March 27th, 2009

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Little Comment

So today in my English class we were discussing Daisy and Gatsbys relationship in, you guessed it, The Great Gatsby, somebody made a comment about how they related it to the relationship in The Notebook.  Naturally my teacher found this comparison to be horrifing and exclaimed
"You do NOT compare F. Scott Fitzgerald to Nicholas Sparks!"
I found this comment hilarious and just had to share with all you book lovers
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question?

Has anyone read  THE ALCHEMIST :THE SECRETS OF THE IMMORTAL NICHOLAS FLAMEL: by Michael Scott, if so, was it any good?
Sorry, the name so big I just copy and paste.
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Slow Man

Title: Slow Man
Author: J.M. Coetzee
Pages: 263
Setting: Australia
3 ½ out of 5


The book is about an older man, Paul Rayment who is in his sixties, who gets hit by a car while riding his bike. Due to this accident he has to have his leg amputated. It makes him feel crippled and he clearly questions his self worth through out the book. During his rehabilitation we are introduced to his assigned nurse who the man ends up falling in love with. We are also introduced to a handful of other interesting characters. The most fascinating character would have to be Elizabeth Costello. A woman about Paul’s age who seems to just stubble into his life. She gives no logical reason for why she is there. Without explanation she moves into Paul’s house. She says that Paul came to her, perhaps in a dream, or maybe in some vision. But she tries to help him, find and understand love, and to move on with his life after the accident.
Coetzee does an excellent job of portraying these very different characters and painting a picture for the reader. I especially love the opening when Paul gets hit by the car. He describes the experience as if it were almost peaceful and soothing. Paul even says that while he was soaring in the air he had not felt so free since he was a boy. I think this book focuses on loneliness. How we all need and search for companionship. And how sometimes, when we are lonely we tend to mistake kindness for love. And we grab onto the first person who comes near us.
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Stein, Jeanne C.: The Watcher

The Watcher (2007)
Written by: Jeanne C. Stein
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 291

The premise: book three has Anna still struggling to balance her vampire life with her human life, all the while trying to keep the two very separate from each other. But her two lives collide in this book when her lover disappears and seems to be connected to some very supernatural events that are going on, which includes a which trying to raise a demon to wreck havoc on the supernatural kind. Anna will do anything she can to help, but her vampire mentor doesn't trust her not to screw up, and she's got to prove she's fit for the job, even though the lives of the people she cares about are on the line.

My Rating

Wish I'd Borrowed It: for the third book in the series, it lacks focus and any kind of development, especially in characterization. The world-building keeps adding more stuff to the pot, but none of it's anything that interests me, and it doesn't seem rooted to the fictional world so much as just tossed in. None of the subplots really gelled together in a satisfying way, and I really, really dislike the heroine at this point. If I didn't already have the fourth book in the series, I'd stop here. But I do, so this series gets one more shot, though I'm 99% certain it's not going to do a thing to change my mind. There's nothing new or unique about this urban fantasy series, and the only credit I will give to the author is her excellent use of first-person, present tense POV and her ability to keep you turning those pages. That's it. It's a fast read, but when you sit down and really reflect on what you've read, you realize there's not much to chew on. Oh well.

The full review, which includes lots of ranty spoilers and cover art commentary, may be found in my LJ. As always, comments and discussion are always welcome.

REVIEW: Jeanne C. Stein's THE WATCHER

Happy Reading! :)