I didn't make it too far in. There's a constant threat of rape in this society, and I can't deal with it tbh. I'm also very much not in the mood for dI didn't make it too far in. There's a constant threat of rape in this society, and I can't deal with it tbh. I'm also very much not in the mood for dystopian-type literature rn for some weird reason. Can't imagine why.
The narration is excellent FYI, and I was impressed with the way Margaret Atwood pulled off the two narrative voices, but this book itself is not for me, especially now....more
I'm going to hold onto The Invention of Wings to perhaps try at a later date. At this time, I'm bored with it and don't care particularlPages read: 54
I'm going to hold onto The Invention of Wings to perhaps try at a later date. At this time, I'm bored with it and don't care particularly about either POV character. The novel seems really well done, so I hope it works for me if I try it again....more
Williams’ sophomore effort is in some ways better (losing the time travel element), but it’s also a backwards step in terms of ship quality. As ever,Williams’ sophomore effort is in some ways better (losing the time travel element), but it’s also a backwards step in terms of ship quality. As ever, I couldn’t help being entertained, but again it’s not her best.
A Hundred Summers (why is it called this? this one has a shorter time span that most of her books) isn’t a great fit for me right from the get go. Like most of Williams’ books, there’s a dual timeline. Lily Dale falling in love with Nick Greenwald in 1931, and Lily and Nick meeting up again in 1938 when he’s married to her best friend Budgie.
It’s clear from the outset that Lily and Nick are the ship, and this sort of ship just doesn’t do anything for me. He’s married! You have to wait a really long time to find out why he married her, and it’s melodrama absolutely all the way along. Admittedly, it did surprise me that View Spoiler », but even so I figured it out before Lily did.
Because of the dual timeline, I really couldn’t get invested in the romance. As with Overseas, it might have been stronger written linearly. If I hadn’t known he would end up married to someone else, the cuteness of their early days might have gotten me into this star-crossed ship. This sort of kept-apart-by-circumstances thing really just doesn’t get the ship chugging out of the dock for me.
The whole book was melodrama, but I still wasn’t prepared for how ridiculously over-the-top the ending was. Like, jesus fuck what was that? View Spoiler » TOTAL TRASH FIRE.
It’s less boring and derivative than Overseas plot-wise, but also WHY WOULD I WANT THIS? If you enjoy OTT melodrama, A Hundred Summers will delight you, but otherwise, skip this one....more
Crazy Rich Asians has been on my list of books to maybe read someday idk for years, but the movie finally decided me. I realized last week that it wasCrazy Rich Asians has been on my list of books to maybe read someday idk for years, but the movie finally decided me. I realized last week that it was about to be out and that I desperately wanted to see it. Just as I resigned myself to watching the film first, I remembered I had some audiobook credits on libro.fm. Thus began my audiobook binge.
A note on the audiobook: I went for the purchased edition rather than the free audiobook from the library because I wanted the one narrated by Lynn Chen, who I know from the movie Saving Face, which is cute f/f by the way. She does a decent job, but I wasn't blown away by her performance, especially when comparing her to Constance Wu (not fair for basically anyone tbh). Given the nature of the book, I'd most especially want a full cast narration, rather than one person doing a range of accents and characters.
Based on what I knew of the story (aka what was in the movie trailer), I expected a romantic comedy, which I think the movie probably is, but the book itself isn't. The romance between Rachel and Nick is central, but it's more the framing narrative than the focus of the book. There are also elements that are quite comic, but they're less overtly funny and more amusing in a social commentary sort of way. Crazy Rich Asians has a slew of third person POVs and really attempts to capture that whole social scene through a handful of voices.
As tends to be the case with books with a bunch of POVs, I was more invested in some plot lines than others. The book is good and much more nuanced than I'd ever expected from a book by a man that centers primarily on women and romantic relationships, though I suspect the movie will be a bit more up my alley personally.
I do plan to continue on with the series, though I will watch the film first....more