dude, barrel racing. politics of the rodeo. a broken down bronco and a girl who needs something to love.
strangely, the things that stick out most indude, barrel racing. politics of the rodeo. a broken down bronco and a girl who needs something to love.
strangely, the things that stick out most in my memory are repairing and spray-painting the old trailer, and something to do with sleeping bags.
there's a run-away element to it, but it's not like, Julie of the Wolves or anything like that. the horse's name was Indigo? something like that. and there was the belt buckle! from winning the rodeo! that now that i think about it, reminds me of temperance brennan's mom's belt buckle . . .
i should try to find this somewhere again. it was truly one of my favorite books, and i read it at least once every summer for years. it was tradition! ...more
this is the best post-9/11-new york book i've read.
i can't even wrap my head around it, the quietness, the sanctity, the small, brilliant writing. ththis is the best post-9/11-new york book i've read.
i can't even wrap my head around it, the quietness, the sanctity, the small, brilliant writing. the carefulness of the characters, the beautiful setting, the honesty of everything.
i'll be back later for a more thorough review, but seriously, pick this book up.
guinan's doesn't exist anymore, and that's really sad, but this book will remember it. for me, i found dive bar, and gwendolyn found guinan's. these things are what we remember and hold true, and what really matters in the end.
yes, out of order (ten books in the tess series! so exciting!) but the earliest one i could find at the library.
so this is about politics, in the twisyes, out of order (ten books in the tess series! so exciting!) but the earliest one i could find at the library.
so this is about politics, in the twisted kind of way only local politics really can be (so right on), and oh, this one had some great twists. it's got your neighborhood drug lord, your corrupt politician, a jane doe, a prison stabbing, and nothing leading to anything. not to mention the whole creepy institution thing they had going on.
i have to say, a lot of the psychological descriptions of eating disorders were right on point. i was impressed. not thrilled, but not disappointed.
also: whitney is maybe the coolest person ever. and CROW! and tess's dad! tull! UNCLE SPIKE.
finally got my hands on the first in the series, Baltimore Blues and i am so excited to start at the beginning and work through. i love how the books aren't too procedural, but aren't too light on the facts either. it's a really, really nice blend that is often hard to find in this genre.
tess, you are an excellent, excellent creation. ...more
oh, the first introduction to tess monaghan, we see how she gets together with tyner, how she stumbles on her first "casREREAD! started 5/20/10. yay!
oh, the first introduction to tess monaghan, we see how she gets together with tyner, how she stumbles on her first "case" and get to meet the lovely secondary characters - crow and whitney and kitty and feeny.
this story revolves around the death of a not-so-loved lawyer and the arrest of tess's good rowing partner, rock, for the murder. as tess learns how to put her reporting skills to good use, how to get out from under the covers, we get way more of a story than we initially thought. there's high class cover-ups! death row inmates! crazed reporters and law firms whose offices have views of camden yards! breaking and entering and literary allusions that drive you crazy and make you laugh, plus a total twister of an ending.
definitely a first book, but also surprisingly good for a first book - especially one that starts an awesome series. i am glad i have decided to read them in order, as i do think a. was right and they will be appreciated so much more. kind of like i had to do with Tess Gerritsen's books, once i realized they were a series.
since i recommend the series so highly, i have to recommend this highly because i believe in starting at the beginning. however, i can't wait to start the next one, where tess suddenly finds herself employed by the blight.
also, i am beginning to love baltimore even though it seems rather scary. damn authors with love for their cities! ...more
i might come back and give this a five, i haven't decided.
what i do know, i think, is what i love most about lippman's series - this isn't just a thri might come back and give this a five, i haven't decided.
what i do know, i think, is what i love most about lippman's series - this isn't just a thriller with serial characters. this is a novel that happens to have a wicked twisting plot inside it. never, really, do i feel like the characters suffer for plot purposes - something that is all too common in this genre.
not to mention that tess is an actual person in these books, with a metabolism, and the type of person that wonders where her kidnappers shop. (you know you would have that sort of inane thought, too.)
i liked this one especially because it featured and explained so many things in the later book that i read (i had NO clue there was such a thing as an S.K. hot dog) and whitney and feeney and crow and UNCLE SPIKE. the brief mentioning of the bickering between her parents, kitty on the news . . . every character is a person, and i want to know them all.
