From the first page to the last, this book was hard to put down. When I first read about this series, i was skeptic about how much I would be interestFrom the first page to the last, this book was hard to put down. When I first read about this series, i was skeptic about how much I would be interested in it. I mean, a vampire queen that wants to live like a human? Yeah, right. But here I am into my second book, and I'm obsessed. I began this book yesterday, and I've already read it. It was impossible to put down!
The plot is hilarious, but not in the sense that it's unbelievable (no more unbelievable than vampires and ghosts, anyway). The more "adult" parts of this book weren't so dirty that you felt disgusted with yourself reading them, but interesting enough that you all of a sudden can't wait for your man to come home, hehe (; The jokes are tasteful, this book had me laughing out loud on more than one occassion! I feel like MaryJanice Davidson expresses Betsy's thoughts and emotions well through her writing. I can relate to so many things that Betsy was going through, and I loved it. Perhaps the only downfall was that some parts were easy to guess. I mean, of course Monique was the killer. You could tell by the way her character was given a lot of attention by the author. Or maybe I'm just a genius (: But other than that, I couldn't think of anything else to complain about. And with me, believe me, that is out of the ordinary. Undead and Unemployed is the best book that I have read in months. Bravo!...more
this book was so far out of my realm of comfortability. it took me about 40 pages to really get a grip of what was gfirst of all, let me just say WOW.
this book was so far out of my realm of comfortability. it took me about 40 pages to really get a grip of what was going on, and after finishing the book this morning i'm not gonna lie...i wentwent back and re-read those first 40 to fill in the mental blanks. and again, i say, WOW. this author was recommended to me by a friend. i am not normally one to read things like this: books that are so complex and storylines that are so eccentric. but in this case, mr. palahniuk, let me just express how wonderful it is to meet you.
lullaby will make you re-think everything that you know as true. it is pure genius on sixteen different levels...constantly surprising and disturbingly funny. more twisted than a sack of pretels and edgier than an octagon, this is literally one of the best books that i have ever read.
basically, the story is of a culling song and a reporter's desparate quest to destroy all of the copies.
don't know what a culling song is? in short, a culling song is a lullaby that originated in africa; it was sung to give a painless death to the old or sick. they used it to control population, or anyone that questioned authority. the lyrics of the culling song kill, whether spoken or merely thought.
a little bit outrageous, right?
once this reporter, carl streator, discovers that unsuspecting parents are reading the poem and accidentally killing their children, he takes on this quest as his own. along his journey, he gains three (er, well...the actual number is complicated) partners in crime, who all (conveniently) possess different motives for wanting to gain the power of the grimoire.
don't know what a grimoire is? maybe you know it as the book of shadows, or the all-powerful book that witches of all different kinds used to hold their most powerful charms and spells. the grimoire is an ancient book bound by human skin (yuck, i know) with a pentagram (previously someone's tattoo) on the front. the button to clasp it closed? the poor soul's nipple. ew. this book holds not only evil spells, but ones that could save some aspects of humanity as we know it. there's a resurrecton spell (that only works on animals), a rain and a sun spell, a fertlity spell (to help crops grow) a spell to help communicate without any language barriers. and of course, the usual occupation and flying spell.
so anyway, through this book chuck palahniuk does an exquisite job of taking you through this reporter's disturbing and quite sad glimpse into the future of civilization. from the first page to the last, it will have you guessing what exactly it is that you really know about your world.
this is one of those books that i can imagine myself constantly re-reading, finding new things to love about it each time. this creepy, jaged fable will have your brain working overtime....more
What did I think? Well, I think it is kind of hard to put into words how I feel about this book.
The concept of it was literally appalling to me. WHY wWhat did I think? Well, I think it is kind of hard to put into words how I feel about this book.
The concept of it was literally appalling to me. WHY would anyone in their right mind write a book like this? No wonder he had problems getting it published at first. As a woman, I probably should have been ridiculously offended at some of the things he said and did. So tell me, WHY did I find it so hard to put down? Some of the things that he said should have sent me through the roof! Yet, I found myself laying on the couch laughing maniacally suffering strange looks from my boyfriend as I try to explain to him why I think this man calling women "cum dumpsters" and saying that as women, our "gender is hardwired for whoredom" is so fucking funny to me.
