I was one of those who got sucked in by the premise and the cover. As I got into it a little I could see this was a giant FAIL but thought there might at least be some laughs to be had. Sadly, no.
After I gave up and deleted this nonsense from my Kindle I decided to check the reviews, as I should have done in the first place. And, as always, THEY were a joy. I think I laughed enough to make my purchase of the book almost worth it. Almost.
Check out the other 1-star reviews for plenty of reasons not to waste your time and money. If you like the idea, get PRINCESS ACADEMY by Shannon Hale. The cover isn't luscious, but there is that silver Newbery award medal to catch your eye. Don't be fooled though: the book is a prizewinner for sure, but it's not just for a young adult audience. Out of all its 5-star reviews (I don't think it scored even one lower) plenty of adults loved it too.
The plot here was ridiculous, as Hannah's plots are getting to be. The Spilling police are becoming more of a joke than ever. Actually, this was almost a stand-alone book since the cops had so little to do with it. Liv and Briggs are still in their unlikely involvement, while Simon and Charlie's marriage is as inexplicable as ever. Yet I found this a thoroughly enjoyable book for some reason. Hannah just has that gift of creating interesting characters and putting them in situations where you are compelled to find out what happens. Maybe it is because it's all so absurd, but a Sophie Hannah "thriller" (hah) really is always worth reading.
I had to laugh when this memoir was described as "for fans of Downton Abbey" and suchlike. Margaret Langley, who was born in 1907 and wrote this in 1968, was a bright girl who couldn't afford to take up her scholarship at higher school, had to go to work at 14 instead. Her only choice was domestic service and she didn't like it or her "Upstairs" employers. There was no socializing between classes and very little liking or respect, contrary to the books and TV shows. Margaret became a cook, the highest she could rise in service, and still was at the mercy of demanding skinflint employers. The book is full of anecdotes, some of which made me LOL. Margaret continued to read, to the surprise of even her nicest mistress (and she has sharp words for that too), and by the end of the book is close to her A levels, as the British gates to higher (university) education were called then, which she's proud of reaching in her 60s. And yet she managed to enjoy life, to achieve her aim of marriage and escape from service outside the home until the WW II. She maintained a proud, openly feminist attitude toward her place in the class system but had the realism to know it wasn't likely to change, although she expected things to go on improving. I wonder if she saw Margaret Thatcher bulldoze many of the advances that had occurred. This book is funny and smart, but don't expect the rosy sentiments of shows like "Downton Abbey" even though you may enjoy this even more. Good performance too.
I expected this to be another one-sided Indian captivity narrative, but instead it turns out to be a well-written, balanced account of several captivity narratives arranged around the theme of the author's search for his distant great ++ uncle, who was one of many "white Indians" who had various degrees of trouble fitting back into their own (in this case) German-Texan society after they were reunited. The author explores how and why children (adults were rarely adopted into plains Indian society) did have difficulty and how this theme is common in captivity narratives, through American history, even if the circumstances of their capture was quite horrific. The author doesn't leave out unpleasant details--on both sides of the conflict, yet it's still a balanced and even moving account that takes us through the facts of the captives' lives to death and beyond, right up to the present day (the actual settler-Indian conflict took place a decade or so before and after the Civil War, over 150 years ago). The present day comes into play because the author is dealing with a member of his own family. Once again I'm amazed at the brutality and beauty of American history, when it's written as it actually happened and not in the cliches and snippets we learned in school and from the movies. Definitely a 5- star book. Note: I listened to this as an audiobook and the narrator did an excellent job too, but I can't comment on the Kindle formatting.
This is the second book by E Knight I've tried to listen to and found so bad I was unable to finish (the other being My Lady Viper: Tales From the Tudor Court). Both are badly written, historically inaccurate and not even internally consistent--for instance, this book describes Queen Elizabeth I, as a 14-yr-old, first as having "light eyes" and then, a couple of sentences later, as having "dark eyes full of hatred". I don't mind sex scenes, but I do want them to be well written, and this book fails miserably even as soft porn. However, the chapters do start with nice period quotes--so I can legitimately give one star. Not enough to make it possible to finish the book, though.
Great book, but this is an old recording & has background hiss. Pick the $ 1.99 recording instead. Narrated by Larry Rudnicka (sp?)
For a book which, I presume, is meant to take advantage of the so-called salacious and gratuitous interest in celebropolitical figures, this book was so dull I couldn't imagine how it had found a publisher. Nor could I imagine what attracted JFK to this dullard apart from the most basic and crudely obvious. Don't bother with this because there is no high-minded insight and no low-minded juicy gossip either. Not even the supposedly professional narrator can stay awake through this.
"A Sight for Sore Eyes" catches the reader up in the lives of three main characters and even more minor ones, all drawn with Ruth Rendell's maximum skill. Teddy Brex is one of Rendell's villains whom you can't help pity and understand even as you are horrified while he is almost casually drawn into violence and murder. Even a minor character such as Teddy's grandmother is vivid and memorable. More important still, reading this book is a great help in understanding the backstory of her most recent "The Vault". Don't miss either one!
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