This book was very dark, with some really over-the-top destruction going on. It was interesting to read about the distinctions between Anita's powersThis book was very dark, with some really over-the-top destruction going on. It was interesting to read about the distinctions between Anita's powers and voodoo. Jean Claude feels shoe-horned in, like he didn't really fit the story too well. Also, if he calls her "ma petite" one more time, I will reach through the book and slap him. While I'm at it, same for Anita for her over-use of "naw"...more
First of all... the names. Or, more like it, the nhames. In what uhniverse are all these zsuperfluous letters at all a reasonable naming convention? IFirst of all... the names. Or, more like it, the nhames. In what uhniverse are all these zsuperfluous letters at all a reasonable naming convention? I didn't get used to them, they were just as ridiculous on the last page as the first.
Also, what was up with Wrath's on-again-off-again blindness? He's so blind he has trouble reaching for a glass in front of him on the table - but he can see Beth embrace Butch in a car from the other side of her house? Also, the author has Wrath "looking" at her all the time, to see her reactions to things he says, etc. He can't see her reaction. Seriously, make up your mind.
And the love story. I didn't believe it for a moment. There seems to be no basis whatoever for their falling in love other than some kind of instantaneous physical chemistry. (Seriously, he broke into her house, so she went to bed with him? She is too stupid to live.)
The villain was not at all satisfying, not nuanced or complex or anything. Just Evil McEvilson carrying out his Evily Evil plans. Snore.
Overall, just not that satisfying. Also, the popularity of both Ward's "Black Dagger Brotherhood" books, and Gena Showalter's "Lords of the Underworld" really makes me wonder why there is such a hunger for books starring guys basically living in Frat Houses of the Damned?...more
I love old school pulp novels. And this is a glorious example. All guns and body counts, explosions and cars. Seriously, so much fun. The money, the cI love old school pulp novels. And this is a glorious example. All guns and body counts, explosions and cars. Seriously, so much fun. The money, the corruption, it's just such a tangled mess.
The book doesn't really make a whole lot of sense if you look at it too hard. I mean, Reacher wasn't a police officer, he had no right to be involved in any part of the investigation. No one with a shred of professional ethics would have told him anything.
But... They're running around all over Georgia in a 70's Bentley with a bunch of guns, but the majority of people who Reacher kills are bare handed or with a knife or a cudgel. After all, what's the point in trying to be plausible?
Add to that the fact that the audio book reading was fantastic. The reader sounded just a hair less over-the-top than Guy Noir on a Prairie Home Companion. All gravel-voiced, guns drawn at 4am. Really added to the experience....more
I went into this book, trying to block out all the hype, the Oprah-recommendedness, etc. I tried not to have too high of expectations. and then I founI went into this book, trying to block out all the hype, the Oprah-recommendedness, etc. I tried not to have too high of expectations. and then I found myself staying up too late a few nights while reading it.
I became invested in the characters, and wound up in the story. I hissed at Hilly, and cheered for Skeeter. It's so hard for me to imagine that this book was set just 50 years ago, it seems strange and somehow impossible that people thought and acted this way in such recent times.
It also makes me sad that the Junior League used to be such a prissy and snobby organization. I belong to the Junior League, but now it really is a group of women committed to community service, not pearls and finger sandwiches.
The toilet thing, though? Freakin' brilliant....more
I really wanted to enjoy this book. I have a deep suspicion of people who want to hold federal office - I have a suspicion that the people who are reaI really wanted to enjoy this book. I have a deep suspicion of people who want to hold federal office - I have a suspicion that the people who are really committed to changing their communities are serving on city councils all over the place, and the people running for president are a uniformly people who like to hear themselves talk.
Anyway, so I picked up Game change with a thought that it would be full of the kind of salacious gossip that I am embarrassed to love. I began to be a little apprehensive when I saw that it was over 400 pages long - even I have a limit for how much attention span I really have for gossip, and this felt like it may be pushing it. And wow, was I right. Way too long. In addition to being too long, the book was also kind of poorly arranged.
The first two thirds were all McCain/Palin. Yes, there was a lot of gossipy gossip about them, but seriously, there is a reason editing is part of the writing process. I suspect he had a lot more material about them because a lot of people came out of the woodwork to air dirty laundry, but that really doesn't mean he had to print everything someone came and told him - a lot of it just wasn't that interesting.
There was remarkably little about the other Republican primary candidates, many of whom I thought probably had many more interesting shenanigans.
The last third of the book was a sprint through the Democratic field. Again, mostly a snooze-fest, except for the parts about Edwards (what a disappointment, by the way. I expected him to be a typical politician, deep down, but wow.) Again, i am certain there were more interesting stories to tell if he hadn't taken up the bulk of his space on McCain/Palin.
Ultimately, the book should have been 100-200 pages shorter, most of the pages removed from the first part of the book. This was another annoying example of the complete lack of aggressive editing in modern nonfiction publishing. Yet again, a bunch of rambling has taken a great topic and turned it into a lousy book....more
I really have a hard time wrapping my head around the idea that this stuff happened less than 100 years ago. I mean, all this nonsense about implantinI really have a hard time wrapping my head around the idea that this stuff happened less than 100 years ago. I mean, all this nonsense about implanting goat glands, vassectomies to increase vitality, "tonics", all of it... It just sounds so irrational. Not that there isn't a lot of ridiculous "medicine" going on today, so I don't really know what I am so surprised by. It was definitely interesting to see how modern endocrinology developed in the middle of this crazy atmosphere. (Also, I wonder how it is that osteopathy survived, but several other branches of medicine from the time died out?)
As for the non-medical parts of the book, I had heard of border-blaster radio stations, but really didn't know how they had started. I was really interested in all the talk about how these stations launched the careers of the Carter Family, and lots of other well-known country artists. Interesting stuff.
How many times can I use the word "interesting" in one review? I don't know, but the parts about Brinkley's run for governor of Kansas were interesting too. I wonder how politics would be different if he had been allowed to win the first time he ran. Most state governors don't make big waves in national politics, but I have a feeling Brinkley would have.
On the whole, I found this book an interesting portrain of the 20's and 30's. Obviously, it covers just a narrow slice of the time, the stuff surrounding Brinkley and Fishbein, but it paints a really vivid picture....more