After two disappointing entries into this series, the storytelling, plot, and characters back on track for what seems to be the final installment in tAfter two disappointing entries into this series, the storytelling, plot, and characters back on track for what seems to be the final installment in the series. While The Long Way Home seemed to have settled any outstanding plots from the first nine novels, it turns out that a story remained - and I am so glad.
Here, Gamache has to face the consequences of his own choices as well continue to deal with the aftermath of the conspiracy dealt with in the previous books. The novel positions itself as finally closing the chapter on Gamache's professional life.
If you enjoyed books 1-9, this one is definitely worth reading, even if you didn't like 10 or 11.
(I read an uncorrected review copy received in exchange for an honest review.) ...more
This is a fantastic reissuing of a collection of folktales where the female protagonists are clever, self-determining, strong, and capable. The storieThis is a fantastic reissuing of a collection of folktales where the female protagonists are clever, self-determining, strong, and capable. The stories span several continents with characters from a variety of backgrounds and a variety of ages. Princesses, old ladies, mountain women, and mothers provide a broad spectrum of female representation.
Most importantly, the stories are entertaining and full of the charm that attracts so many children to fairie tales and contributes to their continuing influence over young readers. The editing is smart - keeping the fantastical feel while simplifying the stories for young readers.
I can't wait to read these stories to my own daughter!
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I keep hearing rave reviews of Lumberjanes, so I picked it up from the library. The first volume was cute and fast paced and it definitely has me wantI keep hearing rave reviews of Lumberjanes, so I picked it up from the library. The first volume was cute and fast paced and it definitely has me wanting to read more. I love the concept, especially. It did lack any character development, but left the door open for that to happen as the story unfolds. I recommended it to my nieces, who are both in elementary school. I would say it's a pretty good read for girls 8-12 or so. ...more
I like Nan and Sarah and was content to read about new exploits from them. The story was a bit thin, but the character conflicts were nicely written.I like Nan and Sarah and was content to read about new exploits from them. The story was a bit thin, but the character conflicts were nicely written. I didn't love the intrusion of Sherlock Holmes and Watson into the story - it just seemed unnecessary and didn't add anything of interest. Lackey's Holmes was entirely tame and not terribly interesting.
I did appreciate a side plot that seemed like a direct answer to some criticisms of her other elemental masters books and their use of exoticism.
Lackey sometimes leans a little much on telling not showing, and I definitely felt that was the case here, particularly with the danger that the characters were in. She is capable of writing particularly blood thirsty villains, and while I appreciated a bit more subtly, I also felt like there was never any sense that any character was actually at risk. I also find Puck a little tiresome at this point. Scenes with him are repetitive and don't always add anything. Like Holmes, his presence in this story wasn't necessary. ...more
This book follows the typical Roberts template for her supernatural trilogies. Six characters- three men, three women- with extraordinary abilities joThis book follows the typical Roberts template for her supernatural trilogies. Six characters- three men, three women- with extraordinary abilities join up to find a series of macguffins and defeat an ancient evil. Each book in the series finds two of the six falling into romantic, heterosexual love and pairing off.
Frankly, the two characters in this book are some of the least interesting of the romantic pairings in a Roberts' novel. Typically, the focus on the two characters includes filling in their past and usually dealing with some psychological wounds that get in the way of their being together. This one didn't involve any character development at all, which was disappointing. Anni is a delight, and I loved the idea of an innocent, bubbly heroine - it's a nice change from the current norms - but she gets no back story to speak of and her main traits are beauty and sweetness. It's too bad because there was a lot to work with. Sawyer was no better. He gets a brief moment of doubt, but this book simply lacked the character development I enjoy in Roberts' stories. Even the barrier to them being together was too neatly solved.
I did like the focus on friendship, both between the women characters - something I love in Roberts' novels and between the men and women, which is a nice change from a focus solely on romantic interaction. In particular, Anni's relationship with Doyle and Riley's with Sawyer were intimate and a great change from a focus solely on sexual chemistry.
The other thing I liked was that Sasha, the heroine from the first book continued to develop in this novel and actually did some new and interesting things with her powers. I would read a whole novel, without the romance, that just focused on her.
Anyway, the third romantic pairing looks to be pretty interesting, and I'll certainly read the third book for more Sasha. ...more
I wish I could wholeheartedly recommend this book because I think Tuteur has some remarkable and important things to say. Tuteur is an outspoken critiI wish I could wholeheartedly recommend this book because I think Tuteur has some remarkable and important things to say. Tuteur is an outspoken critic of the natural childbirth, lactavist, and attachment parenting movements and she brings her own experience raising for children along with her years as an OB/GYN into the fight. In my mind, she is a welcome voice of sanity for reclaiming real choice in the realms of infant feeding, childbirth, and parenting styles.
