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Rate the Last Book You Read #2

Spanky

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The last book you read was better than I expected. Granted, I didn't expect much but still.
 
Taake
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Lesson: never have expectations for anything

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Kiss Me Like a Stranger: My Search for Love and Art by Gene Wilder 6/10

I was pretty hesitant to read this. I didn’t want the image that I had in my head of this man that I have loved since childhood to be ruined. Especially since a number of reviews I had read said that he comes across like a jerk. I don’t think he seems like a jerk exactly, but I would call him painfully neurotic. The man had a lot of problems. Some I do wish I didn’t know, but for the most part I’m glad I read this. I liked reading about the making of a bunch of my favorite movies of his like Blazing Saddles and Stir Crazy. All in all, a decent autobiography. RIP Gene.



Hollywood Dead (Sandman Slim #10) by Richard Kadrey 7/10

I do love this series. Its so much fun. Action, blood, angels and demons, pop culture references, a whole lot of cigarettes and snappy one liners. I love James Stark. He’s a bit Snake Plissken, maybe a little Mickey Rourke in Sin City, but much wittier.

I think this is suppose to be the last book, which if that’s the case, I’m a bit disappointed. I would have liked more from a last hurrah, especially for all the other characters. Its probably best that it ends, it was getting a bit repetitive. But, I didn’t actually mind that at all because of the way these books are written. So very entertaining and one hell of a fun ride.
 

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The Do-It-Yourself Lobotomy. Eh, it was alright. Way over-rated though.
 
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Clearly you didn't do it right

HoppyHippy

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1/10 An Uncommon Woman. Just terrible. It gets a 1 because it is the sort of book that gives hope that anyone can get anything published and put in a library.

10/10 A glut of Citrus Fruit. So very helpful and full of new ideas and recipes to try!
 
Taake
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Lol!

Taake

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I've had the worst luck with books lately, I feel like maybe I'm turning into a prude? First I had to read a book for school - a young adult novel mind - called "Det borde finnas regler" (There should be rules) - Arvidsson. First of all the whole book is just misery on misery with obnoxious teenagers, but what really bothered me was the sexual relationship between a 14 year old girl and a 35+ year old father of two.... it wasn't just yuck, her friends thought it was gross but once the girl turned 15 everyone just shrugged, went *it's legal now*, and nothing comes of it. She just breaks up with him because old dudes are so boring, you know. Lol. *fumes in anger* It's just treated like a completely equal relationship and it was not. Ugh.

Then I decided to relax with Tess Gerritsen's "The Mephisto Club" and was quickly disappointed because it was a Maura book, which means less hunt for killers and more hunt for D. It turned out to be the finale of a will-they-won't-they scenario with Maura and
Catholic priest! Ew. Maybe I am just a prude but seducing a priest is not hot stuff for me. Nor is stuff like this 'sexy talk' "He's mine tonight, God! I can give him something you can't! It's not my conscience that's going to be troubled tomorrow!" Then she gets really mad because people judge her for banging a priest and she's all, "I'm loneeeely! You don't understand!" Lady, you're a bitca. Don't ruin a man's relationship to God just cause you're single and hating it

Theeeen I saw a trailer for "A simple favor", it looked good, but I had no idea when it'd air here so I decided to listen to the audiobook. Did.Not.Finish.
INCEST sexy times!? Incest! A character who gets off on the fact that her brother and she looks exactly like her parents in a wedding photo! Excuse me while I go and vomit forever.
As much as I enjoyed "Gone Girl" I really feel like the attempts by authors and publishers to re-create a Gone Girl concept are all just terrible and widely failing. This book, its plot and its characters all fell flat. I would give it (and these other two books) this grade:

It gets a 1 because it is the sort of book that gives hope that anyone can get anything published and put in a library.
So, YA and two thriller/detective/mystery books and this is my take away: I'm a prude and some books suck.
I'm gonna continue with my World War 2 thriller now, because at least in the gulag people had morals.
:p
 
brinkster130
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OMG that part in A Simple Favor was bizarre. And then they just moved on from it like it was a typical secret and no biggie.

