I'm a Jim Gaffigan fan. He reminds me of Bill Cosby. I don't have kids and am probably a few years away from having kids, but I laughed from the start of this book to the end. The things that Jim talks about in his book are for all walks of life.
Jim reads it himself and does a brilliant job. Some of the book will be familiar to anyone who has watched any of his comedy specials but his way of looking at life is hilarious.
Dad Is Fat is one of the funniest books I've read in a long time.
After I read Under the Dome and 11-22-63 last year I got hooked on Stephen King books and have continued that this year. After enjoying both The Stand and Joyland earlier in the year I decided to go back in his giant library of books and read The Shining. This is one of the only horror books I've ever read and now I remember why. Although The Shining is terrifying it definitely has some edge of your seat, what's around the corner moments.
On one hand The Shining has the typical great King character development. Each of the characters are flawed in their own ways and that to me was far more interesting then the horror pieces. I also really enjoyed the science fiction pieces, the ability to read others thoughts and emotions is fascinating and in another setting would have been far more interesting.
To me The Shining was a very entertaining book but the horror elements just wasn't my cup of tea.
In a lot of ways David and Goliath is a lot like its title, its a battle of two very different pieces. The first half of David of Goliath is excellent. The stories are engaging and the theme stays close to Gladwell's main thesis. The second half of David and Goliath doesn't seem to follow the same tightly constructed argument. Gladwell seems to go off on tangents and only at the end of his examples does he try and make an parallels to the underdog.
I really did enjoy David and Goliath but will have been far more impressed had the book remained as good as its first handful of chapters. The idea that David might not have been an underdog was fascinating and I would have liked to have seen that explored more then the diversions that happen later in the book. All things being equal I thought David and Goliath was an extremely entertaining read but not one I would want to go back to.
My favorite piece of any sci-fi/fantasy novel is a great setting. I love when an author is able to build a world and invite you in. Unfortunately for me Ender's Game is a novel that has a fantastic story but never spends enough time building the world around it. Ender's Game is a quick read, and spends little time building the characters around Ender.
You can sympathize with his character but its hard to relate. There is so many different locations that Ender goes to that it would have been nice to learn more about the other characters that are either helping or using Ender. I would have loved to have spent more time on Earth with his brother and sister.
All in all I enjoyed Ender's Game and am glad I read it but for me it didn't live up to the hype that surrounds it.
When a book goes from something to get me through my commute to something that I listen to at any spare moment, its something special. Thus has been the case with both The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man's Fear. I would venture to say that the second book in the King's Killer Chronicle is actually better then the first.
Kvothe is growing up and with that comes epic adventures, inner reflection, and a path that doesn't always go his way. Patrick Rothfuss is masterful with the pen. The rhythm to the book builds this world that is hard to put down. There is something beautiful about the writing style that both fit the world he creates and even Kvothe himself.
This is not only my favorite book of the year but quite easily one of the best books I've ever read. And bravo to Nick Podehl who brings Kvothe to life in amazing fashion.
I usually read books based off recommendations and/or reviews and most of the time that works out. However after just finishing The Book Thief I can say that this one doesn't live up to the high praise. As a story it works pretty well. But as the highly praised book that it is I just didn't think it held up all that well.
I did fall for the book's main character Liesel who is adopted into a family in Germany during WWII. However don't mistake this for a war novel. If anything the war, the Nazi's, are a backdrop to a story of a young girl and her love to read. The book is also told from the angel of deaths perspective which I thought was interesting but it almost was distracting from the tale.
To me I just never fell in love with either the characters nor the story the author wove. I enjoyed it but I wasn't sad it was over either.
I picked up The Cuckoo's Calling right after the news broke that Robert Galbraith was a pseudonym for JK Rowling. I've never read any Rowling before but thought why not jump in with her first attempt at a mystery thriller. The Cuckoo's Calling is a pretty straight forward take on the genre. You have a private detective (Cormoran Strike) as the main character and you have an supermodel who commits suicide. Or did she? There are a good number of twists and turns but none of them particularly memorable. There was nothing inherently wrong with the book but it just never hit the pace it was striving for.
The impression I got was that you were really supposed to really fall in love with Cormoran and to sympathize and root for his character. I just never garnered that intended connection. To me The Cuckoo's Calling was a run of the mill mystery thriller that was not a bad read just not a memorable one either.
I'm a more recent Stephen King convert. The first King novel I read was Under the Dome, and then fell in love with his writing in 11-22-63. I recently read The Stand for the first time, and am now hooked. So when I saw that he put out a new novel I didn't even read the summary I just hit the buy button.
Joyland is far different then the other three Stephen King novels I read previously. The most obvious difference is the length, Joyland dwarfs in comparison. However its brevity is one of its strengths. Joyland is an extremely engaging tale of a young man trying to find his way in the world after his first big break-up. What ensues is a summer working at a theme park. I finished Joyland in two days and although it doesn't have the lasting impact of the previous novels I have read its still an extremely entertaining and enjoyable summer read.
Oh and Michael Kelly does a fantastic job reading this novel. I really hope he reads more of King's and others work in the future. Has sort of a Matthew McConaughey rasp to his voice that was great to listen to.
I don't read many legal thrillers. I had my fix of John Grisham novels and now shy away. But something about A Case of Redemption invited me in enough that I went ahead and jumped in. The story of a lawyer who loses his wife and daughter in an accident and has to try and put his life back in order was a compelling backdrop for a legal thriller. There are plenty of judicial and non-judicial twists to keep you on the edge of your seat. It's not a book I'd ever go back and read again, but it was a fun summer read nonetheless.
My biggest problem with The Poet and many books in this genre is the lack of character development. I had read The Scarecrow (the follow-up) to this book when it was released and never even realized it had anything to do with this book until after I finished The Poet. This is a rather straight forward crime novel that takes a few good twists at the end. The characters end up being paper thin and for that its only a slightly entertaining summer read.
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