Unfortunately, I found that her book misses the mark on some key areas.
First, her understandable frustration with the "natural parenting" movement translates into a lack of compassion for women following the movement's rigid structures. She frequently makes the statement that women are participating in the "natural parenting" paradigm are doing so in order to feel superior to other women. I think this is a sweeping statement that doesn't hold true under closer examination. I think it is more accurate that women involved in the movement are doing their best and that for some discovering that their efforts might be unnecessary is threatening to their identity. There are people I'd like to recommend this book to, but I fear this would push them farther away from her views.
Second, I think she downplays the medical industries history of mistreating, ignoring, and abusing women. While I believe that the medical establishment has made great strides in improving life expectancy, especially for mothers and newborns, I think that there can't be a real discussion of why women would be distrustful of the medical establishment without a real acknowledgement of the establishment's history of harm. This discussion is missing from the book.
The most interesting sections for me are the ones where she discusses medical assisted birth as a feminist decision. I would love to read more, also, on her discussions of women working outside the home to the benefit of society. I think she has a lot more to say.
I also enjoyed her scientific analysis of breast feeding, birth, and attachment parenting. In this, though, there wasn't really much new information for me.
I'm just gonna go ahead and hipster myself here and say that I have been reading Lindy West before she was cool. I first discovered her when I was actI'm just gonna go ahead and hipster myself here and say that I have been reading Lindy West before she was cool. I first discovered her when I was actively seeking movie reviews written by women and discovered that her reviews were insightful, witty, feminist, and matched my tastes. I wanted to be her friend, but settled for Googling her every week so that I could find her articles. I followed her from the Stranger to Jezebel to freelance gigs to her current work at The Guardian and GQ. I am a shameless fangirl.
My ONLY disappointment in this memoir is that I've followed her for so long that several of the pieces in this collection I've read before in various format. I appreciated that she added additional reflections to some of them.
This is not a funny book. I was sucker punched with sadness and anger again and again, because West is a damn good writer. I was expecting humor and instead she plays it straight, from meeting one of her worst trolls to the death of her father. She is unflinching in her critique of misogyny and rape culture, fatphobia, hostile comedy clubs, and how her own insecurities almost wrecked her best romantic relationship. She is a force of nature.
This was a lovely piece of nostalgia updated without losing its heart or the core of the story. All the elements of the tv show are here, plus, becausThis was a lovely piece of nostalgia updated without losing its heart or the core of the story. All the elements of the tv show are here, plus, because it's 2016, some of the subtext is on the surface, such as the romance between Kimber and Stormer.
I loved the art, which is glorious, young, frenetic, and fun. The characters are distinct in both art and tone and there is a nice amount of body diversity in addition to race and sexual orientation.
I am promptly mailing my copy to my pre-teen niece. I hope she loves it!
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This is just a lovely book- character driven, interesting, and full of heart. The book drips with Southern gothic magical realism and creates a settinThis is just a lovely book- character driven, interesting, and full of heart. The book drips with Southern gothic magical realism and creates a setting so real and so perfect, I wish I could go there right now. It is a balm to soul. ...more
I liked this book a lot! Apparently Bonnie is a spin-off character from another series, but I didn't find that I was lost not having read it.
The storI liked this book a lot! Apparently Bonnie is a spin-off character from another series, but I didn't find that I was lost not having read it.
The story follows Bonita Torres as she seeks and finds her first "grown-up" job - working with a team of private investigators who are trying to invent magic forensics. It's an interesting concept - most stories about magic follow a newcomer who is learning an established path; Gilman's take is different, and interesting. The characters, as seen from Bonnie's perspective, are doing something brand new, and there are forces within the community who Do Not Approve.
I have a couple of small quibbles. I was excited that Bonnie is bi-sexual, and disappointed that the author only paired her with men throughout the book. She expresses attraction to a couple of women but they are conveniently unavailable. Since much is made of her free-wheeling dating ways, this feels like a cop-out.
Second, the ending was a bit sudden and a little unsatisfying. This is a series, so maybe we will get more info in the next book? It wasn't a cliff-hanger or anything, just, not a real resolution.
Still, I seldom read more than the first book in a series anymore, but I plan to read more of this one. ...more