**spoiler alert** Weiner's dialogue is witty and quick, and she has some delightful minor characters. The book's pace seemed uneven, however, and a li**spoiler alert** Weiner's dialogue is witty and quick, and she has some delightful minor characters. The book's pace seemed uneven, however, and a little slow in the middle. Although articulated well as a character, Maggie was very unlikeable, so I didn't enjoy the portions of the narrative that she carried. Certainly all three of the women (Rose, Maggie, and Ella) are flawed, but I found it difficult to be sympathetic toward Maggie, although I did find her transformation toward the end somewhat redeeming. Weiner just didn't flesh out how she had changed in nearly as much rich detail as how she screwed up.
Rose reminded me of myself at some points, and I enjoyed the connection she had with Petunia the pug in particular. As with Maggie, I wish that Weiner had written more about her changed life. Rose's assets and liabilities were specified so clearly at the book's outset, and then Weiner expected me to accept her transformation without giving me as much to justify and explain it. I really wish the depiction of her relationship with Simon hadn't skipped over so much time and so many developments. Weiner jumped from their first date to their engagement, and it seemed like, as a reader, I was left as puzzled about the events between as Simon was when he learned of Rose's relationship with Jim.
I loved Ella and would have enjoyed more development of her relationship with Lewis. Again, Weiner set up the beginning in so much detail and then jumped and skipped over too much. With the richness used to set the scene and characters early on, I expected more from the rest of the book. Did she rush to finish it? Did she run out of energy or patience while writing? In Her Shoes just didn't fulfill its potential. I don't expect chick lit to rival Faulkner, but at the same time, I felt a little misled when Weiner failed to deliver on the book's early promises. I must confess, however, that I would not rate the movie adaptation as highly as the book....more
**spoiler alert** I was interested to see how Roberts would pull out a happy ending with this third installment in her trilogy. Although the save at t**spoiler alert** I was interested to see how Roberts would pull out a happy ending with this third installment in her trilogy. Although the save at the end wasn't unexpected or entirely unpredictable, I wasn't disappointed. This one was a little more bittersweet than the first two books. The complications weren't as easy to solve, and I really appreciated the theme of knowledge (of self, of others, of nature) in this one. The idea of appreciating and celebrating the moment, knowing that it's special because the past and/or future may not be as bright, was a lovely theme as well. A few tears leaked out with this book, and, well, I'm an easy crier, but that's not to say that some of the scenes and dialogue weren't touching, too. This trilogy has thoroughly satisfied my desire to read something not-to-serious with magic, dragons, sorcerers, witches, vampires, castles, time travel, alternate worlds, and other bits of fantasy. Good villain with a little more shape and dimension, too - there's an interesting, recurring bit addressing how the bad, blood-thirsty vampires used to be real people, with families, interesting stories, faults - not just flat targets to be killed by the heroic characters. I like the acceptance of everyone having flaws, and maybe some things in their past that aren't flattering (although IRL I don't think too many of us spent a century or two hunting humans and drinking their blood before reforming). This trilogy was fun - I'll gladly read more from Roberts if she's writing at this level....more
I enjoyed this second book even more than the first in the trilogy. Again, Roberts provided good character development (this is relative, of course -I enjoyed this second book even more than the first in the trilogy. Again, Roberts provided good character development (this is relative, of course - good for a quick, interesting pop read, but she's no Thackeray), and the lead male character in this one, Larkin, is a lively and entertaining match for the female lead, Blair. Roberts again tosses in some amusing references to films, television, literature, and the plot keeps a steady pace through all three books to the conclusion....more