This book is disgusting...yet very interesting! Especially for the medically minded. While I didn't enjoy this one quite as much as "Stiff" (and occasThis book is disgusting...yet very interesting! Especially for the medically minded. While I didn't enjoy this one quite as much as "Stiff" (and occasionally found Roach's notes a bit distracting and unnecessary), it's a good read. Though...do try not to read it while eating......more
I greatly disliked this book. I generally have a sense of humor so was intrigued when I heard about this novel. However, I felt the author trivialize
I greatly disliked this book. I generally have a sense of humor so was intrigued when I heard about this novel. However, I felt the author trivialized many important events in American history by adding vampires to the mix, often citing them as the cause of evils which we as humans should not forget that our own kind can commit....more
I found myself laughing out loud on the subway while reading this book. While Heather B Armstrong can be a bit dramatic, she is also hilarious. Any moI found myself laughing out loud on the subway while reading this book. While Heather B Armstrong can be a bit dramatic, she is also hilarious. Any mom, expectant mom or anyone who is friends with a mom should read this book!...more
Oh Stieg, how will I ever survive without you? Just finished the last installment of the Millennium series and am sad that Stieg had to die so young and without finishing his series. (I believe there were supposed to be a total of 10 books). How will I survive without Lisbeth, one of my favorite characters in modern literature? Where will I find comfort reading about cheese sandwiches and endless pots of coffee? Who else will fight for justice in Sweden if Mikael Blomkvist is no longer?
Despite my sadness, the third book in this series was great (I personally loved #1 and #3 and am the odd ball for not liking #2 as much as others....as mentioned in previous review, has to do with my protectiveness over Lisbeth.) It gets to the heart a corrupt sector of a federal police organization in Sweden and we learn how and why Lisbeth was been so mistreated. But will she get justice after having been wronged? What will happen with her and Mikael? Mikael and Erica? (Erica leaves Millennium for a bigger press and gains a stalker in this novel.) What about Lisbeth's brother (the giant Niedermann who can feel no pain.)?
Great literature doesn't always provide the answers. In fact, the best books make us develop our own conclusions, and Larsson's untimely death forces this upon us as well. The Millennium series introduced Americans (and the world) to Swedish literature, Swedish politics and a great suspense writer. It has made its mark in literary history, and the world lost a special author when Larsson passed at the young age of 50. Let's hope that the American movie series lives up to the books. Lisbeth Salander, I will miss you. ...more
I mentioned after finishing Pillars of the Earth that I needed a lighter read, mainly physically, so I picked up American Psycho- paper back, 399 pages. Yes, I had seen parts of the disturbing movie. Yes, I knew the book was about a deluded rich-boy serial killer, but even that didn't prepare me for what this book had in store.
The book, in a word, is genius (no, this does not mean I sympathize with serial killers or any other killer for that matter). But Patrick Bateman's narration is incredible, whether it's describing a designer outfit (never forgetting even the slightest name-brand detail) or a dinner (which ALWAYS includes an appetitzer and an entree, no questions), you are sucked into his warped world of stature and luxury. It takes a while for details of the killings to start to take place. You, the reader, are being wined and dined, learning men's dress etiquette, and even reading a full chapter on Patrick's adoration of U2. Interesting enough, you learn very little detail of Patrick's job on Wall Street except for the fact that he makes boat loads for doing close to nothing.
Patrick glazes over his nasty little habit (about which he does not appear to feel the least bit remorseful) until maybe halfway through the book when you finally see what a monster Patrick really is. There are gruesome details that the average human could not even imagine until Bret Easton Ellis puts them on the page. (Kind of makes you wonder where he came up with all of these ideas.) There are more and more stomach churning scenes (prostitutes, dates, coworkers, etc are killed) and about 3/4 of the way through the book I started thinking enough! Too much! This is just blatant, over-the-top, in-your-face violence towards innocent(?) individuals, and I've read it once and I get it. He's psycho. But you keep reading, and you're glad you do because you further watch Patrick unravel until you're unsure the line between reality and imagination, real life and fantasy.
Patrick is one of the most amazing narrators in the history of American fiction. Part of you likes him, even though he is so obviously a huge asshole to others. You can almost see the faintest shimmer of goodness in him, especially in regards to his relationship with his secretary, Jean. And then you're reminded that he tortures small animals for fun, eats human body parts (after having sex with them), and has a more grotesque imagination than I ever believed possible.
This book is not for the faint of heart. But to search the depths of such a mentally deranged narrator's mind and to be entertained, even to laugh out loud at many passages, leaves you feeling guilty and intrigued at the same mind. Plus, I can never turn down a book about luxury New York life in the '80s. Steer clear of the Bolivian Marching Powder, but if you have the guts, pick up this book. It will blow you away (if you make it through...)....more