i also totally want to visit baltimore now, though i am terrified of being the consummate tourist everyone makes fun of, or not being able to understand someone giving me directions. hah!
i liked it. i think i wasn't so hung up on the history because ancient history is not my thing, and i read the illiad so long ago, i wasn't all "but ti liked it. i think i wasn't so hung up on the history because ancient history is not my thing, and i read the illiad so long ago, i wasn't all "but this isn't RIGHT!" the way i get with things set after the french revolution.
this fills in the gaps of virgil's story, in a way, and creates a softer aeneas.
my favorite parts, however, were where lavinia discussed her existence now, that she is, in a way, immortal, because of the poem written and because she was never given an ending. plus, when she talks to "her poet" it's really a lovely meta conversation on historical fiction and appropriation and more. i would read it again just for those parts.
i highly recommend it for people who sometimes have issues with historical fiction and its inaccuracy, and people who like historical fiction in general.
(i also adored the throw away comment about dante. awww. dante.)...more
i wanted it to be more creepy, but then again, i do read some creepy-ass stuff for fun as it is.
joyce carol oates does do a remarkable job of gettingi wanted it to be more creepy, but then again, i do read some creepy-ass stuff for fun as it is.
joyce carol oates does do a remarkable job of getting into the brain of a serial killer, and not perseverating on why he is, only that he IS, and this is how he thinks, etc. it's crispy, starchy prose that doesn't dwell on the insanity, but merely lays it clear in a fairly linear "logical" way.
this is the first i've read by her, and it didn't disappoint. which i am glad, because i saw a play that was adapted from the book (one man show with quentin p.) and that left me wanting, and weirded out. i didn't understand WHY the play was there - what the creator wanted the audience to get from it.
but oates' writing gives a certain depth to quentin while keeping him perfectly shallow, and also leaves the reader hanging a bit. it's very well done, and yes, creepy. ...more
i know nothing about zombies. seriously, haven't seen a single zombie movie. so if i sound stupid on the topic, it's because i am.
i know nothing about zombies. seriously, haven't seen a single zombie movie. so if i sound stupid on the topic, it's because i am.
however, i learned that most zombie-related things are used to somehow deliver a social critique on society at large. and then i picked up this book.
it's written like real oral history, transcribed interviews from around the world. and it's genius. absolutely, freaking, amazingly, genius.
not just because of the way the story unfolds, the footnotes, the way you really believe this IS a historical account, but also because of the characters, the situations, the facts, and the attention to detail that make it so much more believable.
of course israel was going to be prepared for this stuff. of course the us is going to use movies as propaganda. of course the drug companies will make millions, of course india and pakistan (why do we always forget they have nuclear weapons?) are going to be the ones that finally set them off. of course it's going to be the us who decides to "fight on!" of course china tried to cover it up, and of course, cuba becomes the biggest wartime economic contributer and fidel oversees the election that ousts him. there are so many "of course!" moments that i sincerely wish i had written this myself. also, the thought of all those zombies under water is really creepy. that they are now doing the work of "freeing" the ocean's floors.
i think my favorite interview was with the man who trained sniffer dogs. THEY USED CANINE SAR. and that just broke my heart because it would so happen.
i don't even have words for how amazed i was by this book, and its scathing social critique without being overtly bashing you over the head about it. everyone should read this. seriously. especially because there are still white zones out there. ...more
i want to write an essay comparing hunger games to this, because HG clearly rips off some of the most impothis book. this book, this book, this book.
i want to write an essay comparing hunger games to this, because HG clearly rips off some of the most important elements. (as in, shuyu=katniss, noriko=peeta, shogo=rue) but. that's not giving enough credit to either book.
if i've done my math correctly, this book is set in a world where after WWI, japan started it's imperialistic drive and never had to give it up. (it's fascinating to read the political stuff with america, knowing what happened in WWII and everything.) So Japan becomes the Greater East Asian Empire, and everyone is supposed to live happily ever after.