HoppyHippy

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Socrates' Defence. I think this is the first book I have read with a smile on my face the entire way through! Once I finished a lady started following me around the library and choosing books from the same sections I was in haha I must have looked goofy AF reading it and nodding along. Loved it!
 

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Joyland by Stephen King. I was only a quarter through it when I knew it was in my top 5 King novels, and I've read a lot of King novels. The New York Times Book Review said it best - "Excellent, psychologically textured...Stephen King is so widely acknowledged as America's master of paranormal terrors that you can forget his real genius is for the everyday." This book that mostly revolves around 21-year-old Devin Jones working the summer at a smaller carnival called Joyland is so different from what you expect but it's also so well-written that it just sucks you in completely.

There were even three times throughout reading where I had to stop and jot down a favorite line.

When it comes to the past, everyone writes fiction.

Age looked at youth, and youth's applause first weakened, then died.

"That woke up brain cells that have been asleep since I was 3."
"Yeah, but what about all the ones it killed?"
 

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We are the Weather Makers - easy read, nothing new. I got it cos Dr Karl endorsed it. It seems a good teen teaching type. Perfect for those clueless about climate. 6/10

Montessori - the Australian story. A delight, the shape of the book made it annoying to read (large square paperback type) but some nice info about the people involved in development of Montessori in Oz and the benefits for kids with other abilities. I think I missed a few pages and will go back - there were a lot of pictures haha. I do wonder about its use in before and after school care, I worked for a while in that and was amazed at how often they played the sleeping statue (lay on the floor as still and silent as you can and who ever doesn't move, wins) game. 8/10

Life on the Bright Side - another quick arvo read. A simple book for parents with kids who learn at a faster rate than the aussie school system supports. 7/10

How to remain in Gods Love - reads a bit strict and makes those within the religion (jehovahs witness) seem excessively controlled with extreme rules but it does not appear to accurately represent the congregation I have been visited by locally. The structured, solid way in which it is worded is more of an issue for me than the rules within it. The pictures are clearly conditioning and I am now more hesitant to consume their publications after finishing both that and their bible study book (but thankful that there are people trying out here) 6/10

Tibetan Ting Sha - a tourist guide for trinkets, nothing massive of value within. 1/10

Southern Prospects 2011- 2016 - amazing, it is WONDERFUL to read a book on the same page as I am in regards to environmental management in the region. I got quite excited about it and intend to read it another few times before I return it to the library. I got some good quality notes to back up my own ideas :D Some of the stats are really, really sad. This state has been destroyed by modern ag practices and its not about to change as fast as it needs to :( 9/10

Indoor Hydroponics - good one with all the basics needed to start indoor hydroponics for houseplants. 8/10

Rediscovering Virtue - I haven't finished this one yet but so far so great :) Its probably the thickest book I have read in a while. I find myself slowing down on it, like I do for good tv shows - I don't want to zoom through it unappreciatively, every chapter enhances the learning experience.

Water power and Windmills- I might have the title wrong on this one. I cant be bothered getting up to check. It seems to be written by a man, not particularly poetic. I knew I was just looking for the parts and placement vs the history and there are not many living examples left to check efficiency for larger scale water movement. I copied some of the designs in to my gardening file.
 

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Have recently started reading Sharp Objects Gillian Flynn's debut novel since I loved the series so much. So far its very engrossing. Nice to get a bit more character background.

Also Cassandra Darke Posy Simmonds latest graphic novel based on a Scrooge like Art Dealer. I got it for Christmas and am enjoying it a lot too.
 

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Just finished the Binti trilogy. It is incredible! It is a truly original story as it takes the usual SCI FI tropes and puts an African spin on it. 5/5

I read Underground Railroad, which was about...well the underground railroad. I felt Cora's story to be gripping and I learned a lot about American slavery, because of this. However, the book got a bit too stuck in its monologues so now and then and I really didn't like the ending all that much. 4/5

I read Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens' agenda, which was a cute little YA queer romance, however it was really obvious a 2011 Tumblr user wrote this (specific language used) which I found to be a bit off putting. Then I found there a bit too many token characters, it was a bit too much in your face. I felt the characters were diverse to be well diverse. Novels such as the Earthsea series were much better at representing diversity in my opinion. 2.5/5

