Absolutely adorable and hilarious, along the lines of the Bad Dog books, but with much more personality. The author perfectly captures the essence of a dog. Particularly these dogs, if their pictures are anything to go by. It's hard being a dog when your Alpha dog doesn't speak your language!
By turns hilarious and thought-provoking, this book gathers together some of geek culture's most bandied-about phrases and reinterprets them in a more philosophical manner. And I couldn't have been more entertained. The writers show us why these phrases are so beloved and how, by embracing them, we somehow also embrace ourselves.
This is not the sort of thing I usually read or like. But I loved this. It was light and sweet and darling. There were dark topics handled so delicately that they got the respect they deserved, but they didn't reach "grief porn" levels. The jacket copy doesn't do this book justice. It's about love and life. Sure, there's a war in there somewhere. But that's not at all what the book is about. If anything, it showed that, even evil can breed good, if there even is such a very large thing as "evil" (can you brand a whole people evil for the work of a few?). Oh darn, now I've made it seem darker than it was. This is a cute, light, beautiful book. Read it.
I didn't like this book when I first started reading it. I love Dave Barry and think he's usually quite funny, although his more recent stuff had left me a little cold. Lunatics alternates chapters being told by each of the main characters, with occasional transcripts of news media to fill in gaps in the narrative. This took some getting used to and things weren't particularly interesting or funny until we get to the Windsong portion of the book.Things really picked up on the cruise ship and I was really enjoying myself until the boys found themselves back on US soil. Then I was bored again. And tired.Lunatics is slapstick meets bizarre. I think if you're a fan of Gonzo lit., absurdist or stream of consciousness, you'll probably get a kick out of this.For myself, I found it simply ok. It passed the time while I was on the train and I even laughed out loud once or twice. If you need something to read and you don't want anything that takes itself too seriously, this is probably the book for you.
I was a little worried going into this book. Changes was super dark and Ghost Story tugged pretty hard at the heartstrings in places. I was super concerned that this book would be too dark for me. That Harry Dresden wasn't going to be Harry Dresden anymore. That the humor was going to be sucked out entirely.I was plesantly surprised to be wrong. Oh, don't get me wrong, Harry's choices don't get any lighter and he's sort of a whiny bastard, but the story was enjoyable nonetheless. In fact, he was no more annoying than he's always been. I know people like that, though, that always think they know better than anyone else. And yet, he's still sympathetic, sweet, funny, and entertaining.I think it's taken Butcher quite a bit of skill to manage all of that after the last two books. I'm really very impressed.
I really enjoyed the hell out of this book. It's just what I like in my urban fantasy: a little light, a little dark and all sorts of fun. The world Carlson has built is an interesting take on the genre and the main character is fun and feels real. Even though a major plot point revolves around a relationship, it wasn't sappy and googly-eyed at all.If you want a quick, fun, read and you like urban fantasy, this would be a good one to pick up. Sometimes I'm reluctant to recommend many of the paranormal books I read to men, but I actually think this one "works" across the stereotypical gender lines. Give it a shot, you've got nothing to lose and you might gain a new, fun favorite in the process!
Let me preface this review by saying I think the description of this item mislead me into thinking it was something it was not. I thought it would be a look at how the lives of those with terminal illness have touched their loved ones. I knew there would be a twist, but that it would ultimately be uplifting. I also knew that it would have religious dogma built into it, which I was fine with.I've always been interested in religions and relgious interpretations. I had thirteen years of Catholic school, so I'm pretty used to discussions of the Bible and how to glean meaning from it.That said, this book was especially dry and even more so rather boring. I had high expectations for the idea of what I THOUGHT the book would be. It's very, very, theological and examining, to the point of exhaustion. The fact that the author feels the need to tell you what he meant by each piece of the story, to me, shows that he was not sure of his capabilities as an author to convey his ideas. I was sorely disappointed.
The stories in this book are really interesting, the recipes...not so much. Most of them sound... severely unappetizing. I also find it odd/interesting/amusing that so many ghosts have food related reasons for sticking around. I always thought I loved food, but, well, not quite to that extent. I'd never read anything by Winkowski before, so I wasn't aware of her particular view of ghosts, so I found some of her methods/ideas hard to grasp immediately since she did not feel the need to explain them. I love any sort of "true" stories of the paranormal, so I might actually have an overly generous attitude toward this book. That being said, I doubt anyone who didn't ahre my opinion would pick up this book. Take that how you will.
Violent and disgusting for the sake of being violent and disgusting. The author spent so much time trying to disturb that she missed any sort of interesting plot or character development. Honestly, this was nearly unreadable. And then random things happen to shock. Really, I can't remember the last time I read something so poorly written and pointless. I skimmed through the last bit because I couldn't justify this write up without checking to see if it improved. It didn't.
Cute and frothy, yet she still manages to inject some tension in the storyline. I really do tend to enjoy these books, even though I couldn't tell you why. They don't tend to fit the kinds of things I like and the main character is pretty ditzy, actually, most of the characters are rather flighty. Yet Cabot still manages to make it endearing.That is a LOT harder than it sounds, trust me.Anyway, not high lit (but did you expect it to be?) and it won't change your life (ditto), but if you want something enjoyable to read and devour, this could be it.