Friday, August 15, 2008

Review: Names My Sisters Call Me

Names My Sisters Call Me Names My Sisters Call Me by Megan Crane

My review

rating: 4 of 5 stars
You know, I had been looking forward to this book for a long time. When I finally got it in my hot little hands, I wasn't, exactly, disappointed. It wasn't a bad book. It just wasn't as good as I would have liked it to be. The only character that I really enjoyed was Lucas. I got the attraction to Matt, but not to the extent that the main character took it. I certainly did not get the Matt/Raine relationship and I thought Raine was the least developed of the characters. It wasn't just that I didn't get her (although I didn't) but she just seemed a little two dimensional compared to the two other sisters. And I call BS on the fact that no one realized Mom had a booyfriend. For FIFTEEN YEARS! Come on.

But, the story was warm and the pages turned quickly and easily. I stayed up late (way too late!) to finish it, and I felt all warm and squishy inside when it was over.

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Thursday, August 14, 2008

I'm not much into Non-Fiction

But I do like what interests me. This one interests me in a kind of sick fascination kind of way.

Or, again, it might have been the great review, this time from the Cleveland Plain-Dealer.


TBR = to be read.
Although this might be one of those books where the review is much better than the actual book. The Philly Inquirer, quickly becoming one of my favorite review sources, made it sound amazing. We'll see what happens when I get around to it.

Tipping.....not just for cows anymore!

Sorry, that was a little bit of Midwest humor.


Anyway, these are the kinds of books that I love. There was one about a hotel worker that got scrapped (too bad!) but the waiter book lives.
It is probably the kind of book that will make me want to never eat outside of my house again. I'm still going to read it. I shouldn't be eating out so much anyway! The Post gave it a pretty decent review.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Shoeaholics, take note!

This is a british release, which will be published in the States in November. I just noticed we had a preview copy and snagged it for my very own! I can't wait to jump into it!

Funky Cold Medina

There is a big controversy, or conTROversy if you're British, going on about the book The Jewel of Medina.

What? You've never heard of it? Well, that is because it was supposed to have been released yesterday and it wasn't. Why? Well, that is the question. Random House pulled the book from its release schedule and it isn't clear if it was because the book wasn't so hot, or because the book is going to make Muslim extremists fly into a rage and civilization, as we know it, will be destroyed. One of those scenarios seems more likely than the other, but I'll let you make up your own mind.

Anyway, as you might have guessed, right wing reactionaries are ALL IN AN UPROAR about the "American way of life" being subjugated by "liberal media" (yak) and bowing down to Islam. Really? Is that what happened?

I find it humorous, if not a little ridiculous, that everyone is jumping to the defense of a book they've never heard of, let alone read. Andrew Klavan stated, in some editorial, that "but I know for a fact that the history of literature and thought will be poorer for its absence." Really? You know that for a fact, never having read the book? Wow. That's pretty good.

If you're interested, here are some links to the controversy. I highly recommend the Smart Bitches discussion, because there are a few Muslim women who give real insight into lots of things dealt with in the book. Also, there is also a link to the prologue so you can be more informed than Mr. Klavan, at least.

From GalleyCat

From Smart Bitches, Trashy Books (thread with prologue)

The original SBTB thread.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Lady Killer CD Lady Killer CD by Lisa Scottoline

My review

rating: 5 of 5 stars

The woman reading this, Barbara Rosenblat, was born to read this book. Seriously.

The story was good too, but I don't think it would have come across as meant just by reading. Scottoline is a genius, but that shouldn't be news to anyone. Her books, and characters, tend to stay with you long after the book is over. There was absolutely nothing about this book that I did not love.

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