But like all great dystopian governments, they use fear to keep control. one junior high (ages 15 to 16) class from each prefecture is called to play "the game". the game ends when there is one sole survivor - literally - because everyone else is dead. weapons are handed out at random, some seemingly not even weapons. (one kid gets a fork, another gets a machine gun.) to build alliances or to stay apart? trust each other? how well DO you know each other?
it's just brilliant. absolutely and completely brilliant in a way that i can't even describe. i couldn't put the book down with 200 pages to go. these characters become real, even the ones that aren't in it very long, for we see how each dies, and in their death, we understand what type of people they were. their fears, their hopes.
shuyu, shogo and noriko are the best threesome i've come across in a long long time. there's distrust, and loyalty, and sickness and health. these are your average teenagers - full of crushes on boys in their class, pop stars, missing their parents, acting rashly out of anger and indignity, not being aware people love you because you are so involved in yourself. the discussion of the "dangers" of rock music. the government in control. the fear. the laughing men in charge of the game.
it's really, truly, one of the best books i have ever read, and i don't understand how reviews of hunger games don't talk about how it's a really good, modernized american take off of battle royale. heartbreakingly brilliant, i want more. ...more
oh man. i don't even know where to start with this, in all honesty.
it was recommended by someone who knows me very well, and it shows.
the prose echoeoh man. i don't even know where to start with this, in all honesty.
it was recommended by someone who knows me very well, and it shows.
the prose echoes the story - sparse, beautiful, aching. there is so much and yet so little in every word. the language evokes such clear and startling images that in a way i felt like i was reading a movie, which rarely rarely happens to me. but the images were so simple that they just stuck - majken's painting hanging over dorrit's desk, johannes' shell, the winter garden, the monet pond, jock and dorrit on the beach.
i want to quote the whole book, but i can't. here's a part that rang very close to home for me:
"What do you think happens to the things we write here that are politically incorrect or taboo? Do you think they're destroyed?"
"No," he said firmly. "Everything is kept and archived."
"How can you be so sure?"
"Partly because we live in a democracy, and freedom of expression is one of the cornerstones of a democracy; without the freedom of expression it would collapse. Therefore it is unthinkabe to destroy literary or artistic works because the content does not agree with the norms and values of society. So even the politically uncomfortable is taken care of and archived, presumably in some underground vault beneath the Royal Library in Stockholm. Partly because man is a collector, a fanatic when it comes to documentation, with a compulsion to preserve everything that can possibly be preserved for posterity. Life and existence have no value in themselves. We mean nothing; not even those who are needed mean anything. The only thing of any real value is what we produce. Or to put it more accurately: the that we do produce something - exactly what it is that we produce is actually of lesser importance, as long as it can be sold or archived. Or preferably both."
this is a sweden where people are divided: needed and dispensible. women over 50 without kids, men over 60 - they are expected to be "useful" and sacrifice for the "necessary". the sweden dorrit grew up in sounds much like modern day america, but the sweden she is old in is like a socialist nightmare. and yet - is it?
there are so many important and beautiful questions in this book, and it's heartbreaking and inspiring and lovely. i adore it. dorrit's discussions about her relationship with her dog, johannes, nils, her family, her fear of the "trap" - combined with the "realities" of this sweden - it is masterfully done.
okay, i was debating between a four and five, but the fact that i couldn't put it down and found myself wanting to quote whole chunks of the book meanokay, i was debating between a four and five, but the fact that i couldn't put it down and found myself wanting to quote whole chunks of the book means that it gets a five.
it's a classic john green story, which means it's a nerdy boy with some social problems and a girl who seems so unattainable and perfect - but of course, comes with a lot of flaws.
Paper Towns starts off in florida, and with the exception of radar's obsession with omnictionary (basically wikipedia) and his brilliance with his PDA, there isn't some crazy mathematical genius or complex whatevers. these characters were more real, more usual.
as usual, i loved the secondary characters the best - radar with his house of twelve thousand black santas, ben with his obsession regarding prom, and lacey with her cluelessnes and yet sincerity, most of the time.
