Dave Barry hilarity. Lots of kooky characters, simple plot & not much character development. Stock characters in funny gags. Miami as only Dave caDave Barry hilarity. Lots of kooky characters, simple plot & not much character development. Stock characters in funny gags. Miami as only Dave can convey. Great read while home sick or trapped in a mode of transit where you just need something funny....more
Update: Downgraded to 2 stars, see comment for reasons.
I really wanted to like this more than I did. It is a competently written novel but I kept waitUpdate: Downgraded to 2 stars, see comment for reasons.
I really wanted to like this more than I did. It is a competently written novel but I kept waiting for that "spark of unexpected". Spunky, modern nonconformist heroine & self made man, irrefutable drawn to each other. It felt like the author was doing one of those "paint by numbers felt posters", hitting every expectation a reader may want. I'm so glad I didn't realize this book had a "readers guide" in the back, because seriously-this is not book club material. This is period distraction reading with the hot pad on your stomach, eating chips & ice cream, wishing the cramps would just stop. So, if I didn't like it; why a 3? Guess who was eating chips & sadly no ice cream whilst reading. Sometimes a book you can predict almost to bits of dislogue is needed to numb....more
This is not a review of a particular book per se but my thoughts on King Leigh.
If Willie Nelson, the enduring & amazing country writer/singer didnThis is not a review of a particular book per se but my thoughts on King Leigh.
If Willie Nelson, the enduring & amazing country writer/singer didn't perform in his chosen field, I could easily see him giving this author stiff competion. Willie writes & sings about cowboys & other drifters, Texas is generally a theme in his 3 minutes or less stories & cause/effects of life are laid out. Leigh Greenwood does the very same work but in the mass market romance sub-genre of Americana. Some might say Leigh's work is too formula driven but essentially aren't all the top writers caught in this trap? He was doing long series back in the 1990s when most authors were still doing stand alones, maybe a trio or quartet. The late 90s-mid 2000s was filled with excellent writers of "Americana" romances. Authors like Stef Ann Holm, Maggie Osborne, & Pamela Morsi competed for the historical American romance with Leigh. Then a sudden shift in publishing put Vampires (Stephanie Myers killed the Americana scene, in my opinion) & horror/paranormal became vogue & Americana was out leaving the authors scrambling for new genres. Pamela Morsi & Steph Ann Holm have transitioned to contemporary romance & chick lit with success. King Leigh didn't transition at all. He just kept publishing his sagas/series of cowboys of the American west, usually Texas. How did he do it? Quality product & a distinct voice. Just like Willie through the decades....more
This is an excellent 1st step for an engaged couple who wants a basic american wedding.
The dvd is very good quality-production wise. A little infomerThis is an excellent 1st step for an engaged couple who wants a basic american wedding.
The dvd is very good quality-production wise. A little infomercially but solid advise is given & this with the accompaning book can give the newly engaged some boundaries to corral their ideas in.
I was impressed with how Sally explained the importance of communication to the guests so people can support the bride & groom with enjoying the day's functions in the manner the wedding couple wishes.
The handbook reinforces what is said on the dvd & could be the primary planning tool for a wedding.
All that being said, a compassionate 1st sgt could make the same dvd/handbook set up because when you get to the heart of her message it is: logistics, budget, movement of troops in a timely manner, & execution of a mission.
I checked this out of the library because a dear cousin is getting married & it got me thinking about weddings I've attended in the past & what worked & what didn't.
In my limited experience as attendee, bridal party member & instant photo guest book minder, I've enjoyed almost every wedding I've been too, however I've noticed the more chaotic the day the more likely the couple has divorced by now & again I think it comes to the basic principal of communication.
If the perspectives vs reality isn't addressed before the wedding day by the couple...what is going to magically change after they sign the dotted line? Also I've notice when the groom has little input or his input is discounted, those weddings although fun usually don't result in happy marriages....more
Ok, I'm not a prospective bride but I checked this out at the library because back in the early 2000s I helped my mom plan my sisters wedding long disOk, I'm not a prospective bride but I checked this out at the library because back in the early 2000s I helped my mom plan my sisters wedding long distance on a minimal budget & remember using this website as a source of ideas. A dear cousin is getting married & if asked or called to contribute advice I wanted to be in the know.
Perhaps the website is still a good resource but the chicks who wrote this guide have got to be out of their minds. The basic wedding they are planning is $30,000!!! Yikes!
I don't even know a person who has spent that much on a vehicle much less a party.
I ended up skimming most of it. I will say if you have paid vendors involved in your wedding the info on contracts & marriage insurance is excellent. I guess even if costco is doing your cake & the men are renting formal wear these chapters could be useful, but the same info is probably on the web site....more
This book is a steam punk romance. It read very much like a fan fiction that got published only because publishers are trying to “ride the latest crazThis book is a steam punk romance. It read very much like a fan fiction that got published only because publishers are trying to “ride the latest craze”. No vampires, luckily, but not really entertaining either.
The world building is adequate at best. I did like the use of crystals, which shows some creativity rather than just plain steam to power machinery. Of course there are “the goodies” and “the baddies” who have been fighting for power/dominance of the intellectual and tools of the steam punk world for centuries. So simplistic; having only 2 factions in this power struggle. It could have been a cold war story if someone used a search and replace function for “the goodies” (US) vs. “the baddies” (USSR). The world at large is mundane and oblivious to existence of “the baddies”. These of course in a cold war story would be the terrorists like the Red Brigade.
