What I don't get about these "based on the movie" junior novels is that they always leave out the ending. They should release them well after the DVDWhat I don't get about these "based on the movie" junior novels is that they always leave out the ending. They should release them well after the DVD of the movie hits stores or else it just leaves you hanging. At least this one gives the reader a little epilogue that might satisfy their curiosity of what happens to the characters but it doesn't explain the conclusion with Ronan and the infinity stone he took from the Guardians. Yes, we all know what happens but say the reader never saw the movie, they're going to be disappointed in the so-called ending with a promise of another story that may or may not ever get published. So as much as I love the jokes and the behind the dialogue feelings they have, it gets 2 1/2 stars for leaving the reader with a half-assed story....more
When asked that hypothetical question of: If you could sit down with any three historical/celebrity figures, alive or dead, who would you pick?, my toWhen asked that hypothetical question of: If you could sit down with any three historical/celebrity figures, alive or dead, who would you pick?, my top two spots have always been the same.
Ferdinand Magellan and Billy Joel. Always these two gentleman.
Being raised on Long Island, I think it’s a requirement to be a Billy Joel fan. I can proudly say I have been a die-hard fan since I was a fetus and have memorized all of his albums and can most likely list you all of his song tracks backwards from Air (Dublinesque) to She’s Got A Way. So when this all about Joel book (see what I did there?) was pointed out to me in the store, I knew I must have it. And of course the 5 star rating might be bias but I seriously enjoyed every second of Schruers tale of Billy the Kid.
It starts out with the history of his family and how events preceding World War II led to his grandfather’s escape of Nazi Germany. Then onto Joel’s childhood and how different types of music shaped the artist we all know him to be today. I love how Schruers breaks down every album, clues us in on what transpired during the creation process, and who or what Joel’s lyrics are really about. I have new appreciation for many of the titles and also for the kind of man Joel really is: brilliantly talented and also one of the most forgiving people on this planet.
Billy Joel has always been a fantastic storyteller, so having an extra 300+ pages of more insight into his life is fascinating. So if you are a fan, I think you may enjoy learning more about what truly makes up the Piano Man. ...more
From the first word it will feel like H. Jon Benjamin is inside your head reading to you every hilariously fantastic page. If you love Archer-both theFrom the first word it will feel like H. Jon Benjamin is inside your head reading to you every hilariously fantastic page. If you love Archer-both the show and character-you're going to love this too. It's as simple as that.
A truly wonderful novel of New York that follows the fictitious Master family from the time the Dutch landed in what we now know as common4 1/2 stars!
A truly wonderful novel of New York that follows the fictitious Master family from the time the Dutch landed in what we now know as common day Manhattan on through the centuries until about 2009ish. It is rich with history, reintroducing us to many people we have encountered through our studies in school and giving them a voice and a part to play with the Masters. I spent a very long time with Rutherfurd’s book, really immersing myself in the culture and politics of old New York. I sometimes found myself sad when it was time to move on to a different generation of Masters since I felt a strong connection with a few of the characters. It is not only about one family but also the other people in New York they interact with and sometimes both worlds may collide decades later down the road.
Fascinating and wonderfully written, I really loved watching the development of the greatest city on earth. I would give this 5 stars but there were big gaps in between generations at times and that left me wanting more which is honestly ridiculous because the story is 850 pages long already. This book is good enough that if it were another 850 pages, I would have committed myself to New York all over again. ...more
Definitely a cute and quick summer read with a witty main character whose sarcasm is used just enough to enjoy and not annoy. I also found some of theDefinitely a cute and quick summer read with a witty main character whose sarcasm is used just enough to enjoy and not annoy. I also found some of the information about make-up quite interesting; Cook threw in some great tips and fun tidbits about the beauty industry I never knew. I felt like I enrolled in a Foundation 101 class and received a sassy story, to boot. ...more