I love male authors who can write a convincing female lead in their novels. Lawrence Hill's Aminata Diallo is a strong, lucky, fierce woman and I real...moreI love male authors who can write a convincing female lead in their novels. Lawrence Hill's Aminata Diallo is a strong, lucky, fierce woman and I really enjoyed reading her life story.
The writing itself flows so easily that falling into the story and just getting lost in it was super easy. The story itself was in turns shocking, heartbreaking and uplifting.
I am glad I sat down and fell into this book, it was worth every minute.(less)
Not exactly a book to be read as much as it is a book to experience. One of the first instructions is to crack the spine... I whimpered. But now that...moreNot exactly a book to be read as much as it is a book to experience. One of the first instructions is to crack the spine... I whimpered. But now that I'm past that, I'm finding it a whole lot of fun -- although I'm not too sure about taking it for a walk.... (less)
What I learned from this book is that there are no rules when it comes to personal journal writing. This one aspect has made the idea of keeping my ow...moreWhat I learned from this book is that there are no rules when it comes to personal journal writing. This one aspect has made the idea of keeping my own journal less daunting.
A good book for beginning journalers... it lists some guidelines for keeping a journal, a list of items one may want to collect for their jounal tool box, and a series of ideas/exercises to get the writing flowing.
I'm still in the beginning phases of my own journal, but I can't wait to try some of the Lists of 100 as well as some of the other prompts/exercises she talks about.
My first Rhiannon Frater book, but certainly not my last. I rather enjoyed her style of writing and am looking forward to reading her zombie trilogy.
P...moreMy first Rhiannon Frater book, but certainly not my last. I rather enjoyed her style of writing and am looking forward to reading her zombie trilogy.
Pretty When She Dies... not exactly a title that left me super curious about the book, but that cover sure did. In case you haven't been watching, I'm somewhat of a sucker for a good vampire story; especially if said story has vampires that aren't emo and vegetarian. No worries on that front in this novel. These vampires know what they need to survive and how to go about getting it.
The book starts off with a bang; our main character pushing her way out of a grave and trying to figure out what the hell happened to her. From there it only gets better as she has to figure out how to survive as a vampire with absolutely no instructions from her maker (who's a real piece of work himself).
Despite a few editorial errors, the novel was a hit with me. Great pacing and a kick ass heroine who has her faults and knows it. A few pretty hot sex scenes, great supporting cast of characters (love, love, loved the Gramma), and a decent plot line -- not much more I could ask for in a vampire story... except maybe a sequel? (less)
It took me a long time to read this for two reasons.
1. It was the first full ebook that I actually read on my ereader and that took a bit of getting...moreIt took me a long time to read this for two reasons.
1. It was the first full ebook that I actually read on my ereader and that took a bit of getting used to. I kept forgetting to pick up the machine and read... too used to books staring me in the face.
2. The subject matter is just plain hard to get through at times. I had to put it down many, many times and couldn't go back for a few days. I needed time to digest and fill my head with lighter fluff.
Ten years. That's how long it took Mr. Cullen to get this book put together. It was ten years well spent, IMO.
I am not one for true crime, as it were. Only two, now, have really held my interest. The first was In Cold Blood and now I have this one to add to the list. Columbine was a terrible event, but even more terrible is how everything was handled. Thanks to mass media, a police department that was following their normal proceedure, and the general mass confusion of the event itself there were so many things done wrong that it is simply mind boggling to process.
I went through so many 'omg you're kidding me' moments while reading this. I cried. I fumed. I boggled. I highly recommend this book.
I was amazed at the film, Pontypool. Such a small cast and tiny location work that packed an interesting punch without tons of gore. An old fashioned...moreI was amazed at the film, Pontypool. Such a small cast and tiny location work that packed an interesting punch without tons of gore. An old fashioned creepy movie. It was great and made me want to find the book so I could read it.
Unfortunately, the book is completely different from the movie (and was done on purpose as the author explains in the afterward), but that doesn't mean that it sucks or anything. It is just a different view on the virus that turns people into zombies. A broader look at how it sweeps across the province and how it affects the lives of the people it touches.
Now... Burgess is an aquired taste. His writing is full of images that don't necessarily make sense at the time you're reading them so can lead to confusion as to what is going on and, I'll admit, Pontypool is full of scenes like that, but each little story in the big story is actually kind of interesting to read.
