I started off liking this because it begins sweet and the two main characters truly care about each other. Halfway through, though, Dangerous Love jus...moreI started off liking this because it begins sweet and the two main characters truly care about each other. Halfway through, though, Dangerous Love just gets too repetitive.
When the violent (and very much unprovoked) murder of a woman (no matter how homophobic and hurtful her words may be to the main character's girlfriend she is pretty much non-threatening) is never punished or even referred to again...well, that really turns me off and makes anything else that happens absolutely meaningless.
All I can say is "yikes!" and not in positive way at all.(less)
Maybe I'll try to read The Agony Column again when I have more time. I admit to going through it very quickly. It starts off so well and is intriguing...moreMaybe I'll try to read The Agony Column again when I have more time. I admit to going through it very quickly. It starts off so well and is intriguing at first, but after a while the narrator is a bit too much.
Of course, it might have been my mood. The thought of there being "agony columns" (a personals section where one person tries to track down someone they saw briefly in public, but can't forget) in the Times long before Craig's List and Missed Connections came along pulled me into this.
Instead of wanting to truly read more of Earl Derr Biggers I found myself checking out the free non-fiction copy of The Agony Column of the "Times": 1800-1870 by Alice Clay in Google Play instead.(less)
When I bought this book off Kindle I had no expectations at all nor did I imagine there would be any kind of happy ending. Written by a straight man d...moreWhen I bought this book off Kindle I had no expectations at all nor did I imagine there would be any kind of happy ending. Written by a straight man during a time when homophobia and ridiculous stereotypes were alive and well, Strange Sisters could hardly be anything but a product of its time.
Even so, I found the writing itself much better than I had anticipated and a surprising sympathy for the main character (even the police who bring her in for questioning seem to feel bad for her.) Unlike his other male counterparts writing lesbian pulp during the same era (i.e. Lawrence Block as Jill Emerson) Mr. Fletcher held back on the lascivious aspects of the genre.
After reading Strange Sisters I decided to track down another Fletcher Flora book with a similar theme and a very striking cover. It's called Desperate Asylum, something I found through a private bookseller, and I hope to get to it soon.(less)
Top-notch for research purposes or personal reading, The Dream Of The Great American Novel has everything to please a true blue book lover: history, p...moreTop-notch for research purposes or personal reading, The Dream Of The Great American Novel has everything to please a true blue book lover: history, perspective and lots and lots of rare or long-forgotten titles for people who love the classics. You don't have to be a former or present English major to love this, but Lawrence Buell's book may make you giddy if you are one! :)(less)
For me the appeal of this chillingly well-written book is more about the prose and far less about the plot (at times, it feels like everything drifts...moreFor me the appeal of this chillingly well-written book is more about the prose and far less about the plot (at times, it feels like everything drifts too much for there to be any kind of storyline!)
A second, more careful reading may change this for me, but since so much of The Quality Of Her Voice is internal, the sharp and often painfully stark writing suits the setting well.
So much of what does happens seems to center around two women who apparently have strong feelings for each other, but desperately want nothing to do with any of it. Michele may like her favorite singer, Trish Parker, a lot, but Trish is a master of stoicism and the occasional dirty look, one that, for Michele, "as surely as a laser beam, has simply destroyed my universe."
Lizzie, Trish's best friend and personal assistant, assures Michele, appearances cannot be believed, but that's easier said than done when love is neither a "burden nor a happiness" and the person you really like is too busy or too scared or too something to show how she really feels.
Love, in this world, doesn't seem to make anyone happy, even Pam who has finally fallen out of unrequited love with Michele and is ready to move on and start over with someone else.
I can't find a single thing out about J.E.J. Fern. The writer is as mysterious and fleeting as her wonderful, but way-too-short novel. Hopefully, she will have more out in the near future.(less)
I have to confess that between having a bad cold this past week and stopping and starting several times while reading it, I found To The Edge Of The U...moreI have to confess that between having a bad cold this past week and stopping and starting several times while reading it, I found To The Edge Of The Universe to be a bit challenging. If not for the interesting science behind the science fiction I may have stopped for good.
It's not that the plot isn't intriguing because it is, but more that I didn't care for the characters that much. They didn't jump out at me, but I was so engrossed with the ideas, theories and even philosophies presented I kind of forgot about that. Science fiction has always drawn me with it's plausible "out there" qualities and for all the wonderful "what if" possibilities.
Computer programmer Kallad resides on a huge spaceship called I.D. 84. Kallid is sent to the farthest, less safe part of the ship for not being "professional;" in a touch of bizarre humor, he is punished for not buttoning his shirt all the way to the top.
