Cool to acknowledge that men can be physically accused by women, too.
This is so sad. Yet the MC can be very funny like in the scene where Roy comes oCool to acknowledge that men can be physically accused by women, too.
This is so sad. Yet the MC can be very funny like in the scene where Roy comes out to the waitress. I didn't always laugh, though, because the story is too hard.
Julia is wrong. The more messed up he appears, the more his paintings would be desired.
Psychiatrists aren't supposed to touch patients.
That's not borderline personality disorder at all. It's some kind of psychosis. Probably a schizophrenic or perhaps bipolar episode. But the episode was brought on by PTSD. (PTSD can result in true flashbacks, not knowing where you are, but not usually and when it does, it's still a psychotic episode. People with borderline personality disorder don't hallucinate unless there's another diagnosis. He doesn't exhibit any symptoms of borderline that I know of.
That supposed therapy sounds inhumane. They should wait until the meds start to take effect and then get him to talk, otherwise he really won't make much sense even if he chooses to talk.
There's actually a company that sells the materials to do a sex painting yourselves. I think I saw it on Grommit.
Good peril at the end although no hospital or vigil scene damn it. ...more
This book is much easier to understand than Mosaic Knitting by Barbara G. Walker. That book is good if you already understand how to do slip-stitch knThis book is much easier to understand than Mosaic Knitting by Barbara G. Walker. That book is good if you already understand how to do slip-stitch knitting and want a lot of stitch patterns. This book tells you how to do it and illustrates each design with samples in full color. There are complete garment patterns as well as sample stitch patterns. There are several non-abstract patterns such as a horse decorated pullover and a top with cactus and coyote motif....more
This was fun. There's lots of humor but there's a lot of action and drama too.
Things that are really great: Different world from the usual fantasy farThis was fun. There's lots of humor but there's a lot of action and drama too.
Things that are really great: Different world from the usual fantasy fare. The only "standard" things in this aren't that common: a being called Death and psychopomps, except these are human. There have been great TV shows with reapers such as Dead Like Me and Reaper but this is still different. It really felt fresh to me.
Humor that is fairly funny.
Main characters who actually have families and friends. I don't remember the last time I read a series where the lead is close to Mom and Dad, where they're in his life on a regular basis. They aren't constantly bitching at him or being crazy or evil, and he's not constantly trying to avoid them like is so prevalent in UF, when the parents even appear at all.
This man cries. He's not a crybaby but he weeps when he's faced with things like loved ones dying.
There's a border collie who's just a ordinarily smart dog, nothing supernatural or over anthropomorphized.
Death the character is different in that there are 13 of them. He's not usually amiable and fun, nor is he terrifying all the time which is cool and not the norm for UF.
This author loves science fiction and there are hidden references throughout. My favorite is that Steven says on several occasions, "I'm a pomp not a [insert job here]." Fans of the original Star Trek will understand. I particularly like that no one calls attention to them so you'll only notice if you're a true fan.
His hair. This was laugh-out-loud funny to me. He is always worrying about his hair looking good. He survives a bloody attack and the first thing he asks his ally is, "Does my hair look okay?" He comments more than once, "At least my hair looked good." It was definitely supposed to be funny and it was. It fit the shallow slacker he was.
He wears a suit through the majority of the book. I just love this break from UF stereotypes of tight leather and even tighter t-shirts.
Steven goes through a lot of changes and growing up throughout.
The love interest is awesome; although he falls in love way too quickly, it's not love at first sight, either. If this weren't an excellent story without the love story, I'd label it as paranormal romance. It's the kind where he would do anything for her. I just slurp that stuff up.
The ending was quite a surprise. I knew what was coming only in the last chapter or so and even then I thought there would be a slightly different resolution.
It takes place outside of North America in a city I know nothing about except that it's in Australia. Jamieson made Brisbane come alive for me. It's obvious that he loves this city and really knows it well.
