Books Finished - Month by Month - 2017
I’ve been meaning to read this for a while now (being a fan of the movie). It was interesting to get a little more detail to the story, to a point…..however, the fact that rape of a nun was disgustingly included, really ruined any interest I had in the book. I would not read this again. I do love the movie though, and I think Hitchcock did a great job of painting Norman’s character without putting in that violation. In fact, I enjoyed most of the Bates-related movies and shows. I would not recommend the book though.
This story follows a widow and her two daughters who live in the small house on the estate of their uncle. It tells of their characters, their loves and tragedies and how the family grows together through it all.
This one features a conspiracy that goes back to the cold war and involves spectacularly gifted children and the Oracle of Delphi. This story takes you on quite a ride, mentally and emotionally.
I'm also happy to say that a much loved character is reintroduced finally.
Its definitely differnent from the others, but still enjoyable.
A little different than the previous books in the series, this one deals with a strain of disease that causes mass death or, sometimes, even worse horrors. And of course the twisted group that wants to exploit it. It was very tense and at times heart wrenching, but incredibly creative. A few more sad parts than the other books though.
This book follows the lives and fates of families and neighbors in a small New England town. Some of their stories seem mundane, but the way they are entwined makes for interesting outcomes.
Finally! Kinsey is showing more of a human side and has what seems possibly to be a real connection and love interest with someone. Could it be? Will she cultivate this new part of her character? I hope so! The case she’s on as usual is pretty interesting and definitely added to by her new, temporary partner.
I was curious about this book for a long time, so I finally read it.
I don’t know why this book was so popular!? I barely got through the first 15 minutes! All it’s about is a pretentious, narcissistic sociopath of a snob….and his friends who are just about as bad as he is. Not only this, but the author makes the character so much worse by having him name every freakin’ brand name of every single freakin’ thing he sees or wears, throughout the whole book!! I almost went psycho just reading this mind numbing trash.
As far as the killing he supposedly does, even that is pointless and uninteresting (though sickeningly brutal) as crime goes, and that doesn’t even happen until the second half of the book. There is speculation that his murders and some of his other behaviors are hallucinations and not really happening (because of his chronic coke use). I see how that may be. In fact, I doubt he could function at the level the author claims he’s at and be so successful at the point where his drug and alcohol abuse is, especially if his hallucinations are that bad. It’s just another piece that doesn’t make sense…..in many pages of senseless, disgusting babble.
I like horror, I like humor, drama, thrillers...you name it. This is none of those things.
Definitely the worst drivel I’ve ever read. Someone put this author out of his misery. If I could give this -1 stars, I would.
Then again, I do remember having to warm up to the other series a bit too at first. Still, I wasn't as taken up by this novel.
My only criticisms would be that the author sometimes generalizes when he shouldn't and at one point presents a ridiculous theory on why people in cold climates are shorter (he needs to stick to plants and trees, seriously!). Also, the author is from the UK and though he tries to give some examples for other places in the world, plant life is vastly different in most parts of the U.S. and converting distances, understanding the constellations, etc. can be a chore because he's writing as though we're all in England, which unfortunately, I'm not. I would love to find a book like this with more local information :)
A good mystery, but if I hear Millhone say one more time how she hates nature and animals, I'm done, lol.
**For more on my thoughts about the series, look at the books in previous months**
Being a history enthusiast and lover of all things England, I had to give this book a try finally. I would say it’s a short but decent introduction, well written but very much philosophical in it’s tone and view. It’s also written with favor towards the medieval times and the practice of religion in those times.
What can I say about this book? I barely got through it and I was irritated beyond measure by the main character. Never has there been a more pretentious, full of cr**p character written before. The only way I would have enjoyed this novel is if the supposed “heroine” was given a good thrashing…or several.
I don’t recommend this one at all…..unless you enjoy complete idiots. Not amusing in the least.
In this story, we see a new generation of Elves, Ohlmsfords and more new characters. The Ellcrys is once again in peril, Paranor is at risk and the Forbidding is breached. Granted, these tend to be a recurring theme in Shannara, but it's still a new adventure, with new heroes, and like most Brooks books, a page-turner.
While it's a very interesting story and the real archeological adventure he went on is one of a kind, I found the book lacking somehow. Almost the first half of it is all backstory on the history of the previous (often fake) explorations of the site.
While I know that's necessary, I think it could have been greatly condensed.
His own narrative was well done, though in parts a bit dry compared to his other writing.
I realize I'm sounding very critical, but I was just surprised in the change in the way it was done.
But, it's definitely worth the read for anyone interested in archeology, legends and adventures.
This is one of the least tragic books by Thomas Hardy, having a happy ending in spite of all the troubles through the story. Therefore, it's one his works I like the most. The movie is also recommended.
Whatever "Happened in Egypt", the writer failed to portray.
Most definitely worth reading if you have something to market, rather you're a beginner or just looking for new motivation and ideas.
And it's all woven together with real facts, locations and history. Safe to say I'm in love with the works of James Rollins.
The stories are put together well and interesting, but the main character (Kinsey) just isn't that great. She tends to have very negative views on certain things, like relationships, and she loathes dogs and has an aversion to other animals as well.
Another peeve of mine is that these books are written in first person style, which generally I don't care for much. :-/
Since I have the entire series, I'm committing to getting through them, so I keep reading. Other than the things I mentioned, the stories/mysteries themselves are pretty good.
It's not the best I've read by Anna K. Green, whose stories I've always enjoyed, but then it is only a short story and not like her others.
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This list will continue at least through 2017, month by month.