Okay. Stumbled upon the Lifetime movie version of Flowers in the Attic a few weeks ago, and found myself thinking - that didn't happen in the book, diOkay. Stumbled upon the Lifetime movie version of Flowers in the Attic a few weeks ago, and found myself thinking - that didn't happen in the book, did it? Looked it up online only to find the Lifetime movie was pretty true to the story, then I noticed most copies of the book as pictured online looked a lot thicker than what I remembered the book I read looking like.
Anyway - I think I got a condensed version the first time around. And only now that I've read the full version, I get why it was so risqué.
It's not a bad idea for a story. It was the stuff of horror. The only thing that's in the way of it being great is that the narrator is kind of whiny and not particularly bright. While I think Andrews did a good job getting into the head of a girl at that age who's been treated that way, at the heart of things, even if the character hadn't been dealt those cards, she would be an unlikeable protagonist. The villains of the piece are stunningly evil, but the protagonist is so whiny and she takes so long to evolve from a passive character to an active one, that you can't really feel sorry for her at all. Halfway through the first book, all I could think was - "Leave the attic or don't. Just stop whining about it."
The second book is mostly about her taking control of her life and finally making active choices. -Of course, this ends up being an epic fail. This character sucks at life basically, and by the time they're finally out of the attic, there's not even anything really interesting about them. I did wonder what would happen to the villains of the first book and whether there would be revenge, but the eventual revenge was silly and short-lived. -Not exactly worth reading the entire book for.
Overall, if not for the unlikeable protagonist and her siblings, this could have been a really interesting couple books. The story was compelling. But as it was, I spent of lot of time annoyed and frustrated that they were all so stupid. ...more
Frustrating - but also kind of really good. The characters are interesting. The world would be more interesting if it were a little clearer - it's harFrustrating - but also kind of really good. The characters are interesting. The world would be more interesting if it were a little clearer - it's hard at times to tell what the situation really is, which makes it hard to gauge whether the decisions the characters make are good or bad, whether they're really in danger, what exactly it is they're trying to accomplish. BUT, I think I like the basic premise and the relationships enough that the unclear world can be forgiven a bit. The main characters are all a little bit dumb, (in some cases, more than a little bit) but likeable still. -...more
Had some trouble enjoying the book when he abandons his sister on some random planet again just because she's pregnant - but things are looking up nowHad some trouble enjoying the book when he abandons his sister on some random planet again just because she's pregnant - but things are looking up now at the end of the book. ...more
This is not what I would ever, in a million years, call a "fun" read. But it was a really, really, really good read. The characters are completely strThis is not what I would ever, in a million years, call a "fun" read. But it was a really, really, really good read. The characters are completely strange, yet relatable. The plot is crazy, but you follow it. And a lot of really unpleasant things happen over the course of this ridiculously long book - but it doesn't matter because, though you spend a good deal of the beginning of the book reading just to find out what the hell is going on, at some point you don't care what's going on, you just need one thing to happen. You read the whole book because you need just one thing from it.
-Anyway, it's a pretty great book. -Not fun, and I wouldn't really call it "entertaining" either. Just, really, really, really good. ...more
I LOVE THESE BOOKS. And honestly, I think they started off a little slow and a little awkward for my taste. But this series has totally hit its strideI LOVE THESE BOOKS. And honestly, I think they started off a little slow and a little awkward for my taste. But this series has totally hit its stride and I'm a little bit in love with the world and all the characters right now. It's rather upsetting that one of the reviews on the book jacket suggests that the series is about finished, but then I'm also a little upset I finished the book in a day. Kim Harrison is good. She kills off a couple major characters in this book, and thinking back I realize she does that fairly often, but I never get angry at the story - the way I often do when I'm reading other books. And I'm pretty sure it has to do with the way she crafts her stories. I mean, they're just plain good. Nothing seems arbitrary. But the world is magical and interesting and the characters, despite encountering major drama at every turn, are hilarious. They're funny people - which makes them characters you want to see succeed. And seriously - the world in this book is awesome. I'm glad I have the books on my shelves just because it means this world is still sitting here in my room when I'm finished reading. It's creepy and beautiful and just... I'm glad it exists. ...more
