Monday, June 11, 2007

Shopaholic and Baby, by Sophie Kinsella


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Even though everything worked out in the end, I still found these characters completely annoying. I used to like the series a lot but I think maybe I've outgrown it. During all the "comic misunderstandings" I just wanted to scream at the main character to go and demand answers! She shouldn't be treated this way and she shouldn't be second guessing herself. Hopefully this will be the last of these books. If not, I hope at least that in the future Becky Brandon (nee Bloomwood) will start commanding some respect.

Friday, June 8, 2007

The Island of the Bicycle Dancers, by Jiro Adachi



This was such a beautifully told story. It was a great example of the things it described too. It was in some ways like Japanese literature in that it wasn't always about the linear plot, but often more about the language, how the characters were feeling rather than what they were doing, and without a definite "ending" (although it was very unsatisfying that Yuriko never got a bicycle, nor did it explain why she didn't). But it was also very American too, in that there was a lot of action. And the action did drive the narrative in some ways, but more as a framework on which to hang the language of the character's thoughts, feelings and dreams.

Monday, June 4, 2007

The Twelve Apostles, by Anthea Fraser



Billed as a "new and compelling Chief Inspector Webb mystery," this book failed to deliver on almost all counts.

There wasn't much of a mystery (WAS there even a murder?), it was hardly compelling, and the 'star'--Chief Inspector Webb--didn't even make an appearance until two-thirds of the way in, and even then he was a very minor character and unnecessary to the plot or its outcome.

Boooooo!!