This third in the series was better than the other two combined. The Senior Snoops are getting to winter in Florida. Nice! If they thought it would al...moreThis third in the series was better than the other two combined. The Senior Snoops are getting to winter in Florida. Nice! If they thought it would all be beaches and tans, though, they got a rude awakening long before they got to their destination. So murder and mysteries abound.
After the two previous books I feel I know Agnes and Eleanor as good friends. They have spunk and are active seniors. They are sexually active and enjoy the men in their lives with enthusiasm. And they are snoopy! They can get in more trouble than any twelve teens.
I did enjoy this book. There are a few editing issues, but they don't get in the way of the story. I think my biggest gripe was the making Agnes become a sudden prude on nude beaches or in the strip club. I didn't see her that way before this book so the few remarks that made her that way stopped the story short for me. Still, I have the next set of books set up. I have a few other books I am supposed to be reading first, but I'll be happy to see what Madison Johns has these snoops up to next.
These are great light reading for when you need a break from heavier literary pursuits. (less)
Though I am giving this book a separate review, I am actually reading the boxed set with books one through three. I want the credit toward my reading...moreThough I am giving this book a separate review, I am actually reading the boxed set with books one through three. I want the credit toward my reading goal of individual books while having the convenience...
That went nowhere. On to the actual review.
Ghosts. Really? Sigh. I don't want to give any spoilers so I won't get into it. This was a shorter book than the first one, maybe a novella rather than a novel. I was glad. This book felt less put together than the first. Editing is badly needed.
What did I like? I like Agnes and Eleanor. Those crazy ladies are fun even though they get into more trouble than they solve. There is a lot of humor in spite of the story being about murders. I am so glad someone has taken the time to write stories about senior womyn. For that reason alone I plan to read all these Senior Snoopers.
Look, I see a lot of negative reviews of this book. That's sad because this one actually met my goal. It is a story about older women (sixty...moreRoad trip!
Look, I see a lot of negative reviews of this book. That's sad because this one actually met my goal. It is a story about older women (sixty and younger) written by a female author. It was a fun read. A great read for someone who is rather stuck at home during the winter. I got my travel bug up and ready for being a vagabond. At least the older females were thought of!
Could the book have been deeper? Yes. In fact just as it all seemed to be fun the story took a turn and ended. It was as if the author didn't know what to do with a bunch of women having an adventure. Sure, there was drama, but bits that I wanted to explore got left by the wayside. Too bad. The worst part? When at 50% read the book ended. BOO!
Well, the second book in this bundle was a bit of a surprise. Who expected one more book? Open House wasn't as good as Tapestry of Fortune. The woman was younger (in her forties). It was an agonizing tale of divorce and all the emotions attached to that. I still found it interesting and found myself rooting for the main character. But this all brings up why I prefer sci-fi and fantasy. If I wanted real life, I'd live it! Oh, wait, I already do! In both of these books I was disturbed by the hokey romantic notions. Can't a woman just find herself and enjoy all the relationships in her life? Do they have to be looking for the 'one'? Geez! There is nothing wrong with sex or romance. It just left behind the growth of the woman.(less)
I borrowed this book from my daughter ages ago. She and I both forgot I had it. I remember visiting her and finding it and sitting and reading with fa...moreI borrowed this book from my daughter ages ago. She and I both forgot I had it. I remember visiting her and finding it and sitting and reading with fascination during some boring quiet time. She had many poems dogeared and I could say those were my favorites also. I like Margaret Atwood's writing style, her descriptions were wonderful.
Though the font was small the format of poetry left plenty of empty page to rest my eyes. Even so I needed to take my time with it to fully absorb the depth of the poems before me. I haven't read poetry for a long time so I had to remember how to think in that abstract way.
Still, I think it's about time I read The Handmaid's Tale that was recommended to me decades ago by my friend. (less)
This is on my wishlist to own! Thank you, Washoe County Library System for carrying this book!
It is not an easy book to get through. But if you manage...moreThis is on my wishlist to own! Thank you, Washoe County Library System for carrying this book!
It is not an easy book to get through. But if you manage, you find so many diamonds of wisdom to apply to your own life.
Which of us has gotten through childhood unscathed? Which of us, as parents, release healthy, unscathed adults into the world? In Alison Bechdel's first memoir, Fun Home, Alison addressed her life with her father. In this book, Alison tells of her life with her mother. I was amazed at how well she was able to keep the story on her own interpretation of her own life. She brings in her therapists and friends and lovers in how they help her understand why certain things happened and how she can get over it and become whole.
Though this is done in comic book form it is far from funny. Yet, as they say, a picture is worth a thousand words, she was able to speak volumes using this method of story telling. It brought my own mother issues to mind while reading this.
A spot of vomit on the floor. Running lines with mom for the next play she'll be in. The inability to cry properly. Maybe these things wouldn't cause you cathartic experience, but as you follow Alison's path, which is also her mother's path, it is easy to relate to both women. As Alison calls into play the works of Virginia Wolfe and Freude among others to help her understand how it all fits and how we all fit into our mother's worlds.
