Thursday, June 28, 2012
The summer continues, and Elin Hilderbrand keeps me dreaming of those perfect summer days and nights. I am really beginning to see a Pattern in this author's writing/books. For one they all have female main characters, two they all take place at Nantucket, and three each main character tends to have a defining trait that makes them unique including her sub characters. This book made me wish I could quite my job and run to Nantucket and work as a hostess at some classy restaurant. Thus I would make lots of money and holiday for the winter in some snowy or hot exotic place...le sigh, this book really took the cubicle walls away from me and plopped me right onto the island of posh Nantucket. The cast of characters Hilderbrand brought together were so cool. Just so COOL! Then there's the talk about the Blue Bistro's food, my brother is a chef and I wish he still lived with me because I want him to make me fois gras, Lamb Lolipops, tomatoe specials etc... He explained life in the food/cooking world and I think Elin really captured how odd and dramatic the food world can be. If you enjoy food and reading, well this is so the book for you. There's so much to love about this book from Adrienne the main character to her boss the handsome co-owner Thatcher to the other Co-owner Fiona who is also the main chef, and an amazing one at that. Okay, a little bit of plot main character ends up on Nantucket, no food experience, looking to get away from life, and has a big pension for flossing. You will understand when you read. I cannot give away much as you the reader will have to figure out what is going on at the Blue Bistor just as poor Adrienne had to. I could not put this book down it just made me smile and feel warm sunbeams on my skin and smell suntan lotion mixed with the scent of the sea, and champagne. Truly a fun book that had so much character to it.
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Monday, June 25, 2012
What a way to start the summer off I mean HOT! Indulgence can be very fun from time to time don't you think? This book was smut, plain and simple. It tried to be filled with plot and give personality to each character, but this was too short of a book for both plot and foreplay/sex time. There are three books in this series I only read the first I will have to read the second and third since it appears they all take place where the first book occurs. This book is just steamy and sexy plus there's a dash, well a lot of love too. The stories main character Paige is a hardworking lady who is about to open a super hot brand new beach resort hotel, and she's just as serious about not one, not two, but three very gorgeous men. She's torn between choosing one of them. She loves each one special in his own way, but able to bring her to orgasm with...well you will just have to read in order to know. Which man could she possibly choose? As I said this book is short, but if you want to turn the heat up for a moment or two, and dream of being on a beach with a cocktail and just let go well I recommend this story.
Saturday, June 23, 2012
First, Rest in Peace Mr. Bradbury. And second, I have never had the pleasure of reading Mr. Bradbury's works of writing before. I must admit I was rather shocked at how many of my friends had read his works and were so saddened by his departure, and then this heat wave hit my State for the last few days I thought well...let's give this a fitting go. After I got past the part about this book title being the temperature at which books burn. Horrifying thought. This book though short sure as heck packed one hell of a wallop. I can't go into much detail because I cannot spoil this book for you. What scared me so much about this book is I am already seeing such behavior all around me, people close their eyes and minds to the workings and politics of our countries, they wish to escape and not understand. They do not want to have such heavy thoughts. So many friends of mine tell me "Oh, I don't want to get involved, I don't pay attention, I don't like that kind of stuff." It is maddening because just because you ignore it, doesn't mean it isn't there. If anything it is a green light for those who want to be involved the extremists to make their choices for you on either side because they are involved. Another example I have found is a person may post a story about the War on women, Immigration being forced to "voluntarily deport", A brand new virus, a book banned from a state. etc... but that will get one like or one comment, where as "I farted while not working today, I am so hot, What shall I do today, etc..." Will receive 30 likes, and some 20 or more comments. It is easier to discuss the mundane the easy than deal with the messy. Then you hear of these school text book companies who have cart blanch when it comes to editing or leaving out bits of history, why? Because, they don't agree. I wonder with reality T.V. where there are no writers, no moral lessons, no real messages just a whole lot of people well screaming and making a lot of noise and entertainment is this our time of Fahrenheit 451 coming to pass? I admit I read a fair number of doom futuristic books, but this one well we let it happen. we just didn't want to deal and walked away. Did Mr. Bradbury see this? I loved the writing it was like a poem it was so mashed and changed from one dynamic moment to the next. The main character his mind, his thoughts, it was like a rusted machine never used before struggling to do what it was made to after years of harsh weather rained down upon it. And then the End...which you can interpret however you like. I did enjoy this book, and it made me think yes, I read a lot, but the important thing is to remember, and try to take something from the books.
