**spoiler alert** Esperanza and her mother must flee their home in Mexico after her father is killed by bandits. Their home, their riches, all of it i**spoiler alert** Esperanza and her mother must flee their home in Mexico after her father is killed by bandits. Their home, their riches, all of it is gone and the only life ahead of them is working in the fields of Southern California. Esperanza and her new family struggle to make ends meet at the onset of the Depression. If Esperanza has any chance of making it in this new place, she must give up her old ways and embrace her family and her new life. Esperanza’s development is often slow and sometimes painful - she doesn’t even know how to properly use a broom. This makes it that more touching when Esperanza is able to make sacrifices and help support the family. This is a great book that incorporates history, the seasons, family, and sharing into the plot....more
This is a really useful strategy guide. It has a step-by-step walkthrough for each part of the game, quick summaries, enemy descriptions/evaluations,This is a really useful strategy guide. It has a step-by-step walkthrough for each part of the game, quick summaries, enemy descriptions/evaluations, monster guide, and all those pesky side quests. ...more
Instead of acting as a strategy guide, this book just directs you to a website with the strategies... and though it's been a long time since I've usedInstead of acting as a strategy guide, this book just directs you to a website with the strategies... and though it's been a long time since I've used that, I remember the website being fairly useless. You're better off using a free walkthrough written by a fan or a review site. This book is pretty useless....more
I think I started this on the wrong foot... You Suck was recommended to me, but I've never read anything by Christopher Moore, so I didn't realize thaI think I started this on the wrong foot... You Suck was recommended to me, but I've never read anything by Christopher Moore, so I didn't realize that this was a sequel until about halfway through. It works just fine as a stand-alone story, but I'll definitely be picking up Bloodsucking Fiends.
This was one of the funniest books I've heard in a long time. It's vampires, it's romance, it's San Francisco. Abby Normal, the perky goth, makes this book worthwhile on her own. Moore clearly knows his setting and I got pretty nostalgic for the Bay Area. I've read some reviews complaining that there's a lack of plot for the book... and it really is more of a character piece. Of course, these are incredible characters with well-developed backgrounds, personalities, and voices.
I'd have to recommend the audio version of this - Susan Bennetts is the best narrator I've ever heard for an audiobook (that includes Tim Curry, which I feel guilty about). She can go from naive, midwestern Tommy to gangsta to goth to refined vampire, without you ever feeling that it's a stretch for her.
This book will make you want to steal a homeless guy's huge cat. And maybe shave it. And give it a sweater. Fair warning....more
**spoiler alert** So... I love the Twilight series. And like every other fan of that series, I got all excited when this book came out. It took me a m**spoiler alert** So... I love the Twilight series. And like every other fan of that series, I got all excited when this book came out. It took me a massive amount of time to get through it, partly because of work-related interruptions, and partly because this book dragged for me. Seriously.
Wanderer and Melanie's relationship was the most interesting part of the book to me. Lots of inner conflict between the body and the soul (literally and figuratively), each learning about different cultures and histories, and eventually coming to trust each other. And this relationship took a backseat to Wanderer (which is such a better name than Wanda!) fitting in with human beings and constantly being in love with Jared and getting knocked around and feeling confused about Ian. There were way too many characters to keep track of in the caves. Basically, what I'm trying to say in a muddled way (ha!), is that this book lacks focus. It felt more like a serial, something I'd pick up every few weeks, than a cohesive novel. The pace is slow, and I found myself reading large chunks without really feeling any sense of development in the plot. There's just too much going on here!
So, while the book had an interesting premise, and Melanie and Wanderer really grew on me (Ian eventually did as well), this just wasn't what I was expecting. With some editing, or maybe by separating this story into a collection, I think the overall story would improve.
I will say that these books do make me want to go live in a cave, eat tough bread rolls, and visit a hot springs. But I want nothing to do with cactus soap. ...more
This is, without a doubt, my favorite book in the Abhorsen series. It may have something to do with being a librarian, but I think it has much more toThis is, without a doubt, my favorite book in the Abhorsen series. It may have something to do with being a librarian, but I think it has much more to do with Lirael and her insecurities, strengths, and maybe even her dog. I mean, the Disreputable Dog may be the best talking dog EVER. The only time I found myself slowing down with this book is during Sam's parts. I wish I liked Sam more, but he tends to irk me with his whining and avoiding of problems. I'm not sure why I'm cool with Lirael's depression and not Sam's, but there you go. The only thing that makes this book better is listening to Tim Curry read it. This is a great mix of fantasy, a little horror, magic, and some issues that every teen (and older) deals with....more
This was an awesome ending to the trilogy! Lirael and Sam both play important roles, though maybe not what they expected as the story began. We get soThis was an awesome ending to the trilogy! Lirael and Sam both play important roles, though maybe not what they expected as the story began. We get some long-awaited answers about the Old Kingdom's magic, the Dog, and Mogget. Yay! And, even better, we learn a little history about the Abhorsen family that paves the way for more stories! I think this was a very powerful ending (yeah, I cried) and I loved the way that Nix tied his characters' stories together. I can't wait for the prequel!!!...more
There are several reviews that sum the book up very well, so I won't take a lot of time doing it. The short version is that high school junior Naomi PThere are several reviews that sum the book up very well, so I won't take a lot of time doing it. The short version is that high school junior Naomi Porter takes a fall down her school's stairs and the resulting bump causes her to lose the past four years' worth of memories. The book is divided into three sections, pertaining to Naomi's memories (or lack thereof), her attitude towards life, and her relationships with Ace (her boyfriend), James (the enigmatic and exquisite brooding guy that discovers her on the stairs), and Will (her best friend who supposedly knows everything about her).
The tone and style of this story felt so perfect. I wish I could write like this. None of the characters were far beyond belief, and Zevin creates a story where you can feel for each character, even the jerks. Yes, it's a love story, but it's more a story about remembering and forgetting people, relationships, and yourself. It doesn't hammer any messages home, but gives you a year of Naomi's life and how she reconciles herself with her past and makes choices for how she'll live her life. It's beautiful and funny and sweet and sad. I think that's something all books should try to be. I don't know that I'm really doing the book justice, so I'll just say that you should go out and read this book!
On a side note, one of the characters deals with depression. This was probably one of the hardest parts of the book to read. Zevin does such an excellent job of showing that transitions from "normal" as this character stops taking medication. You feel badly for Naomi, who puts herself in a fairly dangerous situation, as well as this character, who seems to be falling apart while desperately trying to keep things together. I really appreciate the way that Zevin handles this part of her story....more
I agree with other reviews in that this book will probably only appeal to people who already like Kevin Smith. It's a little haphazard for those who dI agree with other reviews in that this book will probably only appeal to people who already like Kevin Smith. It's a little haphazard for those who don't know his movies. However, if you like his work, you'll most likely enjoy the essays here. I did! It has me thinking about going to see him speak live, so it must've done something right! The essays can feel a bit dated - references to a young Britney Spears or to Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez's romance (and there are essays that are just *admittedly* love letters about his man-crush on Affleck). Mostly I enjoyed getting to read about Kevin Smith himself - some of the funniest essays are about his wife's self-portrait, his history with comic books and Jersey, or his issues with lap dances. I think my personal favorite was his depiction of the seedy underworld of San Diego Comic Con....more