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did not like this book. spoilers. i found the way characters behaved and interacted strange. the whole town stops speaking to the family immediately. the whole family. the mother who did nothing bad in her whole life takes her own kitchen knife and throws it into the lake. the wrong knife, easily traced to her kitchen. Jacob allows blood spatters on his clothes both times. both parents clearly knew Jacob did it and they allowed interactions with Hope unsupervised. father, a DA, makes so many stupid awkward moves like engaging the molester, tempering with the evidence and is constantly lying. i also found his active denial annoying and odd. Also, based on the family history you assume that his not all there and his moral compass is off, but he knows right from wrong and he's dealt with people like his son his whole life. So why after the trial is over the family decides to act like Jacob is innocent and there is no problem? Wouldn't exploration into what to do with his diagnoses make more sense? a continued conversation with psychologist on treatment options? this is also the type of book that i will probably forget reading. so i feel a bit like my time was wasted.
two married writers after falling on hard times and loosing their manhattan jobs move back to his home town in Missouri. After a year she disappears under suspicious circumstances and the search for Amy begins. The husband soon becomes a prime suspect. The books is narrated from his and her perspective. It throws and sways your opinion along with the public's view of the 'who-did' in the book. It is clever and keeps your interest to the last 'what will happen now' page.
this was another book from book club
this book reminded me of Ordinary people where a family unravels under the strain of losing a loved one. The ordinary every day events creep the past into oblivion, characters revealed, lives transformed.
At the core of Litvinoff's family is Litvinoff, a lawyer who takes pride in defending and befriending imbeciles; his wife Audrey, who believes she says things others think; Rosa, is adamant in finding a cause of her own weather it's communism or jewdaism; Lenny, is a druggy floater and Karla, struggles with her weight and her overbearing family.
What i liked is how well written this book is. The commentary flows, the language is superb and i had to look things in thesarause yay (now give me a dictionary so i can learn how to spell). I realized that Xorovod came from Bulkan horah. I love those little trivia bits i'll forget in a month.
I loved the revelation that Audrey's daily routine of nastiness was originally a defense mechanism in social situations. It has grown into a defining character trait and she feels trapped by it. It is now a reflex and she catches herself not being able to get out of it. Good example is her meeting with Berenice.
I entirely sympathize with Karla. I just like her.
i don't like the rest for now. since i'm still reading. 8]
Anita blake is a legal executioner of vampires gets involved with a vampire and city's were's. got really tired after a while
this is a book about life of wicked witch of the west before dorothy . he uses some really big words. and the world he creates is fascinating with Animals and munchkins ...
it is what it is.
flower duet - Delibes from Lakme
kings of Leon - Sex on Fire
absolutely wonderful book that should be read. It is truly intricate and exquisite with excellent depictions of people and places.
a romance with historical and mystical components to it about a genius puppeteer and his wife. the story starts simple but unfolds into a glorious fairy tale. must read.
someone gave my husband this book for christmas. I have attempted to read it . for a while. it was sitting in my bathroom for months. i didn't finish it.
the store is of old English major who's facing aging and late romance with an indian shop keeper (gasp) and his son and globalization and ... ohh it's a poor old major in a new world. it's a good book. but not a page turner.
a swedish bestseller it's a book about a genius girl with uncanny hacking ability and her right of passage.
hmm the guilty pleasure. actually starting reading these after i finished twilight series (for the eptinth time) And started watching True Blood. since i like the show so much it only made sense.
oh it's full of holes (vampires, witches, wolves, fairies and god only knows what else) and is poorly written. but really i'm not asking for life lessons or deep philosophical discussion here. it's lovely
love Tina love her style. a wonderful comedic look into her career and behind closed doors of SNL and 30 rock studio
a book about a rougue film footage being published on the web. Casey is hired by an English magnate to determine what it is and who made it. Her search leads her to Tokio and Russia.
very 'noir' , moody
egh as if this can be anymore embarrasing, but this is my latest obsession thats on the same level as HarryPotter mania.
book by book
Twilight - this is my favorite. Main reason being, as i decyphered later, that it loosely follows Pride and Prejudice story line. boy and girl meet. she thinks he's a snob and hates her, he doesn't realize that he's falling for her until they both can't resist it and realize their true feelings for each other. that when it all falls conveniently into place and they live happily ever after. so that's reason one. reason two is that i do like name Edward. reason 3 - beginings are always full of excitement. i think that's it . the rest is just that it's such an easy, pleasant read. i don't agree with Mr King that Meyers can't write. I also think that the feminist movement needs to take a break with this one. We have enough strong powerfull women characters know-can-do-it all. Bella is refreshingly human and Edward is refreshingly a gentleman. thank you. a very healthy relationship model, much better than the 'girl-with-daddy-issues'.
