Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Review: The World Broke in Two: Virginia Woolf, T. S. Eliot, D. H. Lawrence, E. M. Forster and the Year that Changed Literature

The World Broke in Two: Virginia Woolf, T. S. Eliot, D. H. Lawrence, E. M. Forster and the Year that Changed Literature The World Broke in Two: Virginia Woolf, T. S. Eliot, D. H. Lawrence, E. M. Forster and the Year that Changed Literature by Bill Goldstein
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I was a bit worried this would be a bit dry for me but it was really interesting and a great read. I do disagree that D. H. Lawrence belonged in this group though. I don't feel like his work during this year stacked up to what the others accomplished.

This review is in exchange for a free copy received from Goodreads giveaways.

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Review: White Fur

White Fur White Fur by Jardine Libaire
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It doesn't always work for me when you get a teaser of the end at the beginning of the book but it really grabbed me this time. The main story was interesting enough that I had a hard time putting it down and then I would remember the beginning and just couldn't wait to see how it got to that point and find out what would happen. I wasn't sure I was going to enjoy this book but it was really well-written and just a great story all around.

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Saturday, August 5, 2017

Review: Neuromancer

Neuromancer Neuromancer by William Gibson
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I now see how the script for The Matrix was born.

I honestly found this a bit hard to follow. Not very interested in reading the subsequent books.

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Review: Night Thoughts

Night Thoughts Night Thoughts by Wallace Shawn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Very thoughtful. Reads like a journal. I'm curious about his other books now. Sounds like a man who would be a lot of fun to chat with over a good meal.

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Friday, August 4, 2017

Review: Crocodile on the Sandbank

Crocodile on the Sandbank Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this. It was exactly my cup of tea. I now see where Gail Carriger got the inspiration for her Soulless series. Can't wait to read the rest of these and may have to buy them for my collection.

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Review: Tornado Weather

Tornado Weather Tornado Weather by Deborah Elaine Kennedy
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Interesting book. I was on board until the last chapter. It just didn't seem to fit and felt like too much of a turn on the narrative at the last minute.

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Friday, July 28, 2017

Review: Lockdown

Lockdown Lockdown by Laurie R. King
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

After 50 pages I determined this book wasn't for me and moved on.

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Review: Gork, the Teenage Dragon

Gork, the Teenage Dragon Gork, the Teenage Dragon by Gabe Hudson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Well my only problem with this book is that I kept reading Gork's name as Grok for some reason. But that's my problem, not the book's. This was a fun, unique, and well placed story. I thought this would be an enjoyable read and am so glad i was not wrong.

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Review: Beautiful Animals

Beautiful Animals Beautiful Animals by Lawrence Osborne
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

The narrative was good and the characters were well formed and pretty interesting but despite the conflicts going on there just wasn't enough tension to keep the story compelling. There is not much mystery at all and it's difficult to feel any sympathy for the characters. I thought this would be better.

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Review: Goodbye, Vitamin

Goodbye, Vitamin Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Sad, but lovely. I enjoyed all the trivia but not sure if it can be believed, it is a novel after all.

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Review: ME: A Novel

ME: A Novel ME: A Novel by Tomoyuki Hoshino
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

What the.......????

Just as soon as I was feeling I had a handle on this story, it would slip away. Ultimately, it's a simple idea but told in a distractingly complicated manner. Not sure if I liked this book or not.

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Review: The Elegance of the Hedgehog

The Elegance of the Hedgehog The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow. What a wonderful little story. I think I may have identified with the concierge quite a bit, that may have contributed to my enjoyment. I am going to have to buy a copy of this book to add to my collection. I'm also looking forward to reading the other works by this author.

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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Review: Thinspired: My Plan for Lasting Weight Loss and Self Acceptance

Thinspired: My Plan for Lasting Weight Loss and Self Acceptance Thinspired: My Plan for Lasting Weight Loss and Self Acceptance by Mara Schiavocampo
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I didn't find this particularly helpful, even though it was well written. I think this book would be useful for people who are just starting out in trying to make some changes. For those of us who have been at it for a while, there isn't really anything new to learn here.

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Review: Ham on Rye

Ham on Rye Ham on Rye by Charles Bukowski
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My first foray into Bukowski, not counting the movie Barfly. I'm glad I finally got around to this. Definitely one of the best and most interesting coming of age stories.

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Review: The True Story of A Determined Girl Who Lost Over 200 Pounds in 12 Months By Sticking to Tasty and Low-Fat Vegan Recipes

The True Story of A Determined Girl Who Lost Over 200 Pounds in 12 Months By Sticking to Tasty and Low-Fat Vegan Recipes The True Story of A Determined Girl Who Lost Over 200 Pounds in 12 Months By Sticking to Tasty and Low-Fat Vegan Recipes by Amber Disilva
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Too short and not enough detail to be inspirational but there are some recipes I might try.

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Review: Artemis

Artemis Artemis by Andy Weir
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was so excited when I saw review copies were available for this book. I really loved The Martian. The movie was good but the book was just wonderful. So, I have to admit, my expectations for this one were very high. Honestly, the story wasn't as good but it was still fun and compelling enough that I didn't want to put it down. I will probably be buying a copy to add to my collection.

