I’ll admit it. I was late on the boat to read Jane Austen. When I was younger, I steered clear of the old English writing and stories. I’ll be honest,I’ll admit it. I was late on the boat to read Jane Austen. When I was younger, I steered clear of the old English writing and stories. I’ll be honest, it kind of bored me. But, lately I’ve been trying to get back into some of the classic stories that I have neglected over the years. Pride and Prejudice was the first one on my list. I’m surprised that I didn’t like it before now. It really is one of the original romantic novels. I loved the descriptions that Jane Austen gave of the characters and setting....more
My parents always read me Grimm’s Fairytales when I was younger and I just recently bought the complete collection at Barnes and Noble. It only took mMy parents always read me Grimm’s Fairytales when I was younger and I just recently bought the complete collection at Barnes and Noble. It only took me a couple days to make it through the entire collection, while I relived my childhood. Now, as a writer, I really enjoy the stories because I think it’s great that it is possible to make a compelling and interesting story in a couple paragraphs, sometimes. That’s not easy and I would love to be able to learn how to do that. I also enjoyed this book because it was fun to read the original stories, instead of the adaptations that have been made over the years....more
Being new to the world of memoirs, I was not sure what Nick Flynn’s Another Bullshit Night in Suck City would be like. I ended up being very pleased.Being new to the world of memoirs, I was not sure what Nick Flynn’s Another Bullshit Night in Suck City would be like. I ended up being very pleased. Being partial to humorous books, I was hoping that this would keep my attention and have me laughing. As I have mentioned in some of my previous reviews, I have a strange sense of humor. Very dry and sarcastic. I enjoyed Flynn’s work partly because I write a lot like he does.
From a grammatical and style standpoint, though, one thing I noticed from Flynn’s work was his lack of quotation marks around the dialogue. This can either work well for the writing, or it can really hinder it. With Flynn’s work, I thought the lack of quotation marks really helped. With any dialogue, the reader may feel like that is definitely what was said, whether in fiction or nonfiction. However, with nonfiction, sometimes the writer can not be 100% certain that the character actually said exactly that. When there are no quotation marks, I felt like it was more of a description of the words, not necessarily the exact ones that had been used.
I also really liked how the chapters were laid out. Each chapter was a separate story that was tied together with the other chapters by the overall storyline of Flynn finally meeting his father and spending time with him. While each chapter may be able to be linked with the other chapters, each story can stand on its own, though, which was a good layout and kept the story going. ...more
Being a huge fan of the BBC Torchwood TV series, I was really interested in reading the books that were written based on the characters of the series.Being a huge fan of the BBC Torchwood TV series, I was really interested in reading the books that were written based on the characters of the series. In this book, the city of Cardiff is falling apart. Dark clouds are blacking out the sky, the homeless are being killed and their bodies are being left on the streets, two feet of rain falls in 24 hours, and the drainage system collapses. Torchwood hunts down the killer they believe is responsible for the deaths, but the killer jumps off the 8th floor…and the killings don’t stop. Now Torchwood must figure out and stop what is happening.
I was a little iffy at first, when I realized that the series itself is written by multiple people. But, then I discovered that the books are really more for character development than the overall plot line. This book did not disappoint. I loved it and I really hope to be able to use the techniques Peter Anghelides used in this book to give the characters of my stories more substance and development throughout my stories. ...more
When this book first came out, I thought that it was linked in with Meyer’s Twilight series, so I was completely confused for a little while. But, oncWhen this book first came out, I thought that it was linked in with Meyer’s Twilight series, so I was completely confused for a little while. But, once I figured out that it was completely separate from the series, I flew through the book. While Twilight was about vampires and werewolves, The Host is about aliens. Aliens have come to Earth and the bodies of humans are being used to host these creatures, thus destroying any part of the human’s mind that might be left. That is, until they tried to use Melanie Stryder’s body as a host. She won’t go away and now Wanderer is stuck in a body that still think for itself. Now Wanderer is faced with the decision of helping the small band of survivors or doing her job.