This book may have triggers for some people but I think that most people will find if they stick it out there are more answers than questions through Ms. Bechdel's story. I recommend it highly to everyone.(less)
Though I am reading the three-book boxed set, I think it is fair to give a review of each individual book. Since I did buy both, and as I want to enco...moreThough I am reading the three-book boxed set, I think it is fair to give a review of each individual book. Since I did buy both, and as I want to encourage writing for seniors, the reals ones not the ones in twelfth grade in high school. Besides, it doesn't hurt my reading goals to review individually. ;-)
It is so exciting to actually read something that includes people, womyn, who are not teens. Was it as well-written as I would like? Not so much. I would give this three and a half stars. This needed more editing. And did we have to fall into the trap of the romance? I like when womyn can think for themselves and stand without a man coming to their rescue. Agnes did that for the most part, but she got all weak kneed and girlie when the man of her dreams comes into view. I loved Eleanor, the ninety-something sex crazed side-kick better than the main character. She pulled no punches and got what she needed from the world.
That world is Tawas, Michigan. I've never been there so it seemed like another country, to me. The author did make it sound like the kind of place I'd like to visit sometime.
I love how Madison Johns, the author, captures all kinds of senior citizens within this book. She laughs at some who seem like they would enjoy the joke while holding respect and sympathy for those not so blessed or able. And I love how Ms. Johns addresses fem issues. You wouldn't think that the issues would be so strong once womyn were no longer in the work force, but it seems to affects us all a lot more. Ms. Johns doesn't draw attention to these issues, but rather, states them as is and moves on, leaving the reader to draw their own conclusions.
The tags 'mystery, thriller, suspense' are the most accurate. Chic-lit or cozy mystery seem too light for the contents. Rape, murder, and sex-trafficking are some topics involved which are dealt with in a serious manner. I found that fact a little too much to deal with. I don't like reading stories that are too realistic. I get that on the news. Give me a good sci-fi or fantasy to get lost in, any day. But all in all this was a good read and I will continue the series with delight. Go, Seniors!(less)
Well, I have finished with the first combined book that encompassed books 1-3. I have to admit that it was fun. By reading the books this way I was ab...moreWell, I have finished with the first combined book that encompassed books 1-3. I have to admit that it was fun. By reading the books this way I was able to watch the characters grow into believable people. The story became more and more real. I felt the humor the author sprinkled in as hugs from a friend.
I bought them all individually but chose to read the books with the box set so as to get more deeply into Madison Johns's cozy mysteries. Besides, when I find someone doing what I think is right, I try to support them with my money, meager as it is. In this case, I had been researching stories that featured older womyn. I don't like mysteries, especially the murder-y kind. I would rather read science fiction or fantasy with crones, senior ladies, being the ones getting to have the adventures. When I think that the baby boomers are the largest generation, then having stories about us, especially the womyn, should be easy to find. But alas, that isn't the case. Anyway, that is how I found this series and invested into it.
Cozy isn't the word I would apply to murder of any sort. These books do contain that wicked element. But the author doesn't spend time dredging up the blood or other details I'd rather not have in my head before going to sleep. The thrill is in watching the main characters sort through the facts and figure out the whodunnit and why. So I suppose that is how it rates the 'cozy mystery' tag.
These are great beach reads or quiet reads to accompany tea. One needs lighter reads like that, occasionally. By the way, I do have the next boxed set ready to read but I have a lot on my read-to-review shelf that I need to read first. I do plan to continue enjoying Aggie and El again, soon.(less)
I have to admit that I picked up the hardback copy from the library after watching the series on Netflix. The tree version hurt my eyes to read so I w...moreI have to admit that I picked up the hardback copy from the library after watching the series on Netflix. The tree version hurt my eyes to read so I went ahead and bought my own Kindle version. I'm glad I did. This book was worth every penny! I could listen to text-to-speech while I read. It might have been even better to have the audio-version with human voice but this was just fine.
The beginning was very satisfying as it mirrored the Netflix version. The book proceeded from there a little less raw. It did feel like Ms. Kerman was putting a good spin on her experience in prison. The Netflix version puts in a lot more drama. Which is the real version? I don't know but I feel like it may fall somewhere in between. I think the Netflix may take other stories about prison life and show other things that may go on.
Piper Kerman's writing kept me engaged and wanting to know what was happening next. I was impressed with her zen attitude and reserve while describing some of the horrid things that go on in prison life. Even though I am twice her age I could identify with feelings she eloquently expressed.
Everyone should read this book. Men and women alike, all ages and races. We can all appreciate the message and maybe help create a better world. (less)
Is there anything that befalls womankind that doesn't appear in this series? Whew! Don't get me wrong, as much as is covered in these books, these are...moreIs there anything that befalls womankind that doesn't appear in this series? Whew! Don't get me wrong, as much as is covered in these books, these are not thrillers. Suspense is there, but you have a confidence that it will work out. Love seems to pull the characters and reader through it all.
