I devoured this book. I can't remember where I saw a recommendation for this--Dear Authoer, perhaps?--but it looked intriguing. And it was. The two maI devoured this book. I can't remember where I saw a recommendation for this--Dear Authoer, perhaps?--but it looked intriguing. And it was. The two main characters--Noah and Echo--were both interesting, fully-developed, and had their own issues and history which ended up making them perfect for each other. I really liked that all of the characters, including the secondary ones, were presented as layered. No one was all good, or all bad, and they often had reasons for why they behaved the way they did that a reader could sympathize with once the whole story was known. I also loved that Noah and Echo both grew tremendously through-out the story and became stronger people by the end. I even teared up a bit near the end--and I am sooooo not a crier. I highly recommend this book and will definitely be looking for more of Ms. McGarry's books....more
I also found this book at a used book store. I was going through a phase reading a lot of poetry that used nature to explore human themes, and this boI also found this book at a used book store. I was going through a phase reading a lot of poetry that used nature to explore human themes, and this book was a wonderful fit. The poems are free verse, some more structured than others, and steeped in natural imagery drawn from animals, the woods, water, and of course, the titular moons.
Some of my favorite poems include:
"At Blackwater Pond" which starts out "You know how it feels, / wanting to walk into / the rain and disappear - / wanting to feel your life / brighten and grow weightless / as a leaf in fall."
"Sleeping in the Forest" which starts with "I thought the earth / remembered me, she / took me back so tenderly, arranging / her dark skirts, her pockets / full of lichens and seeds..." and ends with "...By morning / I had vanished at least a dozen times / into something better."
"Beaver Moon - The Suicide of a Friend" which includes the lines "When somewhere life / breaks like a pane of glass" and "...you turn in your bed / to watch the moon rise, and once more / see what a small coin it is / against the darkness...".
I love the simple yet beautiful expression in these poems. Even though most are nominally about an aspect of the natural world, they still speak of human issues - of nostalgia, of the loss of a friend, of family relationships, and of the poet finding herself. I highly recommend this short collection. ...more
Well, that was an interesting book. It's hard to say much about it without spoiling the twists and turns, so I'll just say that the story really picksWell, that was an interesting book. It's hard to say much about it without spoiling the twists and turns, so I'll just say that the story really picks up in the second part, which is called "Boy Meets Girl"; this is really the first major twist. From there the story, twists and turns all the way to a rather unusual end--or maybe I should say that the end is more typical of literary fiction, where the good and the bad are gray and people (both good and bad) don't always get what they deserve. I'm going to read this again later this year, I think, just to enjoy the construction of the story all over again....more
I have been reading this series from the very beginning and the latest installment certainly does not disappoint. Other reviewers have summarized theI have been reading this series from the very beginning and the latest installment certainly does not disappoint. Other reviewers have summarized the plot, so I won’t repeat that; I’ll just mention some of the things that I liked about this book:
1. The Everheart’s are back. I really like Molly, Evan, and the kids. In this book, Molly is in trouble, and Evan is suitably worried and angry and protective. The kids are adorable, although, in what I assume is foreshadowing future books, Angie is starting to exhibit scary-strange powers.
2. Jane’s relationships with two of the key men in her life change. Leo admits something to Jane that surprises her, and Ricky may not be available as Jane’s on-again-off-again fling after this book (sorry for the vagueness, trying avoid spoilers here). Both incidents set up interesting possibilities for future books.
3. I like that Jane gets to be “girly” sometimes, and I don’t mean that in a pejorative way. She gets to dress up in fancy clothes, but she is still tough and capable. She shows moments of emotion over men and her changing relationships. She has doubts about things she has done in the past, even when she was a child, and what that means about her character in the present. I also like that Jane can now let Beast come to the surface in front of others (her nature was exposed in the previous book); she seems more comfortable with what she is.
4. Beast. What’s more to say. I’ve really enjoyed the evolution of Beast over the series, and the development of Beast’s “verbal” and intellectual ability that no doubt comes from having been bonded with Jane. Beast’s visceral emotional response to the Everheat kids and to Jane’s various men never grows old.
Overall, I highly recommend this book to fans of the series. ...more
I picked up this book on a whim, and I'm really glad I did. The book tells the story of a tragic mine fire in Kellog, Idaho. It follows many of the meI picked up this book on a whim, and I'm really glad I did. The book tells the story of a tragic mine fire in Kellog, Idaho. It follows many of the men up to and through the horrific event. The book is a little slow to get going, but once it does, the story is well-told and suspensful (even knowing how it turns out). I will admit that I did skip to tend to find out the cause of the fire, and I wish that that - the cause - had been made clear earlier on....more
This was the first book of Richard Hugo's I ever read, and I fell in love with his poetry. He has a way of writing about a place that makes it universThis was the first book of Richard Hugo's I ever read, and I fell in love with his poetry. He has a way of writing about a place that makes it universal, that finds the symbols and themes in the ordinary that we can all connect with and relate to. His language is very concrete and succint; this is not a flowery poet. And yet the direct language has a music all its own. Themes are subtley presented, yet clear.
