This is a good series for fans of Downton Abbey. Plots and characters revolve around both the "up...more#3 Love & Inheritance series - Historical Fiction
This is a good series for fans of Downton Abbey. Plots and characters revolve around both the "upstairs" family and the servants "downstairs".
#1 Habits of the House and #2 Long Live the King are so well written and a pleasure to read. This third book is just okay.
Lady Isobel Dilberne is unhappily surprised at the return of her rebellious daughter Rosina, who arrives unannounced after a 3 year absence, and with her annoying parrot. What's worse, Rosina has written a book of a shocking nature, which she is trying to get published.
Lady Isobel faces a huge unexpected renovation of the country house when the King, his mistress, and her husband are among guests invited. Lord Dilberne's son Arthur and his wife Minnie face marital problems.
The final book in this delightful series didn't live up to the first two, I'm sad to say.
#8 Black Dagger Brotherhood - Paranormal/Urban Fiction
Lash, the uber-evil villain who leads the Lessening Society, is the main reason I r...more#8 Black Dagger Brotherhood - Paranormal/Urban Fiction
Lash, the uber-evil villain who leads the Lessening Society, is the main reason I read this book. Lash is a brilliantly written psychopath, who easily matches wits with the Brothers (warrior vampires) in the Society's quest to rid the world of vampires.
Lash's cunning plots to "recruit" and "induct" new members is deliciously chilling. In this book, Lash finds his goals thwarted in surprising ways. For me, after seven previous books, the most enjoyable story line is the Omega, Lash, and the fights with the Brothers.
John Matthew and Xhex's romance -- meh. The romance between the Brothers and their mates has become boringly assembly-line one dimensional. Every Brother and/or mate has a history of being rejected, outcast, beaten, badly abused, held as a hostage, raped, kidnapped, enslaved or worse, leaving one or both with deep psychological issues. Same old, same old.
The lack of depth and character development is frustrating. I like John Matthew and Xhex, but the author once again did not attempt to deepen their stories and develop the relationship past trauma and "hot" sex. The sex isn't hot unless you care about the characters.
I was confused and sometimes distracted by the flashbacks to 400 years ago with Darius. What? Darius is dead, right? What do these flashbacks have to do with this story? With books at 500 pages plus, I wish the author would slip in a reminder (early on) so we could link this up.
Even though I've been a huge Lash fan from the early books, and not being among the BDB super fans, I was surprised when the author slipped in a reminder very late in the book that a much younger Lash had been in training to be a Brother. I had TOTALLY forgotten that! That gave the whole John Matthew vs. Lash storyline a whole new dimension.
I doubt the author will change what's working for so many millions of readers. I've sadly realized "nothin's doin'" with the Brothers -- same old, same old.
I have #9 Lover Unleashed, which I'll read to see what happens with the Omega, Lash and the Lessening Society after this book's turn of events.
The Quinn/Blay/Saxon storyline is intriguing. I hope the author will give this the development and depth it deserves.(less)
Interesting history of the quest to accurately determine longitude, essential for ocean going vessels. I enjoyed the true life stories of t...moreNon-Fiction
Interesting history of the quest to accurately determine longitude, essential for ocean going vessels. I enjoyed the true life stories of the men struggling with this scientific dilemma over the centuries.
"You frighten me," the gypsy said. "Never have I seen my crystal ball so filled with darkness". Later...more#3 Flavia de Luce series - Mystery
"You frighten me," the gypsy said. "Never have I seen my crystal ball so filled with darkness". Later conversations with the gypsy -- after 11 year old Flavia accidentally sets the gypsy's tent on fire at a local event -- reveal that the hamlet of Bishop's Lacey holds many secrets, mysteries and puzzles.
I so enjoy the twists and surprises. Flavia's inner dialog, cunning and scheming make me laugh. The writing is lively, sparkly and quirky, yet has the depth of an excellent mystery that keeps the reader guessing. The murder weapon is truly bizarre, but fits right in with these books!
I ADORE Flavia! This isn't a children's or YA book. Flavia is wise beyond her years, has a sharp, inquisitive mind, and has educated herself about chemicals (and poisons) in her own in-home lab.
Though Flavia is whip-smart, in many ways she's an 11 year old girl living in a mansion with a detached father who is still grieving over the death of his wife. Flavia's two older sisters torment her constantly, and Flavia retaliates in hilarious and surprising ways.
I enjoyed the 4 or 5 "red herrings" and eagerly kept reading, to see how they would be tied together.
Flavia's sisters went too far for my taste in their ongoing battles with their little sister Flavia. Her father's continuing detachment from his daughters made me a bit sad for Flavia.
This series is like an ice cream cone on a hot day!
Gone Girl absolutely lives up to the hype! It grabbed me from the first page and never let ne go. I was absolut...morePsychological Thriller/Mystery
Gone Girl absolutely lives up to the hype! It grabbed me from the first page and never let ne go. I was absolutely captivated, entranced, and the world beyond reading this book stopped.
