This was another book I read for my book club. The story might have been more interesting in the hands of a more capable translator. At least that's wThis was another book I read for my book club. The story might have been more interesting in the hands of a more capable translator. At least that's what I've been told. The story WAS interesting, actually, but the translation was done in such a way that the writing was very stilted and unmoving to me. Hopefully this project will be taken on by a more skilled translator some day....more
**spoiler alert** So, I selected this book for my book club, which means I will be the one to lead discussion on it. And right now, I'm not exactly su**spoiler alert** So, I selected this book for my book club, which means I will be the one to lead discussion on it. And right now, I'm not exactly sure what we're going to discuss. So the next couple of weeks should be interesting.
I liked most parts of this book. I enjoyed mostly the first parts, just getting to know the author and his background. His portrayal of Renee seemed almost too perfect at times. I guess maybe I've never felt that way about anyone before so maybe I don't get it, but sheesh. Did she not have any flaws? I guess it makes sense though, after someone passes away, you aren't really going to sit there and be like, "Yeah, she used to drive me nuts when she would leave toothpaste in the sink." I'm sorry to say it, but for me, the book got interesting again after Renee was gone. I thought the author's description of his pain following the loss and how he tried to go on with his life was especially moving.
I enjoyed the many pop-culture references throughout the book. I was probably too young at the time to really appreciate most of them, and there were definitely many songs he referenced that I had no idea about, but I enjoyed his description of the cultural moment that was the 1990s.
The part of the book that I didn't enjoy as much came toward the end, where he starts waxing poetic about how the nineties were so great, and so much better than the eighties or the 2000s. Blah blah blah. Then he gets a little political. I hate when authors get political for no reason. For example, this line: "It seemed inconceivable that things would ever go back to the way they were in the eighties, when monsters were running the country..." Then he refers to "the coup of 2000." Gag me. I mean, I realize that the author writes for Rolling Stone and is therefore more liberal than I am, but seriously. What does this have to do with the topic? He also goes on about how the 90's were so great because women had more involvement in rock music and how in the 80's and now the 2000's that's not the case. Um... okay. I mean, I guess I can see his point there. It just seemed awkward to me that in the last chapter of the book he gets all feminist out of nowhere. I mean, I don't think that's bad, just random.
So overall, an enjoyable read, but gets knocked down a star for waxing political for no reason....more
This book was pretty good. As someone who is pretty much perpetually single, I could relate to a lot of the stuff she talked about. I also belong to aThis book was pretty good. As someone who is pretty much perpetually single, I could relate to a lot of the stuff she talked about. I also belong to a religious/cultural group where marriage, especially young marriage, is highly valued. Therefore, at 29, I am quite the old maid. Anyway, on with the review.
At first I had a hard time getting into the book. The first couple of chapters she's just setting up her methods and doing a lot of statistical/scientific stuff that was not very interesting to me. I almost gave up at that point. Then she started breaking down each of the myths, and it got pretty interesting. I could definitely relate to a lot of the vignettes she shared, and she pointed out how single people are kind of stereotyped in regards to a lot of different things. Like people assume that if you are single there must be something wrong with you, or you are too picky. She also talks about some of the ways that single people are left out of things, like certain resorts that won't let you come if you are single, those buy one meal, get the second one half off coupons that aren't so useful if there is only one of you, etc. Then she goes on to discuss why it is that our society places so much value on couples and marriage in the first place.
There were some parts that I thought De Paulo was stretching a little bit, like if one of the statistics she quoted didn't quite support her point, she would stretch and stretch until it almost supported her point. Maybe. A little. But you have to give her props for trying.
Don't get me wrong; I'm not down on marriage, and I do hope someday to get married. But De Paulo does have a point. Why should single people who have chosen to stay single and who are perfectly happy doing so be made to feel like second-class citizens in a world of couples? I know what you are probably thinking if you are married -- "Whatever, singles aren't stigmatized." But it's true. Trust me. I've been single a long time....more
I read this also for my book club. (Most of the books on here I read for my book club, because they're the only books I have time to read!) This bookI read this also for my book club. (Most of the books on here I read for my book club, because they're the only books I have time to read!) This book details a guy's life living in a small town and fixing up his old truck. He meets a girl too. It's been awhile since I read this, so I don't remember a lot of it. Some people might not appreciate the small-town "red neck" feel of the book, but if you're a redneck, as I happen to be (partially), you might appreciate it a little....more
Upon arriving in Australia, Yorick insists on looking for Beth. While doing so, he is found out as an actual living man by a tabloid reporter. MeanwhiUpon arriving in Australia, Yorick insists on looking for Beth. While doing so, he is found out as an actual living man by a tabloid reporter. Meanwhile, Dr. Mann hooks up with Rose, the one-eyed Australian spy. Also, we find out more about 355's backstory, as well as that of Ampersand. Oh, Ampersand. The story's not as fun without you.
