Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Review: The Ensemble

The Ensemble The Ensemble by Aja Gabel
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

There is no need for a sentence to ever be 26 lines long. EVER.

Had promise as a coming-of-age tale, but the four main characters (all members of string quartet) grow old quickly, and it's then a tale of marriage and divorce, children, longing, and not fulfilling your dreams.

Too literary for my liking.

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Sunday, September 16, 2018

Review: The Growing Season

The Growing Season The Growing Season by Helen Sedgwick
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Almost the entire audio production of this is muffled and cloudy, so I was disappointed at the very beginning. After listening to so many clear productions, this was such a downer. The narrator is good, so I wish the production had the same quality. At 016, I had to blast the volume to hear the narration. The odd thing was that at 024, when Daphne speaks, the cloudiness goes away. Why is that? The closet door was opened in the downstairs basement room where the audio was recorded? Grrr. Even my Airpods and Bose headphones couldn't get rid of the muffled sound.

I loved the idea of this book--pouch created to that fathers can carry babies, too, and in order for women to become more equal to men. But I've heard most of the same ideas in better written books. Not new scifi at all.

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Monday, September 10, 2018

Review: All Systems Red

All Systems Red All Systems Red by Martha Wells
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Awesome little scifi novella that is a perfect Alex Award winner. Nonstop action, short, with great characters that you want to know more about! I love the idea of a murderbot gone rogue and suddenly developing FEELINGS. The introverted comments the SecUnit makes throughout cracked me up! Looking forward to reading Book #2 in this series to see what SecUnit does next.

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Friday, September 7, 2018

Review: Clock Dance

Clock Dance Clock Dance by Anne Tyler
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

If this is what older women's fiction is like when I get really old, I don't want to get old. I felt like I was slogging through it--I wanted to tell Willa to get a backbone. This novel gives us Willa's life story. It is rather boring and that of a typical woman, but she does make (to my eyes) horrible decisions about the men in her life and her other major life choices. When she does finally get some gumption, it didn't feel realistic, because I'm not sure if people change that much later in life? Do they?

And the whole knife/airplane scene was just freaking ridiculous.

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Review: White Nights

White Nights White Nights by Ann Cleeves
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It took me forever to read this book, and that is a sign of how well it grabbed me. I loved the TV series and love the setting, but this book was too long. A lot of brooding and choppy transitions. It was difficult to read things from Taylor's POV since he's a jerk--I wish we just heard from Perez, since he's the knight in armor we all want to spend our time with. They mystery seemed far-fetched in this one, too. Things just didn't click. I won't give up though. Judging from other people's ratings, the books get better.

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