Dy's Take

May 13, 2012

11/22/63 by Stephen King

Filed under: Alternate History,Book Club — Dy @ 20:22

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I didn’t have very high expectations for this one — my feelings about King’s work are not strong, and I’m not a conspiracy theory fan, so I went into it with low expectations cuz my book club made me do it.

And was pleasantly surprised. The character development was awesome, and, despite the lack of happy ending, I thought the ending fit the story.

April 1, 2012

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

Filed under: Book Club — Dy @ 09:53

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March 12, 2012

The City & The City by China Mieville

Filed under: Book Club,Sci-Fi — Dy @ 09:48

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5/05/12 – Review Coming (today is update the booklist day — will add reviews as I finish them)

January 4, 2012

The Time Travel Journals: Shipbuilder by Marlene Dotterer

Filed under: Book Club,Indie Author,Romance,Sci-Fi — Dy @ 12:50

(01) Time Travel Journals #1

2/18/12 – Review Coming (today is update the booklist day — will add reviews as I finish them)

December 9, 2011

You Better Not Cry by Augusten Burroughs

Filed under: Book Club,Disappointing,Humor & Satire — Dy @ 19:03

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Blech. Brain bleach needed to rinse away bitter man diatribes & unpleasant mental images of spoiled children who hate their children and grow up to be a lot like them. I friggin’ hate Christmas books.

December 3, 2011

Island Beneath the Sea by Isabel Allende

Filed under: Book Club,Foreign,Historical Fiction — Dy @ 22:02

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November 15, 2011

I’d Know You Anywhere by Laura Lippman

Filed under: Book Club,Disappointing,Thriller — Dy @ 13:07

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As thrillers go, I didn’t find this one particularly thrilling. The characters felt flat, the pacing was slow and the cutting back and forth from past to present annoyed far more than it enlightened. All together a disappointing read, but not so awful that I refused to finish it.

October 13, 2011

Never Knowing by Chevy Stevens

Filed under: Book Club,Disappointing,Thriller — Dy @ 11:04

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September 6, 2011

The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson

Filed under: Book Club,Foreign,Thriller — Dy @ 23:45

( 68 ) Millennium series #2

August 31, 2011

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Filed under: Book Club,SouthernLit — Dy @ 22:43

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August 12, 2011

Await Your Reply by Dan Chaon

Filed under: Book Club,Skip It — Dy @ 23:38

Await Your Reply(62)

2 of 5 stars

I stayed up late to slog through the end of this for my book club. Honestly?  Sleeping would have been a much better use of my time.

I kept waiting for the convergence of story lines that the flap copy promised. I think the person who wrote the flap copy read a different book because the plotlines never really converged. What we got at the end was a throwaway interior monologue by the object of everyone’s affection — just in case we hadn’t figured it out yet the author laid it all out.

I will confess, though, that my biggest pet peeve with this mess of text was the nonlinear storytelling (combined with the repetition in certain areas, particularly in Ryan’s story). I like nontraditional when it works, but this was so convoluted that it just didn’t. I had to lay out a timeline in my head to figure out who was the last person to see the mystery man, and, frankly, neither the plot, characters, or themes were compelling enough to make me work that hard to figure it out.

Also, not a fan of the violence and, well, dirt. They didn’t really add much to the story and I felt like it was cheaply used to get people to jump in and see why things began the way they did.

Overall, I feel my time would have been better spent reading something else and would not recommend this clunker.

July 13, 2011

(2) Garlic and Sapphires by Ruth Reichl

Filed under: Book Club,Memoir — Dy @ 10:36

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I listened to this on audio in 2009 or 2010 (I don’t remember which, I’ve slept since then y’all) and re-read this year for my book club. Read it on my Kindle and found out it had recipes in it (something they don’t tell you in the audio version).

It was about what I remembered it to be, and still my favorite of Reichl’s first three memoirs, probably because she was less selfish in this one.

June 22, 2011

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Filed under: Book Club,NonFiction — Dy @ 19:55

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April 11, 2011

Dixie Divas by Virginia Brown

Filed under: Book Club,Mystery,SouthernLit — Dy @ 20:34

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Finished this the day after the meeting where we discussed it, lol.

This was a Kindle freebie several months ago, presumably to drum up interest in the author’s next Diva book. Over half of our book club owns Kindles, now, thanks to the advocacy of Candy over at Candy’s Raves and it seemed like a good choice since it was free. It was formatted like a freebie, though. By which I mean horribly–random number sequences in the middle of the text, the word, “quote” where a quotation mark should be, etc. There was enough of it to be truly distracting. I’m used to less than stellar formatting on my Kindle since too many authors and publishers lack the skill (or willingness to pay someone with the skill) to do it right.

But enough on the tech spec.

The story. Well, I’m a Texan and this was the flavor of Southern lit that reminds me that Texas is the SouthWest, not The South. Or maybe it’s just that my family emigrated to America after the Civil War was over. It was 140 years ago — I just wanted to smack all these people who won’t let go and tell them to get over it. Even if they are fictional.

The story was decent, and the characters were fun, but the random psycho at the end felt false — like the author knew who did it, then changed her mind at the last minute.

Also — grown women in their 50s calling each other Trinket and Bitty and Itty and… Really?! What is wrong with these people?  Obviously Southern Lit is not my thing…

 

March 8, 2011

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley

Filed under: Book Club,Mystery — Dy @ 22:31

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Post hidden til after book club meeting on 3/13.

Light fluffy, and after having read the whole thing, horribly named. If the title is going to be that long it ought to be less obscure.

 

4/5

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