I just finished the last Emily Starr book and Tampa. So I was hating the book I was reading or hating mI could weep, Jasper. You never disappoint me.
I just finished the last Emily Starr book and Tampa. So I was hating the book I was reading or hating myself for reading it or both, and it was a very troubling time for me. I started Shadows and was feeling physically sick from it. But then you came along, Jasper.
I've avoided this book for a while because I thought our main character was a child, a young child, like maybe 10-ish? And I felt really bleh about taking that up. Not that I have a problem usually with young children and magic (hello, Harry Potter) but I wasn't in the mindspace for it. Um, no, our main character is 15/says she's 16. And Jasper is doing his usual magic anyway, so it doesn't even matter. Jennifer Strange reminds me so much of Thursday Next, but younger and in a different world of magic and dragons (instead of...time travel and Jurisfiction). They're both awesome lady leads, generally being smart, kicking butt, solving complex problems that Jasper builds beautifully. (I always feel like, WTF is going on? Then Jasper solves things for us in a couple of chapters and I feel like, Ah, Big Magic, or Ah, a croquet tournament will solve things, or whatever (No, I will never get over how much I love that croquet tournament). The usual big bad is a ridiculously big corporation, up to no good, and in general, things just feel very UK-centric, which is fun. There is an obsession of Fforde's in this one for marzipan, which might be comparable to how much cheese is mentioned in Thursday Next. No, that isn't really important, but I thought it should get a shout-out considering how many times its mentioned.
I'm definitely reading the next two in the series! Marry me, Jasper Fforde!...more
This second book in the Call the Midwife trilogy focused on three stories (that were not about babies): three childrAww, I miss stories about babies.
This second book in the Call the Midwife trilogy focused on three stories (that were not about babies): three children raised in the workhouse and how their lives turned out; one of the sisters Worth lived with and her trial; a man that Worth struck up a beautiful friendship with, and his life story. The book was good, but I didn't enjoy it as much as the first book. The first section I questioned how much Worth interviewed/knew her subjects because it was pretty in-depth with their thoughts and feelings, etc. When I read non-fiction, I always wonder how much it goes into a fiction gray area, and that might have been happening here? The second section I didn't care too much for because I don't like at all Sister Monica Joan's antics. The last section was great about Mr. Joseph Collett. His accounts of being a soldier and also his stories about life during WWII are important and interesting. ...more
Of course I loved this book when I was a kid. Emily's main goal throughout the book and her various shenanigans is to get the town its own library. HeOf course I loved this book when I was a kid. Emily's main goal throughout the book and her various shenanigans is to get the town its own library. Her many other adventures--trying to help her mama put together an elegant luncheon...but getting all the hogs drunk instead, telling spooky stories when having a sleepover with her fuddy-duddy cousin, trying to make the perfect light and flaky pie crust, etc.--are adorable and heartwarming. The pictures throughout are sweet, and I loved our setting of 1920s small-town Oregon....more
This is fine. I usually avoid these additions authors throw in because I always feel like, Look, if it's that important, put it in a real book, don'tThis is fine. I usually avoid these additions authors throw in because I always feel like, Look, if it's that important, put it in a real book, don't give me this 1.5 novella stuff. Which probably isn't fair of me to say (what's a "real" book anyway?, novellas can be real), but eh, it just feels sloppy to me. But I understand it's supposed to give me background info or an additional spin on something or whatever, blahblah, fine.
So! We're hearing Kiernan's side of things. And it's fine. It's interesting at times. But it really doesn't add much for me. I'm not super digging Kiernan like I'm "supposed to", so that wasn't a draw for me. There wasn't anything that he said or did that made me feel like, Ah ha! I understand so much more now about him and Kate/time travel in general/Chronos specifically.
But the writing is fine and everything is technically fine, and I read through it quickly. But honestly, it made me feel like I need a break from the Chronos books for a bit. And that's after my 5-star high from the first book! Lesson learned: I will continue to ignore these halfway additions....more
You guys, this book does have some problems but I don't even care because it rocked my world. Time travel! I love time travel! Also, it's very complexYou guys, this book does have some problems but I don't even care because it rocked my world. Time travel! I love time travel! Also, it's very complex so I give all respect to the author. (I was so sad when Jasper Fforde took a break from it, I think in One of Our Thursdays Is Missing, but then I read somewhere that he had to because it was just too complicated, and I felt like, You are right. I could never even begin to write about time travel. But don't worry, he brought it back in The Woman Who Died A Lot.)
Problems: Trey is nearly constantly a problem in how close Kate gets with him so quickly and pretty much constantly puts him in danger. There might be problems with time travel that I'm not picking up (I'm always waiting to say, Ah-ha! But you can't do that and that because of how this time-science-y-thing works! I never got there in this book, but that doesn't mean I missed something because, again, complex.) Constant contact with the medallion/key seems really easy to mess up.
Awesome things: Yes, you can gain all sorts of crazy power by developing a religion so I am all about this plot. Kate knows martial arts, which I think is pretty cool. She doesn't really use it a lot, but I still feel like she's kind of badass anyway. She's too busy using her mind, you guys. Which she has to a lot because: time travel=complex. Katherine + Kate during the Chicago's World's Fair = a lot of fun to see. The Fair! The Ferris Wheel! If you enjoyed The Devil in the White City, you will enjoy all of these parts. I could gush forever about this book, but I'm really busy reading parts 1.5 and 2, so I will stop here. Read it!
A quick edit to add: I haven't enjoyed a YA book this much since Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Dear Rysa Walker, please do not let these go downhill with each succeeding book in the series. ...more