There were parts of Blackbird House I absolutely delighted in, and others I just felt lukewarm about. I'm not generally much for short stories--I like my reading to have some thread of plot or continuity. Happily, Hoffman accomplishes exactly this with Blackbird House: each story moves forward a generation, but takes a character from the last, and each centers ...
The overwhelming impression I got from Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Childrenwas how darned overblown the whole thing was. The story’s not bad. I didn’t find myself dying to pick it up again each night, but once I did it was entertaining enough. I guess I just couldn’t figure out what all the hype was about. The pictures, by the ...
Ashfall was a nice departure: it's so nice to read a post-apocalyptic novel based in actual fact! I love fiction, and don't mind at all if something is spun from pure imagination, but I hate it when something is presented as "science" and even an right-brained lay person like me can spot the flaws. This was interesting and well-researched, ...
Overall, I felt warm-ish about Birthmarked. When it began, I found it maybe a little juvenile. At some point, I found myself shocked to discover that the book does not take place in some sort of medieval period–rather, it’s more dystopian. Either I missed that explanation completely, or it’s just not made clear at all. There’s a bit of ...
I’ve been struggling with how I feel about Partials. I want to like it? I kinda like it? I wouldn’t say I didn’t enjoy reading Partials–it wasn’t a chore, but it wasn’t a book I found myself in a hurry to get back to whenever I had free time. I can’t quite figure out why. The plot was interesting, ...
I've had this bizarre romantic fantasy for a while, now, that at some future time, I might like to own a (SMALL) farm, and so I keep picking up books on the subject, hoping they'll shed some light on the idea. Kimball's The Dirty Life is the first I've come across that I actually found helpful and, simultaneously, fascinating. ...
Boundless, like the rest of its series, took me a little by surprise. I started reading the Unearthly trilogy about four months ago, when I was down with ankle surgery. A good friend lent me the first two books with a little shrug, telling me that it was OK if I didn’t like them, and she knew they were ...
I am bummed. I asked for a copy of The Egg and I for Christmas, and highly anticipated reading it. I loved the 1947 film with Claudette Colbert and Fred MacMurray, and while I know most books and movies don’t follow each other exactly, I at least thought I’d be in for the same tone. No. Sadly, just…no. I would ...