Autumn C. (autumnc) - Reviews

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Animal Farm
Animal Farm
Author: George Orwell
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 12/3/2015


I get it as political commentary, and some of it was rather funny, such as the way that the commandments were slyly altered. I also give it points for being short and to the point. But this is one to read for education rather than entertainment, I feel, and since I am aiming for the latter these days, this only gets 2 stars from me.


Cosmopolis
Cosmopolis
Author: Don DeLillo
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 2.7/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 4/10/2015


Bad timing for this book. I feel like if I had read it on another occasion I would have loved it, but I just finished grad school, and this was too ... introspective, I guess. I am more in the mood for mindless fun right now.

Read this for book club. If it hadn't been for book club, I think I would have given up on it. So I pushed through it even though I couldn't relate to the protagonist (if you would call him that) on any level.

I did like the pie-in-the-face incident and some of the writing, but DeLillo's overuse of the word "what" drove me nuts.


The Curse of Chalion (Curse of Chalion, Bk 1)
The Curse of Chalion (Curse of Chalion, Bk 1)
Author: Lois McMaster Bujold
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 10/17/2015


This is what I consider Gateway Fantasy - no dragons, elves, wizards, orcs, etc. It has a curse, a demon, and five gods, all within a world of Bujold's creation, but mostly the book is about politics and religion with a bit of romance thrown in.

This story kind of snuck up on me. The first few chapters were ho hum, and for a while I was considering ditching the book. I don't even know what point it was that I stopped thinking about whether the book was worth my time and just started enjoying it. The somewhat boring setup all comes into play later in the book rather brilliantly, so I felt my patience (such as it was) was well rewarded.

Despite all the intrigue and deaths and somberness, I laughed out loud several times. Bujold hit just the right balance, I think.


Shoot the Moon
Shoot the Moon
Author: Billie Letts
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 6/4/2015


I really enjoyed this story. Quick paced mystery with some great twists. And yay for the Oklahoma setting!


White Oleander
White Oleander
Author: Janet Fitch
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 6/11/2014


One of my favorite novels. Beautifully written coming-of-age story of Astrid, a young lady who must navigate the foster system when her powerful, acidic mother goes to prison for murdering a man.


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