My Reading List:

  • "The Art of Learning" by Josh Waitzkin
  • "The Greatest Generation" by Tom Brokaw
  • "In Spite of the Gods" by Edward Luce

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

A Great and Terrible Beauty

A Great and Terrible Beauty (Gemma Doyle, #1)A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was an interesting book with a good cast of characters. Some of the characters were well developed others didn't have a big enough part in the story to justify further development.

The settings and locations are described in wonderful detail making it easy to go there with your imagination.

The plot has enough twists and surprises to keep it interesting.

In spite of all of this I only gave this book 3 stars. This is for two reasons:
1. The ending was rushed and not very convincing
2. There are parts of this book that are risqué but there is one part that is downright racy putting the book well beyond a PG-13 into a mild R rating. The worst part of this is that the racy scene did not add anything to the book at all. It only seems to be there to add some sexuality. Lame...

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Friday, January 7, 2011

Best Served Cold

Best Served Cold

Overall I liked this book, some parts of it are quite gory, others a bit steamy, and most of the book moves at a good clip. The problem I had with the book is that in the rather large middle of the book the story starts to become painful and pointless much like the pursuit of revenge. Is that an irony, or was this intended by the author?

Monday, October 12, 2009

The Witch of Portobello

The Witch of Portobello


I'll have to think about this one.

Let's just say "Coming Soon" for now.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Sideway Stories from Wayside School

A very fun book to read to your kids and enjoy yourself at the same time. It's very imaginitive and interesting. I felt it was a little rude at times and I did need to censor/edit/bleep some things on the fly as I read this.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Motor Mouth

I picked up this book from the library thinking that an author with so many New York Times best sellers must write good books. My, what a mistake!

What can I say, the characters are paper thin, the language is juvenile, and the plot has holes big enough to drive a NASCAR hauler through it!

The story is about a famous NASCAR driver and his female, ex-girlfriend mechanic caught up in a web of cheating and murder. The plot rushes from one unlikely scenario to the next preposterous one and the story tumbles to an unbelievably fairy tale ending.

In spite of all my criticism, I have to admit the book was (just barely) mildly entertaining. I will not voluntarily read another of Ms. Evanovich's books, but if you are stuck in a long flight without a book and find this one in the seat pocket in front of you, go ahead and give it a go.

Title: Motor Mouth (A Barnaby Novel)
Author: Janet Evanovich
# Pages: 312
Published by: Harper Collins (New York)
Year: 2006
ISBN #: 0-06-058403-3

the other Shulman

Let me start by saying that this is a very entertaining book.

A fictional autobiographical account of a fat man with a stale marraige and a failing stationary business who takes on the New York Marathon as a whim.
The book is broken into 26 chapters, one for each mile of the marathon.
Each chapter not only describes Shulman's experience running that particular mile, but also a simultaneous chronology of the events leading up to the actual race.

The language is casual and the story is well woven together.
I really enjoyed this book and if you are looking for a light read that is interesting and entertaining, I would reccommend this book without reservations.

Title: the other Shulman
Author: Alan Zweibel
# Pages: 288
Published by: Villard Books (Random House)
Year: 2005
ISBN #: 1-4000-6266-7

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Tales of Beedle the Bard

The Tales of Beedle the Bard The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling

My review

rating: 1 of 5 stars
What a complete rip-off. Can be read in about 20 minutes.
My 4th grader writes better and meatier stories than this.
Shameless exploitation, even if some money goes to a non-profit. JKR has enough to give without selling out like this.

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