This second book is even better than the first, if that's possible. The characters are wonderful. I love them all. Well, that is, except the bad ones and even they are believable. This book had more the stresses of life as a rock-star and cop couple who happen to be lesbian. In this book we see the stresses of married life, fertility treatments, adoptions and so much more.
Erotica peppers the two books, but I feel it is fun and a natural part of being a couple. Spice of life, you know?
My favorite parts of the books, aside from the above fun, was the child, Calista. I fell in love with her in the last book, starting with sandcastles and that love continues into this one.
Although I have watched the reality show with Guiliana and Bill and the troubles they had with IVF treatments, I think climbing into the minds of Lynn and Alexis gave me a better appreciation of what women, couples, go through to get and stay pregnant.
That was on top of the bigoted treatment the couple had sustained in their individual lifetimes. When others can't find it in themselves to love you in spite of the fact that you don't fit their idea of what is normal and acceptable, yet all you want is love.
Gosh, I miss Lynn and Alexis! Though the author didn't leave us on a cliffhanger, there were enough threads to let us know we were not finished. I can hardly wait to read book three!(less)
Disclaimer: I was given this story free for an honest review. Thank you, C.A. Clemmings.
First what I loved: I loved feeling I was on the beach in the...moreDisclaimer: I was given this story free for an honest review. Thank you, C.A. Clemmings.
First what I loved: I loved feeling I was on the beach in the Caribbean. I felt I was on a grand vacation. I loved the main character and the people she meets.
Okay, second, what I didn't like. That it is a short story. Ergh! Next to cliffhangers in my list of dislikes (hates?). I barely get to know the characters and have hints as to what makes them tick and the story is over. What happens next? Will this relationship end? will another begin? Can we live in Placencia, please, please, please? And make sure you have your white bathing suit!
Allison Moon's story-telling is the best! This is the sequel to Lunatic Fringe. Both books have satisfying endings,wondrous characters, plots, sub-plo...moreAllison Moon's story-telling is the best! This is the sequel to Lunatic Fringe. Both books have satisfying endings,wondrous characters, plots, sub-plots, and writing. Her vocabulary wasn't at third grade level, nor were the internal lessons of differing sexuality too much info-dumping. AND Allison Moon has ME reading a book about werewolves, and loving it!
I would have loved to be able to read a book like this as a teen. Back then this information was hushed. Nowadays teens might feel they already know this stuff about sexual identity. But even if you know this, the story holds its own.
One of the things I found most surprising was that I wished I could experience this level of being a were/shapeshifter. I felt like running through the forest and living in a tree-house, Ms. Moon made it all come alive. Characters breathed, puked, had periods, bathroom scenes. Real life! It is about time!
Thank you, Allison, for letting me read your books at a discount. Though the ending was satisfying, I hope there is a book three. I love the series! (less)
My husband just finished reading this and suggested that I would like it. Rather than pick up another in my 'currently reading' list I started this on...moreMy husband just finished reading this and suggested that I would like it. Rather than pick up another in my 'currently reading' list I started this one. He was right. It was a very good book. I loved the characters and the adventure they went on.
I loved that the author introduced Wiccan beliefs and gave light to the chance that other belief systems may have credence. I thought it was realistic how the friend responds to her BFF's growth to another way of thinking.
This book is full of ideas to think about. I wanted to say more but prefer not to include spoilers. I have probably already given too much away. But, bravo, Jen McConnel!(less)
Inspiring! Every woman should read this. Susan Fleet not only gives a biography of each of the women, but places each one in the historical time line...moreInspiring! Every woman should read this. Susan Fleet not only gives a biography of each of the women, but places each one in the historical time line so that you could see what the country and world were going through.
I didn't understand why Annie Oakley was in this book about musicians. Even though I was a fan of Annie Oakley (or what 1950s TV showed me) still it was interesting.
The other biographies were of women whose names I didn't recognize but was glad for the introduction.
As a person who listens to books on Text-to-Speech I found the reference numbers, websites and bibliographies that seem to pop out of no where, quite distracting. I just wonder if those all couldn't go to the end of the book so the stories didn't have to get interrupted.
Oh, and I liked the way the author blended these biographies across time. It helped me to place the people and what they were going through in the proper dress and social eras. Now I have more research to do.(less)
Well, darn! I'm finished reading it! I wish there was so much more! Thank you, Ms. Donna Morang for letting us ride along with you on your ESL adventu...moreWell, darn! I'm finished reading it! I wish there was so much more! Thank you, Ms. Donna Morang for letting us ride along with you on your ESL adventures! I had such a marvelous time that I am going to look into this. I am 62 and not getting any younger, but this sounds like such fun that I need to find a way to do it. I highly recommend this book to everyone! What a cool lady!(less)