June 6th, 2010

20-24 plus audio











20. Backseat Saints - (5/8) - Joshilyn Jackson 352p


4.5/5 review behind the link

21. Imperial Bedrooms - (5/9) - Bret Easton Ellis 192p

1.5/5 review behind the link

22. Chasing Darkness: An Elvis Cole Novel (Elvis Cole Novels) - (5/16) - Robert Crais 408p
4.5/5

Robert Crais always delivers, and the series doesn't get stale. I love that about him.


23. Cry to Heaven - (5/30) - Anne Rice 576p

2.5/5

Blah blah blah blah blah ... OMG - Anne Rice! We get it! You like your words! And your exclamation points! Don't you like question marks!
Now, obviously I didn't hate this or it would be a 1 or 2, but I was so glad when I read the last sentence that I audibly sighed in relief.

The first couple hundred pages of this book were really good, and about 50 towards the end were good. The rest was just descriptive filler. And a LOT of guy on guy action. I have no issue with it, but seriously, it was gratuitous and indulgent. I didn't buy 90% of the relationships, and the one I was rooting for barely got any attention.
And also? Who knew that a eunuch would see so much action? I didn't even know they could "do it." That part was interesting, I guess. At first. I'd like to read another eunuch tale, to see someone elses take. Someone less verbose.

I found it predictable, and just not very good. I won't be reading any more Rice.

24. The Ark - (6/5) - Boyd Morrison 420p

4/5
review behind the link

Audio

3.Horns - Joe Hill

4/5
review behind the link

4. The Help - Kathryn Stockett

5/5

Wow! What a great book. It's astonishing to me that this kind of thing went on in my lifetime. I guess it could still be going on, to some degree.

I listened to it on audio, and in this case I really feel that enhanced the experience of the book. The characters, who were so great anyway, really came to life.

I loved it. I think it's such an important book in so many ways, but it really shows how once person can make such a difference.
 

5. Neither Here nor There: Travels in Europe - Bill Bryson
 


1/5
review behind the link

My complete list can be found here
Caleb- snug as a bug!

Book 32: Flawless

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Flawless (Pretty Little Liars Series #2)
Sara Shepard
YA fiction; chick lit
330 pages
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Spencer stole her sister's boyfriend. Aria is brokenhearted over her English teacher. Emily likes her new friend Maya . . . as much more than a friend. Hanna's obsession with looking flawless is making her sick. And their most horrible secret yet is so scandalous that the truth would ruin them forever.
And why shouldn't I tell? They deserve to lose it all. With every crumpled note, wicked IM, and vindictive text message I send, I'll be taking these pretty little liars down. Trust me, I've got enough dirt to bury them alive.

Wow. I don't want to say too much about this book because of the twists but I will say that I think I liked this book a little bit better than the first one. I cannot wait to read the rest of the series!

***Next read: I just started reading Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
anemone
  • cat63

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Century Rain by Alastair Reynolds. 530 pages

I'd heard great things about this author, so I was perhaps expecting too much from this book. Not that it was bad, but it wasn't as good as I'd expected from the plaudits I'd seen heaped on the author.

The story is hard to comment on without giving away great swathes of plot, but is basically a combination of a "noir" detective story and space opera. The plot is interesting, often seeming as if it's totally predictable and then swerving off violently into left field.

There are a few problems with the writing though, the biggest of which is that whenever a new character is brought into a place that the reader has already seen through someone else's eyes, the author still insists on describing it again as though it's totally new to the reader as well as the character. This becomes rather wearing after a while.

I also found the ending somewhat unsatisfactory - I felt some elements were left insufficiently resolved, and one thing that was resolved I felt was done badly and possibly out of character for the person who did it.

I may give this writer another try, but on the whole, I'm glad I only paid 60p for this book from a charity shop.