August 3rd, 2010

Book 24. The Stupidest Angel by Christopher Moore

Title: The Stupidest Angel
Author: Christopher Moore

Genre: Fiction

Pages: 275

Read before?  No
Rating:  7.0 out of 10

Next book: We have always lived in the castle by Shirley Jackson

 

Summary:  Christmas crept into Pine Cove like a creeping Christmas thing: dragging garland, ribbon, and sleigh bells, oozing eggnog, reeking of pine, and threatening festive doom like a cold sore under the mistletoe.

 

'Twas the night (okay, more like the week) before Christmas, and all through the tiny community of Pine Cove, California, people are busy buying, wrapping, packing, and generally getting into the holiday spirit. It is the hap-hap-happiest time of the year, after all.

But not everybody is feeling the joy. Little Joshua Barker is in desperate need of a holiday miracle. No, he's not on his deathbed; no, his dog hasn't run away from home. But Josh is sure that he saw Santa take a shovel to the head, and now the seven-year-old has only one prayer: Please, Santa, come back from the dead.

 

But hold on! There's an angel waiting in the wings. (Wings, get it?) It's none other than the Archangel Raziel come to Earth seeking a small child with a wish that needs granting. Unfortunately, our angel's not sporting the brightest halo in the bunch, and before you can say "Kris Kringle," he's botched his sacred mission and sent the residents of Pine Cove headlong into Christmas chaos, culminating in the most hilarious and horrifying holiday party the town has ever seen.

 

Only Christopher Moore, the man who brought you the outrageous lost gospel Lamb and the hysterical fish tale Fluke could have devised a new holiday classic that tugs at the heartstrings and serves up a healthy slice of fruitcake to boot

 

Why I am reading this.   The premise amused me, and I have heard good things about Christopher Moore

 

 

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REVIEW: Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok

 

Tales of an immigrant coming to America and struggling to succeed are abundant, but Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok tells the story of Kim and her Ma as they immigrate to New York City, in the hopes of the American Dream. Kwok tells Kim's story in chapters, made of short cinematic prose that mimic snapshots of a life, and make it easy to get engrossed in the story of Kim and her Ma.  Brought over by her Aunt Paula,  Kim and her Ma move into a roach-infested apartment, with broken windows, and no heat.  Put to work in a factory that pays "per piece," Kim realizes that in order move out the soon-to-be-condemned building she must do well in school.  The novel is told through Kim's perspective, and focuses mostly on her experience at school, with teachers who don't understand her Chinese heritage or that she comprehends very little English.  As Kim's English improves she advances in school, scoring very high on her standardized tests, much to Aunt Paula's dismay and envy.  In addition to Kim's studies, she must help her mother at the factory where she meets her friend Matt.  As the two grow up together in the common setting of the factory, they become really close, with their friendship becoming one of the main centerpieces of the novel.
 
Read the rest of my review here @ Tea and Literature
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REVIEW: The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly


When it comes to British humor and fantasy, you can't get a better mix then this novel by John Connolly. In The Book of Lost Things Connolly details the story of a young boy, named David, who's mother dies. Not long after his mother dies, his father remarries a woman named Rose and together, they bring about David's half brother Georgie. David is jealous of the new baby and escapes into the world of literature. It is during this time, that David starts to hear his mother calling to him to save her and in the pursuit of her, he discovers a passageway in the garden that leads to a world of fairytale and myth. In the hopes of getting home, David is told he must trek across the foreign land to find the king, and his magical "book of lost things." So David sets out, in the hopes of rescuing his mother and reuniting the family that was destroyed by Rose and Georgie's arrival, with the help of The Woodsman and a knight as he is pursued by The Crooked Man who wishes to make a bargain with David. Though at first David is hopeful that The Crooked Man can send him home, he soon becomes suspicious of his actions and begins to question the way that this mystical land is run.

Read the rest of my review here @ Tea and Literature
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Victory Conditions by Elizabeth Moon

The moment Ky Vatta has been preparing for has finally arrived. Her ships may not be up to spec, but the support of warships and crew from several systems has enabled her to feel more confident than she might otherwise be about the inevitable confrontation with pirate Gammis Turek. There is one problem: ISC is still extraordinarily suspicious of the Vatta family, fearing their connections with traitor Lew Parmina.

The company isn’t ready to back temporary CEO Rafe Dunbarger, especially with his invalid father still finding ways to whisper his opinions throughout the company. Nor are they willing to send their fleet to Ky’s aid like Rafe wants. The ISC defense fleet is nothing to fear in itself, but the added firepower could be exactly what Ky’s new Space Defense Force needs to sway the outcome of the battle in her favor.

( Read the rest of this review at Jawas Read, Too! )

This was read as part of a reading challenge I am hosting on my book review blog. :)
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#60 Naamah's Curse by Jacqueline Carey

This review has spoilers for Naamah's Kiss. If you have not read the first book in this trilogy, only read this if you want to be spoiled for it.

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Rating: four and a half stars
Length: 567 pages
Source: Barnes and Noble
Challenge: This book is not part of any challenges
Similar Books: There's nothing quite like the Kushiel/Naamah books. The closest I can find for the mixture of high adventure and high romance in a fantasy world would be Anne Bishop's Black Jewels Trilogy.
Other books I've read by this author: Kushiel's Dart, Kushiel's Chosen, Kusheil's Avatar, Kushiel's Scion, Kushiel's Justice, Kushiel's Mercy, Naamah's Kiss (my review), Banewreaker, Santa Olivia (my review)

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The Fool’s Girl by Celia Rees

The Blurb On The Back:

”’My name is Feste.’ The clown cradled the folly stick to his chest, twisting its face away to avoid further scrutiny. He turned to welcome his companion back. ‘This is Violetta.’”.


Violetta and Feste are in London, the year is 1601 and William Shakespeare is enjoying success at the Globe Theatre. But Violetta is not there to admire his plays; she is in England to retrieve her country’s greatest treasure, stolen by the evil Malvolio, and she needs help.

In an adventure that stretches from the shores of Illyria to the Forest of Arden, romance and danger go hand in hand. In a quest that could mean life or death, can Violetta manage to recover the precious relic and save her country and herself?

Brilliant and original, The Fool’s Girl is a jewel of a book.


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The Verdict:

A clever, intricate historical novel with fantasy undertones that takes TWELFTH NIGHT as its starting point and imagines what happened afterwards. It’s an absorbing and intelligent read and one that I thoroughly enjoyed.

Cross-posted to cool_teen_reads, fantasywithbite and yalitlovers.
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PRAY FOR SILENCE by Linda Castillo (2010)



Title: Pray for Silence
Author: Linda Castillo
Series: Kate Burkholder, #2
Age: Adult
Genre: Fiction, Mystery/Thriller
Keywords: crime fiction, amish life, pornography

Description: (Linda Castillo's website) In the quiet town of Painters Mill an Amish family is found slaughtered on their farm. Kate Burkholder and her small police force have few clues, no motive and no suspect. Formerly Amish herself, Kate is no stranger to secrets, but she can’t get her mind around the senseless brutality of the crime.

State agent John Tomasseti arrives on the scene to assist. He and Kate worked together on a previous case, and they’re still setting the limits of a complex, difficult relationship. They soon realize that the disturbing details of this case will push those boundaries to the breaking point.

When Kate discovers a diary, she realizes a haunting personal connection to the case. One of the teenage daughters kept some very dark secrets and may have been leading a lurid double life. Driven by her own scarred past, Kate vows to find the killer and bring him to justice—even if it means putting herself in the line of fire.


( May Contain Spoilers )