This wasn't a book I generally would buy on first look at the synopsis, but I got it on my Nook and I blew through it in a day. I loved it. Now I just...moreThis wasn't a book I generally would buy on first look at the synopsis, but I got it on my Nook and I blew through it in a day. I loved it. Now I just wish I could get a hold of Catching Fire and Mockingjay. (less)
As a writer, there were some aspects of the writing technique that stuck out and pulled me from the story. The story line, though, was enjoyable. I li...moreAs a writer, there were some aspects of the writing technique that stuck out and pulled me from the story. The story line, though, was enjoyable. I like modernizations and reinventions of fairy tales because it's interesting to see what a fresh look at them can come up with. This takes the Beauty and the Beast fairy tale to a different place and it was a quick read. (less)
I bought this book because I happened to catch the movie version on, I think, Lifetime late one night. The concept seemed to be pretty interesting so...moreI bought this book because I happened to catch the movie version on, I think, Lifetime late one night. The concept seemed to be pretty interesting so I thought, since the movie was okay, the book would be much better. While the book, in some aspects, was much better, there were some clarity issues in regards to the real versus imagined worlds that seemed to play out better in the movie. As an avid reader and writer, claiming that a movie adaptation is better is difficult and I don't attempt to claim so completely here. The book is disturbing, haunting and stuck with me afterward, but there were some issues that arose in the writing for me personally. Yet there were some quotes that have continued to be some of my favorite from a written text including: "she’d understood what he was trying to impress them with—the enormity, the complexity, of themselves."(less)
Westerns are so far out of my comfort zone of genres that I didn't have many expectations at all for this book, but if I had it would have exceeded th...moreWesterns are so far out of my comfort zone of genres that I didn't have many expectations at all for this book, but if I had it would have exceeded them all. There is always something different about seeing a story--that, quite possibly, has been told a hundred times over--through the eyes of a child. The charged sexual tension between the adult characters and the undercurrents of social relations between the different groups in the town are masked by the naive view of the narrator. It is a story that proves that even when children do not fully understand what they are seeing they are still the most observant creatures and can draw deep meaning from their experiences and the world around them. It was an easy, enjoyable read. (less)
After being less than impressed with the first book in this series, I was hesitant to venture on to this installment. I can't say this book did much t...moreAfter being less than impressed with the first book in this series, I was hesitant to venture on to this installment. I can't say this book did much to renew my hope for the rest of the series, but something in me (a personal problem with needing to see story lines to their ultimate conclusion) keeps me reading. I like the concept of the series being that Vampires are no longer the things of myth, but rather a very real aspect of the society in the book. I like that they and other supernatural beings have been "outed" to the every day living, breathing humans. There is one writing technique that just annoys me to no end that completely pulls me from the story line every time it is employed.
In my creative writing workshop, we had a discussion about a responsibility a writer has to find the balance between trusting your reader to remember certain details and how much you repeat yourself. I don't think Charlaine Harris has found this balance yet. An example of this is in regards to the detail that Sookie has ingested vampire bloods as a means to heal her in during the time frame of the first book. This has given Sookie above average (for a human) strength and reflex temporarily. This book repeats that detail once (which is good because I didn't read the two back to back so I had misplaced the memory of it between the two readings) to remind the reader that it has occurred. It then goes on to repeat that detail every time Sookie exhibits abnormal strength or refelx. As a reader, who now clearly remembers the reason for this after being reminded once, I am now annoyed every time it is repeated subsequently. It creates the implication that the author does not trust me to remember the simplest of details and it impairs my investment to the narrative.
However, I made the investment (monetarily) by recently buying all the paperback editions available at a used book store of the books in the series following this one. So I will be continuing to read further. I would say that it could be possible that the books will get better as they go on (which they may) but I would rather not get my hopes up. (less)
I just started reading and instantly noted a line that was nearly word for word a repeat of a line in the last book. I suppose if I wasn't reading the...moreI just started reading and instantly noted a line that was nearly word for word a repeat of a line in the last book. I suppose if I wasn't reading them so close together I wouldn't have noticed, but as of right now, not a good sign for the rest of this book.
