Worth reading because it does give some insight and it is funny but if you have not learned to tip and if you are a jerk, you REALLY need to read this because then you truly are an “ugly American” even in the US.
For the rest of us who know how to treat people (and it has nothing to do with traveling – could be eating out) it is just somewhat insightful and funny.
I purchased this book because of the great reviews. Half way through I recommended it to my daughter. Two thirds of the way through I told her not to bother reading it.
The topics are current and include drugs, alcoholism, gambling, love, mystery, crime, and art. However, it all came out to have a modern day Oliver Twist feeling. I kept thinking of Boris as Jack Dawson, the “Artful Dodger” and Theo as the naïve Oliver.
The book is absorbing, thoughtful, philosophical and the opening immediately engaged me. The writing is vivid, the characters are rich and the plot really moved along. There are some relevant descriptive passages such as the post-traumatic symptoms after the explosion and the passages of Theo and Boris getting stoned together. I loved the development of Hobie, Theo’s mentor.
BUT that is for the first 2/3s of the book and then it stalls and becomes painfully slow, long winded, and convoluted with way too much philosophizing. I grew anxious for the plot to kick in again but it just rambled on and on and on with details and/or descriptions not relevant to the plot. The introduction of the engagement to Kitsey, in my opinion, is totally unnecessary. And "Kitschy"? Really? California girl in NY?
The ending was unsatisfying and the fate of the painting was not believable. One would think, after 600 pages, the author would have tried a bit harder to tie up a few loose ends in the last 175. Maybe she is thinking about writing a sequel? I doubt that I will read it.
Yes, this is a bridge book but I was glad to read it because I was sooooo frustrated by the ending of the previous episode. This book wrapped up loose ends from the previous book and set other characters into position to move forward in future books. One character that was left behind was a plus for me because I could never warm to him.
This book is a series of wars. First it is the Weres and then the Vamps and our Sookie Stackhouse is an integral part of both. Eric Northman, with whom Sookie has a blood bond, must prevent more deaths including that of the new Vampire ruler.
It was fun seeing the interaction of Amelia & Bob. We also learn more about Jason & Crystal and Sookie has a new found relative.
When I finished this I immediately picked up the next in the series. I could not wait.
The cast grows larger as characters representing vampire royalty from all over the U.S. comes to a summit at the Pyramid of Gizeh, a vampire hotel.
There are secret alliances and back room deals, spies, betrayal, a far right fanatical group (The Fellowship of the Sun, who we met in and earlier book) and much more. Sookie reunites with Barry the Bellboy, a fellow telepath, who I like and hope we see more of. Quinn, her latest love interest is also on the scene. I can’t warm up to Quinn and I hate the fact that he calls Sookie “babe” all the time.
Overall I liked the book but had to knock it down to a three because it leaves too many unanswered questions. Usually these books leave some cliffhangers but this one leaves too many.
ASIDE: Pyramid of Gizeh reminds me of the Marriott Renaissance Hotel in Denver, CO. They are both shaped like a pyramid/mountain. The family that owns the Marriott chain is Mormon and they supply the Book of Mormon and a Gideon Bible in every room. In this Sookie book there are Vampires and The Fellowship of the Sun – weird or planned?
Stephanie Plum is a hapless bounty-hunter who just wants to learn her trade and do it well enough to support herself. She want to live alone with her hamster, Rex, have a boyfriend (she not sure which one), and have the occasional dinner at her parents. This is NOT what happens… in her life that is a comedy of errors.
First there is Grandma Mazur, who is one of my favorite characters, who moves in with her. She is going to take driving lessons and purchases a 'Vette bought at a 'fire sale’. She also totes her .45 in her purse and doesn’t get to shoot it, thank God. She wants to be a bounty hunter like Stephanie. This alone is a big hoot but when she introduces, Bob the dog who like to watch ESPN, thing get even wackier.
The escapades include Stephanie acting as chauffeur to the head of the local gun-running dynasty, Ranger and Morelli still in contention for the status of boyfriend, Ranger on the lame, two inept hit men following her, and all sorts of characters meeting at her apartment in the middle of the night. Add a homicidal nutcase she is trying to capture, a Trekie convention that ends up in a riot and various and other assorted madcap adventures, and you have another hilarious chapter in the life of Stephanie Plum.
Loved the book and hated it to end and now I have to wait how long for the next book?