Things I didn't like as much:
Although the women were strong and equal, all the positions of power were held by men (except for one near the end that was mentioned in one sentence). The others were necessarily women for the characterization: Mom, the love interest, and one of two pomps in a heterosexual relationship. The only other women mentioned were a couple of aunts that were scary and no one liked, and another main character's wife. I don't think Trent is consciously sexist. I think that when we think about directors and top leaders we are conditioned to naturally think of men. I think it usually has to be a conscious choice to put a woman in a place of power. I just wish more people would think about it and make that conscious choice.
One solution to the problem at hand was put off even though the world was ending because it would be extremely painful. If he'd known what it entailed, I would understand, but he was used to pain and when he was desperate and almost killed over and over again, he still didn't consider this solution until 3/5ths of the way through the book.
They only talk about Hell as the place where everyone goes. It's not really Hell, it's more like the Greco-Roman underworld, but it is referred to hell several times. I don't think Hell makes sense without a Heaven or at least some relevant mythology so I wish he'd never called it Hell.
The likes way outweigh the dislikes for me.
Ironically, I started this book in the wee hours of the morning, and by the time I got back to it, I had had to put my own beloved border collie mix to sleep. I chose to read it because it was funny and light. Then it got heavier and sadder and talked about death a lot (view spoiler)[including the death of his border collie (hide spoiler)] but somehow it was what I needed. I'm thankful to the book for that and it will always resonate with me because of it. ...more
DNF. I was completely bored after chapter one. At that point we'd been introduced to MC 1, an adult with his own restaurant, and then we meet MC 2 whoDNF. I was completely bored after chapter one. At that point we'd been introduced to MC 1, an adult with his own restaurant, and then we meet MC 2 who reads like a fourteen year old. The age gap already bothered me but having that maturity difference just grossed me out. ...more
Like Pizza and Beer is an excellent follow up to Like Coffee and Doughnuts, the first book in this series. This time around the writing is tighter and Like Pizza and Beer is an excellent follow up to Like Coffee and Doughnuts, the first book in this series. This time around the writing is tighter and the story runs more smoothly. Here there are two mysteries to solve. The first is that Dino's ex, Gina, has someone trying to sabotage her restaurant's business. The second is that Seth's sister Molly has someone possibly following her and Seth believes it's related to her lowlife boyfriend.
Can you guess the conflict yet? Yes, Seth is jealous of Dino's ex and yes, he perceives that more time is being spent on Gina's case than his sisters. However, Seth isn't the typical jealous boyfriend who overreacts with everyone and has temper tantrums and refuses to help. No, Seth apologizes almost immediately every time his jealous streak shows, and he's so good natured that he doesn't have a problem helping Dino and Gina. He's incredibly sane and easy going about it, actually.
I love Seth--he has the patience and kindness of a saint--and I would be a hell of a lot more threatened than he was. Dino isn't even out of the closet and he's constantly afraid of getting caught. This does bother Seth, but he doesn't make the obvious connection that maybe Dino would be happier being with a woman. It's very clear that Dino and Gigi never stopped loving each other, they just couldn't reconcile their work lives and Seth knows this. Dino does seem to put Gigi's issues above Molly's and at first Molly was in more danger. Seth was right to be irritated.
