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review 2019-01-23 04:38
The Lost Coast - Amy Rose Capetta

I received an ARC of this book for free from the publisher (Candlewick Press) in exchange for an honest review. 

 

I had such high hopes for this book, but it ultimately did not live up to my expectations. 

 

Let’s start with what I did like. 

 

I liked the diversity. There was a lot of sexual (lesbian, ace, etc.) and racial diversity. One of the girls was Filipino which I was super happy about since I’m Filipino. I love seeing Filipino representation.  

 

I also liked the aesthetic of the book. The descriptions perfectly captured that foggy, mystical, Northern California vibe. 

 

 

Now on to what I didn’t love. 

 

There were a lot of point of view changes throughout the book which really made it difficult to understand especially in the beginning. Each POV would last for only a few pages so it ended up being a bit jarring and all over the place. 

 

As for the storyline, it wasn’t exciting. It felt kind of blah to me until the end which is when things finally got interesting. 

 

I also wished the book focused more on June and Hawthorn. They were my two favorite characters and I wanted to explore more of their backstory. 

 

Overall, this book had some good moments (Queer POC witches for the win!), but didn’t reach its full potential. 

 

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text 2019-01-21 21:24
Reading progress update: I've read 226 out of 352 pages.
The Lost Coast - Amy Rose Capetta
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review 2019-01-20 00:24
Lost Timelines
Lost Pages - Paul Di Filippo

Lost Pages is a collection of short stories linked by the conceit of taking famous 20th century authors and placing them into different historical contexts. Not different time periods, just very different situations in their own time. It is essentially nine alternate history stories, each with a famous writer as the main character. I would love to spoil them all because the premises are very clever, but I will limit myself to a couple.

 

The story that may be the best in the collection, but also the most dubious, has Anne Frank escape the Holocaust and still write her famous diary but instead it is about her rise to stardom in Hollywood. In another story Antoine de Saint-Exupery is one of the last survivors after most of humanity is wiped out by a plague and he attempts to rebuild civilization based on air power. Some of the stories are more science fictional than others and several of them featured authors who were SF writers. There is no continuity running through the stories, each exists in its own world. There are some dark twists, but over all the stories are a lot of fun.

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text 2019-01-19 03:03
Movie Review: Jurassic Park: The Lost World

 

Title: Jurassic Park: The Lost World
Release Date: 1997
Starring: Jeff Goldblum, Julianne Moore, Vince Vaughn, Pete Postlethwaite
Length: 2h 9min
Rating: 14A

 

Favourite character: Kelly‚Ä®

Crush: Ian Malcolm & Nick Van Owen
Least favourite character: Dieter Stark
Favourite line: Basically everything Ian Malcolm says

 

Mini-Review: These movies always make me feel slightly sick to be completely honest. I tend to veer away from movies like this, monster dinosaur movies that eat people. Scares the crap out of me. But I watched these movies for a kid I babysit and became strangely fascinated. So while I watch, nauseated, I just focus on Jeff Goldblum. That’s all I really have to say.

 

 

 

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review 2019-01-15 19:28
Some Thoughts: Lost Island
Lost Island - Phyllis A. Whitney

Lost Island

by Phyllis A. Whitney

 

 

Lacey, Elise, and Giles.  They grew up together on a mist-shrouded island off the Georgia coast.  Long ago, and without Giles's ever knowing it, Lacey gave birth to his son.  But Elise, the beautiful, domineering one, got Giles.  She got Lacey's child, too, to bring up as her own.

Lacey has tried hard to forget.  But in ten years she hasn't been able to.  So she's going back.  To see her son.  To confront Elise.  To exorcise the spell of the island - and of Giles.  Or perhaps to be trapped by them forever....



One star is the for the writing and the other star is for the atmosphere.  But otherwise, I can't bring myself to understand what was even going on in this entire tale of chaos.  It felt like a daytime soap, with birth secrets, dysfunctional family dynamics, and characters soaked in amorality.  The heroine was a clueless pushover who couldn't seem to figure out how to stand up for herself NOR fight for her life, and her antagonist really had way too much power, with everyone letting her get away with every misdeed.

The little boy seemed too old for his age, and none of the men really stood out aside from spending all of their time brooding and acting self-righteous.

I've been interested in Phyllis A. Whitney for some time now, after seeing her name surface in discussions of Gothic romance or romantic suspense.  I'm thinking that this book was probably NOT the best one to start with, but it happened to be one I came across at the library one day.

In all honesty, the fact that I DID get drawn into it in spite of the convoluted plot and dysfunctional character dynamics is a feat in itself.  So this isn't an entirely terrible book, and a younger Ani might have actually enjoyed it more a long time ago.

Here's a quote that I particularly liked, though, for whatever reason.  The writing, as I've mentioned, was probably one of the best things going for this book.

 

The smell of the ocean is something one never forgets.  I breathed it deeply as the wind came whipping into my face, tossing my hair.  The tide was part-way out and the sound of surf rushing in over the low shore summoned me to follow it.  I walked toward the sea wall.


And this particular paragraph managed to draw me into the book...

 

 

Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2019/01/some-thoughts-lost-island.html
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