Not being a very big fan of the Twilight series, I was a little iffy about this book. But, while Twilight’s writing seemed very juvenile at some parts, this book is clearly written for an older audience and the writing is a lot better. Better descriptions and better lines of dialogue make the book fly by and makes the book a lot more enjoyable. ...more
Even though my dad did his best to try and prepare me for the real world, while I was still living at home, there are still some things that I feel unEven though my dad did his best to try and prepare me for the real world, while I was still living at home, there are still some things that I feel unsure about. Then I found this book. Yes, it’s called “How to Walk in High Heels,” which my dad definitely didn’t teach me how to do, but it also covers basically everything a girl might have to do while on her own. Changing a tire, hanging a picture, eating lobster, getting out of the car in a miniskirt, and so many other things. Overall, this book is really written in a very conversational way. It made me feel like I was reading a chick lit book, which I guess it technically could be considered that. And, overall, I liked the book. I did learn some things.
But, there were some other parts that I found a little insulting. For the section on changing a tire, it was divided into two parts. Part one tells you to call your road side assistance and play the “damsel in distress card.” Then, part two starts out by saying “Okay, we were trying to avoid this…” Why? I want to know how to change a tire, not how to rely on a guy to do it for me. I thought that was what the whole book was supposed to be about. How to do things yourself. ...more
It is a no-brainer (pun intended) that a zombie book made it onto my list of books to read. I won’t lie, my parents made fun of me when they saw me reIt is a no-brainer (pun intended) that a zombie book made it onto my list of books to read. I won’t lie, my parents made fun of me when they saw me reading this, but I didn’t care. I’ve accepted the fact that I am one of the few in my group of acquaintances who has a well thought-out plan in my mind of what I would do if the Zombie Apocalypse happened. This book is considered a humor book, but as you read it, there are extremely detailed descriptions on everything you would possibly want to know about how to fight against the living dead. It would be amazing if I could manage to write such a great survival guide like this. The writing is just so cut-and-dry that it is easy to forget that the book is supposed to be humorous. ...more
The concept of this book is really good. Is it possible to be a classy, graceful, sophisticated girl like Audrey Hepburn, while the rest of the worldThe concept of this book is really good. Is it possible to be a classy, graceful, sophisticated girl like Audrey Hepburn, while the rest of the world seems to be more partial to girls like Paris Hilton? This book says, “Yes.” The book starts out great. Strong words, makes you believe that you can become a Hepburn, but as it drifts into the second half of the book, it starts losing the spunk that it had before. Basically one part says for you to play hard-to-get because if you make it easy for a guy to ask you out, then they’ll lose interest. I understand not throwing yourself at him, but still…...more
Being a huge fan of Showtime’s Dexter, I really wanted to go back and actually read the books themselves, since I’m a bigger fan of original materialBeing a huge fan of Showtime’s Dexter, I really wanted to go back and actually read the books themselves, since I’m a bigger fan of original material than adaptations. I loved this first book in the series. Jeff Lindsay really manages to use his style of writing and the subject matter of a serial killer being the hero of the story, to mess with your moral sense. You know that it’s wrong what Dexter is doing, but because he only kills the people who get off of crimes by a technicality, then you find yourself rooting for him. It also has a lot of really dry humor, which I loved because that’s what my sense of humor is like. Lindsay does a great job at keeping a person interested in such a morally backwards story and really does a good job at making a person question what they morally believe in....more
Jaz Parks is a vampire hunter, but she works for the CIA and her boss’s name is Vayl. He was born in Romania in 1744…and died there, too. Yes, Vayl isJaz Parks is a vampire hunter, but she works for the CIA and her boss’s name is Vayl. He was born in Romania in 1744…and died there, too. Yes, Vayl is a vampire, but a good one. The two of them work together to bring down the bad vampires. In the final book of this series, Vayl manages to survive an assassination attempt and may have finally found his sons, but Jaz and Vayl find themselves traveling to Romania. It all comes to an end, in this exciting final chapter.
Over the length of the series, Rardin’s writing steadily got better. In the first book, I felt like parts of it were written by someone younger than her, but by the end of the series, I felt like the books were finally up to the standards of adult fantasy. I really enjoyed Rardin’s overall tone throughout the series, because the character of Jaz is very sarcastic and that is exactly like my sense of humor. ...more