I totally loved this book. Hill defiantly learned from the master, his father, Stephen king. And he gives his dad mad props in here to...moreREAD THIS BOOK!
I totally loved this book. Hill defiantly learned from the master, his father, Stephen king. And he gives his dad mad props in here to with references to shawshank, Derry, it and more. Loved it!
I totally dig how he transitions between chapters. You have to keep reading because the title of the chapter finishes the sentence of the previous chapter. Brilliant! This is a massive book weighing in at 700 pages. And I read it in a day. While he seemed to inherit the gift for writing he seemed to have missed that gene that can make sk drag a bit. Lets face it, if sk wrote this it would be in triple digits. Hill weeps it clean and keeps it intense.
While it does come down to the basic premise of good and evil, I wouldn't say to book scared me.it might scare some, but I have been reading horror for so long it really takes something more than creepy to freak me out.
Loved the characters! Hill takes his heroine Vic and flips her from the norm. Instead of insisting that her gift is real she insists that it isn't and is constantly trying to figure out if she is sane. Wayne is well developed too. Heck, everyone is.
The only two things that were not my favorite is 1...Vic gets extremely sick after using her gift on the rare occasions that she does. But by the end of the book she is a globe trotter and given her previous reactions she should be imploded. And 2... I don't like the title. Ain't no vampires here. Well not literal blood vampires. Vampire of the soul maybe. But that's it really.(less)
Now I know why a book is called a "tome". This was a long ass book. It took me a couple of weeks to read (and that is a long time for me). It is long,...moreNow I know why a book is called a "tome". This was a long ass book. It took me a couple of weeks to read (and that is a long time for me). It is long, but so very worth it. My biggest complaint is that Dumas introduces a character and we are supposed to remember that story 900 pages later. I can't even thumb back to refresh my recollection because I don't remember where the hell it was that it occurred. But, every single thing was delicious!
Maybe it's the time period, I don't know, but I thought the depiction of the women were ridiculous. They were so one dimensional it drove me crazy. The only one I liked was Haydee and even then I don't understand why, if the Count loved her he called her his slave. But this girl had some spunk (that Valentine could have used GAWD! she irked me).
Aside from the poor writing of the female characters, I loved every piece of this. I loved seeing Edward go from the top of the world to the depths of despair, finding his hope in a prison cell, educating himself with the help of the Abbe, escaping (how daring!), finding the treasure, reinventing himself, donning disguises to accomplish his needs of revenge, standing on the sidelines watching his plans come to fruition, and to a lesser extent, him cleansing his soul and accepting. I particularly found the passage where he revisits the prison to be glorious. He relives the reasons for his revenge, and remains resolute. I would have been disappointed if he would have let the chastisement of Mercedes turn him from his revenge. I did find the scene where Mercedes confronted Edmond to be quite moving.
This really is the best revenge story EVER. (less)
Anyone else notice that this chick's last name is Slaughter? And she writes about people being slaughtered? Way to embrace the name sistah!
And embrace...moreAnyone else notice that this chick's last name is Slaughter? And she writes about people being slaughtered? Way to embrace the name sistah!
And embrace it she does. Women with their tounges being cut out and bitten off, nipples bitten off, and raped abound. Actually, the rape is about the kindest thing that happens to these victims.
The story revolves around 4 characters: Will Trent, Micheal Ormewood, Angie Polaski and John Shelley. Will is a GBI agent and is "just lending a hand" to the APD to find a sadistic killer. Michael, a cop, is working lead on the case and is struggling with his autistic son and a failing marriage. Angie works vice and dresses like a hooker every day to try and clean up the streets. She gets pulled into the story because one victim is a prostitute. And John. Poor John. All John wants is a tv. He is a simple man with simple desires. Until you find out that John just spent the better part of his life incarcerated for brutally killing and raping his next door neighbor. Now he is out and is a registered pedophile. And he wants a tv. That is where he discovers that his identity has been stolen and his quest to figure out what the hell is going on converges with the other characters.
What I absolutely loved is that Slaughter brought us into the secret about midway through the book. I am one of those awful people who make writers jobs a personal hell, I think. I try to figure out where they are going before they get there. I try to ascertain who the killer is and scoff at red herrings because I am smarter than that. I also (ahem) go to the back of the book, sneak a peek and see if I am right. So she took me (personally I am sure since I am legend) into mind and just flat out told me who the killer was. You cannot imagine my joy. I about did a happy dance right while I was reading it. I liked knowing what was going on in the killer's world while they were being pursued. I loved it. I felt special.
