Monday, August 31, 2015
Flora 717 is born a sanitation bee. A priestess bee sees that Flora is different from her kin and moves her to the position of nursery bee because Flora is large, can speak (which sanitation bees normally can't) and she can make the flow needed to feed the baby bees. From there she moves to forager and fierce defender of the hive, when needed.
Life in a beehive is a brutal caste system and worker bees such as Flora live - and die - to "Accept, Obey and Serve." The story follows the life of the beehive for about a year. It is a tumultuous year with rains, hunger, sickness and the Visitation. These bees did not appreciate sharing their honey. I gotta say, I'm gonna feel a bit guilty the next time I put honey in my tea.
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
I listened to this one and I wonder if that was the problem. I really didn't care for the reader. She sounded like she was 8 years old, but the book was not told first person and the main character was 12. Furthermore, I don't think she understands how periods work when found so deliberately at the end of a sentence. I found myself thinking she'd neglected to finish sentences, or was unsure of their meaning the way her inflection rose. It was a huge distraction. So, perhaps the book is better than I'm giving it credit. I will say that regardless of whether Cassandra Morris has won awards for her reading, I will steer clear of anything else she reads. I'm afraid I wouldn't be able to give them a fair shake either.
The story involved a dead pirate and buried treasure mateys. The book pretty much follows the pattern Janet Evanovich's books always do but I seem to always read them and be entertained enough to read the next one.
Ove is 59, recently widowed and even more recently "retired" against his will from his job. Ove's pretty much done with life and all of the yahoos who annoy him.
As he's planning his exit, new neighbors scrape his house with their trailer and he unwillingly becomes involved in their life. I laughed, I cried and I enjoyed every minute of Ove's curmudgeonly story. If I gave stars, this one would get 5 out of 5.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
They are all now adults. Jim and Bob are both lawyers in NYC. Jim, is wildly successful with an upper class wife and family. Bob is divorced, childless and works for Legal Aid. Susan, also divorced, lives in Maine with her socially awkward 19 year old son Zach who gets sideways with the law. The siblings all come together to try and help get Zach out of the legal jam. Pain, anger, growth, reconciliation and a poignant story follows.
Elizabeth Strout writes a great tale.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh (yes, the wife of the aviator Charles) may have written this book in 1955 but I had no problem applying it to my life in 2015. What a beautiful book. The only thing that would have made it better would have been to read it while I was at the ocean.
This is one of those books that I could read over and over again and I'm going to go out on a limb and say one of these days I will read it at the ocean and that will be bliss.
I enjoyed this one too. Abe is in this book, but the most prominent character is Henry Sturges, who was unwillingly made a vampire when the Roanoke colonists were wiped out in the late 1580s so he's been around a few years.
I got a kick out of the vampiric twist on american and world history. Great fun. Maybe not for everyone but Mr. Grahame-Smith totally set it up for a book #3 so I'll be on the look out for that one too.
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Jack Sampson is a senior in high school and two weeks before graduation his best friend Sam Miller commits suicide. Everyone in the small town of Stanton, Michigan is shocked but Jack thinks there might be more to the story.
I found the book easy to read and the story kept me interested. My criticism is some of the wording was clunky. I hope Mr. Cline stays with writing because he can tell a good story.
This book is the story of Jane Mansfield, who is an upper class young woman from England in 1813. She wakes up after a fall to find herself in the life of Courtney Stone, a woman in Los Angeles in 2009. The modern world is overwhelming, but Jane finds herself enjoying many aspects, including showers, electricity, more Jane Austen stories (and even televised!) and freedom from her mother. However, Courtney's life is a mess and Jane uses her Regency Period sensibilities to try to straighten it out. Ahh, summer escapist fiction.
Sunday, August 9, 2015
This is the story of Leonard Peacock, a young man in high school who has decided to end his life and that of a middle school friend who has turned into a high school tormentor. He plans to do this on his birthday after giving gifts to a few people who are meaningful to him. The story plays out over the course of this day.
The main character's voice was engaging. Leonard is a kid who is sarcastic and funny and also deeply hurting. He reveals his story both in real time and flashbacks over the course of the day he has chosen to end his life. I found this to be an engaging read although the ending of the book seemed odd to me. As if the author stopped twenty or thirty pages too soon.
Regardless of that, the book that delves into the psyche of a teenager battling depression who has decided that life is too much for him and I give Matthew Quick kudos for how well he presented the character. However, I was disappointed in the strangely abrupt ending of the novel. I believe there was an attempt at ambiguity but as far as I'm concerned, it fell short.
2.5 out of 5 stars from Ethan
Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Cheryl Strayed decided to hike the Pacific Crest Trail in 1995 when she was 26 because her life was a mess. Her life spiraled out of control after her mom, Bobbi, died when Cheryl was 22. Her mom was only 45.
Parts of the book were difficult to listen to because her life really was a mess and she had gone through some horrible situations. The horse . . . oh my.
But, this book was ultimately uplifting because you know what? She was able to do this difficult trail and get past her past so she could get on with her life. So, thumbs up from me and Happy Trails, Cheryl.