I like trivia so I thought I’d love this book so much that I bought two books in one shot “Why Do Clocks Run Clockwise” and “When Do Fish Sleep”. I HATED the delivery. That’s 10 bucks burnt away.
A fact is presented, and then 3 people propose a possible answer. (3 actors named A, B and C). The listener has 10 seconds to decide which answer is the correct one.
Didn’t like this set-up, I wanted a fun litany of interesting facts - not a game show!!!
Plus (especially in “When Do Fish Sleep”) in a lame and unsuccessful attempt at humour, A B and C would bicker and quarrel and dispute the over answers. This was an incredibly annoying and unnecessary waste of time.
Lord I am exhausted!
Diane Chamberlain is one of those authors whose books I read because she is the author. So far it’s been a steady way to go but this book makes me leery about reading others.
It was a preposterous drama-onion, with seemingly never ending layers of emotional twists and turns that just left me rolling my eyes in the end.
This is it now, I am all caught up with the series - obviously all read out of order since this is “H” and the series is up to “W”.
I adore the Kinsey Milhone character so much; I am going to miss not having her around on a regular basis! I’m going from 23 instalments in 6 years, to a new instalment every 2 years.
Will be sad to reach the end.
I think a large part of what made this book such a hit for me it was the narration. It was terrific, he was excellent! Pitch perfect! he perfectly conveyed the mood of the main character: annoyed, moody, irritated, sarcastic… His female characters were not as wonderful, but so what – they were just secondary.
I loved the restaurant setting in general, restaurants are probably my favourite place to be and the descriptions of the atmosphere and the food just put in me in the mood go out. The exchanges with the hoity toity waiter (and his pinky) were very funny… I wish I had been there too!
The story unfolds veeeeeeerrryyyy slowly, but because the people were so interesting to me I didn’t mind – I was happily wrapped up in the minutia of their evening.
I don’t like comparing books to each other (I get on a rant when people start comparing every sick drama ever published to Gone Girl) but I would be lying to say that this book did not remind me of Defending Jacob by William Landay. I think if you liked that one, you’ll love this one.
If the restaurant dinner scene appeals to you like it does to me, then I also recommend: Last Night at the Ritz by Elizabeth Savage.
I have to confess that for me, the ending was lukewarm… in fact I forgot what it was the next morning and had to go back and listen to the last 45 minutes to remind me of what just happened. Still, it did not ruin the fun journey I had while enjoying the story.
I supposed I should have realised that this book was meant for teens (or even pre-teens) not 40-year olds!!
I love 19 Kids and Counting, and really enjoyed both books written by Michelle and Jim Bob - but this one was not as interesting. I enjoyed the various family anecdotes, but I am definitely not the target audience!
I was concerned that this series would be a little too much like “Molly Murphy” so I hesitated reading it at first, but as it turns out they are different enough so they won’t compete for my attention.
I started off loving it, but it began to fall apart about half way in. I felt the coincidences were a little too convenient, the drama a little too theatrical, the love story a little too gloomy… While I did get sucked into the story and I do like the main character, the story around her felt contrived. Perhaps the best way to express my thoughts on why I was not crazy about this installment is: “I can’t quite put my finger on it”?? How do you explain that fiction is too fictiony?
Still, I want to read more. I have a feeling this series will be one of those that starts off rocky but before you know it, it’s your favourite.
I think reading Book 5, 6 and 7 all in a row was not the best idea.
I don’t love the story enough to stick with it; I was just driven by the urge to finish the series once and for all.
I did not enjoy this installment as much as previous ones. I like the Roger and Brianna back home in the 80s storyline, and I am so used to having Claire and Jamie around by now that I follow their miscellaneous adventures with a basic level of interest… but I could not care less about William and Ralf and Murray and Lord So and So the Mohawks and the various battles and the impending Revolution with all the planning and plotting etc etc etc. It all became rather tedious and I needed to take a few breaks to read other books; in fact by the time I was about three quarters of the way done, I started skipping ahead.
So that’s it, I am all caught up now waiting for Book 8 to come out. I’ll read it, but contrary to most fans I am not waiting anxiously for its release.
I was never much of a regular Tonight Show fan, neither during Carson nor Leno’s reign, but I do like Jimmy Fallon so I’ve started watching. (So far so good).
Like most people, I naturally associate Johnny Carson with The Tonight Show and I became curious about why Carson’s era (before my time) is perceived as “ground breaking” - naturally therefore, I decided to pick up a book about his life.
This was not really a biography in the true sense of the word i.e.: born in this city in this year, went to school here, mother did this, father did that, siblings coming along, growing up, getting married, starting a family etc etc etc, instead it was recollections from Carson’s lawyer since the late 70s. A Gossipy Tell All a-la “Carson’s Lawyer Speaks Out!”.
I liked it; it was full of interesting tid-bits and entertaining anecdotes about his experiences with J.C. - not what I was expecting at all, but not disappointing.
I love Rhys Bowen’s Royal Spyness series, so I was curious to see if I’d like her Molly Murphy series too. It was enjoyable, I’m in for more and thankfully there are lots! Both series are light yet interesting, and the installments are short and enjoyable… an excellent formula for when I just want to be entertained.
They both center around a plucky, adventurous-for-her-times-yet-still-naïve, murder-mystery-solving heroine and the plots remind me a bit of Agatha Christie novels (“the murderer is someone in this room!”). I liked the peripheral characters in this book, loved that it’s set in turn of the century NYC and I especially enjoyed reading about the immigrant's experiences arriving though Ellis Island.
Looking forward to discovering more of Molly’s continuing adventures!
Short, cute, amusing and always provides a giggle.
I flip flop between 3 and 4 stars depending on my mood – but they’re all great fun!
I can’t really explain why, but this installment was the best in the series for me by far! (so far?)
Is it because by now at Book 6 I’m just so used the characters that I know what to expect and don’t get bored when the story drags? Or is it because it really is more interesting that the previous installments? When I read Book 5, I needed to take 6 breaks to read other books because I was getting too saturated. I never felt that way while reading this one.
My primary interest in this series is the Time Travel storyline and I was happy to see that it FINALY picked up in this volume; not as much as I would have liked, enough to compel me to pick up Book 7 right away!
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