Q and margo roth speigelman are the pins around which the story revolve, though this isn't margo's story (in the same way Looking for Alaska wasn't alaska's story). however, i really found myself not like margo, and perhaps especially at the end. and, strangely, i found myself comparing margo and Q to hannah and colin from 13 Reasons Why - perhaps because so many people thought that hannah wasn't realistic and hated her and compared the book unfavorably to Looking for Alaska. but margo isn't like hannah really, either.
it's a mystery inside of a poem inside of a novel. margo tends to go missing, joining a circus for three days and so on. (the parents in this book are really annoying and not at all sympathetic.) but when margo goes missing after a big night that includes codfish, vaseline, and seaworld, people start to get worried. when Q learns that margo often leaves clues behind, and finds the first one, the journey truly begins. the clues are seemingly directed at Q, asking him to find her. and so he goes, and his friends end up coming with him - all against the backdrop of graduating high school.
the use of walt whitman's "song of myself", along with all the other clues is classic john green genius. the idea of paper towns themselves - fake towns put on maps by companies to see if other people steal their maps.
it's story of finding out that people aren't who they are. that we each see each other, and ourselves, differently. maybe whitman put it best -
"You will hardly know who I am or what I mean,/But I shall be good health to you nevertheless,/And filiter and fibre your blood.
Failing to fetch me at first keep encouraged,/Missing me one place search another,/I stop some where waiting for you"...more
this took me a long time to read. i was savoring it at the beginning, but then i needed to take a break. i knew the ending, but i dii love rorschach.
this took me a long time to read. i was savoring it at the beginning, but then i needed to take a break. i knew the ending, but i didn't want to get there, almost. i was a bit wary of seeing what i knew was coming.
my poor city.
i can't decide whether or not i think the ending is hopeful, because i, like veidt, love history. only he's all about the egyptians, and i'm a little more modern, and studying the age of nationalism and nation-building post-WWI and WWII . . . i don't know. i mean, in my high school "world history since 1500" course, we learned that nothing unites a country more than being invaded. Watchmen kind of takes that very concept to a much higher level.
anyway, i liked all the mixed media in this. the excerpts from books, notes, journals, newspapers - not to mention the pirate story comic within the actual comic - brilliant.
i don't know exactly what i was supposed to learn from this book, realistically, but i think that's kind of the point. it's like a surrealist painting, as veidt says at one point. there's so much info, so many threads . . . who knows! maybe everyone gets something different.
the art complemented the story, but wasn't fantastic. the thing i loved the most was rorschach's mask. the questions of vigilante justice, what is a life worth, what is anything worth, what does time mean - there is so much. i want to read it again, but not right now. i need some time to recover, a bit. ...more
totally insane book, but completely addicting - i want to get the others in the series right now.
what i thought was most interesting is that this wastotally insane book, but completely addicting - i want to get the others in the series right now.
what i thought was most interesting is that this was written as a newspaper serial, and to compare it to the likes of dickens (who was first published in a serial) is kind of both eye-opening and remarkable - you can see a lot of the same tricks employed. (i'm thinking of Bleak House most.)
it's this crazy mess of people in san francisco who are all connected in different ways and ways they aren't even aware of. it's like a game of six degrees that no one is aware of. there are mysteries (why mona? what is mrs. madrigal all about? etc. etc.) that i expected to be answered and maybe were and i missed it, but i'm not really quite sure. (which is why i want to read the next book.)
i have to say, in an apartment full of weed right now, the smell lent a certain character to reading this book, where joints are given as welcoming gifts . . . fun, easy, and very san francisco. ...more
i feel SO GUILTY for chasing pigeons with the boys now. seriously.
a) i didn't know that it is STILL LEGAL TO SHOOT LIVE PIGEONS IN PA. the descriptioi feel SO GUILTY for chasing pigeons with the boys now. seriously.
a) i didn't know that it is STILL LEGAL TO SHOOT LIVE PIGEONS IN PA. the description of it just makes me sick - it's not like hunting, they are used for target practice. ugh.
b) i am a happy carnivore, but dude, i will never eat squab. (this is not totally stupid, as i don't eat veal either.) but seriously. ugh.
c) these poor pigeons! did you know that passenger pigeons are extinct? and they know exactly the moment when that happened? and all the poor netted pigeons in the city . . . it's enough to make me want to join B.O.B.
i mean, i hate pigeons, but it's really not their fault. they are communal birds who go where people are - they don't poop more than other birds, but they just congregate where we see them. i wish new york would do a humane pigeon thing. then again, we have the crazy bird feeders, so it wouldn't really work very well.
but i kind of want a pet pigeon now. I AM SUCH A SUCKER.
