Very nice writing, was looking like an easy 4 star light but entertaining romance. Just the thing to destress and relaxHistorical Romance
What I Liked:
Very nice writing, was looking like an easy 4 star light but entertaining romance. Just the thing to destress and relax.
What I DID NOT LIKE:
I quit reading by page 50, being taken aback by frequent references to God. Not as in "they went to church", "religion was important to the family", but "God has a plan for the two of us". This book was not labeled as Christian Fiction anywhere on the spine or either cover. The author's bio said nothing about Christian Fiction.
I resent the religious content being sprung on me without warning. While I deeply respect anyone's faith, anyone's belief in a particular diety, or other spiritual belief, I strenuously object to a certain religious POV being an unwanted surprise in a book.
This book was not labeled as Christian Fiction on the spine or either cover, nor identified as having a possibly Christian POV by wording or pictures on the cover.
Two of the discussion questions at the story's end ask questions about (paraphrasing) " ... God's hand guiding the events".
Delightful fun! Sebastian, butler extraordinaire to 12 y/o toy and candy company magnate Ciel Phantomhive is just a hoot! The b#1 Black Butler - Manga
Delightful fun! Sebastian, butler extraordinaire to 12 y/o toy and candy company magnate Ciel Phantomhive is just a hoot! The bumbling household staff is entertaining too. Young Ciel is also the secret head of a society protecting Queen Victoria from the less obvious suspects -- when he's not being tutored by his butler, Sebastian, in violin and ballroom dancing.
Being my first manga (pronounced "monga" - I had to ask our librarian), the detailed drawings are impressive. This is presented in comic book style, though it's a book. The author is Japanese, so you read the book starting from the back, and from the right to the left.
TY Good Reads for the info that this is a female author. All the more reason to enjoy the creativity, uniqueness and tight plotting.
For a more complete review, check my friend Yvensong's review on Good Reads.
These are perfect reads -- light, relatively quick, but with enough intrigue to hold your interest. The drawings' details, and the background characters' remarks slow me down a little, as I don't want to miss any nuances.
With Yasmeen, the hard-edged, kick a##, powerful captain of her own ship (dirigible) being the one with the "Heart of S#2 Iron Seas series - Steampunk
With Yasmeen, the hard-edged, kick a##, powerful captain of her own ship (dirigible) being the one with the "Heart of Steel", and Archimedes Fox (male lead) being the more soft-hearted character, this switch was a refreshing change.
Excitement, adventure, twists and turns -- great fun! And to have Yasmeen meet up again with Archimedes -- whom she threw over the edge of her ship in book 1 to a waiting crowd of hungry zombies -- what could go wrong?! ;-)
Love the "steam" aspects, gadgets, mechanization, nanoagent implants. Fun adventure of treasure hunting, vivid characters, lots of action.
I'm a bit unclear on the Horde details, but that's most likely me. And it doesn't take away one bit from the enjoyment. Hungry zombies just add to the mix.
Happy to say we do not see the Iron Duke from Book 1, who lusts after the main female character regardless of being interested in anything about her, other than his lust. <----- STUPID and BORING
Will definitely be reading #3 very soon. Don't be put off my the cover - I don't like it, and it does not represent what the book is about. A Good Reader posted a pic of the German cover - it ROCKS, and PERFECTLY captures Yasmeen and the book.
The setting, the smallpox epidemic, the terrible San Francisco heatwave, the interesting and captivating charHistorical Fiction
San Francisco, 1870's
The setting, the smallpox epidemic, the terrible San Francisco heatwave, the interesting and captivating characters, the surprises ... for me, something was missing. This should have been a superb 5 star book.
#1 Great Plains trilogy - Historical Fiction, U.S.
Originally published in 1913, Willa Cather chronicles the lives of immigrants who settled in the har#1 Great Plains trilogy - Historical Fiction, U.S.
Originally published in 1913, Willa Cather chronicles the lives of immigrants who settled in the harsh, unforgiving Nebraska plains in the late 1800's and 1900's.
Most of the immigrants had no previous experience with farming, crops or animals. The brutal winters killed cattle. Crops were lost to insects. A cholera outbreak killed all the hogs. Horses were killed by rattlesnake bite, or broke legs stepping into prairie dog holes.
Alexandra, from a young age, was the smartest of the Bergstrom children, farming and crop-wise. Her brothers later let her run the farm, doing the hard work themselves. At the bleakest time, when many of their neighbors gave up, left Nebraska and returned to the East Coast, Alexandra talks her brothers into sticking it out. She strongly believed a turn-around was on the horizon.
My great-grandfather and family emigrated to the U.S. from Bohemia in the early 1900's, went to Nebraska to farm, where they faced many of the struggles chronicled in this book. Cather's immigrant characters are Bohemian, Swedish, and from other countries. I was attracted to this book, after growing up hearing stories all my life from my great grandmother, grandparents, and my father. Stories of losing entire crops due to locusts, drought, etc.
My family's stories of life during the Depression are difficult to relate to. Stories of eating tomato soup three times a day week after week, when all they had to eat was my grandmother's canned tomatoes, etc.
I didn't know this was #1 in a Nebraska series. I read #3 My Antonia ten years ago. It was a powerful experience. Cather's stark portrayal at the lack of communication between family members, so many struggling with poverty, feelings they were not allowed to express, and unable to connect in any meaningful way back then has stayed with me all these years.
The lack of choice in people's lives due to poverty, lack of knowledge of the world, or fear of "not knowing their place", or fear of criticism by others kept so many people stuck in empty lives. Unhappy lives with the wrong spouse, locked in a cycle of struggle, poverty, in a place they desperately wanted to leave.