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Killing Lincoln The Shocking Assassination That changed America Forever Written by: Bill O'Reilly & Martin Dugard
If some of you have been reading this blog you will know by now I have quite a crush on America's 16th president, not in a romantic way, but in a way that I respect, and wish I could have met such a dynamic man who was also quite humble. I also wonder what would have occurred had President Lincoln not been assassinated? Where would the world be? What would the extent of him finishing his presidency seen accomplished? I wonder... This book does not answer those questions. Instead Mr. O'Reilly and Martin Dugard write what so many have already written about the Assassination of the President. Now, that's not to say this book was repetitive and boring. Actually it was quite engaging and put history into order where there was chaos. I have read a few books on Abraham Lincoln that go all the way to the President's birth and through his life. This book begins with the President taking the oath into his second term. The book is split into several parts; Total War, The Ides of Death, The Long Good Friday, The Chase, Afterward, Epilogue, and then some... which actually makes a lot of sense. There are details here I never before knew and little facts that make a lot of sense fleshing out the Civil War and the people involved in the bloody era. Also, the book brought up a few spooky foreshadowing facts that the president himself said many of times. I knew of a dream the President had, but not the rest of the episodes and speeches he gave so it was rather exciting and unnerving. This book does not read as a text instead it reads as if you were there witnessing such events. The authors also touch upon Lincoln and his relationships with Mary Lincoln, his family, associates, and guars. My hands shook a few times wishing I could say something while reading to halt what we all know is going to happen. There is no spoiler here. Lincoln will be murdered. I enjoyed this book very much, once I picked it up I just could not put it down it enthralled me. The battles are described so vividly as are the men who fought them, and there stood Lincoln watching, learning, and planning as much as was possible for him constantly getting updates and sending them via telegraph. I could go on and on, but this book was pretty good, perhaps I am a bit biased as I love the topic, but I could easily see this story as if I were watching it on the Television or Movie screen it was so vivid. After the Epilogue the book becomes more of the classic history text of less writing and more fact regurgitation, but I can forgive that as it is after the epilogue. So, if you are a fan of President Lincoln this is a good gateway read into more harder reading I would say. I am not an over fan of the author Bill O'Reilly myself, but I must admit him and Martin Dugard did a very lovely job on their book, and I was happy to have read it.
Monday, June 18, 2012
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Well, here we are again, another Anita Blake book, and another year of my life gone... and well what do I have to say? What can I say? Where do we go from here? Due to the fact I have been reading these books for more than half my life, I will try in respect to be gentle. I waited for this book with low expectations mostly because of how the last book ended. I know a lot of people would say "well you are not being mature, you cannot handle the maturity of their relationship, it's not your story!" To those folks I say... It's time to realize the Story is on life support! Laurell K. Hamilton, once I worshiped her as my God. I loved the world she created, I loved Anita hence Blake in this book reviewers title...hell, Anita taught me to love being 5'3 dark haired and dark eyed. She taught me to want to be an independent bad ass, and okay I can understand if the Anita character has to grow up and mature after all she started at age 23 and finally hit 30, mind you this series is over a decade old, but ok. Now, the book...well the plot that was given to us the readers and what was on the jacket inside cover was non-existent, I don't think that loose plot point was even remotely important except for the last few pages. Even then we could have made something up. In my last Anita review I said Laurell's writing was like a Kevin Smith movie, a whole lot of talk, very little action, well this time she took it even a step further and it was a whole lot of internal dialogue whole lotta nothing else. If I have to hear how "Men get that look in their eyes, I'm a petite women and men feel threatened and don't respect me, I'm short, the color of Jean Claude's eyes, or Fuck, Fuck, Fuck,..." one more time it will be oh too soon. Thankfully there were not any new men in the bed this time, but there was also a lack of some of the men a lot of us readers have come to love. My friend and I think if Laurell could just put a description index of each character she could focus a whole hell of a lot more time on the actual plot. There was a plot just pushing trying to exist in all of that internal boring repetitive dialogue. After 21 books we get it! Micah has kitty eyes, Nathaniel's scent is vanilla, Jean Claude's eyes are oh so dark, Asher's scars are hidden behind a curtain of perfect