I was part of the small population who read this book before even considering watching the movie, which is the step I am currently sitting on. I know, I know...I'm one of those. So sue me, I like to read. I get to do it on my own time, and if I don't understand a punch line I can re-read the last paragraph instead of trying to convince someone at the theater to rewind the movie. Yeah good luck, buddy.
Yes, Tucker Max is an egotistical maniac who probably should have been smacked around a little more as a child. & Yes, this book is possibly a bit over the top.
But think about it, ladies. Men are going to do things that embarass us and piss us off. They are undoubtedly going to be douche bags at some point and it is going to make us want to rip their faces off or bash their knees in. But don't we all laugh at smaller than average penis jokes when they aren't around? Don't we secretly take pictures of them doing the most un-manly things we could con them into doing and send it to all of our friends or post it on Facebook for the world to see? We're all guilty. Men will be men. And sometimes that means they are going to do things that make us "less than happy", so to speak. So this book may have taken it a bit too far at some points...he wrote about the things cool kids did in high school, and the not so cool kids dreamed about doing.
So, Tucker Max, thank you for putting this out there. You may not be the best writer that this universe has ever seen. But when it comes to originality, you definitely have taken the cake with this one....more
I have always been a Stephanie Plum fanatic. Since the first day I picked up her book, I was hooked.
Like 'stick a fork in me Im done' hooked.
It was alI have always been a Stephanie Plum fanatic. Since the first day I picked up her book, I was hooked.
Like 'stick a fork in me Im done' hooked.
It was all over for me. Her books had everything...murder and mystery, sexy strong willed men, and some bombshell bimbo stumbling her way through her day to day life trying to figure herself (and everything else) out.
So WHY am I sitting here contemplating my supposed undying love for this series? Is this a twinge of disappointment that I feel? ...can this be?
It's not that I'm tired of the storyline, because it is still simply amazing. Some of the situations that she has gotten herself into...oh boy. But I actually found this book a little predicting. (view spoiler)[For example...I knew Dave was the killer as soon as she saw the tape and hinted that she knew him personally. I mean really, did you REALLY need that much set-up to finish it off that way? You might as well have just put it in a footnote at the bottom of the page the instant that Dave was brought into the picture.
ie "Oh hey guys, by the way if you haven't caught on by now Dave is gonna be the killer at the end of the book. Wouldn't want anyone to be the least bit surprised!" (hide spoiler)]
But don't get me wrong. She is still Stephanie Plum. It was funny, in moderation. Just not as funny as I feel all of us Plum fanatics would have hoped. I feel a little let down, not even gonna lie. And for someone whose choice family members practically live and breathe Stephanie Plum (some of them are literally obsessed, it actually may be a clinical problem) I feel like I am entitled to more.
Also, what is it with Stephanie in these last few books? There were parts of this book where she fucked Ranger's brains out and then practically wind-sprinted to Joe to do the same to him!
VORDO, MY ASS!
Ladies: If you are so horny that not only are you fucking two men in the same day NUMEROUS TIMES but you are also not able to wait and end up doing it in an alley way halfway out of the car, you may have a problem. ...that is my own personal opinion, but you should keep that in mind all the same.
The only reason (and I mean only) this got three stars is because of the characters. The storyline is still interesting, and the books are still funny. It is still nice to escape after a hard day of battling evil bosses and uncivil community members to someone who can just blow up her problems.
So, in conclusion, I hope to see more. I pray that this next book isn't the ending (not only would I be upset, but it really isn't much of an ending). Also, if you pay any attention you will have noticed that I have actually already read the next book in this series.
Yeah, yeah I know...blah blah blah follow the storyline blah blah read books in order blah. So sue me.
In my defense, I am too broke to buy any books at this time and this is the order that they came available to me through the library.
