I listened to the audiobook version of this book. I enjoyed the story of Hugo Cabret as he discovered the mystery behind an old automaton, as well asI listened to the audiobook version of this book. I enjoyed the story of Hugo Cabret as he discovered the mystery behind an old automaton, as well as the old man who becomes his mentor.
The only complaint I have about the story is the audio version. There were multiple sections where the audio included only the sounds of someone walking for roughly thirty seconds--so frustrating when it's easy for the narrator to keep reading the story (or for the reader to move on to the next section).
Four stars for the story, three for the audio....more
Overall, enjoyed this second book in the series. The twists continued from the first book, intermingled with lots of history that should get kids inteOverall, enjoyed this second book in the series. The twists continued from the first book, intermingled with lots of history that should get kids interested in learning more. I loved how the kids visited historical places and found hints that no one else knew were there.
I listened to the audiobook, and unfortunately felt that the narrator chose a couple of voices in a way that grated at me (particularly Nellie, the au pair). In this case, I think the book would be better enjoyed in a physical copy.
That said, this book seems to hit its target market, with just enough hints to keep you guessing throughout the entire ride. ...more
For a good murder mystery in the style of an adult Nancy Drew or Murder, She Wrote, Jennifer Davidson's Crossing Carol is an enjoyable read.
Crossing CFor a good murder mystery in the style of an adult Nancy Drew or Murder, She Wrote, Jennifer Davidson's Crossing Carol is an enjoyable read.
Crossing Carol follows a ghostwriter named Kody Burkoff as she discovers a decades-old mystery surrounding the death of a local mayor. The relaxed, enjoyable style has echoes of the television series Murder, She Wrote, including just the right amount of humor. Kody is single and independent, but has the desire for the right man in her life. It will be interesting to see where she goes next.
This book is written from three different first-person perspectives, and the chapters are clearly labeled with the individual in charge. This isn't something I normally enjoy, but Davidson expertly crafted each woman with her own voice, and I didn't really question whose head I was in.
Though Crossing Carol is the third book in the series, I found that it stood alone well (I haven't read the other books in the series yet). A few elements (particularly surrounding past relationships) seem to be reflections of that earlier work, but I had no trouble following along.
I found this story to be enjoyable, just a little more intense than a cozy mystery, with a cast of characters who were fun to meet. Worth a read!...more
I was fortunate to meet the author of this book today, and read the book with my sons (ages 2 and 4) tonight. Both boys stayed engaged through the entI was fortunate to meet the author of this book today, and read the book with my sons (ages 2 and 4) tonight. Both boys stayed engaged through the entire story, in part due to the beautiful illustrations, but also due to rooting for the underdog (pun intended).
The best part of the story is how a chihuahua figures out how to become a vital member of a dogsled team. Sweet and inspirational, looking forward to reading this with my kids again soon!...more
Good introduction to the world of genetics. Written for a general audience, this book helps readers better understand the biochemistry of how heredityGood introduction to the world of genetics. Written for a general audience, this book helps readers better understand the biochemistry of how heredity works.
I was fascinated by some of the history in this book--much that I knew, but some that was new to me. It's clear that Dr Kowles is an expert in his field.
For those currently in the field, this may be a useful refresher or a good, accessible reference for new team members. I can also see potential for use as a teaching text.
The political cartoons added humor to emphasize the author's points, though the written humor sometimes hindered the author's core message. It was sometimes difficult to know whether the author intended a joke or not.
Potential humor mishaps aside, I found this to be an enjoyable read that covers important aspects of genetics--a refreshing change from the normally dry texts on this topic. check it out!...more
It's rare that I find a book that has selected such a perfectly appropriate title. Every word in the title has much deeper meaning after reading the bIt's rare that I find a book that has selected such a perfectly appropriate title. Every word in the title has much deeper meaning after reading the book.
