Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Review: Wonder Woman: Warbringer

Wonder Woman: Warbringer Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It took me a little bit longer to get into this book than I thought it would. I did end up getting invested I. The characters and story and liked it quite a bit. I think my main hangup was due to comparing it to the movie. If you can stop yourself from doing that, it's much more enjoyable. Looking forward to reading the rest of the books in this DC series.

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Monday, December 4, 2017

Review: The Fiery Cross

The Fiery Cross The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

There was a dumb little thing that bothered me. She had mosquitoes and lightning bugs active in late March/early April. Maybe they hatch early in the east, but that would not happen in the Midwest. Then, later in the book, it mentions May being too early for mosquitoes. What the....
Anyway, I do really love this series. You have to to keep reading booking that are about a thousand pages each. It makes me wonder how long they are before her editor gets a hold of them.

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Friday, December 1, 2017

Review: Mudbound

Mudbound Mudbound by Hillary Jordan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I had a bit of trouble keeping the characters straight at the beginning but ended up loving the way the story was told. I hope Netflix did it justice.

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Review: The Black Moon: A Novel of Cornwall, 1794-1795

The Black Moon: A Novel of Cornwall, 1794-1795 The Black Moon: A Novel of Cornwall, 1794-1795 by Winston Graham
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Not my favorite of the series so far. At least this was all new story, as it hasn't progressed this far on the show yet. The ending was excellent.

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Review: Manhattan Beach

Manhattan Beach Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This felt a bit more driven by characters than plot but it was interesting the way all of their stories were woven together. She could have built more suspense by holding back some of the story until later but that doesn't seem to have been an important factor. I really liked this. I cared about the characters and she put them in an interesting point in history.

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Review: David Bowie: A Life

David Bowie: A Life David Bowie: A Life by Dylan Jones
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The narrative style is a bit difficult to get used to, as it is told in snippets from all different people. Not sure if I like this style of writing at all, particularly in a book of this length.
Some of the stories are also redundant. Sometimes there were redundancies within the same story, which was even more annoying as it felt like something that should have been cleaned up in editing. Felt sloppy.
There are quite a few references to England-specific places, people, and shows that may be lost on people not from there.
There are a lot of interesting little tales here though. I didn't really know much about him before reading this so I'm not sure what is new news here and what is common knowledge. It's definitely not biased though.


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Review: An Unattractive Vampire

An Unattractive Vampire An Unattractive Vampire by Jim McDoniel
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I'm pretty sure there is a better title hiding in this book somewhere. This just seemed much longer than it needed to be. Although it was quite funny in some parts, making fun of the current cult of pop culture vampire, the humor didn't make up for its rambles.

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Saturday, October 28, 2017

Review: The Call of Cthulhu -

The Call of Cthulhu - The Call of Cthulhu - by H.P. Lovecraft
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Finally got around to this. Was similar to reading Poe but more imaginative. On the whole, it wasn't as good though.

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Monday, October 23, 2017

Review: The Turn of the Screw

The Turn of the Screw The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I don't understand why these public domain digital books all seem to have so many errors in them. Who on earth are they hiring to transcribe these things?

Not very scary for a ghost story.

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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Review: The Glass Castle

The Glass Castle The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I wanted to read this before seeing the movie so I finally got it from the library. Quite the life this family lived and Walls is really good at telling their stories. It was pretty depressing though and I don't think I want to see the movie anymore.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Review: The Countess

The Countess The Countess by Rebecca Johns
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I really want to read some non-fiction about Countess Bathory, but this was the only book my library had. I thought it might at least be good for a Halloween read but it just didn't jibe with what I wanted.

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Review: Ringworld

Ringworld Ringworld by Larry Niven
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I don't like to judge books harshly if they are part of a bigger whole that I am yet to be familiar with. That said, this did not live up to the hype I heard about it. I found it to be pretty boring and I couldn't visualize some of the concepts. Don't think I'll read any more of the series.

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Review: Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge

Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge by Paul Krueger
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I thought this would make a good October read but it was too ridiculous to be borne.

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Review: Standard Deviation

Standard Deviation Standard Deviation by Katherine Heiny
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was well written and the characters were interesting but, as a whole, I didn't fall in love with it.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Review: When Dimple Met Rishi

When Dimple Met Rishi When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I watched The Big Sick right before the library finally sent this book through from my holds list. Apparently it's the inadvertent week for arranged marriages as a sub-topic.
Anyway, this was really cute and sweet. I enjoyed reading it.

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Sunday, October 8, 2017

Review: Rabbit Cake

Rabbit Cake Rabbit Cake by Annie Hartnett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Some books need to have disclaimers before critical chapters that warn you to stop reading if you don't want to embarrass yourself by crying in public.

