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Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple

Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple

After reading two of her books, I’ve decided that I both love and hate Maria Semple’s writing.  On one hand, I find that her plots just go around in circles without really getting anything done.  Her protagonists have a tendency to ramble, which is a bummer, and there are these whole side plots that don’t really seem to matter.  But at the end?  They all seem to come together.  They aren’t as rigidly structured as some other novels – I’d go as far as to say they’re messy.  But real life is messy, so on the other hand, that’s why I like […]

Posted January 7, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Last review of 2018! Initially, I had planned to put this one off until next year, but honestly y’all?  I was so wrapped up in the story that I didn’t want to put it down.  Beth Revis has done an AMAZING job building this science fiction world.  The science and the possibilities are fantastic.  From the very beginning of the novel, I’ve been hooked. There are a lot of perfect details here.  Across the Stars starts with Amy saying goodbye to her parents, and then being cryogenically frozen.  The detail in the opening scene… it’ll make you cringe. It’s not […]

Posted December 31, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss

The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss

You’d think that, reading the title, I’d have figured out going in that this was going to be a retelling of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.  Which, by the way, I did not enjoy.  In fact, I can rarely remember myself being so bored by so short a books, except maybe The Chimes.  So you’d think that, based on my deep disinterest of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, this one would have missed my TBR. I am so, so glad it made it on the list. Has anyone ever seen The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen?  It […]

Posted December 29, 2018 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Dragon Teeth by Michael Crichton

Dragon Teeth by Michael Crichton

This is not Jurassic Park. Okay, so absolutely NOTHING in other reader’s reviews or in the description led me to the hope that this was going to be another Jurassic Park-esque novel.  There were two things that let me to delude myself:  the cover art, and the dinosaur.  But this is not a dinosaur book.  This isn’t even science fiction.  Dragon Teeth is a western. I prefer Crichton’s science fiction. So, I think it’s important to note that Dragon Teeth was published posthumously.  Crichton was a prolific writer and there were a lot of rough, half-finished manuscripts lying around either completely abandoned or set aside for […]

Posted December 26, 2018 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

This review is a bit complicated for me.  On the one hand, Emily St. John Mandel wrote a vibrant, interesting world for this dystopia, but on the other hand, the story just rambles on and on with no real destination.  There are moments where I thought there was going to be this massive meetup between all the characters and we’d hit some sort of climax, but it never happened. The best I can figure, the storyline of Station Eleven is a slice of life between four different characters as they describe their experiences in the “before” and the “after”.  For all […]

Posted December 24, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The first time I read The Great Gatsby, I was a junior in high school.  I despised it with all of my heart and soul, and gave it a one-star rating.  Then, I wrote a comprehensive three page essay of the importance of eye color in this work.  High school is exhilarating.  I never ever intended to read it again.  Then the 2013 film dropped, with Leonardo diCaprio and Tobey Maguire and I loved it.  So I’ve been rethinking high-school me’s opinions on things and I decided to give this book another shot. I am going to do my best throughout this review […]

Posted December 20, 2018 in Reviews // 3 Comments //