This is my first Slaughter book. I will be reading more of her. She has the best way, out of any other female author I have seen, of getting into a man's head and writing for them. If her name was something gender neutral, most people would assume that it was a man writing, and I don't mean that in a bad way. I just mean that her characters ring true.
And to all those people who picked on Karin Slaughter in school because of her last name (you know they would have). I say thank you. Because of you, she embraced that name and gave me a book that I love!(less)
OK, so maybe it isn't on of the best ass books ever. And so what if this really is more of a 4.5 rather than a 5. It is the best thing I have read in...moreOK, so maybe it isn't on of the best ass books ever. And so what if this really is more of a 4.5 rather than a 5. It is the best thing I have read in a looooong time.
This book reminded me so much of childhood, how everything centers around your thoughts and feelings. How we could run and play and go anywhere as long as we were home by nightfall. Life was so different then *sigh*
The story is mainly about young Jack being involved with Myra and the feelings and actions that go into the relationship. Further complicating things is the fact that Jack belongs to the family of the town "Trash". We all have had that kid/family in our schools. We probably all have been guilty of not befriending them. So imagine when Jack and Myra fall for each other. Myra is the one from the right side of the tracks. Think "Pretty in Pink" with a role reversal. And set in middle school.
The story is set in 1967 so we also have the societal unrest of the time as an undercurrent. Integration, segregation, drugs, and music are just a few of the backdrops that shape Jack's story.
The rest of the characters are so well written and have such a voice, I could totally picture Jack's world. The book is so well written in total that I could feel Jack's desperation and hope as well as smell his fears.
How does one read a book that is close to 1,000 pages? Any way you freaking can if it is by King! Somehow I missed this gem coming out and saw it in t...moreHow does one read a book that is close to 1,000 pages? Any way you freaking can if it is by King! Somehow I missed this gem coming out and saw it in the library and gobbled it up in 2 days. I was actually ticked off that I had to sleep and do "motherly" things for my kids. I have never cried while reading a SK novel before, but I certainly did here more than once.
If you aren't a fan of King's, don't let that stop you. The history is phenomenal! The story is fantastic! I can't say enough.
It is also educational. I never heard of the word obdurate before, but now (after it being on almost every damn page) I will never forget it! LOL Normally that would really bother me, but I simply don't care! (less)
I couldn't put this book down. The writing style engaged me; it is basically a memoir of dementia.
The themes that stay with me are so powerful. As we...moreI couldn't put this book down. The writing style engaged me; it is basically a memoir of dementia.
The themes that stay with me are so powerful. As we see Alice deteriorate we see how her world view changes. We see how her self image changes and we see how her relationships change.
The strongest conversation topic I have had (with myself!) is about how she defined her life before; work was her most important attribute to her. She was extremely unsupportive of her youngest daughter because she chose a different life path than expected. She gave herself daily "quizzes" and enacted a plan to end her life when she no longer passed. We see her journey to becoming more accepting and more likeable to herself. She reexamines her relationships with her family members. She was still able to be in control in many ways. She organized a support group and gave a presentation on early onset Alzheimers. She took her skills that were once a "given" and made them still useful to her under these circumstances.
The takeaway (for me) is that life is ever changing. We don't know who we will become in the future, so we should not make assumptions based upon who we are now. We see Alice, and we see how she rejoices in the memory of those she loves. She might not always know who they are, but she knows they are people she loves and who love her.
One last note....I can't stand her husband. (less)
I went into this book with trepidation after reading Middlesex. Middlesex was great, but was very weighty and I figured this would be the same. I shou...moreI went into this book with trepidation after reading Middlesex. Middlesex was great, but was very weighty and I figured this would be the same. I should have known better after reading Virgin Suicides, but I didn't. I am so glad I read this! Eugenides has this great ability to masterfully write on any subject he chooses. The writing is so engrossing on each character I totally slide into the psyche of each.
While I was reading though I kept thinking of the plot of Casablanca. I know...weird right? Except not so much. I think the basic premise is the same. It is a love triangle of sorts. Madeliene loves both men but she ultimately goes it alone. Although the choice is not really hers. If Mitchell had pressed the issue, she would have married him. And she would have probably been unfulfilled. For all of his love for her, Mitchell lets her go, very much like Rick did in Casablanca.
