I loved "Kitchen Confidential," but this book is whiny, and the profanity is just repetitive and boring now, not shocking. I would have liked to have heard more about his young daughter, who seems to bring out a more human side of him. I won't be reading another of his books.
I'm a huge Anne Lamott fan, loved
There just wasn't much to the story. Her son got a woman pregnant, they fought all the time, Anne loved the baby so much and worries all the time. And, she is so very involved in her church. And, she goes on vacation, which sounds like filler for the book. It would have been more interesting to have some short stories, each of which focused on one topic, like the trip to India, or the baby's birth, or her son becoming a father, allowing for more story development.
Sam was a pretty good narrator, but Anne was not. She simply sounded like she was reading from a text.
I did come to care about Amy, Sam, and Jax, and wished there had been an epilog to tell me what happened next. Did they stay together? I also found the words and advice of her spiritual leaders delightful to hear.
I loved the complicated structure and the intertwined story lines. I would have liked this to go on forever.
This book really opened my eyes to the problem of meth use in the US.
I like the Anna Pigeon character, but this preposterous story set in New Orleans was hard to swallow. Really, little Anna and her cross-dressing friend single handedly take on the corrupt New Orleans PD and save lots of little kids from sex slavery? People are killed, buildings burn down, fugitives are harbored, but apparently Anna only has to answer to her husband after fibbing to him about her involvement in these indiscretions.
Once you have gotten past the preposterous premise of flying zombie vampires killing off humankind, the book was fabulous company for a long, solitary drive. I cared about the characters, and the narration was excellent. I also loved the tidbit of Jenna Bush as future Governor of Texas. The prose is well-written, a lot like Stephen King, but without so much gore. If you need a long book to see you through a journey, this is a good choice.
I now want to read everything this author has written. Superb, but challenging
Refreshing that main character is a smart women scientist and that the setting is Canada. Some clever ideas, especially that Coke and Pepsi merge in the future.
Irritating narrator, silly premise, lots of gratuitous sex.
The premise has great potential, but the ending was disappointing.
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