This was the next audiobook. (I know they are not alphabetical but it's because when I went to the library there were books returned so occasionally IThis was the next audiobook. (I know they are not alphabetical but it's because when I went to the library there were books returned so occasionally I have to backtrack so they won't be perfectly alpabetical but A's will generally be grouped together.
I didn't know much about this book other than that it was by an author I had actually heard of and was historical fiction. The writing is not bad and if anyone is really into Spanish Conquistadors then you will probably enjoy this. It had more decapitations and sex in it than I expected but with a quite literary bent to it all. It is definitely not the worst book ever but I am not going to go and read it on purpose. But it was fine for killing time at work....more
Here is a book that could have been great but just wasn't. Maybe I had to read it closer to when it first came out for me to understand all the hype bHere is a book that could have been great but just wasn't. Maybe I had to read it closer to when it first came out for me to understand all the hype but it didn't work for me. To me it seems like they took what could be a fun and interesting read, zombies overtake the world we have to fight back etc. and decided, "I know, let's make this into a Ken Burns documentary!". Here are the issues I have with the book. 1.) It is told after the fact and ever interview in the book is from a character who lived through the war so where is the danger? 2.) This assumes you know way too much about military weaponry although some of that is explained in footnotes. 3.) Footnotes?!?! If I wanted footnotes I would read a text book! 4.) The most interesting guy to me was the one who sold fake cures or preventatives or something and was completely unrepentant about it yet he has the shortest interview. 5.) I understand that this was meant to imagine what would happen with Geo-Politics in the event of an actual zombie plague but many of the assumed factors in the book are now outdated if you read it.
I like zombie stories (enough to read them despite the fact that I get zombie anxiety dreams when I read them) but this didn't feel like one. I know that is why some people like it but the fact that I did NOT have zombie anxiety dreams just goes to show you how boring that idea is. Still, I suppose it could have been worse. I haven't seen the movie yet......more
This was nowhere near as good as Shadow Puppets. I kind of wish he had stopped on that one because that really made the Shadow series worth it. ThereThis was nowhere near as good as Shadow Puppets. I kind of wish he had stopped on that one because that really made the Shadow series worth it. There is supposed to be a book coming that bridges this series and the original Ender's Game series which I will read but it could really go either way as far as if I will like it or not....more
This was interesting Pekar, because it is not the Pekar you expect. It predates the mundane job he has had most of his life and predates his involvemeThis was interesting Pekar, because it is not the Pekar you expect. It predates the mundane job he has had most of his life and predates his involvement in comic books. At times he is even confident and hopeful about his future. But Harvey Pekar being who he is, the worries and pessimistic attitude win out in the end. But it makes you relate to him even more because you can identify with him, no matter what your own life is like. It shows Pekar as a tough guy street fighter in Cleveland and if you have read any of his later comics that is far from the image the name Pekar brings up. But in the end he is doubtful of how this collection will even sell, and assumes he won't make enough money to support his family despite his success in the field of comics. Somehow that seems just right for his attitude and the fact that anyone can relate to his worries is really refreshing. I recommend this to anyone that likes autobiographical stories, in graphic novel format or otherwise. ...more
Post Listen Review: As predicted this novel was bleak and depressing and had a higher body count than a week worth of CSI reruns. First I will give yoPost Listen Review: As predicted this novel was bleak and depressing and had a higher body count than a week worth of CSI reruns. First I will give you the body count, then I will tell you how to be happy and survive a Kate Atkinson book. For the body count keep in mind that I was only half listening since I found this boring as ever and almost too depressing to hear so it may not be complete.
1 missing kid 1 child’s finger severed 1 & ½ killed by knife (one victim survived) 1 morbidly obese man 1 murdered with an axe 2 dead of old age 1 dead baby 2 or more instances of abuse Lost count of unwanted pregnancies/children Lost count of unhappy marriages 1 fist fight 1 pistol whipping 1 dog dead of old age 2 murders plotted (albeit never in a really serious way, more of a I wish I could kill my ex-wife kind of way) 1 brake line cut 1 mention of a dog tossed out of a window of a moving car 1 house blown up 1 more murder 1 attempted suicide 1 killed and dumped in a canal 1 attempted rape
Real uplifting stuff. And unlike the David Baldacci books I had been listening to with high body counts, there was no real action to the violence, it just randomly occurred.
To be happy and survive in a Kate Atkinson book: 1 Don’t get married. 2 Don’t stay single. 3 Don’t be a woman. 4 Don’t be a man. 5 Don’t be a child. 6 Don’t be a pet of any kind. 7 Don’t have unplanned sex. 8 Don’t have planned sex. 9 Don’t work in an office. 10 Don’t work not in an office. 11 If you work at Chickin’ Lickin’ and are Australian you are more or less not killed by Kate Atkinson, otherwise watchout.
Pre-listen guess: If this book is anything like the other Kate Atkinson books I have heard, it is going to be 1. depressing and 2. have a higher body count of improbable but very possible deaths than Friday the 13th part five....more
I got this as a free Google Play book so figured I might as well read it. It's a nice short little intro to the 39 clues but there isn't much more toI got this as a free Google Play book so figured I might as well read it. It's a nice short little intro to the 39 clues but there isn't much more to it than that....more