There are many unexpected twists in this dystopian thriller. I loved how Ms. Noser combined a love of running, yoga, and dystopian novels into an exciting ride. I found myself deeply engaged with the characters, reading deep into the night. Better yet, the ending leaves me hungry for book two.
I enjoyed Ms. Noser's previous book, How to Date Dead Guys, and she's shown she can put a unique spin on another genre. I highly recommend Dead Girl Running to all lovers of dystopian fiction....more
I have always considered the story of Adam and Eve to be allegorical, and it was interesting to see the author's take as she weaved myth with availablI have always considered the story of Adam and Eve to be allegorical, and it was interesting to see the author's take as she weaved myth with available historical details. Folks interested with history, especially considering ancient Sumerian culture, will find those details fascinating and worthy of further research. That said, those who believe in a literal biblical interpretation may not enjoy this story. It should also be said that Eve is often presented in a less-than-favorable light, so be forewarned.
I listened to the audiobook for this one, and I found the writing style to be lyrical and enjoyable. Each day as I went to work, the reading by the actresses for Eve, Dara, Aya, and Naava was a comfortable companion. After reading some of the other reviews, it feels to me like the story was better experienced through the audio version--the voices were distinct and I didn't experience the frustration that seems to plague other readers.
By far, my favorite character throughout this book was Aya (the bird). While crippled from birth, she had a powerful spirit that showed that no one and nothing could keep her from spreading her wings.
Dara was by far the most interesting and most transformed character. She was taken as a child and indoctrinated with two religions, and her confusion becomes more apparent as she gets older. It's interesting to see how she attempts to take multiple, conflicting versions of truth and integrate them into her life.
I enjoyed the story and look forward to seeing what else Ms. Elliott produces in the future. ...more
I read Anthony Eichenlaub's Justice in an Age of Metal and Men last year, and was eager to devour this second installment.
The thing I enjoy most abouI read Anthony Eichenlaub's Justice in an Age of Metal and Men last year, and was eager to devour this second installment.
The thing I enjoy most about this story is how Eichenlaub captures a dirty, gritty environment while maintaining a futuristic society reminiscent of Joss Whedon's Firefly. We get hints right away that all is not as it seems with this particular bounty hunter, and I enjoy how the author slowly reveals clues until we get to the surprising (and satisfying) ending.
I'd recommend this to any fan of Firefly. You'll find the same wit and bravado set in a gritty, realistic future. Enjoy!...more
Every night I read this book, I hated putting it down. I'm a little sad that I hit the end, but I can't wait to see more from Mr. Sullivan.A home run!
Every night I read this book, I hated putting it down. I'm a little sad that I hit the end, but I can't wait to see more from Mr. Sullivan. He's definitely an author to watch.
It's rare that a book grabs me so quickly: there are only a few that have some special quality that makes me sit up and say: "there's something important here."
Biggie is one of those books.
Even though I've never experienced the extreme weight that Biggie deals with, his character felt real and relatable. It's really a book about being an outsider, and the extreme effort people will attempt in order to avoid embarrassment.
I loved how Biggie thought his silence and weight would protect him from whispers, only to find out that people talked about him more than anyone else. I loved how Biggie screwed up multiple times and had to deal with the consequences. I loved how he struggled with his weight and used the goal of pitching a perfect baseball game as a driving force to improve his health and try to win the heart of his childhood crush.
I loved how he talked about the differences between the real world and the virtual world--how much easier it was to say the right thing in the virtual world, and how no one had the opportunity to really judge him in that world.
Overall, I recommend this to anyone who has felt like an outsider. I think there are big lessons to learn about personal motivation and striving to always be a little bit better as a person. Great first book from Mr. Sullivan!...more
I enjoyed this. The story itself was interesting, but I really enjoyed the puzzles. I'd figured most of them out myself, but younger readers may haveI enjoyed this. The story itself was interesting, but I really enjoyed the puzzles. I'd figured most of them out myself, but younger readers may have trouble if they haven't seen cyphers like those before. It's kind of a kid's Da Vinci Code....more