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Cover ArtA game of thrones
by Martin, George R. R.
I enjoyed this book but only because I saw the first season of the tv show first. The writing is very slow. The characters are amazingly well developed, and I was very pleased at how closely the show mirrored the language and actions in the book. Will definitely be picking up the rest of this series as soon as I can force myself to finish the Hunger Games travesty.   posted Jun 30, 2012 at 11:03PM

Cover ArtBlackout
by Grant, Mira
I had a *really* hard time getting into this book. I adored Feed. Deadline was ok. Countdown was great. But the entire first half of this book is exposition and setting up for the action that you must wait for slowly and painfully. I hate to say that because I love this author, but this book moved so freaken slowly until about page 365, when George found Shaun, and then the book finally took off. That's an extreme commitment from me to finishing a book. I've picked up and put down AS Byatt's Possession three times, each barely making it past page 100. And I've seen the movie! I know I love the story, but I cannot get past the plodding writing style. That being said, the remaining 267 pages rocked, and made me remember how much these books inspired me to want to blog more and wish I'd gone into journalism. The tech is great, the science is awesome, and the characters are phenomenal. My only complaints: the story is rehashing of several done zombie movie themes, the biggest of which being cloning. Resident Evil pretty much covered this one. No need to revisit. The best parts about this series were the science, the tech, and the world of news bloggers. I wish the author could have told a story that didn't recycle such a used zombie apocalypse plot device to give us this world, but I suppose this was just the story she needed to tell. I don't regret it.   posted Jun 30, 2012 at 10:59PM

Cover ArtDead in the family
by Harris, Charlaine
I feel like there could be a book written about Sookie and Relationships/Family Issues. She favors dead guys for their lack of brain activity but also they lack familial ties. When she came across Bill and now Erik's families, so to speak, she killed them or was directly involved in their demise. She rejected Alcide because of his responsilbities to the were pack which she deemed incompatible to her way of life. She rejected Quinn because his family came first. It's all so bizarre. I love Sookie, but it's a very negative pattern for someone who claims she wants a family.   posted Jun 12, 2012 at 3:20PM

Cover ArtDead and gone
by Harris, Charlaine
I feel like it wasn't really a book so much as aftermath. And book 10 promises to be MORE aftermath. I'm like, come on, just write a tome the length of a Harry Potter novel and let's be done with it already. But maybe I'm being ungrateful. As Neil Gaiman says, [writers:] are not our bitch. http://journal.neilgaiman.com/2009/05/entitlement-issues.html I'm only mildly disappointed by Quinn's brief and quick appearance/exit in the book. That means he *should* feature more prominently in book 10. did anyone else feel that Sookie and Jason both underwent a major character overhaul between this book and the last? I almost think I missed something. and Eric saying, "you're killing me." Heart wrenching stuff. Do you think Bill is dead & gone (har har)? CH did seem to be saying good-bye to him. the last book had the big armageddon like catastrophe but this book really felt more like the end of days. And we were just on the periphery of the war. No Harry Dresden like Nevernever to cross over into & explore... Sookie was a less a problem solver in this book than a passive participant in the unfolding of events. That bugs me. I miss team Amelia/Sookie solving crimes & painting toes... Overall, not my favorite, but will always look forward to what comes next.   posted Jun 12, 2012 at 3:19PM

Cover ArtKiss me like a stranger : my search for love and art
by Wilder, Gene, 1935-
To think all I really knew about Gene Wilder before reading this book was he'd been in Willy Wonka and some movies with Mel Brooks. sigh. He's an amazing human, writes beautifully, and has experienced so much. He has had such an amazing life, and it was awesome to read about his descriptions of leaving his 2nd wife and their daughter, and how it was the cruelest, most necessary thing he'd ever done. And how wonderfully blessed he was to find his fourth wife so late in life but at the perfect time because he would never have appreciated her enough at some earlier point in his life. It was in her kitchen he saw this poem: "After a While" by Veronica A. Shoffstall. I just loved that poem for so many reasons. One of the many things about this book I'll take with me always.   posted Jun 12, 2012 at 3:17PM

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