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review 2017-10-06 03:02
Review: The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul (Dirk Gently Book 2 of 2)
The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul - Douglas Adams

I didn’t enjoy this nearly as much as Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency.  It started off interesting, but for some reason I became progressively less interested as the story continued and I put the book down more and more frequently.  I also didn’t find it as funny.  It had humor, but it didn’t make me laugh as much.  I think it intentionally took a more serious tone, which I might have appreciated better if I’d been more interested in the story.

 

The first book had a mixture of elements from both science fiction and fantasy, but I thought it leaned more toward science fiction.  This book, on the other hand, was purely in the fantasy category with Norse gods playing a large role in the story.  In many ways this reminded me of American Gods, at least in terms of the basic premise, except without the “American” part.  This book was published first, so maybe I would feel differently if I had read it first, but I preferred American Gods.

 

I’m not really sure why this one didn’t work as well for me as Dirk Gently did but, by the end, I was happy to be done with it.

 

Next Book

All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders.  I don’t know anything about this story, but I’ve seen it reviewed quite a bit in recent months and I’ve skimmed those reviews for general impressions.  My general impression of other people’s general impressions is that a lot of people hate it and a lot of people love it, so it will be interesting to see where I end up.

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review 2017-06-07 22:27
Forever Is The Worst Long Time
Forever is the Worst Long Time: A Novel - Camille Pagán

Title:  Forever Is The Worst Long Time

Author:  Camille Pagan

Publisher:  Lake Union Publishing

Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean

Rating: Four

Review:

 

"Forever Is The Worst Long Time" by Camille Pagan

 

My Thoughts....

 

This was a read of emotions, love, friendship, betrayal, tragic, loss,regret, forgiveness with three main characters: James, Lou and Rob who were all far from perfect.  With their stupid mistakes they made, along with some crazy decisions will they ever be able to stop all of the hurting that is going on among these friends? This author gives the reader quite a complex plot that is well developed with surprises that goes in unexpected ways with surprises, celebrations as well as disappointments that will have you at some time shaking your head.  By the end  of this story the reader gets quite a heart breaking, wrenching story that will also be very thought provoking and also engaging read from 'lack of closeness in relations, ruined friendships, death and loss'.  What else can be said about this story is the choices that one makes in there life can turn out to be short and or long term consequences.  'Life is short and it is what you make of it... for one must make it count.'

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review 2017-06-01 13:00
End of an Era!
Long Time Gone (Rough Riders) - Lorelei James

This book was bittersweet for me.  It was the end of a series that really got me into reading erotica again.  When I found the Rough Riders Series I felt like a new world opened up for me.  The books were hot but they had a storyline and characters that I immediately fell in love with.  The McKays became a staple in my reading lists for the last seven or so years.  And I will miss them.  Miss them terribly.

 

It's one of the reasons I put off this novella for so long.  I read COWBOY TAKE ME AWAY finally after waiting quite some time, but I just couldn't bring myself to reading this final piece of the original McKays.

 

I couldn't put it off forever though and so I bit the bullet and read LONG TIME GONE and I wasn't disappointed in the least.  I thought the author stayed true to the characters and it just seems so interesting to the "parents" as young adults.

 

Kimi and Cal certainly didn't make things easy but I have a lot of respect for him in the fact that he let Kimi go spread her wings.  I loved that they were able to find their way back to each other.  I just wished that they were able to get more of a story once they got back together.  I had a smile on my face from what I did get of them and loved their story even though I was closing the book on the Rough Riders Series.

 

I listened to the audio at the beginning but wasn't a huge fan of the narrator so I ended up giving up about half way through and read the rest of the book.

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review 2017-02-20 15:02
Interesting story but boring writing.
Long Time No See - Hannah Lowe Long Time No See - Hannah Lowe

Lowe is the daughter of an English mother and a half Jamaican, half Chinese father. Here she tells the story of her upbringing, her father's past and more.

 

This was quite boring. Initially it sounded interesting: I've read bits and pieces about the Chinese in Jamaica and was curious to see how her father ended up in Great Britain to marry the author's mother and what it meant for the author. Some of it was quite fascinating: how her father dealt with being half Asian and half black, how the author navigated having a father whose skin color was different from hers, etc.

 

But overall it was very boring. Memoirs like this are tough: the author writes that some of the book is fiction (which was a bit of a disappointment but understandable given the circumstances for finding records, protecting privacy, etc.). She also chooses to split the story: alternating between her own and her father's. It's not a format I care for (I would have liked a more chronological retelling) but I suppose the author was trying to go for a parallel between the two tales.

 

I didn't find either story particularly compelling either, so that probably is part of it. I realize that these types of stories don't really have a "conflict" to solve necessarily but neither person was particularly interesting to read about. Interestingly enough I did read 'Finding Samuel Lowe' previously and wonder if there's any relation, however distant. That book (I thought) did a bit better, discussing some of the history, cultural context, etc. of the Chinese in Jamaica.

 

I won't lie, I regret buying this from the UK (as I live in the US) but it wasn't a book I was expecting to show up at my library or that would have been available as a bargain buy somewhere. It might be worth it if you can buy it cheap/it does show up in the library but I wouldn't rush out to read it.

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review 2017-02-08 14:26
Forever is the Worst Long Time/Camille Pagán
Forever is the Worst Long Time: A Novel - Camille Pagán

When struggling novelist James Hernandez meets poet Louisa “Lou” Bell, he’s sure he’s just found the love of his life. There’s just one problem: she’s engaged to his oldest friend, Rob. So James toasts their union and swallows his desire.

As the years pass, James’s dreams always seem just out of reach—he can’t finish that novel, can’t mend his relationship with his father, can’t fully commit to a romantic relationship. He just can’t move on. But after betrayal fractures Lou’s once-solid marriage, she turns to James for comfort.

When Lou and James act on their long-standing mutual attraction, the consequences are more heartbreaking—and miraculous—than either of them could have ever anticipated. Then life throws James one more curveball, and he, Rob, and Lou are forced to come to terms with the unexpected ways in which love and loss are intertwined.

 

This book didn't go the way that I expected it to, but instead it was incredibly touching, leaving me in a bundle of emotions and tears.

 

Incredibly well written, this book actually made me go back several times to check that it was indeed a work of fiction and not a memoir. I enjoyed the occasional use of second person, which made me feel involved in the story and gave me another lens through which to read the story.

 

I can't say I was terribly fond of James as a character, but seeing him grow was nonetheless an intriguing experience. The way that he interacted with his dreams was so terribly realistic and very telling of what real people go through, but the way he ultimately chose an unexpected path was really sweet.

 

Lou, also, kind of irked me, but I think that's because of how James portrayed her. I appreciated her reality check when it came to the idea of love and how it lasts, endures, and changes throughout time, but in general James made her seem too perfect for no apparent reasons.

 

The way this dealt with death felt very poignant and realistic--from a scene early in the book to one near the end, I felt like characters dealt with death in a way that I could relate to, and the scenes were touching. James makes a lot of poignant observations about how humans grieve.

 

As long as you don't mind crying, I recommend this book.

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