Again, I read these in quick succession, so it's hard to keep them straight and/or remember details. I probably should have written these reviews write after I finished each volume, but I was usually too eager to move on to the next one....more
This book was selected for my book club. I wasn't all that jazzed about reading it, but I am glad that I did. Although for most of the novel I had noThis book was selected for my book club. I wasn't all that jazzed about reading it, but I am glad that I did. Although for most of the novel I had no idea what was going on, I really enjoyed Moore's writing style. I love the way she describes things, and maybe I'm in the minority when I say that I got a kick out of the many puns and plays on words in the book.
I'm going to be honest... I didn't understand what Moore was doing until I read some of the reviews on GoodReads. Then it all came together. The book is divided into 5 separate sections. In each section, the names of the characters are the same, but certain characteristics are different. Like an anagram (get it?), Moore has rearranged different things about the characters to create a different story. At the center of each story, however, is the relationship between Benna and Gerard. In one story, Gerard loves Benna; in another, Benna loves Gerard; in another, they are ex-lovers, etc.
The last section of the book is the longest, and the saddest. I won't spoil it for anybody, but it was during this part that I became really involved with the novel and wanted to know how it was all going to wrap up. I'm still not sure what happened. I am looking forward to my book club discussion to find out what others thought! ...more
**spoiler alert** This book first caught my eye about 3 years ago when it was only in hardcover. I put it on my list of books to read someday. And now**spoiler alert** This book first caught my eye about 3 years ago when it was only in hardcover. I put it on my list of books to read someday. And now I finally got around to it.
This book is written kind of in the style of The Nanny Diaries. Kind of the same theme too... a poor, downtrodden character's misadventures with rich people in New York. I enjoyed it for its own sake. I thought it was entertaining enough. Yeah, the main character wasn't completely likable. However, I think in his heart he was genuinely trying to do the right thing.
I would have liked Caitlyn to have had a little more punishment, but I guess that wouldn't really have been in keeping with the point of the entire book... how these rich kids get away with so much precisely because they are rich. Still, it was a little unsatisfying for me. I like a little justice.
I was also pretty disturbed by the inappropriate teacher/student relationship that granted never came to fruition, but was sort of implied between John and Caitlyn. That just grosses me out and makes me uncomfortable. Yuck.
Overall, this book was entertaining for entertainment's sake. But not much more than that....more
I picked up this book because one of the reviews on the back said that if "Helen Fielding (author of Bridget Jones' Diary) had been born in 1979 and bI picked up this book because one of the reviews on the back said that if "Helen Fielding (author of Bridget Jones' Diary) had been born in 1979 and becom a hyper-precocious Goth kid...she probably would have ended up writing exactly like Andrea Seigel." I liked Bridget Jones' Diary. That was some funny stuff. I thought that this book might be funny too. It's not. It's so sad! After I finished this book, I felt so terrible that I could barely think. It definitely stuck with me for a long time. It made me think....more
This is the second graphic novel picked by my book club. It's a pretty interesting premise -- all the men on the planet, and even male mammals, are kiThis is the second graphic novel picked by my book club. It's a pretty interesting premise -- all the men on the planet, and even male mammals, are killed and no one knows why. All the men, that is, except for Yorik Brown. This book is the first in a series of ten, I believe.
This first book is mostly about the events leading up to the incident which causes all male mammals to die and the immediate aftermath. I found the premise of the book to be very interesting, and I read this book very quickly. It only took me two sittings to finish it. Granted, it is a short book.
I find myself very drawn into this story, and I suspect that I will have to read the rest of the series and find out what happens. ...more
It took me a ridiculously long time to read such a short novel. I'm embarrassed, but I'm also very busy these days.
I guess I don't really need to do mIt took me a ridiculously long time to read such a short novel. I'm embarrassed, but I'm also very busy these days.
I guess I don't really need to do much summarizing of 1984. It's just one of those books that I always felt like I should have read by now, but hadn't. For some reason I got it into my head earlier this year that I needed to read it.
I enjoyed the way this book made me think about the role of government and class in society. What would it really be like to not be able to have any of your own private thoughts, and to be held accountable for even thinking negative things about the government and our leaders? A lot of people would be in big trouble, I know that much.
As a story, however, it's not that interesting. I didn't like any of the characters (I don't think I was really supposed to), and at some points I was confused as to what was happening, especially towards the end. But maybe that was by design.
I guess I wanted a more hopeful ending, too. I'm an optimist. But I guess hope is the antithesis of what this book is about....more