I won this book through a Goodreads giveaway, and I was super pleased when I did because I've been wanting to read it for awhile — ever since I flippe...moreI won this book through a Goodreads giveaway, and I was super pleased when I did because I've been wanting to read it for awhile — ever since I flipped through it in bookstores and was intrigued by the photos inside of it.
That said, I enjoyed the book for what it is. Some parts are kind of predictable (but also because I had some vague idea of the story beforehand), but I didn't mind and the plot interested me until the end. The X-Men peculiars were fun, the sort of creepy undertones combined with the photos is spiffy, and when there was exposition to introduce all the things and characters in the story it didn't get real heavy and it flowed nicely with the rest of the narrative. I also really loved the relationship between Jacob and his grandfather, which is the catalyst for Jacob and his journey.
[I got a copy of this novel through Goodreads first reads.]
I have to say that it isone of the best books I have read in a long time! I read the majori...more[I got a copy of this novel through Goodreads first reads.]
I have to say that it is one of the best books I have read in a long time! I read the majority of it in one sitting, where I kept telling myself, "okay self, read one more chapter and then you'll stop and do something else." Well, I kept doing that again and again without ever actually stopping until I got to the end and there was no more book for me to read. It was the prose that immediately drew me in and it was that, combined with the story and the characters that kept me with the rapt attention that had me absorbing this book.
The back of the book and in all the summaries of the novel tell the big news of it: that in Rosemary's youth, a chimpanzee was a member of their family. I don't think that knowing beforehand takes away from reading it — it is what originally interested me in the book, and I think it would for others too. This fact isn't revealed in the book until nearly 100 pages and I think that it's very effective for the reasons that it is done; it is stressed how we are to think Fern as Rosemary's sister and not as just a chimpanzee. They were raised as "twins" amongst her psychologist father and grad students, where everything Rosemary said and did was data. As a psychology major, I loved all the psych stuff mentioned in the book as well.
What I took away most from the story is the message of what it means to be human. There was a quote from it that sums it up nicely: "...in the phrase human being, the word being is much more important than the word human."
I received this book via a Goodreads giveaway, and I'm glad I won it!Gillian Flynn recommends it, so I figured it had to be awesome, right?
Well, it wa...moreI received this book via a Goodreads giveaway, and I'm glad I won it! Gillian Flynn recommends it, so I figured it had to be awesome, right?
Well, it was pretty good. To me, the mystery of the story was not the main thing that grabbed me. The overreaching theme that stuck with me was how lonely, misunderstood, and out of place all the characters felt. The shifting POV characters pretty much all had a problem where they couldn't be what they wanted to be, or didn't like where they were; Wyatt not getting the respect from others, and Emily not being liked by her peers, for instance. But the one that really resonated most was how Susanna was more slotted into the "mother" role than anything else. In one of my psychology classes I read about how women that have children have a very difficult time as being seen as anything else other than "a mom" in other aspects of their life, and unfortunately because of that people see them as having less authority and get less respect of their actions and choices from people they interact with. In this novel, I see that this happens to Susanna, and I love that she shows her frustration with it.
I liked the conclusion, and how we got to see more of Ronnie. All in all, I liked the book and I'd probably read something else by this author.(less)
I read the first Dexter book a few years ago and I didn't really enjoy it, and I swore that I would not read any of the other books in the series. Som...moreI read the first Dexter book a few years ago and I didn't really enjoy it, and I swore that I would not read any of the other books in the series. Somehow, I changed my mind and wow - I am glad I did go on to read Dearly Devoted Dexter! I don't know if it's because it deveates from the show!verse but I really enjoyed this book, and I had a difficult time putting it down. Dexter's voice was really entertaining and humorous (I chuckled outloud quite often while reading), and the plotline was intriguing. Yoldeling potatos? Creeeeeeepy.
The only things I had a tiny trouble with that there was less of a reaction — I guess — than I expected from Deborah about her Finding Out from the previous book. That, and I wish Doakes wasn't taken out of Dexter's problems so soon in the book!verse. But overall it was really great and I plan to read the rest of the series.(less)
I received this book via a Goodreads giveaway. I've read the Archie comics off and on since high school so I really loved reading the backstory for th...moreI received this book via a Goodreads giveaway. I've read the Archie comics off and on since high school so I really loved reading the backstory for the character Kevin. It was a quick read and the story unfolded at a good and steady pace. Kevin is an awesome character, is very likable, and is relatable to anybody that is going through the process of figuring out who they are amongst people who may judge you for what you are and for what you do. I think it's great that there's a LGBTQ character in the series. By reading this book it gave him more dimensions and real. I wish that when I was younger there were more characters like Kevin to read about.
I liked this book more than the previous one in the series. Learning more about the Dust and science of the universe was good; awesome world building....moreI liked this book more than the previous one in the series. Learning more about the Dust and science of the universe was good; awesome world building. Loved the addition of the new characters as well! (less)