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Saturday, October 7, 2017

Review: Cat's Eye

Cat's Eye Cat's Eye by Margaret Atwood
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I thought I'd heard somewhere that this was a creepy story but it wasn't. There were disturbing elements but it all seemed very realistic and plausible.

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Friday, October 6, 2017

Review: Warleggan: A Novel of Cornwall, 1792-1793

Warleggan: A Novel of Cornwall, 1792-1793 Warleggan: A Novel of Cornwall, 1792-1793 by Winston Graham
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I thought I'd be in to new material by now but this book was covered in season two also. I need to rewatch it and figure out how they crammed so much in.

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Monday, October 2, 2017

Review: Jeremy Poldark

Jeremy Poldark Jeremy Poldark by Winston Graham
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Most of this was covered in season two of the show so I wasn't very surprised. I thought the show would do one book per season so I have some catching up to do.

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Saturday, September 30, 2017

Review: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was my banned book read for this years banned books week. I saw it wound up on a few lists but I don't really get why. Maybe the stuff about God. The again, the reasoning for banning any book never makes sense to me.
The only thing I knew about this story was that the title was a Sherlock Holmes reference. It was an interesting read. I did skip reading the appendix, because I don't like math.

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Review: The Master and Margarita

The Master and Margarita The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Glad I finally got around to reading this one. It was quite funny. I kept feeling that it could have ended on any of the last ten chapters though.

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Review: The Trouble with Goats and Sheep

The Trouble with Goats and Sheep The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was good but it would be interesting to see it rewritten as a series with each book told from one characters point of view.

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Review: We Are Never Meeting In Real Life

We Are Never Meeting In Real Life We Are Never Meeting In Real Life by Samantha Irby
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I'm not huge on essays or short stories, but this was very good. I identified a bit too much with the story describing the things she thinks about when she thinks about dying ( What's on my browser history? Is my outfit suitable for wearing forever as a ghost?)

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Review: Lilli de Jong

Lilli de Jong Lilli de Jong by Janet Benton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is haunted by the ghost of Dickens.
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Review: The Book of Esther

The Book of Esther The Book of Esther by Emily Barton
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I have to admit, I don't know much about Jewish folklore or the religion in general. At times while reading this I felt a bit out of my dept but the author still made the story accessible for any ignorant fool, such as myself. That said, it is fiction, so you don't have to worry too much about not knowing your facts. An interesting aspect I enjoyed is that it was very easy to get suspended in time. It felt like this should have been taking place in the distant past and then something would happen to bring you back to the 1930's, or the more modern age in general. A lot of interesting topics are covered in this book, including what it means to be a woman and what makes up our humanity. Really interesting story.

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Review: Future Home of the Living God

Future Home of the Living God Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It's been at least 15 years since I've read a book by Erdrich. I was a bit surprised to find her channeling Margaret Atwood. It worked though. This story is sad, beautiful, and poetic. I need to get caught up on more of her work.

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Saturday, September 9, 2017

Review: Riders

Riders Riders by Veronica Rossi
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Well that was pretty ridiculous. The next book might be better if it has a different narrator.

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Monday, September 4, 2017

Friday, September 1, 2017

Review: Eat to Live: The Amazing Nutrient-Rich Program for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss

Eat to Live: The Amazing Nutrient-Rich Program for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss Eat to Live: The Amazing Nutrient-Rich Program for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss by Joel Fuhrman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Yup. The real deal here. I'm going to follow his initial plan for a while so I can stop counting calories. Nutrient density makes way more sense. Just ordered a few of his cookbooks too.

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Review: Three Dark Crowns

Three Dark Crowns Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I thought I had read somewhere that this was a good book for Game of Thrones withdrawal. I don't feel that is a very apt description but I enjoyed it anyway. As a YA book, it was a quick, enjoyable read and was a welcome break from some of the more heavy stuff I've read recently. I'm looking forward to reading book 2.

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Monday, August 28, 2017

Review: The Lesser Bohemians

The Lesser Bohemians The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBride
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Not a fan of disjointed narrative like this. It's not quite stream of consciousness, more like reading a redacted document where the redacted bits are just excised instead of blacked out.

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Review: Shockaholic

Shockaholic Shockaholic by Carrie Fisher
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Her stories tend to ramble and they are pretty random but she sure could spin a good yarn.

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Review: Swann's Way

Swann's Way Swann's Way by Marcel Proust
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Don't read this book if run-on sentences drive you nuts. I got the free public domain kindle version of this book. As always seems to be the case with these editions, there were a lot of spelling errors but you could usually figure out what was meant. It's just a very annoying issue.
This book exhausted me. I'm not sure I'll ever be ambitious enough to read the remaining volumes.

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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.

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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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