Friday, October 30, 2009

Seeds of Yesterday (Dollanganger, #4) by V.C. Andrews

Rating: 3/5

** spoiler alert ** Oh the end was so very sad, just like Watership Down, hence it made me cry. That Chris should have to die so Bart could become human is so wrong! Why did Joel go away once Chris was gone? Did he feel like his job was done? Horrible horrible. And yet it was as 'happy' an ending as it could be considering all that had happened. I think I might read something else before starting Garden of Shadows...I need a bit of a break from the monsters!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Dead until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse, #1) by Charlaine Harris

Dead until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse, #1)
by Charlaine Harris

Rating: 3/5

When I started this book, I was really disappointed with Charlaine Harris' writing style. I expected a lot more out of a book that is so popular, and as I struggled through the first half of this book, I wasn't sure I'd be able to continue. However, once I'd made allowances that this wasn't going to be good literature, I was able to enjoy the story. Harris mostly makes up for her lack of description and introspection with her sense of adventure.

I'll review the whole series here (no spoilers) since there is little difference in quality from one book to the next. The stories are imaginative, fast-paced and absorbing. There were times I did get annoyed with the repetition of past events in each books, and repetition of descriptions in each and every book - such as the racing stripes on Jason Stackhouse's truck (in one book she changed them from pink and aqua to pink and purple & and I wonder if she did it just to see if anyone noticed LOL).

Sookie is so stubborn sometimes you feel like slapping her (this didn't fail to translate in Anna Paquin's portray on the TV show - which I love), but realistic characters are never black and white. Harris uses a thesaurus, but not in the best possible way. She could really do with some help varying her sentence structure and length.

I read most of these books back to back, but I had to take a break every once in awhile and read something else when the flaws started to irritate me too much. Despite my criticisms, I enjoy the saga. It's as far into the 'romance' category I'll ever go, and I don't plan to stick with the 'fluff', but it was definitely a fun adventure.

See my reviews of: 
Dead in the Family (#10)
Deadlocked (#12)
Dead Ever After (#13)

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

All Families are Psychotic by Douglas Coupland

Rating: 1/5

Coupland was one of my favourite authors until this piece of crap came along. I was so disappointed. I'd thought the "just ok" Girlfriend in a Coma was an aberration, having loved Microserfs and others so very much. I guess age has not been kind to Coupland's story-telling. I will probably read a few of his other books, especially the pre-crap ones. I can't remember if I've read Shampoo Planet or Generation X (probably have tho), so I'll be starting there. Jpod will probably be the one that makes my decision to keep or terminate my 'relationship' with this author.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh

Rating 3.5/5

Back when I was 'young', the movie made from this book was one of my favourites. My friend and I gave each other the book for Christmas. In retrospect, I didn't enjoy the book as much as the movie, but that often happens when I love a movie. I found Irvine Welsh's "Filth" to be my favourite of his books (that I've read). Part of my distaste for Trainspotting might be how repulsed and horrified I continue to be by the character of Bigsby (sp?).

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

If There Be Thorns (Dollanganger, #3) by V.C. Andrews


I'm beginning to have a love-hate relationship with V.C. Andrews - she's keeping me up all night!

When I started this book, I was disappointed in the change of narrator from the previous two in the series (Flowers in the Attic, Petals in the Wind), but I understood why it was necessary to tell the story. Even though I missed Cathy's point of view, it was fascinating to see into the minds of her two very different sons. The evil done in this book matches that of Flowers. As I reached the climax, I could no more put this book down than I could cease breathing, though I was metaphorically holding my breath with anticipation. The ending wasn't entirely satisfying - but then there are two more books in the series, so it shouldn't have been. I can't wait to read Seeds of Yesterday and find out whether Bart turns out to be a psychopath or whether his fragile self can be turned from its seemingly disasterous path.