Saturday, May 31, 2008

Amazon Kindle

I quit smoking after 15 years at the beginning of the year. My big reward to myself was an Amazon Kindle. I think I don't like it. I cannot fond any of the books I am looking for so that kind of sucks. I guess I should give it some more time but I went to B&N today for something for my dad for his birthday and Father's Day which are a week apart and bought what I was looking for that they don't offer. The more I think about this I am going to try to return it or sell it. I just don't like it. I guess, this was kind of a ramble so I apologize.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Book Funk

I have not been purposely neglecting my blog I am just in a serious book funk right now. i have about 8 books downloaded to my Kindle and they are all boring me! So if anyone has any suggestions, please let me know! Thanks and hopefully I will be able to post some reviews this weekend.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Down River by John Hart

You know, I read this whole book, and I could not tell you the plot because there were so many different things going on. I was reading it last night yelling "will you end it already!" because I just wanted to find out what happened to one of the plots. Out of 5 stars, 0.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith

One of the best books I have read so far this year. Set in post WWII Soviet Union, revolves around a series of brutal child killings, post-war politics. Author keeps up a good pace, doesn't leave any questions unanswered. Not a novel where you immediately figure out who the antagonist is either. Wonderful debut, cannot wait for more from this author.

Are You There Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea by Chelsea Handler

Where do I begin? I have been seeing this book a lot and finally gave in and got it on my Kindle. First the god things: quick easy read, some parts had me laughing out loud, makes you think of your own family at times with the outlandish things that go on. Not so good things: jumps all over the place, left me feeling she was nothing more than a spoiled rotten self centered egomaniac. Out of 5 stars, only 2 and that's just because I laughed a few times.

Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill

I had really high hopes for this book due to all the hype and wonderful things I have heard about it. I was looking for a really good scare, and was greatly disappointed. What could have been a genuinely scary ghost story was long, drawn out, and ridiculous. And why do horror writers always have to kill dogs in their stories? that is always a big turn off for me no matter how much I am enjoying or looking forward to the book. I have also read that a lot of people feel that his writing is no where near the same style as his father's. I agreed until I got to the end. Very short chapters that describe one event to tie up loose ends were very reminiscent of some of King's work. Out of 5 stars, I give this one a 2.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Heartsick by Chelsea Cain

Man was this a twisted book! She really keeps the story moving and keeps it suspenseful. Reminded me a little of the Hannibal Lecter idea. Very creative, very sick. I found myself saying "What the hell?" out loud quite a few times. Great book, can't wait for her next one in September.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Harriet and Isabella by Patricia O'Brien

Harriet and Isabella by Patricia O'Brien

This book tells the story of Harriet Beecher Stowe and her sister Isabella. Their brother Henry is a well known preacher and is accused of adultery. He is accused by a major player in the woman's suffragist movement, a friend of Isabella. The book chronicles the trial, the family breaking apart, and the ramifications years after the verdict is read.

Good story, I had never heard of this story before so it was interesting, drug on a little long in some parts. Worth a read.

Friday, May 2, 2008

The Dollmaker by Amanda Stevens

This story is about a little girl who was kidnapped 7 years ago. The girl's mother, while out with her sister, spots a doll in a shop window that looks exactly like her missing daughter, right down to the dress she was wearing the day she was kidnapped and the little birthmark on her arm. I really can't say anymore without giving anything away. It was interesting, kept moving, but I felt like a lot was missing.


The sister? What went on between Dave and Angelette? The Dollmaker was never arrested so what happened to him? Whatever he was injecting his incapacitated father with and his aunt would have worn off if he was no longer around so what about what happened there? Is the mother still in a mental institution? What was the "accident" the aunt had? A lot of questions were not answered and the ending was very rushed for me.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

The Ruins by Scott Smith

Where do I begin? This was the biggest waste of time. It keeps moving, but I figured it out about 150 pages in and was bored the rest of the book. Very predictable. I wouldn't waste my time if I were, just think Little Shop of Horrors and you'll get the idea.