, a mixture of the classic coming of age story and a fruitless struggle to maintain peace. The historical details seemed well researched including the attitudes of the characters. I have noticed that some historical writers impose modernized values and morals on their characters even when doing so goes against commonly held beliefs of the time period. From my limited knowledge of the time period, Katy Moran did a reasonable job reconstructing the people’s attitudes towards beliefs, morals, and politics. I was honestly impressed by the detailed explanation of the political structure of seventh century Britain. In a note at the end of the book, the author admits, she had to take some liberties because the historical record from the time period contains a few holes. Overall I think she did a great job filling in those holes.
All in all, not one of my favorite books but still a good read and well worth the time. (less)
I am shocked that I made it though this entire book; the...moreRating for the first half of the book: 4 stars
Rating for the second half of the book: 2 stars
I am shocked that I made it though this entire book; the second half of the book was gag worthy. I decided to buy this book because I was intrigued by the premise. A four hundred old mystery, the murder of a best friend, a boyfriend accused of said murder who has disappeared, and lets not forget a trip to Prague to piece together the clues, how could I have resisted just a juicy sounding book? Just another example of “Don’t judge a book by its description.”
The book started very well. Nora appeared to be a strong, capable female main character, with a nice sense of humor. I especially liked her proficiency with Latin, my personal choice when it comes in foreign languages. Yes, I know it is “dead”, but it is still cool. The descriptions of the two couples were cute and romantic. But, what really interested me was the letters that Nora was assigned to translate, each one revealed a little more about the mystery.
The first half of the book is equivalent to a flashback explaining the events leading up to Chris’ murder. After Nora discovers the body, she soon heads off to Prague and the book goes down hill from there. I cannot explain a lot of the reasons why I hated the second half of the book without spoilers, but I will try my best. First off, from the very first page, Robin Wasserman put a heavy emphasis on foreshadowing and hints. In my experience, if an author tries hard to make you think one thing, the complete opposite is true; so, I knew who killed Chris about three-fourths of the way through the book. Subtle, this book was not! Another thing that bugged me about the sound half was Nora’s transformation; she turned into a whinny damsel in distress, enough said.
On a slightly unrelated topic, it was interesting to compare Nora’s descriptions of Prague with the descriptions in Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Nora seemed off put by the city, calling it “alien” and describing how run down it looked. On the other hand, Karou from Daughter of Smoke and Bone focuses on the beauty and history of the city. I am not trying to say one description is better than the other, I just haven’t read a lot of books placed in Prague so the discontinuity in the descriptions was intriguing.
To sum up this review, don’t read this book. It is not worth the money or time. (less)
So bored! I couldn’t finish this book because I was so bored. Even the action scenes, or what passed as action scenes in this book, were written in su...moreSo bored! I couldn’t finish this book because I was so bored. Even the action scenes, or what passed as action scenes in this book, were written in such a dry tone that all of the suspense was leached right out of the words.
It didn’t help that I know next to nothing about gambling in general and even less about baccarat. Bond’s brief explanation of the rules of the game just added to my growing confusion. I think I could have picked up the rules from reading about Bond’s game with Le Chiffre, but I couldn’t understand any of the calls because they were in French. Seriously, include a translation, not all of us can read French. Since I couldn’t figure out what was going on, I thought the very long baccarat game was extremely boring, with a capital ‘b’. I only read a bit more after the game ended and when things didn’t pick up I dropped the book.
Another thing that bothered me about the book was the lack of explanations. It seemed to me that the author expected his reader to be completely familiar with world events during the book’s timeline. This is a reasonable expectation for a contemporary book, not so much for a book published over fifty years ago. I am no idiot when it comes to world history, but I am not a history buff either, so some explanations would have been appreciated.
Honestly, I think I will stick to watching James Bond do his thing on the big screen from here on out. (less)