My favorite poems include: "Degrees of Gray in Philipsburg" (an oft quoted poem that includes the line "...The last good kiss / you had was years ago", which was the basis for the title of "The Last Good Kiss" by James Crumley, another late Montana author), "The Freaks at Spurgin Road Field" (a modern loose vilanelle), and "West Marginal Way".
Richard Hugo also wrote a book called "The Triggering Town", in which he talked about how places played an important role in his poetry. I recommend that anyone who reads and enjoys this book of collected poem should also check out "The Triggering Town". ...more
I'm a die-hard fan of this series, and I loved the previous book. This book runs a close second to that one as my favorite book in the series. Vasic aI'm a die-hard fan of this series, and I loved the previous book. This book runs a close second to that one as my favorite book in the series. Vasic and Ivy were perfect together; she was the perfect complement to him. And he was just plan awesome.
It's odd, though, because this book feels like the end of a long story arc. Silence has fallen, so what happens next in this world? I checked out Ms. Singh's web site and, fortunately, this is not the end for the Psy-Changelings series. There are more books to come, books which will begin a new story arc. I can't wait....more
Really liked this book. Unlike most protagonists in urban fantasy, Jesse Dawson is married, has a child, and is gainfully employed to make ends meet.Really liked this book. Unlike most protagonists in urban fantasy, Jesse Dawson is married, has a child, and is gainfully employed to make ends meet. The world building was well-done. I was hooked until the end, and I didn't see one twist coming, which was a nice surprise. I look forward to the next book in the series....more
I really enjoyed Devon Monk's Allie Beckstrom series and was sad when that series was over. Then I found out about this book, which picks up about thrI really enjoyed Devon Monk's Allie Beckstrom series and was sad when that series was over. Then I found out about this book, which picks up about three years after the final events in "Magic For a Price" and has Shamus Flynn for a narrator instead of Allie. Shamus was always on of my favorite characters from the series; I liked the bad-boy thing when I was younger (and still have a fondness for it now even though I've outgrown that phase), and I still quite enjoy sarcasm. Shame is full of sarcasm.
Other reviewers here have summarized the plot, so I won't rehash it in detail. Generally, magic is now a pale shadow of what it was before it was "healed" in "Magic for a Price". The only people who can wield magic with much power are Soul Complements. Shame and Terric are Soul Complements, much to Shame's dismay, and government may be coming after them and other Soul Complements to use as weapons.
Shame and Terric are still going at it again in this one; Shame is still struggling with his connection to Terric, and we get to see a little more of Terric's personal life. A new character named Dessa is introduced part way through, and it was good to see Shame get a bit of a comeuppance (although Allie never took any flack from him either).
For fans of the Allie Beckstrom series, this one is a must-read. However, if you haven't read the earlier series, the world-building may be a bit thin and you may miss some of the subtleties or inside jokes or subtext or whatever you want to call it. This is the first book in duology. The second book, "Stone Cold", is due out in about a week. ...more
I was aware of the Duke rape case when it first hit the news, although I didn’t follow it closely, and I remember the ultimate pronouncement that threI was aware of the Duke rape case when it first hit the news, although I didn’t follow it closely, and I remember the ultimate pronouncement that three young men were innocent of the charges. But I wasn’t aware of how badly the men were treated by Duke administrators and faculty and just how terribly they were savaged by the national media.
This book does a fantastic job of detailing both the circumstances of the supposed crime, the problems with the investigation and the subsequent cover up, and the malfeasance of Nifong and others. The book also takes well-deserved aim at the self-serving and cowardly behavior of Duke administrators who failed to exercise even a modicum of fairness towards the entire lacrosse team, the self-serving and judgmental behavior of a group of Duke professors who assumed the men were guilty and used that to vilify them and to advance their own causes, and the national media who cooked up their own biased version of the story in order to sell newspapers.
This case serves a poignant example of the problem with jumping to conclusions, particularly in high profile cases where the media has motive to sensationalize or twist the story to serve their own needs instead of to inform the public.
I was also struck by the amazing parallels between the behavior of the prosecutors and the media in this case and in the George ZImmerman case. There were places where you could simply switched the names of the parties....more