The plot & characters are complex and outstanding. The story is a constant surprise, and the "WHAT?" moments are non-stop. It's like an out of control roller coaster, in the best way!
The ending I disliked immensely! No Spoilers, but it was a big letdown - just so unsatisfying, and unbelievable. I desperately wanted a "One Year Later" chapter, or an entirely different ending - thus the 4.5 instead of a 5 star rating. I really HATED THE ENDING!!!
Looking forward to reading this authors other two books.(less)
A quirky, sparkly, comforting read. Like the author's 44 Scotland Street series, this one revolves around the residents of...more#2 Corduroy Mansions series
A quirky, sparkly, comforting read. Like the author's 44 Scotland Street series, this one revolves around the residents of an apartment building.
I like the pacing very much - the author keeps the plot moving forward with not a bit of drag. I read this in one sitting, hanging onto every word and twist in several characters' lives, dilemmas, and issues.
I keep thinking of the original 1960's TV series, Batman. At the end of every episode was a series of cliffhanger questions: Will 28 year old Eddie move back into his father's house, despite the father's objections? Just who is Hugh, with whom Barbara fell in love (at first sight)? Is he for real? Just how far will Rupert go to get the ideal apartment that his business partner Barbara inherited? Did she really give him the keys while she was on vacation?!
What is Dee doing with James behind Caroline's back?! And last, but not least, is there REALLY a Yeti? And is the author Barbara represents REALLY helping the Yeti write his biography???
I'm beside myself in a gleeful way waiting for my turn to read #3 A Conspiracy of Friends. :-)(less)
The classic tale, combining a murder mystery and the supernatural. Is there a Curse of the Baskervilles, in the form of "a fo...more#5 Sherlock Holmes series
The classic tale, combining a murder mystery and the supernatural. Is there a Curse of the Baskervilles, in the form of "a foul thing, a great, black beast, shaped like a hound", lurking in the harsh, forbidding moors?
I didn't realize this is #5 in the series, as this was in an edition with #1, A Study in Scarlet.(less)
Rei Shimura is a young part American, part Japanese woman working to build her antiques business in Tokyo. Rei's Aunt Norie ha...more#3 Rei Shimura - Mystery
Rei Shimura is a young part American, part Japanese woman working to build her antiques business in Tokyo. Rei's Aunt Norie has been most insistent that Rei join her in a course on ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arranging.
Little does she realize the cutthroat nature of this delicate art; Rei has hardly completed a lesson before one of the women in her class is murdered.
Rei and Aunt Norie are surprised when the police and press overwhelm them. Rei is befriended by many ikebana classmates, and even people highest up in this field in Japan. Skeletons are rattling in family closets, maybe even in Rei's family closet.
I enjoyed this very much. The author transports the reader into the world of ikebana and Japan in general. I loved learning more about daily life in Japan and the details of ikebana.
The Salaryman's Wife, #1 Rei Shimua, was very good - read many years ago. I have #2 Zen Attitude, coming soon and will keep reading this interesting and entertaining series.
A powerful look at the attitudes toward women in the 19th century. Wilde is brilliant in displaying how men see women, and worse, how women judge each...moreA powerful look at the attitudes toward women in the 19th century. Wilde is brilliant in displaying how men see women, and worse, how women judge each and see each other. It would be hilarious if it wasn't a true depiction.
Mrs. Allonby: "Oh, the ideal man should talk to us as if we were goddesses, and treat us as if we were children. He should refuse all our serious requests, and gratify every one of our whims. He should encourage us to have caprices, and forbid us to have missions. He should always say much more than he means, and always mean much more than he says."
Lord Illingworth: "Men marry because they are tired; women because they are curious. Both are disappointed." Gerald: "But don't you think one can be happy when one is married?" Lord Illingworth: "Perfectly happy. But the happiness of a married man, my dear Gerald, depends on the people he has not married."(less)
Andrew Yancy has been busted down from the Monroe Co. Sheriff's Dept. to restaurant inspector, where he now looks for roaches. Andrew is trying to reg...moreAndrew Yancy has been busted down from the Monroe Co. Sheriff's Dept. to restaurant inspector, where he now looks for roaches. Andrew is trying to regain his position, but it's not happening. Andrew assaulted a man in a most hilarious manner.
Hiaasen is always good for a rollicking good time with lots of bizarre and eccentric characters. Reading this author is like riding a runaway rollercoaster, but in the best possible fun way.(less)
Being a mystery fan, I don't know why Sherlock Holmes books have never found their way onto my TBR. I've seen a few movies ov...more#1 Sherlock Holmes series
Being a mystery fan, I don't know why Sherlock Holmes books have never found their way onto my TBR. I've seen a few movies over the years, but this is my first read.
Very enjoyable. As Yvensong said, there's nothing I could add to the Good Reads reviews.
I did almost get whiplash when the story stopped on a dime and relocated to Utah! After a few pages, I checked the beginning of the book to see if a third story had found its way into the two-story ACD book. Confused, I kept reading, and realized what the author had done.
Looking forward to The Hound of the Baskervilles, the other book in this edition.