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Saturday, July 8, 2017

Review: In the Sanctuary of Outcasts: A Memoir

In the Sanctuary of Outcasts: A Memoir In the Sanctuary of Outcasts: A Memoir by Neil W. White III
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This book had so much potential. I felt the author spent way too much time focusing on himself when the patients at Carville were the more interesting subject matter. He just came across as very self-interested. There would be hints of hope that he was going to turn a corner then he'd start talking about something dumb he'd done again.

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Review: Strange the Dreamer

Strange the Dreamer Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I'm happy to see Ms. Taylor did not let her imagination take a rest after she finished her last series. Really looking forward to seeing where this goes.

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Saturday, July 1, 2017

Review: Mort[e]

Mort[e] Mort[e] by Robert Repino
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Very interesting concept. I'm curious to see if this ever makes it into movie format.

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Review: The Handmaid's Tale

The Handmaid's Tale The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was very impressed with the show Hulu made so i had to re-read this one. Scary but excellent.

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Review: Stephen Florida

Stephen Florida Stephen Florida by Gabe Habash
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I didn't love this book as much as a lot of readers seem to. The protagonist was such an ass it was just kind of difficult. What carried it for me was the quality of the writing and the genuineness with which the story was conveyed.

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Review: Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This felt like it ended abruptly, mainly due to my Kindle saying I was 77% in, the rest was taken up with notes and credits. Interesting story. I feel really bad for the families that are still suffering from this mess.

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Review: Everything is Perfect When You're a Liar

Everything is Perfect When You're a Liar Everything is Perfect When You're a Liar by Kelly Oxford
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Interesting format, memoir in a short story collection. Some of this was a little shocking, some was laugh out loud funny. I love that she called David Copperfield a wizard.

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Review: City of Miracles

City of Miracles City of Miracles by Robert Jackson Bennett
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I was a bit worried I wouldn't remember enough from the last two books to figure out where the story was going, but there was just enough recap to keep me straight. This is a very well thought out and imaginative trilogy. You can tell a lot of time was put into the history, even if it wasn't included in the tale outright. The only criticism I can offer is that it feels like dialogue gets sacrificed for action. And I have to be honest, I don't even know that that is a bad thing with these books. I guess only if you really like to read conversations. All in all, it's a fun and unique series and it is worth reading.

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Review: A Court of Wings and Ruin

A Court of Wings and Ruin A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

These books borrow a lot from other stories. There's a little Snow White in this one and the exodus tale from the Bible is very blatantly borrowed. And also Passover. And also The Iliad. The more I read this book the more annoyed I get at this scavenging.

I'm so happy I don't have to read this anymore. If I hadn't invested the time in the other two books, I would not have read this whole thing.

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Review: Beartown

Beartown Beartown by Fredrik Backman
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Most books are about plot or characters, this book felt like it was about emotion. It's the strongest most powerful thing about this story, the emotions the characters feel and those you feel as a reader.
This is much, much darker than Backman's other books. Not at all what I was expecting.
Heartbreaking story.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Review: Into the Water

Into the Water Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Hawkins's writing is consistently good. This book didn't grab a hold of me like Girl on the Train, though. I think that is because that book had a very strong central character where this one was told from multiple perspectives. Worth the read if you like the genre.

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Review: The Vorrh

The Vorrh The Vorrh by B. Catling
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As I was reading this, I was thinking how appropriate was the quote from Heart of Darkness at the beginning. You could really feel the connection to that story. Then it took a turn in the direction of H. G. Wells....

Lots of bird imagery and references.

I just read a review that compared this to Pan's Labyrinth, very apt.

Strange and wonderful. I had borrowed this from the library but I'll have to get a copy for my collection.

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Review: Caraval

Caraval Caraval by Stephanie Garber
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book had a lot of elements that felt familiar but they were all woven together in something pretty new on well played. I'm looking forward to seeing where the author goes with book two.

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Monday, May 8, 2017

Review: The Gunslinger

The Gunslinger The Gunslinger by Stephen King
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I read this book over two decades ago (man, that makes me feel old!) and I didn't really remember anything about it. I got curious again since they have the movie coming out soon. I have to say the majority of this book is pretty boring, interspersed with gross violence. I didn't really get interested until the last thirty pages or so. I do have a copy of the second book in the series so I will have to follow up, just not right now.

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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Review: See What I Have Done

See What I Have Done See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I wish I knew more of the actual history so I could compare the narratives. As it's still a bit of a mystery, I guess that's just not going to happen. As it was, this was an interesting, if gruesome story. The was the tale was unwound was very well done and made me curious to learn more.

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Review: I'll Be Home Soon: How to Prevent and Treat Separation Anxiety

I'll Be Home Soon: How to Prevent and Treat Separation Anxiety I'll Be Home Soon: How to Prevent and Treat Separation Anxiety by Patricia B. McConnell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Turns out, my dog is normal. Good to know.

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Saturday, May 6, 2017

Review: Teach Your Dog to Shoplift: A Tommy Wayne Kramer Collection

Teach Your Dog to Shoplift: A Tommy Wayne Kramer Collection Teach Your Dog to Shoplift: A Tommy Wayne Kramer Collection by Tom Hine
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I have to admit, I'm pretty bummed out this wasn't a how-to book. It's a collection of very short essays that are kind of funny, if you appreciate humor that is mean spirited. I tried to give it a chance but since I fall in to all the groups that are made fun of, it just wasn't worth the effort after a while. Even though I choose to believe it was written with sarcasm at heart, I gave up after the essay "Save the county, close the libraries."


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