I ADORE this series!!!! It's a YA with late teen-aged characters, but can easily be enjoyed by any age. Plot and characters are#2 Steampunk Chronicles
I ADORE this series!!!! It's a YA with late teen-aged characters, but can easily be enjoyed by any age. Plot and characters are definitely not "teen-like", meaning early or mid teen. Early and teen reads are great - no offense intended. Just to clarify.
London 1897 - Griffin King, an English Duke, and his friends, all with different steampunk/enhanced powers, travel to New York City to find their friend Jasper, who is said to be under arrest for murder. A dangerous criminal is demanding a trade - the terrible device Jasper stole from him, for the girl Jasper loves, who wears the strange clockwork collar.
Ms. Cross's writing is lively, witty, lots of twists and surprises, with not even the whiff of a drag of slow down. The characters are believable, well defined and absolutely absorbing -- even the minor characters are highly entertaining. Adventure, surprises, danger, friendship, with a touch of romance and comedy come together perfectly.
I highly recommend this series to anyone, especially Steampunk fans. This series features steampunk devices/machines that are fun and unique to any other Steampunk book I've read.
I bow down to the person who designed the book's cover. So fascinating, so beautiful -- I couldn't get enough of looking at it. The large, intricate clockwork collar, the gorgeous girl, her hair, the dress, her ring, the candle ... superb!
#1 The Girl in the Steel Corset #2 The Girl in the Clockwork Collar #3 The Girl with the Iron Touch #4 The Girl with the Wind-Up Heart (final book in series)
Several in-between e-books. For info, click on author's name....more
A Study in Scarlet and The Hound of the Baskervilles were the first two Sherlock Holmes books I read approx. 6 months ago. I waSherlock Holmes mystery
A Study in Scarlet and The Hound of the Baskervilles were the first two Sherlock Holmes books I read approx. 6 months ago. I was quite underwhelmed, and wondered why people remained eager readers of these books. I'm very glad to have read more stories, as four new-to-me stories were wonderful!
I didn't like Holmes one bit after the first two books. These stories made me warm to him, enjoy his quirks, and marvel at his amazing powers of memory and observation. Watson, too, is a character I enjoyed.
The Sign of Four was engrossing and entertaining. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was a superb writer, who made me feel as I was right there in the scene, "seeing" the characters and observing the scene.
My library's illustrated copy of this collection, copyright 1958, is so old that it pre-dates ISNB numbers. One has since been assigned. This worn, patched book still has the date-stamped card in the envelope inside the front cover, showing it was newly received at my branch 9/11/63.
As a booklover, coming across books like this copy that have been so well read, maybe hundreds of times, truly warms my heart. I can't express what I feel - knowing this one copy has been enjoyed by so many readers....more
Ah, what a treat to return to Sicily and Montalbano, a rare honest & principled Italian police i#12 Inspector Salvo Montalbano - Police Procedural
Ah, what a treat to return to Sicily and Montalbano, a rare honest & principled Italian police inspector. He often finds himself dealing with the disorganized Italian police and justice system.
Montalbano finds a dead horse carcass outside his house on the beach, a terrible case of animal cruelty. By the time the police arrive, the horse's body is gone - disappeared. As Montalbano investigates, a Mafia figure once again has ties to the crime, as do two lovely women.
When Montalbano's house is broken into -- twice -- the clues and case theories fall apart.
Montalbano continues to struggle with his advancing age (56) and with his turbulent relationship with his significant other, Livia.
I was very put off by the violence intentionally inflicted on the horse, and this dampened my enthusiasm for this particular book.
Area X has been isolated from the rest of the world fo#1 Southern Reach trilogy - Science Fiction (?), Aliens (?), Eco-warfare disaster (?), Other (?)
Area X has been isolated from the rest of the world for decades. Nature seems to have reclaimed this area, returning it to a pristine lush natural habitat.
Expedition group #12 enters Area X - all female. An anthropologist, a surveyor, a psychologist and the group's leader, and a biologist, the narrator. Previous expeditions have returned 'as shadows of their former selves, and within weeks, all had died of cancer'. Other expeditions have concluded with more shocking results.
The world-building is superb, and like nothing I've read before. Mysteries upon mysteries accumulate, matched only by the vagueness, which I found maddening, but that vagueness is part of the story.
Exploration leads to more bizarre findings, and more questions. The members of Expedition #12 discover that secrets and information have 'come across the border with them'.
Annihilation had me reading till the wee hours, eager to find out the answer to at least one question -- any question -- but all we get is more intriguing mysteries to unravel. I found the book disturbing, creepy, and unsettling, in the very best ways. Lots of engrossing psychological creepiness to add to the tension.
I was at the library's doors at opening time the next day to get book #2, Authority. ...more
Book 1 is the story of Expedition #12, which ventures across the border into the off-limits Area X. The government team in c#2 Southern Reach Trilogy
Book 1 is the story of Expedition #12, which ventures across the border into the off-limits Area X. The government team in charge of investigating Area X is called Southern Reach. Book 2 explores the Southern Reach's leaders and team members.
John Rodriguez is the newly appointed head of the Southern Reach. 'Following the tumultuous 12th expedition chronicled in Annihilation, the agency is in complete disarray.'
Authority answers a few of the questions from book 1, but events and people in the Southern Reach give the reader continuing feelings of dread, paranoia, turmoil, mystery, and O-M-G-what-is-going-on-here discomfort. That's putting it mildly.
No spoilers, so that's it. Anxious to read book 3....more