**spoiler alert** Having known it was the screenplay and not a new novel, I wasn't disappointed by the format of the book. It was a quick read, and I**spoiler alert** Having known it was the screenplay and not a new novel, I wasn't disappointed by the format of the book. It was a quick read, and I didn't miss the lack of description because, having read the previous stories several times, I already knew what most of the locations visited looked like.
I really enjoyed this short story set in the future of the Wizarding World, and was especially fond of Scorpius. I know a lot of folks didn't enjoy his silly happy-go-lucky nature, and bemoaned that Malfoy would never have had such a jaunty son, but people change and there's that very different member of most families.
My only complaint is wishing it had been fleshed out in to a full length story, so I could have gotten to know Scorpius and Albus better. ...more
I couldn't put it down. I haven't been so absorbed in a story, or stayed up so late past my bedtime reading since I first read "The Night Circus". TheI couldn't put it down. I haven't been so absorbed in a story, or stayed up so late past my bedtime reading since I first read "The Night Circus". The mythology, the ache of being young and lonely, of not being in control of your life, the terror of betrayal, the balm of loyalty and friendship...it wrapped me up and pulled me in.
A fairy tale that made me smile and caused salty ocean waters to escape my eyes. I can't stop thinking about it this morning, and may not for a very long time. ...more
Spectacularly written, but quite a bit different than what I had anticipated.
I had expected one fluid story, but Follow the River Home is actually twSpectacularly written, but quite a bit different than what I had anticipated.
I had expected one fluid story, but Follow the River Home is actually two parts - Daniel's story to uncover the truth about his past which is then followed by supporting short stories that flow back in to the main story - just like the tributaries of a river. I actually found that I enjoyed the short stories more than the main story; they were contained worlds that were richly explored and wrapped up neatly in just a few pages. Plus, I had been dead curious about some of the characters Daniel briefly encountered and was pleased that, for once, an author filled in their stories!
Admittedly, I wasn't terribly fond of Josie/Sadie through much of the book. Her vanity rubbed me the wroA well imagined romance set in the Wild West.
Admittedly, I wasn't terribly fond of Josie/Sadie through much of the book. Her vanity rubbed me the wrong way, and I had expected her to be a bit more plucky and self assured than a hot mess of emotions around attractive fellows.
That said, her interactions with the others in the story kept me reading, and I read it quite quickly. I'm a sucker for a decent western (completely my dad's fault) and the one thing Josie and have in common is enjoying some scenery - and the descriptions delivered! The other characters; Doc Holliday, his gal Kate, Mollie the photographer, Johnny the Scoundrel, Madam Moustache - were all entertaining and enjoyable in their own ways. Yes, even the cad. You need a good cad in these sorts of stories, and Behan was top notch.
I really, really enjoyed this book. Like, really enjoyed it. The writing was superb; I could have been eating burritos, fording rivers, and facing dowI really, really enjoyed this book. Like, really enjoyed it. The writing was superb; I could have been eating burritos, fording rivers, and facing down grizzly bears with the characters. And the characters themselves were all well imagined, believable, and I'd have gladly spent time with any of them - except for Noah.
While coming of age stories in the wilderness are a pretty common genre, I loved this story. It wasn't your typical "kid goes on a solo adventure in to the wild and after surviving deadly things, is changed". Leaving Blythe River was a story of people helping each other out, and of the strength it takes to put aside strong feelings and do the right thing. The main character, Ethan, does change in the woods - but not because he almost starved or anything so dramatic as that - but for the perfectly everyday reason that he stepped out of his comfort zone repeatedly.
He found his voice and strength through many small acts of personal bravery, which is easy for most people to relate to.
This was one of those hard to put down stories, where I found myself thinking about it while I was washing dishes, or walking the dog. I finished the book almost two weeks ago now, and it's still floating around in my mind....more
A cautionary tale about the dangers of "mixing in" - they had me at suburbia in the 80's!
The prologue of the book hooked me in before the story evenA cautionary tale about the dangers of "mixing in" - they had me at suburbia in the 80's!
The prologue of the book hooked me in before the story even officially started. A flashback to Erica's youth; an introduction to Wendy's realistically descriptive style of writing. Her characters aren't characters, they're people, and she establishes this in the first 9 pages of her debut novel.
While at certain points in the story I was mentally shrieking "WHAT ARE YOU DOING?" at the main character, Erica, I could relate to her desire to escape the monotony of everyday life as an adult to experience the things that thrilled her in her youth one more time. There are few things in life I would choose dishes and grocery shopping over.
The story itself is simplistic enough in that it's essentially a tale about a suburban family that seems to have it all together from the outside with Sunday Dinners and all, but isn't as polished and perfect as others think. The characters really make it something special as their secrets, hang ups, inability to communicate, and escapism culminate in a series of unfortunate events.
My only hangup, is the length. I'd have preferred a slightly shorter, narrower, highway towards the conclusion. Other than that though, it was a solid story. ...more
Laura Davis Hay's Incarnation is an intricate tale of souls bound together by love and karma, through centuries and the rise and fall of civilizationsLaura Davis Hay's Incarnation is an intricate tale of souls bound together by love and karma, through centuries and the rise and fall of civilizations. A love story, a psychological thriller, and a mystery all reside in its well crafted pages - it's as complex as the sea that it keeps swirling back to.
The gist of the story is pretty well covered in the publisher's blurb, and to write more about it would probably spoil it.
I'll wholeheartedly admit that at first I had a hard time getting in to the characters - thinking to myself there really wasn't anything new here. But I stuck with it and about halfway through I found myself intrigued. By the last 1/3 of the book, I had a hard time putting it down and I kept telling myself "one more chapter" until I had finished and it was well past my usual bedtime. The mingling of the scientific and the spiritual was a brilliant way to shine a light on how to navigate the chaos of life (or lives) with both reason and an open heart. It needn't be one or the other....more
While I very much enjoyed the prose in this novel, particularly the parts that described the world as Marie-Laure experienced it, I can't say the I enWhile I very much enjoyed the prose in this novel, particularly the parts that described the world as Marie-Laure experienced it, I can't say the I enjoyed the story overall. I spent most of the novel bummed out, waiting for something good to happen in the characters lives.
And when what I had hoped was going to be the significant meeting finally occurred, it was not only another blip with a sad conclusion, but was tied up in less time than it took the author to describe the feel of a snail shells in a museum office.