They get married, but no mention of the wedding is present. They are lovers and then wham, she is referring to him as her husband? Whaaat? Did I miss a chapter? ...more
Maybe I'm finally burning out on mass market romances, can you believe it? After 30 years, this may be the section of the library I skip. Sacreliege!Maybe I'm finally burning out on mass market romances, can you believe it? After 30 years, this may be the section of the library I skip. Sacreliege! This was competently written but many questions went unanswered. She fell for him because that's the formula, he resisted because his character must. The children were adorable because an historical country house christmas romance must have children. ALL "I's" DOTTED & ALL "T's" CROSSED....more
So nice to interact with Sigrid again. I love her but since Oscar died haven't heard much about her.
Many authors do a cross series book & like theSo nice to interact with Sigrid again. I love her but since Oscar died haven't heard much about her.
Many authors do a cross series book & like the "very special episodes" during sweeps week in the 80s when "facts of life meets different strokes" it ends up a hot mess. But Maron is very wise how she uses her characters & the mash up works wonderfully. All the characters stay in their respective styles & the plot moves in & around them, not forcing interactions.
Finally, a little frisky-ness from our newly weds, honeymoon with appropriate attire & passion. Nicely written.
Of course murder does put a bit of a damper on the honeymoon but our couple is intrepid enough to go forth & enjoy their time away from work.
The LGBT clause that I'm confident is written into every publishing contract these days was handled very adeptly. The situation was brought up, dealt with compassionately & because it had no bearing on the crime, dropped. You can count on Sigrid to elimenate the info that doesn't apply when she is on the case.
Please understand, I believe that LGBT rights are the civil rights fight to be won right now in the US but I don't like it when every book I read or movie I see has a token character, usually just thrown in to satisfy contractual obligations. I feel it harms the cause more than it helps because so many are sloppily inserted into the plot. Full circle, Maron used this requirement masterfully & then left it alone.
With a little more thought after reading others reviewers opinions I'm bumping up to 5 STARS because it had to be incredibly difficult to write as cohesive a plot with 2 very different heroines voices staying true to style....more
Checked this out of the library because a dear cousin is marrying her Japenese sweetheart. He & presumably a contingent of family & friends wiChecked this out of the library because a dear cousin is marrying her Japenese sweetheart. He & presumably a contingent of family & friends will be traveling to the US for the wedding. My dear cousin will then move to Japan to begin her life as a married lady.
This book is for 3 Asian peoples; Chinese, Japanese, & Korean. I found the simularties & differences in ceremonies very interesting. I'll confess I skimmed most of the Korean parts & a lot of the Chinese but savored the Japanese sections. I especially liked the folklore & mythical origin stories in the margins. My cousin at one point told me she likes the purple family of colors (she hadn't picked colors yet), turns out purples are traditional Japenese wedding colors. Hmmm.
The gist of this book is everyone has face & as the engaged couple your most important job is to keep your own face, do what you feel is going to make your day meaningful & not to trampled on others faces. If you can incorporate some age old traditions without going into debt & going crazy, go on & do them, give the families a chance to have more face than they are expecting.
I found it well written but mostly geared to 2nd or 3rd generation Asian-Americans who are marrying each other (same ethnicity, other Asian ethnicity but US grown) or interfaith couples where one isn't Asian.
Good to read & know about symbols & traditions, even if you are just going to be a guest at an Asian wedding.
Biggest tip for those who haven't watched numerous movies about Asian American - if the dinner is in a Chinese banquet hall, eat just a bite of each course because, unless someone has tipped you off-who knows when the food will stop being served & it is bad manners to refuse to try a little of each course. Some wedding dinners have 10 plus courses, each with a meaning. Watch "the wedding banquet" to appreciate the banquet hall experience....more
So, I know I'm going to get a good read whenever I read Susan Elizabeth Phillips as I've been reading her since the mid-1990s. We know it will all worSo, I know I'm going to get a good read whenever I read Susan Elizabeth Phillips as I've been reading her since the mid-1990s. We know it will all work out in the end. Emotionally stunted people will grow and help others to grow. She will always get a 3 or higher star rating from me. Usually there isn’t any true “suspense” or “action” but just a solid story about character development. That being said: I had several problems with this book: 1. SEP never explained the origins of the nickname of the hero. 2. Heroine suffered badly from “damsel in distress” for far too long. She is supposedly such a smart cookie – did guilt and wedding planning warp her brain? 3. Everyone was just too good to be true. Of course that is part of the charm of a romance but there has to be a baseline reality check for the characters to bounce out around. Sadly, for these characters the reality baseline swerved wildly and constantly. I’m thinking part of the problem is the ick factor of the runaway bride leaving (with no real reason defined ) and hooking up with a “bad boy”. The secondary story of the TV celebrities was completely unnecessary. I feel it was put in only to develop a major LBGT character. I enjoy promoting civil rights in art…but I truly feel the publishing contract now include a clause that say a LBGT character must be included, even if the character doesn’t moves the plot along. ...more
Fresh voice as a debut author, I found her style engaging. I liked the idea of the year of study with out distractions.
I also liked "grFresh voice as a debut author, I found her style engaging. I liked the idea of the year of study with out distractions.
I also liked "green" energy featuring the electric auto. It is obvious that this book is part of a trilogy but the other characters aren't too apparent or invasive. The heroine was spunky yet conventional. The hero was archetypal of a distracted scientist....more