July 1st, 2009

Orange Caramel; Dizzy Miss Lizzy

A few romance novel reviews

Hi! I'm a bit new here but since I've been reading romance novels rather obsessively lately (though I am rather picky and wont read just any romance novel) and I wrote up some of my impressions/thoughts/reviews etc about some of what I've read so far, I figured I might post them here since I know most of my flist arent really romance novel readers. This seemed a good place to go. :)

I wrote up reviews for 3 Anne Stuart novels (Ritual Sins, A Rose at Midnight, Ice Storm) here: http://sisterjune.livejournal.com/103840.html

and I wrote a review for Laura Kinsale's "Flowers from the Storm" which I decided to post here directly since the original post is a month old and full of blathering about my daily life that I'm sure no one here wants to read.

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All in all I would say a very good read. I'm definitely going to be reading more Kinsale in the future.

Looking For Modern Mysteries

Greetings!

I'm looking for a good contemporary mystery written in the third person. I'm specifically interested in detective fiction with a proper whodunit at the core. It could feature an amateur detective, private detective, or any type of investigator as the protagonist. I don't mind book series at all, as long as the characterization is good and the mystery element is handled well.

I'm basically eager to get my hands on the type of book you can't put down with a protagonist you can either connect with, or who fascinates the heck out of you.

I've read quite a few YA mysteries back in the day, so I would prefer a mature read. :)

Thanks!
Miles

June Book Post: Strange Places Edition

This month’s theme is “strange places”, as the Admiral’s booklist travels from Norway to Japan to South Africa, to Argentina (and strangely enough, to the Appalachian Trail of the far future as well. And no, I didn’t plan it that way). We see WWI era Austria, Cold War era Britain, Existentialist France, and a couple of fantasy worlds, comic and tragic, that exist only in their authors’ heads. Pack your bags if you wish and let me give you a guided tour of where I’ve been since school let out...

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Caleb- snug as a bug!

Books read in June

Books read in June:

19. Sundays at Tiffanys by James Patterson, Photobucket
20. P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern, Photobucket
21. Remember When by Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb, Photobucket
22. The Best American Nonrequired Reading edited by Dave Eggers, Photobucket

Most surprising read of the month: I really loved P.S. I Love You! I thought that because it was long, that I would get bored of it, but I was so engrossed in the story. I recommend it to all chicks out there! :)

Most disappointing read of the month: I didn't like Sundays at Tiffany's. I usually really enjoy James Patterson's books, but it was too corny and I really didn't like where the story went.

Current read: I just started reading Pride & Prejudice & Zombies by Jane Austen & Seth Grahame-Smith.

Sophie's Choice - William Styron

While Styron is a beautiful writer, I don't feel like all 562 pages of this book were necessary. Some parts seemed to drag. I found a lot of it overtly sexual and maybe there was a bit too much jumping around in time?
I wasn't confused, but maybe it could have been done differently.

Sophie's character I was drawn to at first... I won't spoil it for anyone ... but there is the obvious one of Sophie's choices that was hard for her/horrible etc.... but then there was another one at the end of the book that just had me hating her/me going crazy. I couldn't conceive of anyone making such an odd decision.

The reader learns early on that Nathan is a little off ... even before you find out what's causing it. UGH.

Anyway, I definitely think it was worth a read and when I have time I'd like to read some other books by Styron.

Any thoughts?
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The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks

Oliver Sacks is an amazing neurologist; he approaches his patients from different takes than anyone else, which is what makes this book so stunning. Who would think that a man who had problems walking upright almost like someone suffering from Parkisons' was actually having problems with his inner ear? Sacks writes engagingly, and unlike many medical books his are the complete opposite of long winded authors.
I would recommend this book to anyone who finds medical problems interesting in the slightest or for those of you who simply think that the fact that someone can think their wife is a hat is hilarious.

His other books include Awakening, which includes his descriptions on how catatonic patients can dance to music, sing to music yet can't walk for themselves or talk.

Note: On NOVA pbs Oliver Sacks did a show called Musical Minds, it shows how some people really get music and how some don't. He interviews an autistic patient who is blind yet who can replicate a musical piece he heard after the piece is finished playing.

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When I was a child we always watched Sherlock Holmes series, mostly because my mother thought it was entertaining to hear three frightened children scream at random intervals.
I recently reread the series of Sherlock Holmes and found Holmes to be yet again the wittiest detective ever and Watson as the coolest side kick in the world. Every book is a surprise, after reading twelve stories it still was hard to figure out who had committed the crime and how it would be solved.

The Return of Sherlock Holmes takes place after Holmes is thought to have died. Some people say that the stories aren't as good as the previous ones, but I for one think they are still treasures.

Recommended for EVERYONE.

gnome

My thoughts on the Anita Blake Series

Have you ever read a book and been so angry you wanted to track down the author and smack them upside the head a few times?
How about a series of books? Do you ever sit back and shake your head, wanting to ask the author "How the hell do you put your name on this crap and sleep at night?"

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I'm not alone here. There have been some amazing reviews written by readers on Amazon who say what I have said (and better):

 

Anita is Not back
Bloody Bad "Noir"
Why the Hell do I bother?
My Time and Money are Too Valuable



cross posted to my personal journal gnomenapper

The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa


 
Title: The Housekeeper and the Professor
Author: Yoko Ogawa
Genre: Fiction/Japanese Literature
Pages: 180
Rating: 9/10


This short novel (180 pages) is the story of a Housekeeper who goes to work for someone she calls the Professor who is a genius mathematician. What the housekeeper is told is that the Professor has memories up until 1975 which was the year he was in a car crash. From the brain injury he suffered his memory lasts only 80 minutes and then it is refreshed.

I have to say I really enjoyed this story. The writing is so elegant and clean, and I have to give props to the translator. It was really well done. My favorite parts in this book were the interactions of the Professor and the housekeepers son, Root (nicknamed because his head reminded the Professor of the square root sign). Actually, I loved all the interactions of the three characters. It is a very endearing story and will make you feel good by the end of it.

The math theories and things was never overly demanding and even if you never enjoyed it in high school you will come to appreciate the way Ogawa uses it in her novel.

While math is a large part of this book, so is baseball. In Japan baseball is really huge and so I enjoyed seeing a glimpse into that part of Japanese culture.