Overall I like the book. I doubt it will tickle the fancy of many people, but I liked it.(less)
This was my second attempt to read this book. The first attempt I didn't even make it through the first chapter before I set it down to read something...moreThis was my second attempt to read this book. The first attempt I didn't even make it through the first chapter before I set it down to read something else. When this book was referred to me by a fellow group member on Goodreads, it provided the motivation to pick it up and give it another try. I am pleased to say that it was a good thing I did.
Henry and Clare are beautifully written, no matter what time they are in. Niffenegger has created characters that live and breath and, best of all, feel solid and real. I was more interested in what was happening to them because of this. I didn't mind investing the time to read their story because it was an interesting tale happening to interesting people. There was no magic wand to wave and make all the bad stuff go away. There was no miracle cure to help everyone live happily ever after. That alone makes the book worth reading.
The author also handled the time travel aspect smoothly. So smoothly, in fact, that I stopped paying attention to the date and age markers at the start of each chapter because I was wrapped up in the story. There was usually a mention of when/where Henry either was or was coming from and there was no real interrupt or jarring in the flow of the writing from that.
All in all, a really great read. Thanks, Aths, for recommending it for Refer a Book Friday.(less)
An ecclectic mix of short stories that all focus around things that people worship/adore etc.
I have to admit that my absolute two favorite stories in...moreAn ecclectic mix of short stories that all focus around things that people worship/adore etc.
I have to admit that my absolute two favorite stories in this collection were both the zombie stories; The Ethical Treatment of Meat and A Trip to the Optomitrist. I actually ended up reading the first one out loud to my other half and had a fantastic giggle over it (though in retrospec I'm not sure that was the author's aim).
This was the first I'd ever heard/read anything by Claude Lalumière, but I really enjoyed seeing that he is an exceptionally flexible author who has no fears about treading into territory that could cause people to avoid his work. I would certainly not hesitate to pick up any other books by this author.
Did I love every story in the collection? Certainly not all of them, but overall there were very few that left me feeling completely blah about them. Some had me going 'huh?' and having to do a re-read to see what I'd missed, but that was only one or two of them.
Would I recommend the collection? Yes I would. Especially to really open minded people looking for something completely different to read.(less)
Interesting concept that failed to really deliver, IMO.
This read more like two books in one, both of which never really got fleshed out. In part one w...moreInteresting concept that failed to really deliver, IMO.
This read more like two books in one, both of which never really got fleshed out. In part one we have Ryan, the military intelligence officer who ends up being picked up by a terrorist and tortured. In part two we have broken Ryan trying to save his daughter from a serial killer.
There was no real mesh between the two, not to mention that I really felt absolutely zero sympathy for Ryan and his plight, nor did I have any kind of feelings for the daughter, the mother or the other man. I really can't say that I super enjoyed a book where I cared for none of the characters.
The whole book felt like it wasn't sure where it wanted to go, or what it wanted to be... rushed and choppy. To be completely honest I had to stop and make sure I wasn't reading book two in a series. I was expecting more serial killer stuff and here he'd already murdered everyone, been arrested and was being released on a technicality???? Huh?
Being the first Ted Dekker that I've actually read, I will give him a second chance, but I honestly was not impressed with this book at all. It was okay, I finished it to see how it would end, but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.(less)
This is not a vampire novel. It is not a retelling of the Dracula myth. This is historical fiction about Vlad Dracula - The Devil's Son - and the life...moreThis is not a vampire novel. It is not a retelling of the Dracula myth. This is historical fiction about Vlad Dracula - The Devil's Son - and the life he lived, starting with the time he spent as a Turkish hostage to keep his father in line.
The story itself is told by three people who were close to Vlad in life; his best friend, his priest and his first love. Each have been brought to tell their version of events that transpired in Vlad's life so that the 'truth' might be brought to light rather than the tales that were told by his conquerors.
Once I sat down and really got into the book (my first attempt I got distracted by something else) it flew by pretty quickly. The story is one that kept me wanting to see what would happen next. It had a couple of scenes where I actually shuddered at what was being done, but I kept on going. Humphrey's has done his research and managed to bring Vlad the Impaler to life on the page. Not only that, he managed to be as nonjudgemental as possible and left it up to the reader to form their own opinion about the Impaler.
I have met my new favorite heroine and her name is Jane Jameson.
