Why does Empire Strike Back work so well? Because each side story that one of the main characters is on is interesting and well-thought out. If Luke had gone to Dagobah and Han and Leia stayed brooding on the Falcon and moping about Luke being gone, and then there was a random story about a previously unknown Sith lord hanging out with his mean Stormtrooper friends, there would be no international phenomenon today. Anyways, this long and drawn out metaphor is how I feel about Heir of Fire. Celaena (are we still calling her that?) goes off on a fun […]
It can be a crap shoot with Kindle First Reads, I know this. I once read a First Reads where the setting was high fantasy and everyone had weird, fantasy names except for one broad named Carol or Linda or something equally immersion disruptive. Unfortunately, this book also falls into the category of “glad I didn’t have to pay for this”. The premise is so good, though, with so much potential. But then again, I unabashedly loved Minority Report, so the summary that got me hooked checked all my boxes. In a not so distant future, technology has advanced to […]
To add to your reading experience, there’s a Spotify playlist for this book. It’s really only a playlist of songs mentioned in the book, though. I was hoping for songs that inspired the author or songs the author associated with each character, etc. I suppose I shouldn’t be criticizing some free book reading enhancement, but it feels like a half-assed effort. The book is set in the late 80’s, as CDs are becoming the performed platform for music. Frank owns a music shop on the dead end of a little avenue of eclectic neighbors and shopkeepers. Frank’s X-Men superpower is […]
Gone Girl is on its way to becoming a modern classic. It breathed new life into the mystery genre, it took risks and it subverted cliches. So why am I talking about Gone Girl in a review for Behind Her Eyes? Because every suspense book put out today is trying to be the next Gone Girl and there’s no reason to have a subpar Gone Girl when Gone Girl already exists. Good character development and atmospheric writing all gets sacrificed because everyone has to outdo everyone else on the damn twist ending. I can’t be bothered to remember the character’s […]
It’s hard knowing where to begin with a Sanderson book. His name on a cover means that whatever you are about to commit to reading is going to be sweeping and epic. Even writing a summary would probably put me at a 2000 word count. Since I have no idea where to begin, I’m just going to jot down my thoughts in some bullet points. I can’t stand the Alethi. I know that to have a plot, there must be conflict and for the Alethi, that conflict is going to be their culture’s taboo of asking for help/joining forces. The […]
Your mileage may vary, but I personally enjoyed Poehler’s frenetic energy and stream of consciousness-ish style. Inevitably, I have to compare this book to Bossypants by Tina Fey and honestly, I think I come down on the side on Poehler. Her writing is more rambunctious and louder, which is normally not a tone I enjoy, but I think it works in her favor. Her bold and brassy style, combined with several self-deprecating comments, really made her feel more vulnerable and relatable to me. Because that’s the price of celebrity, isn’t it? You must be relatable and held to a higher […]
In theory, this book had all the elements that are right up my alley. There’s speculative fiction/alternative history, there’s steam punk aesthetics, there’s camp! In spite of all of the things it had going for it, it was an uninspired mess. It read more as some weird fan fiction of the Victorian era found in some dark corner of the internet than a book that people were expected to pay money for. (Sadly, I did pay money for this disappointment.) Sir Richard Francis Burton (of exploration fame) becomes a special agent for King Albert (Victoria ends up being assassinated). He’s […]
A big thanks to badkittyuno, whose super power must be picking out the perfect book for someone! I am super excited with my gifts – Little Face by Sophie Hannah and A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness – I can’t even decide which one to read first!