Madeliene is never really portrayed as a living breathing woman. She is portrayed as an object between the two men who desire her. Leonard, with his maniacal courting and Mitchell as the fumbling "friend" set up the choice for her. Leonard is more in her face and harder to "win" which, I think, is the reason that she chose him. Women in the 80's, at least from my experience as an 80's child, wanted the rush and the win of the hard to get male. What she didn't bargain for was his mental illness (which was brilliantly written). Women from this era, as with all era's but more pronounced here, want to "fix" men. They want to be the "everything" that a man needs. Madd is no exception. She stays and tries to make things work in part because she is on Mr. Toad's Wild Ride herself and loves his manic state....until she realizes what that really is.
I loved the references to literature and the way that Eugenides ties it all together. I think this is an amazing work. To classify this as a work of "campus fiction" severely discredits it. Eugenides never fails to make one think.(less)
I love this book! I haven't read it in a long time, but if you like a book with a twisted psycho, then definitely read this! It is the second or third...moreI love this book! I haven't read it in a long time, but if you like a book with a twisted psycho, then definitely read this! It is the second or third in a series, but it is stand alone. Each book has the same protagonist and you get more and more of his story with each book. The first in the series is Denial. Ablow is fairly graphic and not really for the faint of heart.
This one is my favorite. Who would have ever thought of an architect as one who arranges peoples lives???? Off the hook! (less)
So far, this is my best read of 2012. Original idea, great choice in writing it with a first person narrative and loved the use of flashbacks to flesh...moreSo far, this is my best read of 2012. Original idea, great choice in writing it with a first person narrative and loved the use of flashbacks to flesh out the character.
Grace isn't really a character you really get to know. In fact, you never really know know what exactly did happen and why. We don't know because they are all starving and dehydrating. She is at one moment meek and passive, the next a gold digging calculating survivor. She knows what she wants, she goes out to get it and then has it all taken from her.
39 people in a lifeboat. 39 mouths to feed wondering when rescue is coming. 39 whispered mouths gossiping and creating havoc. 39 differing senses of what actually happened.
I love that the cast of characters are all Black. It made me sad that Davidia references John Hughes movies because I re...moreI loved loved loved this book.
I love that the cast of characters are all Black. It made me sad that Davidia references John Hughes movies because I really wished that there was an equivalent movies that didn't center around white people. And there aren't. I rarely come across chick lit that centers around African American's. I don't go searching for my cast to be white, it just seems to be out there. Just like much of it tends to be set in London. (What is up with that?) I didn't really think much of it though. It is, of course, central to the plot, but when reading doesn't make you stop and think "oh, these aren't white people". These are just people.
And what people they are! We meet Davidia when she is young and she is that smelly kid that everyone avoids and mocks. We all know her. Well, we all know OF her. Her character is so alive. I read her as Precious in the Push novel. There are obvious character differences here, but she was broken like Precious and that is who she was to me in reading it. That broken, hopeless girl. But then she runs off to LA and becomes Davie. Here, she became my friend Tre. Tre is southern, witty, hysterical, wrong on many levels, and outright crazy at times. So is Davie. So from here on out it was all Tre, all the time.
We have Davie living her life and making good; being happy; living the dream. Then, uh oh, trouble with a capital T. Like crazy trouble. Not good crazy, but the bordering on psycho crazy. "That shit is funny, but fucked up" kinda crazy.
Of course we get the happy ending. This is chick lit after all. But it is just such a fun ride. Good chick lit makes you forget the fact that it could never happen in real life and forgive the plot points. It makes you just hold on and roll. And this book does that. The characters are true and real.
It is also laugh out loud funny. It is a John Hughes film meets The Muse meets anything 80's.
Let me start by saying that I am not into historical fiction. At all. But this. This lovely, wonderful, surprising novel is fantastic. I loved it. Lur...moreLet me start by saying that I am not into historical fiction. At all. But this. This lovely, wonderful, surprising novel is fantastic. I loved it. Lurved it!
And I cannot tell you why. If I did, I would have to kill you. Really. It would wreck everything for you. It would destroy your enjoyment, your absolute delight of reading it.
The only criticism I have is that the end was not long enough, or that it even had to come at all.(less)