The cover art alone would have made me want to read this book. Little did I know how much that would foreshadow my feelings as I read it. Even more soThe cover art alone would have made me want to read this book. Little did I know how much that would foreshadow my feelings as I read it. Even more so than the plot and the characters, it is the imagery that drew me in and made me want to stay. It is by far the most important character in the book. The author describes a circus, a dream, a place that I would honestly want to stay forever as hokey as that sounds. I was more in love with the setting than the characters.
Not that I didn't get emotionally invested in the characters. I will say that I was less interested in the two mains, Celia and Marco, than I was in everyone else. Bailey and the twins was the story I really wanted to read. Celia and Marco's story, while interesting and the driving force behind the imagery that I so love, seemed just a bit dated. Once again I am faced with star-crossed lovers. To tell the truth I have been sick of the concept since the first time I read the phrase in the painful Romeo & Juliet week of 9th grade English class. I do think it was necessary to tell their story though, if Bailey and the twins were to have their say. The way of things, that it came full circle despite everything was what I was really looking for. ...more
I enjoyed this book quite a bit. One of the better book recommendations I have gotten. I must admit that the footnotes are my favorite part. They're fI enjoyed this book quite a bit. One of the better book recommendations I have gotten. I must admit that the footnotes are my favorite part. They're funny and frank and sound like how I would choose to explain something to someone if given permission to speak freely. I love the doxen, Boswell. Gotta love those little land sharks. And he lives up to his breed rather stupendously. Samuel is an interesting little fellow. The kind of kid I'd want to be friends with even when I was an adult. And I am very glad that my feelings towards his mother turned around by the end of the book because I was beginning to regard her as something of a weak sod with very little real concern for her child. I was overjoyed with the poetic justice of using his father's beloved car as the car to end the apocalypse. And Nurd. Dear Nurd. What a trip of a character. And so much better than the adult book version of being a 'demon-who-isn't-so-bad.' Those are all the same, so bland and boring, and usually in a trashy PNR. I love that for something with a negative connotation he really just wants life to suck a little less, just like the rest of us.
All together a very funny and interesting read....more
What to say about 'The Book of Lost Things.' I have to start out with the serious and say that David is a character that anyone can bond with. He mustWhat to say about 'The Book of Lost Things.' I have to start out with the serious and say that David is a character that anyone can bond with. He must struggle to overcome himself and the trials of the world around him to save what is in the end the most important thing to him. Something about this rather touched me as a sibling more so than anything else. I suppose it was poor little Anne in the glass jar. The idea that a brother, one who was to protect, would do such a terrible thing throws a rather sharp relief on to just how precious my brothers are to me. A great deal of this book seems to deal with innocence lost. It is a hard thing to write. I can't recall being that innocent of a child to begin with but there are many things that are better left for the minds of adults. I will say that it is dealt with well and that it makes me long for that innocent time to last for those that still have it. Now for the fun parts. Scylla is a doll. I wish I could adopt her. Oh, and Snow White! That had to be one of my favorite parts of the book. I love when fairy tales are made realistic. And what better touch than the Communist dwarves? Perfection. It was a nice way to insert humor in what is clearly a dark tale. Paula really must stop recommending books to me. They are always too good, and it's making it hard to study....more
There are always those books you end up reading somehow that are so good and yet somehow make you feel so horrible about the human condition. That's tThere are always those books you end up reading somehow that are so good and yet somehow make you feel so horrible about the human condition. That's the way The Lottery Rose always is. Rereading it for the first time since fifth grade, and all I did was cry the whole time. Poor Georgie and the life he is forced to live, to the point that the only good thing in his world is a rosebush. It should never come to that. But then that same rosebush becomes the symbol for what the spirit of a child can endure and overcome. That it can teach an abused child to love, and be loved in return. This will always be one of my favorite books, even if I do hate to reread it....more