(this is an excellent book, btw. if it can make a bitter new yorker feel nicer about the birds but not feel lied to, it's pretty quality.)...more
finished. long wait at the library for Eclipse but i'm not that upset about it, as boy with the beautiful eyes of course comes back, but not before pfinished. long wait at the library for Eclipse but i'm not that upset about it, as boy with the beautiful eyes of course comes back, but not before possibly the most melodramatic scenes i've ever seen in outside of a Nora Roberts romance trilogy. (they make good airplane books, okay?)
much tighter writing that the first book, and i didn't hate bella as much. this is, i think, because i really love jacob, and he did good things to bella. plus she wasn't all stupidly in love ALL the time. while i think she was overdramatic in her mourning, i do like the fact that Stephenie Meyer takes on what moving on would have looked like to bella, and how there are different types of love.
because if you don't believe that bella loves jacob at the end of this, you are totally wrong. sure, it's different than with edward, but to me, it's a more mature love. it's like edward is her first true love, and jacob is the person you realize you love for being themselves, and for the way they love you, not just because of the way you feel around them.
of course, i know how the series ends, but i'm totally on team jacob.
i heard this was coming to broadway (years ago now) and thought to myself, i really don't know how they are going to pull that off - because, well, thi heard this was coming to broadway (years ago now) and thought to myself, i really don't know how they are going to pull that off - because, well, there isn't really a lot of action in the play. through a twist of fate my sister and i got tickets to the opening night of previews for dirt cheap and met robert sean leonard after. i confessed to him my initial skepticism and he agreed he felt the same way - but this was stoppard, after all.
i think i benefited from reading it a few times before i saw it, because there are so many layers and textual jokes that fly over your while watching an engaging performance.
the part that sticks with me is the part leigh quoted in her review, and also the image of that day at the track, the blond adoinais sprinting for the finish. sad and glorious at the same time. ...more
my favorite part of this book is its reliance on primary source material and its willingness to include it in the text. it's really quite brilliant anmy favorite part of this book is its reliance on primary source material and its willingness to include it in the text. it's really quite brilliant and points out a lot of ways that the civil rights movement of the 60s was more than what we know of from our basic history classes. there's also the element of incorporating what the movement meant to people that you don't necessarily think of - union workers, etc.
it's grand in its ambition and scope, and i'm happy to say, it's basically successful. if i ever taught a course on social movements, this would be on my reading list, and i've recommended it to loads of people who want to know more. ...more
an excellent textbook for abnormal, it resists a lot of the impulse to simply follow DSM criteria and the medical model. i appreciated the integratedan excellent textbook for abnormal, it resists a lot of the impulse to simply follow DSM criteria and the medical model. i appreciated the integrated approach taken to the disorders, the mentions about research being done, and the depth with which the disorders were discussed. i was also pleased to see things like DBT mentioned with BPD, and certain meds with bi-polar - it takes it a step further from simply describing the disorders to discussing how people are treating them today.
all in all quite excellent - my only complaint is that the copy my school ordered was a paperback with three-hole-punched loose leaf, so it was difficult to work with and i'm still afraid of losing pages. ...more
apparently people have criticized the author for being "ungrateful" for her heart transplant - i would argue that they didvery smart, very real book.
apparently people have criticized the author for being "ungrateful" for her heart transplant - i would argue that they did not read the same book i did, because she grapples with the fact that she herself thinks she is ungrateful, and what that means.
this addresses all the real questions of life and death and hope and despair, and what to do when you've hit the end of your rope and you've already added all you can to it. it's a little bleak, it's not exactly uplifting, but it is REAL. i would recommend this to anyone who wants to know what it's like being defined by an illness - whether by heart transplant, a mental illness, or something like chronic fatigue. while amy's life is certainly in the extreme end of the "bad luck" scale, most of what she says holds true to so many people i know.
especially the duality between how you feel and how you present yourself - amy's story of her wedding day will resonate with me for a long time. because it's true, you set out wanting to fool people but at the same time you want them to understand - but of course they can't, because you haven't told them anything except how fine you are. ...more