Such a regular, everyday woman with nothing extraordinary about her, poor Jane suffers...moreI have met my new favorite heroine and her name is Jane Jameson.
Such a regular, everyday woman with nothing extraordinary about her, poor Jane suffers one of the worst days of her life when she is fired from her job at the library. Although she does meet Mr. Tall, Dark and Handsome while she's totally tanked at the local bar, her worst day gets even more horrible when her car dies on her way home and she tries to stumble the rest of the way in the dark, overgrown ditch. From there, her life only gets worse.
Molly Harper has taken the whole vampire romance genre and infused it with some wicked humor and a side of mystery that really caught my attention. I originally decided to pick this up as a quick, fluff read and was really surprised when I found myself chewing through it as fast as I did. I laughed a lot while reading and, for me, that is a sign that the book has fulfilled its purpose. While the mystery wasn't all that mysterious (I figured out the who rather easily), there is enough of it to whet the reader's appetite to want to find out what happens in the end.
Of course, it wouldn't be paranormal romance without the token romantic tension between Jane and her Mr. Tall, Dark and Handsome, which leads into the inevitable love scenes. Ms. Harper handles them well enough, with just enough heat to make you know what's going on without having to give you all the gory details, a fact I appreciate since I was really just looking for a fun read, not a hot/heavy one.
I own the rest of the series and have already started the second book, which is promising to be just as amusing and fun.(less)
This story follows a family; two sisters, their mother, their aunt and their cook through 25 years of their lives. A tale of love, losses and change.
I...moreThis story follows a family; two sisters, their mother, their aunt and their cook through 25 years of their lives. A tale of love, losses and change.
I fell in ... admiration... of Gail Tsukiyama's books when I first read Women of the Silk. From there I picked up a book here and there; usually when I noticed them on the shelves at the bookstore or at Costco. I never went out of my way to hunt them down.
Her books are not rip-roaring thrillers or slash 'em up horrors or even remotely fantasy related, but I still tend to enjoy reading them. I suppose that it is simply in the way she writes little snippets of the lives of (semi) ordinary people without a lot of fuss or bother that is a good change from my usual fare.
I suppose that it is the simplicity of her tales that I enjoy and the flow of the writing... they aren't /hard/ books to read and they tend to leave me either a tad teary eye'd or with a smile at the end, so I can't really complain too much.(less)
Obviously a compulsive read for me considering I finished it in such a short time span. I don't think I've finished a book in a day in a while, so thi...moreObviously a compulsive read for me considering I finished it in such a short time span. I don't think I've finished a book in a day in a while, so this was refreshing for me on that level.
When the creator of the OASIS (think Star Trek holodeck on an individual/Internet user level) dies, he announces to the entire community of the OASIS that he's hidden an Easter Egg somewhere in the program and that whomever finds said egg will win control of his estate. This sparks a renewed obsession with the 80's while people of all ages try to figure out the puzzle that will lead to the end prize. Wade is one of the people living in this miserable 2044 who decides to devote his life to solving said puzzle. Five years pass and there is no progress made so the fever pitch has died down some, until Wade stumbles across the first key almost by accident and the puzzle solving fever grabs people again ... including some who are willing to go so far as to kill people to keep them out of the running.
I'll start this by saying right off the bat that I loved the movie Fanboys, which Cline also wrote, so it was no surprise that I loved this book as well. I realize it isn't the best written book ever. It does have some rough places, but I really didn't care. The story itself sucked me in and took me for one heck of a ride and I haven't had that happen in a book in a while.
I will admit I'm a huge geek so all the name dropping of all the 80's stuff was a huge laugh riot for me, especially when I could nod and go 'yup, played/heard/read/watched that'. And to throw it all into this near-future where people can log into a virtual reality and go kick around on worlds built around all these things... yeah, fun reading times.
So yes, my first five-star book of the year is one that spews forth random tidbits from my childhood and I embraced it full on, despite the quirks and hiccups. I have heard that it might be made into a movie... I for one would love to see this on the big screen! (less)
I have the original trilogy in comic form from Marvel Music. I picked them up because I adore Alice Cooper (didn't even notice they were by Neil Gaima...moreI have the original trilogy in comic form from Marvel Music. I picked them up because I adore Alice Cooper (didn't even notice they were by Neil Gaiman) and enjoyed the story a lot.
Only chose this edition as I can't find the original covers/Marvel Music editions on goodreads.(less)