Not bad - I'm pretty happily following Dresden again now that I know he's no longer dead, but I'm still not entirely happy with the book. Why? A) MollyNot bad - I'm pretty happily following Dresden again now that I know he's no longer dead, but I'm still not entirely happy with the book. Why? A) Molly is in it. I'm sick of her. I don't think she'd be so annoying if Harry didn't spend all his time talking about how he's not going to sleep with her, but that's all she's really there for. -To be the girl he's not going to sleep with. She wasn't a very interesting character to start with - I mean, honestly, I wasn't on board with him saving her life the first time. But now that she's JUST a body he can't touch, every word that contributes to a scene that she participates in is like deadwood to me. B) He STILL has not hooked up with Karrin. I don't mean to pick a side in the Team Karrin v. Team Molly competition, but really - this has been drawn out for how long now? As sick as I am of hearing how much he's not going to sleep with Molly, I'm also sick of nothing, nothing, nothing happening with Karrin - even though she's the only suitable choice of a mate in the entirety of the series. The action is still great, I still love the world - but Molly needs to have something unfortunate happen to her and Karrin needs to man up to just take him. ...more
Although I put off reading this for a very long time, as I wasn't thrilled with the premise - it turned out to be much better than expected. And it coAlthough I put off reading this for a very long time, as I wasn't thrilled with the premise - it turned out to be much better than expected. And it covered some appropriate ground for Harry - I respect him slightly more now. ...more
Not interesting anymore. The sad thing is, there are still elements to these stories that could be really interesting. The most frustrating part of thNot interesting anymore. The sad thing is, there are still elements to these stories that could be really interesting. The most frustrating part of this book is the fact that the interesting part of the story keeps getting alluded to, but it took place before the book began and none of the characters really talk about it. Toward the third quarter of the book, we get a little bit of... I want to say, "progression." So much of the beginning is the same old same old, and a repetition of the fact that oh - someone's after Stephanie again! But it's all wrapped up much too quickly after that. You get to think you are interested, but then the book ends... so. Meh. ...more
I love Anita Blake and obviously the first six or seven books in the series were pretty awesome, or I wouldn't even be trying at this point. But OH MYI love Anita Blake and obviously the first six or seven books in the series were pretty awesome, or I wouldn't even be trying at this point. But OH MY GOSH - The last dozen books or so have been bad because she just has so much sex with everyone, that all the sexual tension was gone, and the books had no point - there were no mysteries to be solved, no wondering, "Who done it?" But I read them anyway, hoping for a return to the good old days -
This one I couldn't even finish. It was so boring, I kept skimming and skipping ahead, only to realize the boring part wasn't over yet. About halfway through the book it finally occurred to me that nothing interesting had happened yet - not a single thing! Anita's still agonizing over whether or not she's monster. Yes! Yes, Anita, you are! Do something about that! Get rid of your damned succubus powers and go back to solving some effing mysteries!!
Anyway, I skipped to the end just to discover some really off dialogue between her and someone named God... at which point I put the book down. ...more
Admittedly, the situations are getting kind of repetetive. Stephanie can't decide between Ranger and Morelli. Lula's still trying ridiculous diets. GrAdmittedly, the situations are getting kind of repetetive. Stephanie can't decide between Ranger and Morelli. Lula's still trying ridiculous diets. Grandma Mazur is still upturning coffins. Bad guys still break into her apartment. Part of me likes that some things never change in this series - in fact, that was the draw for me the first five or six books in. But I think the series needs a major turn soon to stay interesting. Also, in the last few books the villain of the story has turned out to be a minor character... we end meeting him/them/whoever at the last second and he/they/whatever is almost immediately dealt with by someone other than Stephanie. I think there really needs to be more engaging villains again, and I think Stephanie should be the one to deal with them - kind of like in the first book. That being said, I'm one of those people who loves snuggling up with a book full of characters she knows. I like revisiting the same characters and world over and over, so of course I enjoy reading these books. They're also a quick enough read you can get through one in an afternoon. So I'm sticking with the series. I just wish something awesome would happen in one of the books soon. ...more
This book was weird. There were long chapters that covered things like - People on the internet can Lie!! And then bursts of information on how to useThis book was weird. There were long chapters that covered things like - People on the internet can Lie!! And then bursts of information on how to use html. I feel it could be better balanced. -Less pages on things we all should already know, and more pages slowly getting us into the html process. ...more