I really didn't like this book. I'm able to remember it with a little more appreciation after we talked about it at book club. (Well, other people talI really didn't like this book. I'm able to remember it with a little more appreciation after we talked about it at book club. (Well, other people talked...I mostly ranted about the main character being British and hating tea...sorry, everyone.) I did not enjoy reading this book...but it did elicit a reaction from me, so maybe it's not all bad. I was infuriated with Alice, the main character, throughout the entire novel. She's self-indulgent, self-serving, self-centered and just plain selfish. If she were well-drawn and all of these things, I could handle it, but all of the characters in Midnight Cactus seem just barely sketched and not at all colored in. And not the kind of 'not colored in' where I felt it was up to me to infer and fill in the details...more like they chopped some backstory or some important narration that would have explained the ridiculous things these people do and say.
The relationship which develops between Alice and another main character (I don't want to spoil it if you haven't read it) was very heavy-handed. Some of their dialogue reminded me of the trailers I keep seeing on tv for Richard Gere's new movie, "Nights in Rodanthe" where he says things like, "Who keeps you safe?" and "I came here to close a chapter in my life." WHO SAYS STUFF LIKE THIS??? Well, Alice and mystery man do, that's who. "With all the reasons in the world to run, you stayed." and "I used to watch for my father out that window. Now, perhaps, I will watch for you." Sigh. Maybe I'm callous and hard-hearted, but that just does not do it for me.
On the other hand, like we said at the book club meeting, it was interesting to read about the experience of crossing and re-crossing the border, and what it's like to live in a border town. That alone wouldn't be reason enough for me to read this book, though. ...more
Breaking Dawn is definitely worth slogging through the boring or slow parts of New Moon and Eclipse. The longest of the 4 books, I read it in the shorBreaking Dawn is definitely worth slogging through the boring or slow parts of New Moon and Eclipse. The longest of the 4 books, I read it in the shortest amount of time with the fewest breaks. Meyer pulls in various plot points and devices that she introduced or alluded to in the series to bring the characters' stories to a surprising and satisfying close. Several points throughout the story I thought to myself, "Oh! I did NOT see that coming," which is quite an accomplishment for a young adult supernatural series.
I liked the new characters introduced; the new main character was especially interesting and added a lot to the book and series. As for the regular characters...Bella gets slightly less annoying, Edward becomes slightly more believable and realistic, and all the other Cullens come out of the woodwork a little more, creating the story around themselves instead of just popping in and out of Bella and Edward pas de deux.
I was very happy and satisfied with how each character's arc ended. I think Bella, Edward, Jacob et al will be remembered for a long time. I hope Meyer uses the money and time that she's earned by completing this series to sit down and work on...not crank out...another series of comparable worth. ...more
I love the Wayside School books. The tongue-in-cheek humor and slightly surreal quality to all the characters and stories works on lots of different lI love the Wayside School books. The tongue-in-cheek humor and slightly surreal quality to all the characters and stories works on lots of different levels for lots of different ages. When I read this book to my class, we laughed at the same parts and I laughed at a few extra parts-- always the sign of a good children's book. Louis Sachar is a genius....more