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Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Posted February 23, 2021 in Reviews // 0 Comments

  I picked up my copy of this book before I knew about the problematic rep.  Even after the problematic rep was revealed to me, I figured it would be okay, but I probably wouldn’t keep it after reading due to the rep.  …  I was just as surprised as anyone to find that even discounting the racist choices made… I didn’t like this book?  From a pure writing and storytelling standard, Eleanor & Park is deeply overrated. Some good points first: It’s easy to read I appreciated there were points where the characters connected beyond wanting to eat each other’s […]

Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline

Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline

Posted February 18, 2021 in Reviews // 3 Comments

  Hey y’all.  This review is going to be a spoilers haven.  There are so many things that are specific and spoilers that disappointed me and I want to talk about… so this is your warning.  If you haven’t already read Ready Player Two and especially if you haven’t read Ready Player One…. this is your last chance.  Stay clear of this review if you don’t want spoilers!!! … I am not exaggerating when I say that nothing happens for the first 3.5 hours of the Ready Player Two audiobook.  The reader is inundated with Wade’s righteous soliloquy of how he’s completely justified in […]

Micro by Michael Crichton (& Richard Preston)

Micro by Michael Crichton (& Richard Preston)

Posted February 17, 2021 in Reviews // 0 Comments

  After having read a few of Crichton’s posthumous novels, I think that they’re generally not worth reading because they seem to amplify his faults without the redemption of his creative science fiction.  However, if you were determined to read one of Michael Crichton’s posthumous works, I think that one should be Micro. In many ways, Micro felt like a rebooted, not-quite-as-good version of Jurassic Park. It had adventure elements that kept the story moving forward, something I have found lacking in a few of his other novels.  It also features Crichton’s trademark “company on the breaking edge of science that does […]

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

Posted February 11, 2021 in Reviews // 2 Comments

  I have always been utterly transported by the story of Inkheart.  The magic and simplicity of Cornelia Funke’s ideas makes me feel as though I could never be a successful writer because of how creative and clever she is, and also, sometimes it feels like all the very best stories are taken.  And I mean that in the best way possible. Sure, Inkheart isn’t perfect.  For one, at about 550pgs., it is far too long.  The pacing is quite slow and our characters spend a lot of time sitting around and waiting and worrying about things.  For that, I’m not sure […]

A Little Awareness, A Little Appreciation, & A Lotta Book Stuff:  January 2021 Wrap Up!

A Little Awareness, A Little Appreciation, & A Lotta Book Stuff: January 2021 Wrap Up!

Posted February 8, 2021 in Checking In // 2 Comments

Welcome to the first wrap up of 2021, where we get to look at everything that got rolling as the new year started and we can celebrate how strikingly different everything is now that it’s not 2020 anymore! I kid, of course, because we still have all the same things to work on as we did in 2020, all the same concerns and challenges and opportunities for growth.  But the psychology of hope is nice, right?  For myself, 2021 hasn’t been too bad on a personal level, and for that I’m truly grateful.  Still, there’s the continued opportunity to do […]