golden hair, etc... etc.. etc.. and oh Anita we get it you're petite! Guess what 5'3 isn't that short, how do I know this? Because I am 5'3 and I don't need to stand on tip toe to kiss my 6'4 husband and we function just fine in life. I cannot believe I once worshiped this series. I still love the world Laurell built and I still love a lot of her characters even though spoiler... Jason, Zane, Cherry, Edward, etc... just have vanished, she brought back a lot of the humans and added a domestic bliss that wasn't there before, but the action is just gone. Even the action scenes were so short and boring I couldn't get into this book. Also, the editor needs to be fired grammar errors everywhere! And, I am not that good of a writer, but a few times I would read a sentence and go...oh no, no, no... also copy and paste were obvious in a few places too, and a few facts about characters were changed. How do I know? Because she describes every characters in every book in full detail. I am not breaking up with this series, no, I am too long into this series and love Laurell's characters too much Jean Claude, Micah, Nathaniel, Jason, Edward, etc... to simply walk away, I can only hope Laurell gets her mojo back and can learn to write as awesome as she once did back in Guilty Pleasure through Obsidian Butterfly days...and oh perhaps Anita can stop being so damn abusive when every single lover and friend fears that "look in your eyes on your face" and fears you are going to drop them flat, and punish them maybe just maybe you're the one with the problem and maybe its time to really make progress and stop as Anita said so many times "poking at a good thing" So kiss the dead... I did not love it, or even overly like it, but I will wait for the next all the same.
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Alice in Wonderland, another classic, it seems to be the time of classics for me huh? Well, Alice in Wonderland has always been a favorite of mine from Care Bears in Wonderland (yes this does exist) Disney's version, to the TV live action versions I have seen. It was just such a bizarre story and full of utter nonsense, but if you just let your mind relax you can get into the story. I found it was easier as a child to follow the dialogue I could easily understand why The cast of characters did what they did, but reading this book as an adult, well...I must be getting old because my mind actually became a bit fuzzy and puzzled over what the hell was going on. Oh sure I understood the basic plot, and it was interesting to read into the Alice character as an adult because to me she seemed kind of crazy like she was two people at times, it was interesting to say the least. I also was introduced to a lot of stories that I never new about before and found them pretty amusing. I still have no clue why the Mock Turtle was sad....any of you understand? I will have to look it up. The story was a bit choppy at times and backwards, but I think the author intended it to be that way that's the charm of Wonderland or the horror of it. I could see why Wonderland could be a little scary like in other versions, but oddly enough the Queen did not come off as scary what with her husband pardoning everyone left and right, kind of takes the threat out of the Old Red Queen and makes her seem like just a big buffoon full of hot air. I believe will have to pick up Through the looking glass soon, I think I would rather like to go back to Wonderland and see what Alice will do with herself and what Wonderland will do with her and the other inhabitants of its world in that dreamy world Mr. Carroll introduced so many to. Though, there is one thing that is still bothering me that always comes up "Why is a raven like a writing desk?"
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Monday, June 4, 2012
Sunday, June 3, 2012
Well, after all of that heavy realistic reading and classic stories it was time for another Zero Calorie book, this one though wasn't so bad in its plot not just being sex, or so short the plot didn't seem overly relevant. Change that, it was actually pretty short, but written well enough, very easy reading. The story was about these two people the first, Janica Ellis is a wild, independent, sexy, free thinking/living fashion designer. The second, her brother in-law Luke Carson is obviously the gorgeous hot stud, who is also a workaholic trauma surgeon. The two have obviously been attracted to one another for some odd years, and it seems they just think they're both all wrong for one another, there is something however that occurs that well... yeah they're thrown together and things become quite steamy. It seems like we the reader are given a short glimpse into any average persons life, as average as a high fashion designer and grade A whiz guy surgeon can be deemed average that is. It as if we are seeing the very end of a long complex courtship between two people. It is full of love and complicated emotions, but not too complicated. The other characters in the books are just shadows who bring the plot along in ways the main characters cannot do themselves. It was a nice uncomplicated read, add a few hot and heavy scenes, and the story was quick enough you could just enjoy it in an afternoon, and not have to do any heavy thinking. I deem this a Zero calorie book a little form of escapism.