A collection of horror themed short stories that although written for children will certainly give you chills as an adult. Very creepy, the stories elA collection of horror themed short stories that although written for children will certainly give you chills as an adult. Very creepy, the stories elaborate just enough to scare without explaining so much that it is drab or boring. A definite read....more
Liked this book a lot. I was really glad to see Patricia Briggs start to steer this series away from the paranormal romance and more towards the trueLiked this book a lot. I was really glad to see Patricia Briggs start to steer this series away from the paranormal romance and more towards the true urban fantasy with this book (and somewhat the second one). I prefer the Mercy Thompson series, but this series is interesting as well and fleshes out the universe nicely. ...more
Was excited to read it, not so entranced as I thought I would be when I actually started reading it. It was interesting but there was a lot of throwinWas excited to read it, not so entranced as I thought I would be when I actually started reading it. It was interesting but there was a lot of throwing around period literature and pop culture figures so if you are not well versed in that you may have a little trouble keeping up in scenes where lots of names are thrown around at once or references are made. Was interesting to follow the story from multiple points of view, including the killer. I must say though that knowing his identity from the start took some of the mystery away. ...more
Let's call it 3.5 stars, because I liked some stories infinitely more than others. Naturally, these were some of my favorite stories as a child. I wasLet's call it 3.5 stars, because I liked some stories infinitely more than others. Naturally, these were some of my favorite stories as a child. I was excited to re-read them since I hadn't looked at them again since I was about seven. Dr. Dolittle had my dream job, what amounted to a veterinarian who could talk to animals. I thought it was the coolest thing ever. Several of the stories delivered on that initial childhood excitement, but most of them didn't. I think my problem was that I expected more doctoring and less adventuring, though I can see why a children's book author would focus on excitement and action instead of medicine and science. The stories were cute and endearing, even if I did get continually confused with the hyphenated, alliterative names of companions that I couldn't keep straight without referring back to earlier stories. Definite recommendation for kids who are into animals and adventure....more
Five stars for the story, but I really didn't like the art or the Joker's lettering at all. Both were difficult to read and make sense of. I do undersFive stars for the story, but I really didn't like the art or the Joker's lettering at all. Both were difficult to read and make sense of. I do understand why it was done that way though as it did help appropriately convey the madness of the characters that was incited by the walls of Arkham. ...more
Excellent story and amazing art. So many iconic scenes and quotes in such a short volume. This is some of the best Batman character writing I've readExcellent story and amazing art. So many iconic scenes and quotes in such a short volume. This is some of the best Batman character writing I've read so far. It throws a sharp relief on the differences in how Batman and Superman operate, the shades of grey that make up Batman's life opposed to the stark black and white morals Clark abides by. ...more
I can't even begin to enumerate the amount that I hated this book. It's some ridiculous ass pseudo-scientific crap. Not because it would never happenI can't even begin to enumerate the amount that I hated this book. It's some ridiculous ass pseudo-scientific crap. Not because it would never happen but because the research behind any of the science in this book is shoddy at best. The main character continually refers to himself as a 'scientist' when he has AT BEST a masters degree, but from the way it's described really only a bachelor's. A BS in biology does not make you a scientist. I have a BS in biology, I would know. I also have half of a DVM and will really be a scientist and I can tell you the vastly different levels of education between bachelors and any higher education. Patterson clearly doesn't know much about animal behavior to begin with. For the first half of the book the MC is living with a rescued medical research chimpanzee in a two bedroom apartment. I can't even wrap my head around that. CHIMPANZEES ARE INCREDIBLY DANGEROUS ANIMALS, NOT SOME APARTMENT PET THAT WILL BE HAPPY LIVING ON XANEX. They are highly territorial, unpredictable, and strong animals. ALSO: Simian herpes. Google it. And you under no circumstances just walk out of a biomedical research laboratory with a specimen. Those animals cost huge amounts of money for one thing, and he could have easily been the incident case for a pandemic level outbreak of a disease in research phase. Taken the whole book in the Outbreak direction. It just doesn't happen. I could go on forever with the scientific injustices done in this book, but the literary transgressions weren't much better.
The plot was substandard at best. The forward movement was choppy and without a driving force most of the time. At one point the authors just SKIP five years. Just because they feel like it. No real reason. Five years. I guess it's better than trying to wrap the whole plot line up in five days, but skipping five years? That's stupid. The one female character who survives the book is continually portrayed as the weak damsel-in-distress who is religiously in need of saving by her big burly men, despite the fact that she has the highest level of education of any continuing character. Absurd. I suppose the female president should make up for some of this but it doesn't. Really I just thought this was an awful book. I knew it was going to be awful when I picked it up, but I read these pseudo-science thrillers anyway because I want to confirm to myself how horrible they are and I am never disappointed....more
So Much Pretty looks openly at the way we see sexual violence in American culture. The writing style is disorienting and jumps rapidly between charactSo Much Pretty looks openly at the way we see sexual violence in American culture. The writing style is disorienting and jumps rapidly between characters, POVs, and time periods to follow the case of Wendy White, a woman found dead after being held captive and raped over a period of months. Following her case is a reporter, Flynn, who starts out looking for a big break in her career by looking at environmental impacts of the local dairy and instead becomes embroiled in the investigation into White's death. Flynn is aberrant in the local culture, an outsider moved in who refuses to accept the explanation that a nameless, faceless 'drifter' could be the only culprit. The township refuses to acknowledge that one of their own was the perpetrator of the atrocity, and in a way Flynn blames herself for knowing that somewhere in town Wendy had been alive all along but she was never able to find her despite her pushing the investigation. Coming up along with the story is a girl, Alice, the daughter of idealistic, new agrarian, former doctor parents who were determined to raise their daughter without the influence of reality beyond that of philosophically framed scientific facts. The murder of Wendy forces Alice to come to a whole new realization about the treatment of women in the world around her and opens her eyes to see just how close to home such things can be.
Jesus. I'm not sure how to feel. I wasn't thrilled by the scattered writing style. The continual movements in time were more disconcerting for me than anything else. The real meat of the book comes with the intersection of Wendy's death and Alice's awakening to the state of violence against women in a way she has never been aware of. The fact that it continually happens and no one is taking steps to change anything, that at the end of the day a mother refuses to accept the truth and instead chooses to live a lie. Thus Alice takes things into her own hands. This book is damning in its look rape culture and the author's social commentary. It will not be an easy read. If you are like me you will be torn trying to decide for yourself who ended up ethically and morally right. Honestly it was an ambiguity that made it all the more poignant. ...more