[2013-02-05] 8% in and I have a number of cultural complaints. We British (please not "Brits") no longer called police patrol cars "Panda" cars - we ha...more[2013-02-05] 8% in and I have a number of cultural complaints. We British (please not "Brits") no longer called police patrol cars "Panda" cars - we haven't since the police stopped painting them black and white. The Underground in London is known as The Tube, not the subway. We have Tube carriages, not subway cars. If I'm reading a book about New York, I expect to read about subway cars; if I'm reading about Paris (or Glasgow or Manchaster), I expect to read about Metro carriages. When I read about London, I expect to read about Tube carriages, wherever the author calls home. Then there's the comment about punctuality...now I'm prepared to be corrected on this one, as I don't live in London. Whenever I've visited and used the Tube, I've never seen a timetable; beyond start and stop times on each line, I didn't think there was a timetable about which The British could be sticklers. Apart from those, the book lives up to Ms McCray's standards.
[2013-02-28] Whilst I enjoyed the premise of the book (and the series), I was disappointed by Ms McCray's execution of the storytelling. There were factual errors, plot holes and so much needless destruction! I started to feel the book was written with more than one eye on a Hollywood movie offer. Whilst the destruction scenes would look spectacular on screen, I felt they were often unnecessary to the story.
Summary: has promise, could be better executed.(less)
Three Strikes is an entertaining short story. The cast of characters appear in a series of Scott Soloff's books. I found the voice of the narrator, th...moreThree Strikes is an entertaining short story. The cast of characters appear in a series of Scott Soloff's books. I found the voice of the narrator, the eponymous Picker, a little off-putting at first, but I got used to it and soon found that it conveyed much about his character.
The story is self-contained and you do not (I have not) need to read any of the full length books in the series to appreciate and enjoy Three Strikes. Scott manages to explain all the essentials without slowing down the plot progression or bogging the reader down in long descriptive passages. Full marks for style.
There were quite a few spelling mistakes/typos...at first I wondered if some of them were there to help portray Picker's voice - some unconventional spellings definitely were there to convey accent - however, the two misplaced apostrophes (both on the same page) were not. "Two Rotweiller's and a Shepherd. It is not uncommon for ones' defenses...". I have my grammar police hat on today!
There was one howling great factual error. A six-week old GSD does not weigh 40 lbs!! It won't reach that until around four months (16 weeks). Nor would a six week old GSD be tall enough to put paws on one's chest. GSDs are a similar sized dog to Golden Retrievers; when I was 9 yo, we had a litter of GRs and when they left at 8 weeks old, I could still carry them (one at a time!).
The rest of the descriptions of Kato (aka the monster) seem plausible ... and yes, I'd love a dog like that!
All in all Three Strikes is a great short read and I'll be looking out for more of Scott Soloff's work.
Thanks Scott for highlighting on Goodreads your 24 hour Amazon giveaway of this great introduction to your work. (less)
I have to agree with Ruth's assessment of the opening pages of Fifth Avenue. I couldn't put the feeling of unreality better than Ruth, so I'll direct...moreI have to agree with Ruth's assessment of the opening pages of Fifth Avenue. I couldn't put the feeling of unreality better than Ruth, so I'll direct you to her review. I did finish the book, but never really connected, or liked, any of the characters. I felt that most of them were sketched rather than drawn.
This was not really a financial novel, the milieu is just the background for a story of revenge, not just that between the men, but between a combination of the characters. I found the ending not particularly sayisfying.
I downloaded this novel free from Amazon. I was hoping for a financial mystery along the lines of The Samurai Strategy by Thomas Hoover, and I was disappointed. I think this is a 1.5 star rating...only because the writing itself was quite competent.(less)
This was a classic boy meets girl story, with the added frills of some not-so-perfect back-stories. Nothing unexpected happened and as expected, girl...moreThis was a classic boy meets girl story, with the added frills of some not-so-perfect back-stories. Nothing unexpected happened and as expected, girl marries boy in the end, despite misgivings on her part - she has trust issues. Her daughter's determination to make the mach happen isn't overdone.
I've given this 2 stars becuase it does what it sets out to do and is competently written. I hope Lisa Mondello goes on to write books with more depth that explore more of the emotional life of her characters.
I did like that we weren't subjected to the obligatory falling out that usually occurs in this type of book. I read this at a time when I needed a bit of feel good escapism, which is why my rating and feelings towards this book is higher than it might have been at another time. It doesn't hurt that I downloaded the book for free for my kindle.(less)
I didn't fully understand all the baseball talk - but I'm not an American, and I'm sticking to that excuse! However, I don't think that my lack of und...moreI didn't fully understand all the baseball talk - but I'm not an American, and I'm sticking to that excuse! However, I don't think that my lack of understanding spoiled the book, since the explanations that went along with the descriptions helped and the point wasn't so much the play, but what happened around the play.
Safe at Home is not an easy read for someone who has grown up in a reasonably integrated society (I realise it's not perfect, however, I argue that all societies are works in progress), this story brings home some of the daily details of what segregation means and just how hard and unfair it makes life for those on the "wrong" side of the line. On a more positive note, looking back like this allows us to recognise how far we, as a society, have changed in our attitudes; this should give us hope that further improvements will happen.
The book is very well written and edited, and extensively researched. In places, the level of detail threatened to swamp the storyline, but shied just short of than sin. There is an extensive bibliography at the end of the book, and Richard Doster's commitment ot the subject is very clear.
I would recommend this as a set text, if that didn't mean it would be automatically hated for being forced upon people! I think Safe at Home should reach a wide, wide audience.(less)
This was an entertaining, quick, "brain-out" read. I didn't expect a great deal from it: no great romance and no deep insights into life and love, so...moreThis was an entertaining, quick, "brain-out" read. I didn't expect a great deal from it: no great romance and no deep insights into life and love, so I wasn't disappointed when it trod a well-worn "boy meets girl" path. It is about as realistic as any Mills & Boon/Harlequin book, so if, like me, you were reading it for some complete escapism, it does the job admirably. It helped that it was a free download on Amazon; I doubt I would have read it otherwise. The writing style was good, so if Lucy Keith ever decides to change to writing "heavier" books, that will stand her in good stead. Some proof reading for spelling errors would be useful though.(less)