Sunday, May 22, 2016

Review: Make Good Art

Make Good Art Make Good Art by Neil Gaiman
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Meh. I've read better commencement speeches.
Make good art. And repeat.
Graphics made it difficult to read.

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Review: Cutting for Stone

Cutting for Stone Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

An epic novel that spans multiple continents and encompasses everything from political coups to the evolution of medicine - but ultimately is about family and brotherhood and the unyielding love that binds us together.
Brilliant.

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Review: Love & Gelato

Love & Gelato Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3.5 stars
I got engaged on the Ponte Vecchio and married a boy who speaks Italian, so how could I not think it was a cute romance?!
Sweet just like gelato.


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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Review: Pieces of Sky

Pieces of Sky Pieces of Sky by Kaki Warner
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In the tradition of These Is My Words, author Kaki Warner has created a memorable western romance featuring Englishwoman, Jessica, and rancher, Brady.
I loved the dialogue, I loved the internal family struggle, I loved their relationship -- I even loved the dog. I was shocked how much I loved this -- so much that I devoured it in a day.
My only hiccup -- stereotyping "good white man vs. bad Mexican," and the ending -- gosh why are endings so tough to get right? It just ended flat.
This book sat on my shelf for 5 years. Should have read it sooner.

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Review: Eligible: A modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice

Eligible: A modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice Eligible: A modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice by Curtis Sittenfeld
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I was laughing by the 3rd page. But the new/retelling of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, while abundant in humor, was almost totally lacking in romance.
When Mr. and Mrs. Bennet (yes, only one T) are the most developed characters (and they were hysterical), and Darcy is all but absent and completely one dimensional, something is askew.
It was entertaining, but I missed the angst, drama and longing that one expects between "Liz & Darcy."


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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Review: Voyager

Voyager Voyager by Diana Gabaldon
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Jamie and Claire's excellent adventure continues: Claire goes back through the stones and encounters, Jamie, smugglers, brothels, a Chinaman, stolen treasure, a sea voyage, typhus, the Caribbean, witchcraft, an old friend, slaves, a lost nephew, a shipwreck, and near drowning -- and that's only half of it. It was like time traveling nurse meets Indian Jones. Thank goodness the sex is still good at over 40.
Im addicted to Jamie and Claire -- but this was a bit ridiculous.
Not sure if I'm going to continue the series.


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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Review: Jane Steele

Jane Steele Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3.5 stars
Reader, I loved this until the last third of the book.
A totally unique twist on the story of Bronte's, Jane Eyre, featuring Jane Steele, a murderous orphan/journalist/governess who solves a jewel heist and falls in love.
The writing was imaginary and rich -- to the point that I wish I'd had my own copy instead of a library copy, so I could underline passages.
But the "mystery" involving the Sikh wars and a gaggle of friends/soldiers/mercenaries and a young girl, was way to convoluted for my simple brain to make sense of it.
A totally unique book, but one that ended oddly.


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Monday, April 11, 2016

Review: Dragonfly in Amber

Dragonfly in Amber Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3.5 stars
Another epic saga following the lives of time-traveler, Claire, and her 18th century Highlander husband, Jamie.
I didn't like this as much as the first one -- I got bogged down in the Parisian politics and royal court antics.
The last 100 pages were the best, as Jamie and Claire must decide how to survive the Battle of Culloden.
I hated the modern postscript that concluded the book, although I'm sure it was necessary in terms of the the continued story-line.
But I'm totally hooked on Jamie and Claire -- and will add Voyager to my reading queue.

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Monday, March 28, 2016

Review: The Madwoman Upstairs

The Madwoman Upstairs The Madwoman Upstairs by Catherine Lowell
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3.5 stars
An entertaining literary caper featuring the Brontes, Bronte memoribilia, academia, and a taboo romance.
Clever, witty dialog; weak mystery; an overabundance of metaphors and similies.
Now I need to read the Bronte sisters again.


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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Review: Howl's Moving Castle

Howl's Moving Castle Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Technically I didn't finish - stopped about 30 pages short...I just had NO interest in this book at all. May be some Juv Fiction books are not meant for adults -- or at least this one wasn't for me.
Not sure I've ever gotten so close to the end of a book without completing it...no regrets...don't even care.



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