I enjoyed this book a lot more than I had initially been expecting. Fascinating subject matter presented in a candid and fresh approach. I learned a l...moreI enjoyed this book a lot more than I had initially been expecting. Fascinating subject matter presented in a candid and fresh approach. I learned a lot about the advertising business. 4.5 stars.(less)
I appreciated that Goble worked with many different Native American tribes to get these stories and he wanted to tell them in a way that would preserv...moreI appreciated that Goble worked with many different Native American tribes to get these stories and he wanted to tell them in a way that would preserve their original format. I just wasn't impressed with the stories themselves. Some of them didn't make much sense and I felt like something had been left out or I was missing relevant back story. I don't know if it's because Goble was so immersed in this culture that things was lost in translation or the stories were naturally abrupt. Either way, I didn't like most of the stories and there were some very strange ones. I don't think there was one story in this volume I would reread or want to share with other people. I understand Goble capturing this culture and identity, but this book just wasn't for me. I also wasn't a big fan of the art.
I was intrigued by this book's premise. What avid reader wouldn't want to read about a bookstore on the brink of demise and the characters surrounding...moreI was intrigued by this book's premise. What avid reader wouldn't want to read about a bookstore on the brink of demise and the characters surrounding it? I thought Kingsbury did an excellent job of getting inside each character's head and showing their perspective. The people were well-rounded and I found myself liking them and wanting to see how things would turn out for them.
The conflict between Molly and Ryan was well done. As the reader, I saw most of the pieces, but the characters didn't get to see all the circumstances and that kept me going because I wanted to know the resolution. I didn't care for the older couple running the bookstore as much though. I really liked their history, but for some reason, I didn't click with them as well. The entire story felt a little short - but if you're looking for a quick read with a seasonal message this will probably do the trick. For my part, it wasn't my favorite book. It had nice elements, but it wasn't something that made me want to go out and buy all of Kingsbury's other novels. I might recommend if you were already a fan of this genre.
I had held off on seeing the movies because I heard there were books. And I always try to read the books before I see the movies. I’m not much of a th...moreI had held off on seeing the movies because I heard there were books. And I always try to read the books before I see the movies. I’m not much of a thriller fan. Though I do read some pretty thrilling suspense novels now and then and enjoy them. But it’s not something I actively seek out. We read this for my Category Fiction class and analyzed its writing and format to see why it was popular and successful. This novel felt very literary and also very commercial. It was an interesting mixture.
There was a lot of mystery shrouded throughout the novel and you were constantly picking through the information to see what was true and what was not true. It was definitely something that stretched your mind while still being a fast-paced story. But I thought it was too much information to shift through. I was tired of trying to figure stuff out and I wished it was more straightforward in approach. Some of the clues weren’t very helpful and often made me confused instead of providing answers.
I found some of the repetition annoying and tedious. I get that Bourne is suffering from amnesia, but I didn’t like how often he repeated his mantra. This novel just didn’t appeal to me as much as it did for my classmates. And I wasn’t sure why it’s such a popular series. I watched the first Bourne movie and I didn’t really like that version either. So maybe it was the main storyline that didn’t appeal to me. A disappointment.
I read this for my Category Fiction class in graduate school. It was interesting to examine this thriller from a writer’s perspective and see how the...moreI read this for my Category Fiction class in graduate school. It was interesting to examine this thriller from a writer’s perspective and see how the author planted pieces of information throughout. Crais also did a good job of keeping the novel suspenseful by always keeping the villain in readers’ minds without actually having him present. And it was definitely good at drawing readers into the story and leaving them guessing. It was by far the most exciting story we read for this class. And one of the few that I actually enjoyed.
Though some of the suspense was a little much for me in that it was always so continuous and reading it was almost on the verge of being uncomfortable. I sped through it in a short amount of time because I really wanted to see how everything ended. Though I did think the very end was a bit of a letdown after all of the suspense. It resolved far too quickly. Drama = drama = drama = drama = oh, things are fine now. Eh, not so much. Still, even though I enjoyed this novel and thought it was well-written, it’s not something I’d particularly recommend and I’m not going to seek out more books by this author. It was a nice foray into the adult fiction world, but I’m much happier in YA.
I read this for one of my grad school writing classes about category fiction. I found it really hard to get into the story. It definitely had that noi...moreI read this for one of my grad school writing classes about category fiction. I found it really hard to get into the story. It definitely had that noir style, but I was not impressed with the way Chandler handled the characters or the setting. I also thought the plot was somewhat disjointed in that the main conflict simply resolved in the middle of the book and they went to something else. I never got a distinct feel for any of the characters and the plot didn't carry the slack. Not something I'd recommend.
Oh dear, oh dear. Where to start? Let's just say that it's one thing to read a book alone and have problems, but when you read it as a class and then...moreOh dear, oh dear. Where to start? Let's just say that it's one thing to read a book alone and have problems, but when you read it as a class and then discuss it....well, things can get dicey. Not that I'm saying this book didn't deserve it, but it made for a very heated discussion.
This book, unfortunately, is one of those self-published books that lives up to the negative stigma. There were parts that did not make sense and there were lots of holes in the plot. I didn't understand Hicks' use of characterization and some of the actions were misguided or disjointed. I had a hard time following what was going on. The whole story was very bizarre and needed to be polished. This book could have profited from a good EDITOR. Sentences were mishmashed and confusing. The first sentence in the book was a complete mess. Their were gramattical errors throughout the entire novel and the author could have used a conceptual editor as well to make sure their story made sense. I really don't like being too harsh in my reviews, but I really can't think of any redeeming parts for Empire.
I will freely admit this is not the normal genre I read - but I was in a Category Fiction class and this was an assigned book. I liked the story, but...moreI will freely admit this is not the normal genre I read - but I was in a Category Fiction class and this was an assigned book. I liked the story, but there were definitely parts that felt disjointed or didn't add up. I didn't like the way they painted the Daisy in the beginning and how undesirable she was. And then when Linc decided he needed a fake wife she was suddenly a different person. That bothered me and felt very unrealistic. I was annoyed with how quickly she "changed."
Another thing that bothered me was how quickly Daisy adapted her life to suit Linc. Even though she kept talking about how independant and free-spirited she was, I couldn't really see her independence when she was so busy catering to her fake husband. It felt like a major breach of character for her. She also seemed to be doing most of the compromising in their marriage. Linc definitely didn't seem to be doing his share. Linc needed to show that he was giving up stuff too, but he didn't seem to be and that made me feel for Daisy. I also thought the story was too "perfect" - it felt too good to be true and I found myself jolted out of the story every time I rolled my eyes (which was often). This probably just goes to show that chick lit isn't my genre. Not a recommend.
I really enjoyed what I read in this book. It had solid tips and advice for people seriously interested in pursing a career in writing children's book...moreI really enjoyed what I read in this book. It had solid tips and advice for people seriously interested in pursing a career in writing children's books. I thought the chapters were easily understandable and they did a good job of breaking down the different genres and categories of writing. I used this book for my Writing for Children and Young Adult class, which I loved! I'd recommend this book.