I was recommended this book, so I wasn’t sure what I was going to think of it. The only thing I knew about it was that there was a movie based on it....moreI was recommended this book, so I wasn’t sure what I was going to think of it. The only thing I knew about it was that there was a movie based on it. But once I started reading it, I loved it. I powered through the first 250 pages in a couple days, and then lost my steam as I got busy with vacations and my birthday. So it’s taken me far longer to read then it should have. It’s done now though, so I can’t complain. I don’t have much to say except that I really enjoyed reading this book, and I’m glad I gave it a chance. It’s probably up there as one of my favorites. (less)
I’ve very glad I chose to read this book before seeing the movie. Since I already knew how it ends (I was a bad girl and looked up the summary of the...moreI’ve very glad I chose to read this book before seeing the movie. Since I already knew how it ends (I was a bad girl and looked up the summary of the book when I saw the first preview) I’m glad I decided to buy it because I probably wouldn’t have ended up reading it after seeing the movie. I love this book so much. I was captivated by the story line and it was just wonderful. I couldn’t put it down. I wanted it to go on and on and never end. This easily made my list of favorite books. I literally just finished the last page and I already want to read it again. (less)
I had to read the play Angels in America for my ENGL 380 class. I had put off buying the book til the last minute and it got to be that the only place...moreI had to read the play Angels in America for my ENGL 380 class. I had put off buying the book til the last minute and it got to be that the only place I could get it was at Barnes and Noble. I had no idea what it was about, I had heard there was an HBO film even version because it was up for awards awhile back, but I really didn’t know much about it. Now that I have read it I can say it is 100% worth the $18 I had to pay for the book.
For one, it’s refreshing to read a play that is from this century. I can actually understand exactly what is going on, even when what is going on is strange and unusual. The language is modern and that makes it a quicker read than say, Shakespeare. Haha. ANd by quick read, I mean quick. I bought it Sunday morning at like 11am, twelve hours later of splotchy reading, I had blown through 160 pages. And if I wasn’t exhausted and if I didn’t have to get up to go to class the next morning, it was so captivating that I could have stayed up all night to read it to the end (something I haven’t done since Deathly Hallows came out).
Angels in America is set in the mid 80s when the nation was in the midst of the AIDS crisis. The two plays that make up Angels in America, center around characters from three groups of people: gays, Mormons, and Jews. While you may be hard pressed to find a similarity between the three, once you’ve followed the characters through their struggles, you can see that there are things which tie these three groups of people together. While they appear so vastly different, they can find similarities in each other to which they can relate to each other through.
My 380 instructor says she would classify this play as a comedy, and while Angels in America deals with serious subject matter and is politically driven, I am inclined to agree with her. If you look at the typical conventions and structures of a dramatic comedy, Angels in America follows quite a few of them. But the classification of the play was far from my mind while actually reading it. I was too deeply immersed in the story to even think of anything but finding out what happened next.
And, what reading it really accomplished was me wanting to see it performed live as it was meant to be seen. I can read the words, and I can vividly visualize it in my head, but I kept thinking, “God, how amazing would it be to actually see it.” And I don’t mean the HBO minit series (though I would love to see that as well), but actually live and embodied on a theater stage. I can’t imagine what that experience would be like. While I loved the experience of reading the play, I bet it would pale in comparison to seeing it live (in the way listening to a CD is satisfying, but it isn’t the same as the energy and rush of going to a concert).
Can you tell I loved it? One of the few assigned readings that I could possibly have picked up on my own and read for fun. That doesn’t happen very often. Not often at all.(less)
Let me preface this with a declaration of my love for the show Castle. Nathan Fillion as a best selling author of detective novels? That’s a win in my...moreLet me preface this with a declaration of my love for the show Castle. Nathan Fillion as a best selling author of detective novels? That’s a win in my book. There’s also the intense sexual tension between Castle and Beckett,and the antics of lovable partners Ryan and Esposito.
Anyway, reading Heat Wave was like watching a marathon of Castle episode. Raley and Ochoa (a.k.a. Roach) are fictional duplicates of Ryan and Esposito. Nikki Heat, while obviously altered to fit Castle’s imagination of the character, is definitely a perfect rendition of Beckett. And then there’s Rook, the embodiment of Castle, who’s only difference is that he’s a journalist not a novelist (haha, Rook, Castle, get it?).
The only difference between the book and the show, is the will-they-won’t-they dynamic Castle and Beckett have going on is non existent in the book…there’s just a very descriptive they did toward the middle of the book.
My love for the show amplified my love for this little tie-in, promotional book. (less)