A.J. Fikry is owns a bookstore, is a recent widower, and has a prickly personality and a habit of oversharing his opinions. He's a bit self-absorbed,A.J. Fikry is owns a bookstore, is a recent widower, and has a prickly personality and a habit of oversharing his opinions. He's a bit self-absorbed, but also not a bad guy. He's lucky. Some lovely people enter his life and help him become the his best. Along they way there is a great deal of growth and reading.
The characters are well-developed, the writing is terrific, and I felt fully invested. I enjoyed the way the author used Fikry's book reviews to share his views on many of the aspects of growing up and getting along in the world. The story wasn't too schmaltzy, and the dark parts weren't too dark. It was a good examination of life, the good and bad that exists in each of us and how we can come together to bring out the best....more
Delving deeper into the psyche of our main characters, Will Henry and Pellinore Warthrop, is fascinating and quite sad. First, Warthrop leaves Will HeDelving deeper into the psyche of our main characters, Will Henry and Pellinore Warthrop, is fascinating and quite sad. First, Warthrop leaves Will Henry behind in New York while he chases after specimen most prized, and never found or seen by, every monstrologist, the Magnificum.
As Will is left to deal with his feelings of being abandoned by Warthrop, he is taken in and cared for by Von Helrung's niece and her family. This gives him the opportunity to make a choice for himself. How does he want to live, with whom, and for what reasons.
This book is filled with exciting monster chasing, intrigue, character development and, yes, gruesome scenes of death.
The Monstrumologist series is supposed to be Young Adult Lit, I believe, but I just can't categorize it that way. I think you need to be older to readThe Monstrumologist series is supposed to be Young Adult Lit, I believe, but I just can't categorize it that way. I think you need to be older to read these gruesome scenes. That said, I really enjoy this series. As in book 1, the settings, the characters, everything comes alive through Yancey's word choices and deft handling of the language. Again, the relationship between Will Henry and Warthrop is the main attraction. We see both of them struggle with their arrangement and their own feelings about it go back and forth. As Will Henry and Warthrop are drawn into a new adventure by a woman from Warthrop's past, we get a peek into the man Warthrop once was and may still be, underneath all of his obsession and brusqeness.
This installment was a little bit scarier, for me. The "monster" in this case is not really a monster at all, or is he? Yancey kind of leaves it up to the reader to decide. But because it's so ambiguous, it felt a bit more possible, and so a bit more terrifying.
Warthrop and Will Henry are such tortured characters, not only by their own pasts, but also by each other. These may be in the horror genre, but they are really character driven and all about the people....more
I love Fannie Flagg's writing, and I love the way she wrote these characters, particularly those from Elmwood Springs. Flagg goes back and forth fromI love Fannie Flagg's writing, and I love the way she wrote these characters, particularly those from Elmwood Springs. Flagg goes back and forth from the cynical to the genuine. Small town to big city. Those that will let you give until you have nothing left, and those who will take you in and fill you back up.
Dena is a sophisticated and driven television journalist. She burns the candle at both ends and tells herself that her life is just the way she wants it, but for some reason she has a terrible ulcer and an empty void in her life. Her boss believes the worst about everyone, mostly because his own motives are so selfish and terrible. She is in an industry that doesn't care if she kills herself to get the job done.
There are a few people in her life, though, that never give up on Dena. There's no reason why they continue to love her and reach out to her, other than the fact that they do care. Dena has given no one any indication that she wants anyone to be a real part of her life. Her college roommate, Sookie, tells her she is going to be Dena's best friend whether Dena likes it or not. Her not-sure-how-they're-related relatives, Norma, Macky, and Aunt Elner continue to write to her, visit her, and call her "Baby Girl," and yet she claims to hardly know them. The cynic would say they are too stupid to realize that she doesn't care about them, but really, they are too good to not realize that she needs their care.
There are too many great characters to go into here, just know that you'll like them. The setting of Elmwood Springs will have you thinking you could like small town living. There is a great deal of humor, and plenty of drama....more
I love Flagg's books, and this is my favorite, so far. It follows after Welcome To The World Baby Girl, picking up on the wonderful character Sookie,I love Flagg's books, and this is my favorite, so far. It follows after Welcome To The World Baby Girl, picking up on the wonderful character Sookie, years later.
The residents of Point Clear, Alabama are quirky and delightful and always in each others business. Sookie is a real heroine as she tries to genuinely please everyone, especially her narcissist mother. When Sookie gets shocking news, she embarks on a life changing self-exploration that is both funny and touching. ...more
Oh my heavens, how I loved this book. 11-year-old Flavia de Luce finds herself right smack in the middle of a mystery after discovering a body one morOh my heavens, how I loved this book. 11-year-old Flavia de Luce finds herself right smack in the middle of a mystery after discovering a body one morning in the kitchen garden of her family's home, Buckshaw. Not just a typical 11-year-old, Flavia immediately begins her own investigations into the case. Racing through the surrounding villages on her bicycle, Gladys, brings her adventure and excitement that she relishes. Her passion for chemistry serves her well as she begins to put the pieces of the puzzle together.
The supporting characters of her family and the police inspector fill out the story well. Her father is a recluse who mourns the loss of his missing-and-presumed-dead wife by burying himself in his study collecting stamps. Flavia's sisters have little use for their younger sister and enjoy torturing her. But it's Flavia who shines with her intellect, dogged determination, and witty reparte. I'm not typically a fan of precocious characters, but Flavia won me over right from the start with her knowledge of chemical compounds and how to utilize them in plots of revenge against her self-absorbed sisters, Ophelia and Daphne. Everything is given to us through the Flavia's point of view, and that's a great thing.