It took me a long time to get into and back to this book, kinda hard to read for the emotions involved. There is a vast variety of writers involved, some you would never think about, from people in the neighboorhood whose door was blasted by the explosion, a block away, to artists who had studios on the 92nd floor!
The thing that struck me most about the selections was what was expressed about "here today,gone tommorow" effect, how wierd it was that the towers fell within 2 hours in the same day! Phenonemal Book!
This is one of Irving's early novels and of course it comes complete with all the Irving elements:Eurofunk,wrestlers,the fatal air but no bears. A winning tale about menage a quatro swingers,physical endurance and existentialism all wrapped together in 244 pages-or so.
I loved this book! LaMott has an easy sort of candor that moves the story along at smooth pace. The characters and the way she introduces them reminds me very much of Grace Paley's characters, they have good common horse sense, but are faulty and humorous as well.
I have to agree with about half of all the readers reviews (on this site anyhow)and half of my friends, This book was ridiculously obscure to the average reader. I tried several times myself and it is about the least approachable books I have ever picked up. And I have read and enjoyed several of McEwans books,they usually have very interesting plots and are hard to put down, so really it surprises me. I especially liked "The Cement Garden".
I read a vast variety of books and I consider myself a disciplined reader,it's almost an insult!
In what seems like a quick case, Kinsey Millhone begins to track down a missing person. Red Herrings start popping up everywhere and the end is great big surprise!
This is my first Sue Grafton book and I am hooked! There a great sense of pacing and convincing scenarios in this series and I mean to keep going through the whole alphabet! Great summer reading!
The main character, Christine, has recurrent amnesia after an accident that happened many years ago, although as the story progresses, questions are raised as to what really happened to her. At times the amnesia part became tiresome but this drives home the point that it is also tiresome for the character and people in her world. The author built tensions throughout and this is well done. This story touches on questions of identity and quality of life besides being a good thriller.
Fantastic, exuberant story about how one little Jewish girl beat the matchmaking system and got the education she dreamed of. This is one of the best books about the issues inherent in marriage and life I have ever read yet. Very touching and real!
A very well written account of one persons experience of a self destructive act. In this book Runyon reveiws his adolescent angst and regret in a very real way and it is powerful, near the middle it becomes repetitive and I regret that I lost interest. But then I am, admittedly, easily distratcted once it gets redundant.
I loved this book, it is so much more than it's description on the back. This is the definitive immigrant story, it's educational with its empathy for it's characters and its poetry! If you ever wanted to know about the evolution of accents and language, as I did, this the book for you. just deciphering the street vernacular is a real kick!
This is a sweet lyrical little fantasy and I am glad to have discovered it! Not only does it have all the great elements of fanatsy, sea dragons,kings, bittersweet romance but the writing is infused with a cozy sensibility that is interestingly reassuring! Really enjoyed this and will seek out her other stories!
An excellent historical fiction thriller! Smith did his homework to convey a terroristic state as Stalinist Russia was from the 30's to the 50's when Stalin died. The story follows Leo from his position of State Security to near defector to catch a serial killer that the State will not admit exists. The hoops inside of hoops that Leo must jump through even to investigate the crimes would be incredible and highly frustrating to any modern-day CSI investigator in this country. This one really puts the reader in the story and through the paces, I enjoyed it and would definetly read Smith again!!