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Missing You Harlan Coben PDF Print E-mail
Written by Selaine Henriksen   
Saturday, 12 April 2014 13:19

Fast-paced page turner, as always from Harlan Coben. Just when I thought I had it figured out, he surprised me and I was wrong. Although ultimately I got it right. My only problem was that I never really connected with the main character. There wasn't anything about her that drew me to her. I never felt any urgency about her situation and I knew everything would work out for her. Not to say there wasn't tension in the story, lots of it. But it came with other character's stories.

Still, as always, a fun read. I've been reading a very academic book with extremely dense language and I have to read slowly to understand. It's fascinating and I'll review if I ever finish it. In the meantime it was a wonderful break to relax with "Missing You".

Anathem Neal Stephenson PDF Print E-mail
Written by Selaine Henriksen   
Monday, 10 March 2014 16:50

Reading this book was a surreal experience. Not only did I fight my way through the first part, filled with back story, world building,nonsensical words and set up, the pages themselves would fall out and flutter away. It didn't even matter if I stuck them back in whatever way, nothing made sense and there wasn't a compelling story either. I don't even know what made me keep reading. My style is to skim over "filler" stuff so I skimmed a lot and just picked out what story there was.

Now, after reading all that, you're wondering why I gave this book 4 stars, right? Well, around page 170 (I kid you not) suddenly, out of no where, we have a story, we have a sense of humour, we have intriguing ideas explored in intriguing ways, we have drama,adventure, emotion-even a romance. And then it's compelling reading all the way to the end. I even made sure to read the pages that fell out. I didn't want to miss anything.

So hang in there. Honestly, it's worth slogging through the first (170!) bit.

Graveyard of Memories Barry Eisler PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 22 February 2014 12:29

Ah, well. I found this entry disappointing. Older John narrates but I never got any sense of younger John, other than he had temper control issues. Well, so does older John sometimes. It seemed that young John solved problems very easily; ideas pop into his head. It would have been nice to be given a reason for why the idea was there. For example: when he gets the idea to electrocute the one guy. It just pops into his head and then he figures out how to pull it off.

Young John didn't seem that different from older John. But he's only 20. I hoped for more from his high-school years. That he would have been drawing on experiences from that time in his life, as well as the jungle. Even with the girl in the wheelchair. Why was he attracted to her? It seemed she was just there. I felt he needed some reason why he overlooked the wheelchair. Was there someone he went to school with in a wheelchair?

I didn't get why he loved Tokyo at that time in his life. He hadn't been there since he was eight, when he and his mom left because of his father's death. Would he remember it so well? Would he have good thoughts about the city? Lots of things were just said and not given much reason for them.

I think having old John tell the story is good. It may have worked better if older John has a case or something in the present that reminds him of his past and takes him back in time to add some urgency. I mean, we know young John survived.

The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #2) by Patrick Rothfuss PDF Print E-mail
Written by Selaine Henriksen   
Saturday, 22 February 2014 12:25

This second book was not as engaging as the first. There were parts I was skimming, parts that were repetitive. Again, Kvothe solves everything mightily easy. However, there's more of a sense of trouble in the present and that Kvothe has lost it so, yeah, I want to read how he gets it back and overcomes. He'd better.
The women were much more real, varied and interesting than in the first book. I'm looking forward to the next (and hopefully last. I hate this waiting for a series to end thing.)

The Name of the Wind Patrick Rothfuss PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 18 February 2014 02:07

I found this book by accident. It had been recommended to my husband so he asked for it for Christmas. I read it because it was here. It's not the sort of book I would pick up on my own or go looking for so it was a more than pleasant surprise to find myself immersed in a fun story that I couldn't put down.
There's a lot of problems with this book: the hero has the kind of skills that are so skillfully skillful that no obstacle sets him back. You know he will overcome. And there are some fortuitous coincidences that pave the way for him, too.
I hated the way women were depicted: whores, wenches, lusty mamas, ladies, etc. But to be fair the women were realer as the story progressed.
However, this book is so well written that you're pulled right in and easily forgive the above errors. (also in book 2 the women are much more real, and the hero is shown in real time to be having difficulties, so, yeah, eagerly awaiting book 3.)(I wanted to put that in so as not to put anyone off reading these books).

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