Although Dino reassures Seth, his own thoughts aren't always where I wanted them to be. For example, (medium spoiler)(view spoiler)[Dino and a friend are reminiscing about old times, how good Dino and Gina were, and how great things would be for Dino if he were still with Gigi. Then Dino thinks, "By the end of it, I wasn't sure he didn't have a point about Gigi and me..." There were a couple of other times where he thought similar things but that was the worst. I never really got from him that it was ridiculous for him to have ever thought that, but I think it was because I read too much into it. I think he really was just agreeing that yeah, he'd have more money and a calmer life, but he didn't really think it would necessarily be better. Or maybe I'm just rationalizing. (hide spoiler)]
Dino doesn't reassure Seth as often as he should and even evades the subject at times, which should only make Seth more concerned. I think there were points where Dino was being a jerk, exacerbated by the fact that he has never told Seth that he loves him. In fact, he isn't sure what to call Seth. He refers to Seth as his "boyfriend. Or whatever we were calling it," as if it was barely a relationship. They've been best friends for nearly a decade. The sexual part of the relationship hasn't been very long but how much time do you need when you know the person that well? (medium spoiler)(view spoiler)[I don't think Dino ever really apologized for his behavior. I'm not sure he ever realized what an ass he'd been. (hide spoiler)]
The closeted issue really was bad. (moderate spoiler) (view spoiler)[When someone catches the two of them in a very compromising position, his first reaction is to shove Seth away (which dumps the man on the floor) and say, "I never meant for anyone to find out." He continues to make things worse by not shutting up. He is more worried about losing his apartment than respecting his relationship and Seth (and the latter is never addressed). (hide spoiler)] Seth is understandably upset but he gets over it much too easily (part of that easy going thing again) and Dino is way too oblivious and much too arrogant when he finally deals with it. (medium spoiler) (view spoiler)[It doesn't occur to Dino that Seth might not make up with him easily. I think he really should have been made to really understand the import of what he did and Seth should have wanted to keep his distance longer than he did. (hide spoiler)] That said, I think the actual resolution, how Dino dealt with stuff after his "apology" was just right for the character--not too sappy or drawn out or dramatic. Dino is a very private man and would probably be keeping any relationship close to the vest. So I don't think that to him, his actions were homophobic. The end of the whole issue was perfect when he (view spoiler)[was confronted about whether Seth was his boyfriend and he didn't lie or hedge or anything, just said yes. He redeemed himself a lot in my eyes. (hide spoiler)]
Little hurrahs: I really liked when at one point Dino sees some strippers doing their thing and notices that none of them looked as if they enjoyed themselves. It always bugs me in books when it seems like a stripper's life is either glamorous or violent. I like that reality that it's a really sucky job. The author uses this idiom correctly: "If he thinks...then he's got another think coming." So many people use it wrong and it drives me crazy. Brava! The women were victims and a little blind to the dark side of others but at least they were strong, not wilting flowers, and one of them eventually (minor spoiler) (view spoiler)[became kind of kick ass. (hide spoiler)] The detective work is really well done and believable. Dino plods through the boring stuff (without boring the reader), covering all bases, and even when he's pretty sure a subject is innocent, he doesn't remove the person from the suspect list. He a good at his job.
Nitpicks: Dino drinks amaretto on the rocks which is such a girly drink and doesn't fit his personality as a closeted Italian ex New York cop at all. They don't recycle at all, even beer cans. We've been recycling those since childhood. Don't all people know about recycling by now? At least newspaper and aluminum cans? They use the term "wifebeater" to describe those tacky, low-class undershirt tank tops. Yes, we immediately know what is being described, but it's really unacceptably callous to use that word in such an offhand way. It drives me crazy. Seth's like a golden retriever, all hyper and expressive and full of emotion but like that dog, he doesn't strike me as an angry person. In fact, he's very easy going. So the fact that he allegedly gets into bar fights frequently and he's the one that throws the first punch is hard to believe. At least three times, Dino referred to a little thrill or tingle running up his spine when he was about to catch a break or onto something good. Each time it sounded like this was new information. There were some continuity errors and blocking issues such as when someone knows something she hasn't been told yet or when Dino is taking photos of the back license plate of a car and is aware of the face of the person in the driver's seat.
Overall this was a strong story with a mostly believable cast (minor spoiler) (view spoiler)[I'm not even going to think about the bookie (hide spoiler)] and an interesting if not earth-shattering mystery. The ending was good. I wish there had been a little more danger in the action, but I'm one who loves that kind of deathly peril type of stuff. Most people would be perfectly satisfied with the action and suspense. I'm eager to read the new short that was recently released.