But back to the subject, Evanovich will you PLEASE bring our Stephanie back? I miss her...and reading the rest of these reviews, I assure you that I am not the only one.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
what can you say about a vampire queen whose loyalty can be bought by designer shoes?
this book was a disappointment of sorts for me. i mean, dont getwhat can you say about a vampire queen whose loyalty can be bought by designer shoes?
this book was a disappointment of sorts for me. i mean, dont get me wrong...i am absolutely in l o v e with this series. but it's possible that after finishing the last book with all of the new action and romance i built up too much suspense for myself waiting for this book to arrive for me. and although it was a good read (finished it in a day, i'm proud to say) it was a surprising bump in the series.
this book was a new experience for me. never have i found a book in this series that i have been able to willingly put down. there were some parts of the prevous books that made me feel like i couldn't put it down to save a life. and this one...well, let's just say that there weren't any feelings of that sort around here.
but who am i to judge, maybe (cross my fingers) maryjanice davidson is holding back for something. maybe (fingers still crossed) this book was lacking because the next book is going to be so outrageously tremendous that she didn't want to overwhelm us. heh.
either way, it could have been better. like i said before, it didn't suck...not in the least bit. but here's to hoping that the next book will be delightful, and dare i say more interesting?...more
time out. was this book reqlly that short, or was half of it missing? ...I'm moderately concerned.
first of all; before I begin this epic rant let metime out. was this book reqlly that short, or was half of it missing? ...I'm moderately concerned.
first of all; before I begin this epic rant let me remind you folks of how big a Betsy Taylor fan I am. her first book had me head over heels after the first chapter. I man, really...enough with the sparkling glittery pale vampire boy with nice toys from daddy...give me the undead and unappreciated queen of the vampires with the somewhat nauseating designer shoe obsession anyday.
so, as I said earlier...my first complaint is that this book was ridiculously short. not only was there 200 and some odd pages, but the words were bigger aand the lines were farther apart...I'm pretty sure that they even went to the extra trouble to double the space between the words. I mean, really?
and not only was there not a high quantity, there wasn't a lot that happened either. I mean...yay fofor betsy surviving getting shot. but, was it just me, or did we all already know she could do that? ...I'm pretty positive that she got shot in the second (or was it the third?) book.
before I knew it, the book was over. and if this was the first occurence, I definitely wouldnt be making such a big deal out of it. but this? this is a freaking outrage. i feel like the last three books have been a disappointment, which is saying a lot because I seem to recall a time where I was thoroughly in love with this series. maryjanice davidson, how DARE you turn me on to this series and then leave me high and dry! I feel like with the ending of every book, I am anticipating the next one to just be that much more stupendous to make up for the lacking of the last. and here I sit, yet again disappointed. heh.
also, side note...why must every main female character in books be a whore? where in the world does it teach you that laving yyour own birthday party (which you have made such a big deal out of the ENTIRE book) to bonk your fiance under the damn stairs? I mean...I'm pretty sure you two are getting married. you've got your whole extended family and you can't figure out how to put a hold on fucking like rabbits? you should probably get that looked at.
ms. davidson, I leave you with this: get your ass in gear and make something happen! the ONLY reason this book got as many stars as it did from me was because of the first book...I have faith in you....more
putting down this book, I am full of mixed emotions. for starters, I am in utter disbelief about district 12. I mean...I admit, I kind of saw it cominputting down this book, I am full of mixed emotions. for starters, I am in utter disbelief about district 12. I mean...I admit, I kind of saw it coming. but I guess I thought that when katniss survived, maybe she would bring with her district 12? not sure...so naive.
and peeta, dear poor peeta. I will miss him the most of all. I just...ugh. I am so at a loss I cannot finish this review.
just a fair warning: this will be a very short review. as I am typing this I am laying in bed with the next book open in front of me, trying to jugglejust a fair warning: this will be a very short review. as I am typing this I am laying in bed with the next book open in front of me, trying to juggle beginnig book number two and writing this review.
the odds are not working out in my favor...I just want everyone to know what a marvelous book I think this was. this is one of the books that I feel I will find myself reading time and time again.
if you haven't read this book, I HIGHLY recommend it.
as I said earlier, marvelous. expect updates from catching fire (book #2 in the trilogy) to begin soon. (:...more