Unique and fascinating are two words that come to my mind when I think of To The Edge of The Universe. I haven't taken it off my Kindle yet because I plan to reread it when my head is less fuzzy and I'm more able to take in all that makes this a thinking person's novel.(less)
Except for the lack of paragraphs and the constant merging of quotations, attributed to each speaker (thankfully!) but still jumbled together, The End...moreExcept for the lack of paragraphs and the constant merging of quotations, attributed to each speaker (thankfully!) but still jumbled together, The End Of The Line is a solid read. The copy I read was a Kindle so the main problem is electronically related rather than content.
Main characters Latesha and Peter become more and more real and likable as the novel progresses. Though I tend to read more lesbian romances than straight ones, I truly found myself falling into this one. Latesha's reluctance to get involved and Peter's determination not to give up on a attraction he is sure is mutual, and far deeper than physical, add an odd charm to the novel.
It takes a strong relationship to survive the opposition this couple faces from so many people in their lives. From family objections in the beginning to Mr. Thomas finally accepting his daughter's love for Peter, everything about The End Of The Line rings true.
It is both sad and tragic that we even now we still live in a world where two people can't fall in love without others trying to interfere because of what they see as wrong.
Engaging, very believable, well-written and full of wonderful dialogue, The End Of The Line is hopefully just the beginning for Jim Power. I look forward to reading more from him in the future.(less)
Endearing, sweet and emotionally touching, Little White Lie is definitely worth reading...once you get past how unlikely it would be for a highly inte...moreEndearing, sweet and emotionally touching, Little White Lie is definitely worth reading...once you get past how unlikely it would be for a highly intelligent research scientist to be so easily duped by a co-worker tricking her onto the set of a trashy tv talk show.
Once you get into the heart of the story (and it definitely has heart) you may very well find yourself melting a bit at how deeply these two women feel for each other, even if they each can be a bit, well, dense at times.
Miscommunication and misunderstandings are quite common in Lea Santos's romantic Amigas Y Amor series, but each book has its own touch of charm and sincerity, making all four special in their own way. I would love to know if Lea Santos has any plans for future writing. (less)
I spent a rainy afternoon reading Under Her Skin. For me the novel's biggest selling point is the touching sincerity of the writing and main character...moreI spent a rainy afternoon reading Under Her Skin. For me the novel's biggest selling point is the touching sincerity of the writing and main characters.
Things move a tad too quick for me and Under Her Skin almost seems to be over before it's even begun, but there's no denying the likability of both ladies and the way they respect each other.
It's certainly worth spending cozy time on the couch for a few hours. Another plus for me: emotion and caring are never sacrificed for gratuitous sex scenes...something that is a bit too rare in lesfic.(less)
Normally, you'd have to chain me, unwillingly, to a chair with handcuffs before I'd read anything with a theme even remotely resembling BDSM. But havi...moreNormally, you'd have to chain me, unwillingly, to a chair with handcuffs before I'd read anything with a theme even remotely resembling BDSM. But having read Holiday Escort and liked it and also having been enchanted by some of the glowing reviews here on Amazon, I gave Rewind a try and actually found it far better than I ever could have imagined.
Though incredibly slow to start and a bit irritating in the beginning, Julia P. Lynde's novel truly takes off after our two main characters meet and from there Rewind is simply captivating and surprisingly sweet. I'm not saying I completely get everything about relationships like the one Shane and Veronica share because I don't, but I do think that theirs in particular is as loving (if not more) than many of the ones I've read throughout lesfic this past year.
The author does an amazing job of taking a rather unbelievable situation and making it fit very smoothly into the bigger plot. And Ms. Lynde gives the reader two likable women who clearly are meant to be together despite trying circumstances and an age difference those who don't understand might see as too big a gap. The ending, as with much about Rewind, is lovely and fitting for a book that shows time and time again that love is about far more than what two people happen to do in their bedroom.(less)
It's hard for me to believe The Wish List is by the same author who wrote the fascinating and fabulous Behind The Green Curtain. It's not so much that...moreIt's hard for me to believe The Wish List is by the same author who wrote the fascinating and fabulous Behind The Green Curtain. It's not so much that The Wish List isn't well-written (it is) but that it is lukewarm in spirit and often confusing towards the end.
I'm glad to hear that there is a sequel planned. Hopefully, that will give more fuel and substance to the potentially uplifting and romantic storyline that never quite takes off here.
Another thing that would be nice is if main character Kelsie's well-meaning, but highly annoying and intrusive, friends did not make an appearance in a second book. I found them to be a huge drawback and just can't imagine most people putting up with their shenanigans in real life.(less)