New Moon - not as good as the first one but it got better when the main protagonist returned. Jacob Black is a bit too positive a character even for a werewolf. i also didn't like that the voice Bella heard was actuallly in her head. would have been cooler having Edward hovering around all this time invisible. (follows Romeo and Juliette theme) I did love the ending the Volturi. very Ann Rice.
Eclipse - better than half moon the drama of choosing between Edward and Jacob... (Wuthering Heights) not too eventfull though...
Breaking Dawn - THIS is where i'm begining to have a problem with Stephenie Meyers, Mormonic upbringing and feminism. Bella gets pregnant with Edwards child at 19(?) and refuses to let it go even though the spawn is killing her. UGH. seriously? thoughts of octomom and Kate+8 (or 9 or 21)... disturbing.
and all those teenage girls reading this.+ Juno and life of American teenager and that Sarah Palin kid and Spears sisters....
you want to teach about life a whole generation of young women (because it is a generation that will be raised on those books) teach them about protection and value of life. for now i'm not finished with the book i'm sure it will all turn out to be hunky-dory , but i am frustrated by the stupidity.
Midnight Sun - just the draft posted on the site. but excellent. if ever finished it will rival Twilight.
very, very nice start to a series will definitely get into next one...
couples are murdered on their wedding day a team of 4 women (detective, reporter, examiner and prosecutor) is formed to tackle this problem.
tear jerker. easy read. very sad.
when her grandma falls in a coma Jennifer discovers the letters addressed to her. while discovering her grandmas big secret Jennifer herself is thrown in a romance of her life time.
the book is read in an hour.
plot: Grandma is a person with sever emotional problems is hell on wheels who manages to terrorise her husband, daughter and grandson. Claiming that her daughter is incompetent she takes her grandson to live with her. Believing that the grandson is a sickly idiot she makes the boys life a living hell. When the mother finally stands up for her self and takes her son back grandma dies.
Дедушка - знаменитый актер Всеволод Санаев, бабушка - Лидия Санаева, мама - Елена Всеволодовна Санаева, отчим - единственный и неповторимый Ролан Быков, Саша - это сам Павел Санаев)
Владимир Войнович "Москва 2042"
easy read. absurd.
a man travels to the future Moscow and describes political situation (communism/monarchy)
У нас здесь, конечно, полная свобода в пределах разумных потребностей,
- Ах, дорогуша, - устало улыбнулся Дзержин. - Вы же сами знаете, что есть такие люди, которым лишь бы что-то писать. А что из этого получается, им совершенно неважно.
Я вспомнил: когда-то один человек в сером костюме сказал мне во время допроса: "Будь вы дураком, мы бы вам все простили. Но вы не дурак и хорошо понимаете, что именно содержится в ваших писаниях". Но он был не прав, потому что на самом- то деле я был дурак. Если бы я был умный, я бы выдавал себя за дурака. Но я был дурак и потому выдавал себя за умного. Однако за шестьдесят с лишним лет, прошедших с тех пор, я все-таки поумнел. И я самым решительным образом стал уверять Искрину в своей глупости и отсталости. Чем она, как показалось мне, была обескуражена.
- Да что вы! - Эдисон Ксенофонтович огорченно махнул рукой. - Он оказался обычным интеллектуалом. Голова большая, знаний много, а мысли не одной. Пришлось аннигилировать.
i got hooked on them back in highschool. I took this wonderful class with Mr.Friedman. I also took "movie appriciations" class (or whatever they took). He had an excellent skill to get you engaged and motivated in things he was interested in. I read McBain and others only due to his recommendations. and i love it.
I don't remembe now much which ones i read or didn't read but i certainly would like to come back!
I really didn't want to read him. Mainly because he was just so gosh popular. Everyone read Dovlatov. Everone loves him. So i didn't want to read him. I get turned off if something is overhyped.
Finally i gave in. I had nothing to read on the bus and took the book from Denis.
It's great. The language is easy. The absurdities are trully Kafkan. I like his depiction of Russia better than his depiction of America. But both are equally entertaining. I did notice the fact that certain things he uses twice. For instance he depicts how he goes to bed with a woman (lover) and describes her shoes in comparison to his own shoes. Then he uses the same scene when describing his wife. this is not major, but noticable.