Monday, May 31, 2010

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith

Too much Jane Austen, not enough zombies! It really is, as others have warned me, just Pride and Prejudice, but with zombies added in. And since I can't stand Jane Austen, I really couldn't get through this. I bet the movie will be better though. I think I might give Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters a miss as well.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

You and the Pirates, by Jocelyne Allen

Rarely does a book start out with such promise, such enthusiasm, such sheer delight, only to become utterly unreadable mid-way through. The book is divided into three parts: 'You', 'The Pirates' and 'You and the Pirates'. The first and last of these are written in second person, which is oddly intriguing and kind of like an old choose your adventure book. The middle section, however, is in standard third person and that is where the author really falters.

I think the problem lies in the fact that none of the characters has a name (even in the end--I skipped ahead to check). In the first section of the book this device is manageable because of the second person narrative. It's almost like I'm reading the thoughts in my own head, if I were a young Canadian woman living in Japan amidst a series of explosions and vague, slightly supernatural threats. Under these circumstances it may be reasonable that I would assign nicknames to everyone, even people I knew. I do that in my own head sometimes.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Death of a Nag, by M.C. Beaton

This was thoroughly enjoyable and reminded me of why I liked the series in the first place. The later books got a little lazy but this one was tighter and more natural. I must go back and read the older books!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

The Bear Went Over the Mountain, by William Kotzwinkle

Hahaha! I love a good comic novel and this one was positively impossible to put down. I started out by glancing at it when I was still in the middle of reading another book and I had to put the other book on hold so I could read this one right away. It's absurdist and silly but somehow it works. I loved it! Plus, I think this is the author who went on to write the children's book, Walter the Farting Dog, so how could you go wrong? And it's a rare author who can actually have you rooting for the book thief and plagiarist! I think maybe it says something about his experiences in the publishing industry.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

The Puzzle Lady vs. The Sudoku Lady: A Puzzle Lady Mystery, by Parnell Hall

Note: I wrote this review back when my "cozy little book journal" was just that--a private journal I kept next to my bed to record my thoughts on books I had read. Now that I have a book blog and I'm posting some of these old reviews I do realize there is a chance the author will read this. And if so, I will probably die of embarrassment. But this is what I really thought of this book. Consider yourself warned.