Then I also read Hot Milk which won a load of prizes but was kind of eh? The first half of the book was great and I really enjoyed it. There were several plots which were being set yet when it came to the conclusion...nothing happened. The book just stopped. 1.5/5

Now I am off to read Joy Luck Club, but I am already halfway so expect a review soon :)
 

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Pegasus - Danielle Steele 7/10
This was my first time reading a Danielle Steele novel. A sweet little story and not at all porny despite being a romance. Nothing mindblowing but lovely enough to be enjoyable. She didnt stuff up too much on the horse details, many authors piss me off with their lack of knowledge, she did ok. Easy to read, not intense but compelling enough to finish with a cute ending.
 

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Read the Joy Luck Club. Great book 4.5 / 5 I truly felt for all the characters. Everyone should read this!

Comic book: through the woods. Just perfection. Even if you don't enjoy graphic novels this is a unique book. 5/5

George by Gino. A middle grade book about a transgender girl. Such a lovely story, but some hinted plots were left unresolved. Although the overall plot was sweet and made me root for George! 4/5
 
TriBel
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All of Amy Tan's books are worth reading. :)
WillowFromBuffy
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The Joy Luck Club is quite a book. Full of pain and massive in scope.

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Just finished a Study in Scarlet. First Sherlock Holmes book I have ever read and I must say, it was great! I usually don't like classic literature, but this story gripped me right from the start! 4/5

Next up: the Sign of Four, but first a short interlude as I was to finish my rereading of Buffy season 8. I am nearly finished with the fourth volume of the library editions :D
 

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Finished WE by Zamyatim a minute ago. Oh boy I have a lot of feelings about this book.

A masterpiece. I feel like I understood only half of this book and when I reread it, I will understand even more. It is an incredible book and it is much better than 1984. For those who don't know, Orwell was 'inspired' to write 1984 after he read this book. It is astounding that he got away with it.

Also, even though this is a translated version, the prose is beautiful and far better than Orwell's dense prose. If anyone is interested in 1984, read this instead!

5/5 stars!

It also appears I am spamming this thread a lot! I am doing the 52 books per year challenge so that's why :)

Next up.... the Sign of Four! for realsies now :D
 
HoppyHippy
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Not spamming, they are good posts :D I might check this one out.
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I love "We"! So glad whenever I see anyone mentioning it

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The Blazing World by Margaret Cavendish. It is like Narnia on drugs ... bad, bad drugs. 0/10 stars.
 
Foxy
Foxy
Ouch! That must have been really bad then!

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Have been reading Catwoman Annual #4 I Married A Mummy!
Its from 1997 so I love the retro feel to the art and the cool old ads like the Beavis & Butthead Do America video ad:p Its a cool little story with a playful wit and a sharp portrayal of Catwoman.
 

Taake

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I recently listened to "Flowers of War" by Geling Yan, very striking book based of a true story where two catholic priests tried to protect a group of young chinese girls in their care during the so called "rape of Nanking" when Japanese forces terrorized Nanking, brutally. However, a group of prostitutes made their way in to the church's compound and in the end sacrifice themselves to keep the girls safe. It was a very nice, if short book, that I enjoyed but that I imagine is even better in the original language. The language was a bit stilted in translation, but overall, still well-writing and interesting.

I followed that up by listening to CS Lewis - Narnia's "Prince Caspian", I don't think I've ever read all of the Narnia books, so I think that'll be a goal for me this year. They're really charming and I can't see what's about to happen next!
 

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I finished Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince today. I still love that one, and I would have loved it if they went into more detail about Voldemort.

As much as I love Tonks and Lupin, it wasn't really should that they had tried or mentioned a relationship and then suddenly they're married and having a baby in the next book.

I plan on reading the Chronicles of Narnia once I've finished with HP
 

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Just finished reading: convenience store woman. What a little interesting book it was! I could really relate with feeling at home in a store. This book is hard to describe, but it basically about a Japanese woman who has been working in the same store for 19 years and struggles with everyone wanting her to be normal. She doesn't have a husband, kids or a particularly good job, but she is happy where she is.

4/5
 
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