Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Review: Mothering Sunday

Mothering Sunday Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

One Sunday.
One tryst.
One tragedy.
One aged writer's flashback.
One odd, quintessential British romance.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Review: Into the Wilderness

Into the Wilderness Into the Wilderness by Sara Donati
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Epic, post-Revolutionary family drama, located in Indian territory and colonists' settlements of upstate New York.
Vivid characters.
Great dialogue.
Beautiful landscape.
Romance, tragedy, hostility, conflict.
Huge plot twist at the end.
Book 1 of a 6 books series.

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Review: Truly Madly Guilty

Truly Madly Guilty Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

2.5 stars
I love her books -- just not this one.
Nothing happened until page 370.
It was like mucking through endless, muddy, anticipatory narrative.
Even the denouement was disappointing and predictable.
Thank goodness I don't host BBQs.



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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Review: The Liars' Club: A Memoir

The Liars' Club: A Memoir The Liars' Club: A Memoir by Mary Karr
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A memoir of abuse, neglect, child endangerment, sexual abuse, alcoholism, mental illness - but somehow the author (and her sister) survived.

Adroitly written, but not for the faint of heart. This was a tough one to get through.

*Adult content.



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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Review: I Let You Go

I Let You Go I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

A five year old is dead after a speeding car hits the child and does not stop for help -- a fatal hit and run.
Who was at the wheel? Where is the car? Were there any witnesses?

This novel had intrigue, twists and turns, multi-layered storyline - but also a level of abuse that left me very unsettled.

In the end, I didn't like it.



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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Review: Maybe in Another Life

Maybe in Another Life Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

How different would your life be if you'd made different choices?
A summer, chick-lit novel that explores such a dilemma.
Told in alternating chapters of, "what if," we get a peek at what Hannah Martin's life might have been, or not, had she gone home with high school boyfriend, Ethan.
Almost a "choose your adventure story" for twentysomethings.
Great dialog and themes.
I'll be generous and give it 4 stars.


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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Review: Ready Player One

Ready Player One Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3.5 stars
Entertaining, futuristic novel based on 80s geek culture. Interesting cast of misfits who save the "virtual world."
I wasn't much vested in the first 2/3 of the book, but the last 1/3, including the final battle, were highly exciting.
A sweet ending too.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Review: A Tangle of Gold

A Tangle of Gold A Tangle of Gold by Jaclyn Moriarty
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I loved the first two books in this series, and think Jaclyn Moriarty's writing is whimsical and electric. My lack of enthusiasm for this book rests entirely on me -- I simply didn't remember enough from the first two books to make sense of what happened in the final book.
I loved the relationship between Madeleine and Elliott and their multi-dimensional worlds and all the crazy things that happen between them and their friends to bring about a "colorful" ending. But I spent better part of the book totally confused.
So -- 5 stars for creativity and originality - 2 stars for reader inadequacy.


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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Review: Ross Poldark

Ross Poldark Ross Poldark by Winston Graham
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Perfectly British; there's something quite mystical about ancient Cornwall. This ended up being quite lovely, the characters much more multifaceted than in the BBC series, and the development of Ross and Demelza is utterly romantic.
Can't wait for book #2 and season #2.

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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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