In this addition Charley, the Grim Reaper and private investigator, who can see the dead, has her apartment overrun with blonde women who have been dead for decades. They are scared, dirty, bloody and won’t talk to her. Are they the victims of a serial killer? Why are they suddenly showing up now? And yet despite this, the humor is once again over the top.
Meanwhile, Reyes is making himself at home as Charley's neighbor who thinks they “should date." … "You're going to have to go to obedience school for that to happen. You have authority issues." (read the previous books to see who Reyes is) Reyes and his sticky notes are not only sexy but also a riot.
When Gemma's life is in danger, Charley will do anything to protect her ... even sell her soul to the son of Satan. Although she and her sister’s relationship has evolved they are not best friends.
Love Cookie, Charley’s secretary and best friend, who is more than a lot of fun in this book. Will she end up with Mr. Swopes?
Reyes and Garrett are interesting to watch with their male posturing over Charley. Both are protective and possessive.
I can picture Reyes in an apron and nothing else and I am sure that is what his ardent admires are visualizing. Reyes Farrow is definitely at the top of his game in this book with the perfect mix of sexy, sarcastic, and funny with many wisecracks.
Will Rocket's prediction be revealed in the next book, along with Charley's reaction to that last scene of the book?
I want the next book to be out NOW!
This series is a pleasure partially because it is unpredictable. It is a light romantic mystery type of adventure with a paranormal twist but the series should be read in the order it was written.
There is plenty of drama in the interwoven storylines that including a miscarried baby, the marriage of the Queen of Louisiana and the King of Arkansas that involves Sookie's cousin's (Hadley) murder, a new love interest with a were tiger, the great revelation by Bill that is forced by Eric, the revealed truth about Sookie’s blood type and why it so attractive to Vampires and much more. Have I peeked your interest?
The book is worth the read but as I said earlier the books should be read in the order they were written. Thus, I am getting very annoyed with the amount of backtracking to bring non-readers up to speed. Yes, I can and do skip these parts but it is still annoying. That is one of the reasons that I cannot give this book a five star rating. The other reason is the introduction of the psychotic family of Debbie Pelt. It makes absolutely no sense and the book does not need this added drama.
I've listened to all the books thus far and I loved the narrator's voices for all the characters and her acting capabilities.
This is a fun series about a telepathic barmaid (Sookie Stackhouse) that needs to be read in order because each book builds on the previous one.
Someone is hunting down the shape-shifters and shooting them including Sam, Sookie’s boss, but Sookie is also shot which makes no sense since she is not a shifter. The police think it is random shootings because they do not know about shifters.
Add the multiple sub plots of a fire, wanna-be-boyfriend werewolf Alcide and his political problems, ex-boyfriends Bill and Eric (the vampires), a new love interest, bother Jason and his new state as a ware, a couple of fairies, Sookie’s concerns for the woman she killed (Debbie Pelt) and you end up with a cast of fascinating characters and lots of action.
The author, Charlaine Harris, also adds humor and romance into the adventure making the book “pera” usual fun.
I had absolutely no idea that this was a sequel until someone recently told me. It is a standalone book to me and you do not need to read the first book. I didn’t and haven’t.
The main focus of the book is the abduction of a twin baby girl from the hospital right after her birth. It focuses on the lives of all of the characters and how the abduction affects their lives.
Loved the action and “twists” but I did feel the ending was a bit trite. That said, I would still recommend it. The book was worth the time and price.
If a child is kidnapped, I have always felt contempt for the kidnapper. This books and it’s “twists” makes you think twice about being judgmental. The characters were shown from very different points of view.
I hated to put the book down but was grateful for the short chapters so that I could. It is a page turner!!!
This is a gifted story teller/author. I heartily recommend “Twisted Webs”.
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Did feel the ending was a little too much like the plot of a 70’s movie about twins.
Too much recapitulation. It became boring. I like the introduction of new paranormal characters. Hated the ending. I’d skip this book and go on to the next. The author seems to summarize and fill in any holes you might miss. Liked the first three books a LOT more than this one. Sookie is still funny but not as naïve as in the past. She is evolving which I thought was good.
The Women’s Murder Club books, although a series, usually can stand alone. This one is more like a Soap Opera. Although the book is good, it leaves you hanging and you have to read the next one to see what happens. Thus, I had to score it low.
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