Anne Hathaway does a masterful job of reading a beloved classic. Thoroughly enjoyable for all ages!
I hated the new narrator - bring Barbara Rosenblatt back!
The subject matter of this book - child prostitution with graphic description - was far too much for me to handle.
This is a four star book for readers who have been following the series. While it has all the typical earmarks of the series: solid writing, fast plotting, good characterizations, snappy banter, and a particularly great magic system, this particular book's big payoff is in the resolution of Joanne's family background. She faces her past figuratively and literally as she has to come home to the Cherokee reservation that she spent her teenage years on. She discovered her mother's story in the last book, and in this book she learns her history on her father's side and faces the child she gave up for adoption. The book also has a lot of Morrison and their romance, which goes from budding to fully-realized. There is a lot of humor in the book as well as battle against evil and emotional reunions. I enjoyed this one mightily. The Cherokee history and lore was interesting as well.
A satisfying twist on the vampire tale. The setting is what I'd call "high fantasy" - horses, swords, castles, inns, tankards of ale, etc. The vampires in question are the Svistra, a race that lives alongside humans geographically, and a war is in progress over the disputed lands. The story is more of a civil war between hated enemies than human versus monster or supernatural beast, as the Svistra are intelligent and not so gifted that they are unbeatable. I liked the main character Selia. She was practical, stubborn, plucky, and moral but not overly gorgeous, sexy, or emotional. She stands up for herself and those she cares about, buckles on a sword, and takes care of business. While there is some cliche in her finding and nursing the one Svistra "prince" that would try to stop war with the humans and falling in love with him despite the racial taboos, the storyline was handled in a mostly believable and deft way. The romance was mostly understated and PG-13. There is violence and blood in the battle scenes, but in a fantasy way not a horror way. The book seemed YA age appropriate, and was a welcome relief from the overt emotional angst of most YA romances. It works as a romance as well as a parable of racial intolerance. It was also satisfying in that it wrapped up the story in one book without leaving you looking for the next book in a series. This book reminded me of Clay & Susan Griffith's Vampire Empire series and Neil Gaiman's Stardust. The narration was well paced and well edited.
It's hard to imagine giving a five star review to a book in which you don't really like the main character. Tartt's novel is dense, painstakingly detailed, and rich. After a tragic beginning, Theo is a lost soul with a secret. He is lonely, melancholy, private, and emotional. The characters around him are all lost or broken in one way or another. There are moments of joy in the novel, particularly in the loving descriptions of the New York City that is so dear to Theo (cabs, museums, doormen, hotels, Central Park). The book's mood shifts through all the aspects of melancholy - from the sadness of grief, the paralysis of fear, the ennui of being young and aimless, the frisson of tension, the dissatisfaction of unfufilling relationships, the quiet calm of fleeting contentment, and the ache of unrequited love. All states are so beautifully shown to us in description and tone,and their strength makes the lovable parts of the characters and plot shine so brightly in comparison. The novel is very wordy, with passages of philosophical observation and introspection that sometimes get tedious.
The novel is powerful and leaves the reader in a reverie. The skill of the author is breathtaking. You end the book feeling as though she has exposed deep parts of herself to you in writing this novel.
Not a guide to living frugally (as I had hoped), this is the memoir of a college student that awakens to his plight of being heavily indebted for student loans but with little tolerance for office jobs. Ken is engaging and interesting but definitely a bit unusual. The length he goes to to get solitary jobs in the great outdoors and in Alaska to pay off his debt show a penchant for isolation and rigid self-control. He talks of living a simpler life but most of us are not willing to live in such isolation, eating only subsistence foods (peanut butter spaghetti stew, anyone?), living without necessities like a winter coat or heat in winter. Ken gets awfully preachy and overly philosophical in between anecdotes, to the point where it sounds like he is trying elevate his choices to a greater philosophical meaning that I am not sure even Ken believes. It loses its edge of truth.
Interesting, sometimes tedious, offbeat memoir, but I don't think his lessons will last in my mind other than his valid warning about not accruing mindless debt.
Very funny urban fantasy in which choosing a religion is done like online dating, and the pantheon of gods are revealed to be just as imperfect, petty, and unique as humans. Fans of fiction like John Scalzi or Tim Robbins' work will enjoy this irreverent romp of a story.
I have long been a fan of the story of Taylor and Turtle Greer and their search for family (this book and Pigs In Heaven, the sequel). I read these in hard copy when I was living abroad, and they made me so nostalgic for home that I cried. They may not be as grand and sweeping a tale as The Poisonwood Bible, but they feel true and real in a tangible way. Taylor is matter of fact, practical, insecure, and wryly funny. I feel a deep connection to her. I thought CJ Critt's narration was perfect for Taylor (despite the lack of a Southern accent) as her tone is perfectly humble, heartfelt, and sarcastic. These books are a great coming of age story and I'll re-listen many more times in my life.
I loved the cast of characters: native American cop with intimacy issues and a chip on her shoulder, her Wise Woman grandmother, black Sheriff that acts as voice of reason, eager young cub of a rookie that rides with the cop, even a reformed computer hacker. Nice details about the North Carolina setting and good setup for the mystery with a mother on the run with her young son from a dangerous father trying to grab the kid. The book opens with a bang - big action. Then inexplicably, the lady cop that supposedly gets all the awards for service and bravery completely loses all sense. She goes against her commanding officer's orders, jeopardizes the investigation, steals evidence from the crime scene, endangers her grandmother, bonds with a obviously untrustworthy ladykiller, and urges her friend to violate his parole. She completely stops communicating witht he few people she trusts, one of my pet peeves in mysteries. I got very exasperated with Inola midway through the book, as her actions made me doubt what he writer had previously told me about her. Luckily, once the plot gets back on track and it is about catching the bad guy, the action is tight and the ending satisfactory. I just wish that the writer hadn't cheapened a potentially great character by turning her into the cliche of a hysterical woman for most of the book.
Nice narration by Christina Cox.
This paranormal romance series has many of the typical cliches (British snarky male lead - check, redheaded innocent girl that has special powers - check, unlikely partnership - check, training montage - check, steamy but awkward sex scenes - check), yet it is more entertaining thatn it has a real right to be. Guilty pleasure for sure! Love love love Bones! Interesting take on the vampire theme, and nice explanation of the heroine's unique birthright and powers.
This series has amazing world-building. Clever Kvothe uses his wits and determination to survive, from the loss of his traveling player family thorugh libing as a street rat in a big city to making his way to the great Unversity. You'll be pulling for him all the way. The characters in the story are not the grand kings and knights or wizards of most fantasty but realatable often humble people. I love Rothfuss's explanation of magic as a sort of sience, where alchemists and "wizards" work side by side with medical students, librarians, and glass and metalworkers. this world feels real and rich.
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