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review 2017-05-07 21:43
Toni FGMAMTC's Reviews > The Good Earth
The Good Earth - Pearl S. Buck

Oh man, this story. It's a doozy. Some parts are just so very sad. The family just keeps trying and trying and trying. Their life is such a struggle. The woman, OMG, her entire life is heartbreaking. Thinking of her makes me feel overwhelmed. The Good Earth is about a family trying to live off the land and better themselves. Each decision affects their entire future. It's a humbling story for sure. This is a hard book for me to rate. I love a book that makes me emotional, and this did that very much. Some parts made me upset in a bad way though, but I guess it really was just staying true to how life was. If you're looking for a story to take you away, this did that for me. It totally took over my mind while I was reading it. If you're looking for a upbeat tale, this probably isn't it. It's not all sad like my review is making it sound though. I do recommend it very much.
4+ stars

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review 2016-01-25 16:39
Lifeless and boring; grating writing style
The Grace of Kings - Ken Liu

I gave this book a little more than one hundred pages to capture me but it never did. The writing is hopelessly clumsy and the dialogues inane. The author's prose has the unfortunate effect of making the characters lifeless and uninteresting. I have little sense of the milieux that produce Kuni Garu and Mata Zyndu, the novel's protagonists. Though it's obvious Liu's put a great deal of thought into the East Asian-flavored world of Dara, I often felt that I was reading a Wikipedia entry.

This is my opinion, of course. Other people will find something in this book that speaks to them, even if only to make a long bus ride pass more pleasantly. But for my part, I'm not going to devote more time to a story I have no interest in and an author whose style grates on my ear.

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text 2013-10-14 17:00
Currently working on the reviews for... 10/14/2013
William Gibson - Gary Westfahl
Sins & Needles - Karina Halle
All of You - Christina Lee
Out of Play - Nyrae Dawn,Jolene Perry
Japanese Animation: East Asian Perspectives -
How to Write Short: Word Craft for Fast Times - Roy Peter Clark
"You Can Tell Just By Looking": And 20 Other Myths about LGBT Life and People - Michael Bronski,Ann Pellegrini,Michael Amico
Why We Write: 20 Acclaimed Authors on How and Why They Do What They Do - Meredith Maran

This is more for my own personal notes, but I'm currently crafting reviews for the following books above for this week.  Some of these are carrying over from where I didn't get to them last week, so I'm prioritizing those first.

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review 2013-10-01 00:00
Japanese Animation: East Asian Perspectives
Japanese Animation: East Asian Perspectives - Review to come. Excellent overview of the history of Japanese animation. Everything from the first produced animation to influences and influential figures are covered in this, and I learned many things that I didn't know before in this collection of academic essays. When I have the chance, I'll write a full review expanding my thoughts.
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text 2013-09-30 22:58
Upcoming Reading List - 9/30/13
From Where I Stand - Robert Zimmermann
A Study in Silks - Emma Jane Holloway
How to Write Short: Word Craft for Fast Times - Roy Peter Clark
On Every Street (The Artists Trilogy, #0.5) - Karina Halle
Japanese Animation: East Asian Perspectives -
Animated Life: A Lifetime of tips, tricks, techniques and stories from an animation Legend (Animation Masters Title) - Floyd Norman
The Road to Her - K.E. Payne
Steelheart - Brandon Sanderson
Shooting Scars - 'Karina Halle'
Tear You Apart - Megan Hart

Because I want to let you guys know what I'm planning to read in the upcoming week, and because the cover flow on the BookLikes panel is so nifty. I might do other features like this on BL in the future, just not sure how often it will be.  No particular order to these, I'll post up to 10 titles, though I'm not sure if I'll be able to read all of these this week (I average reading a book a day, but sometimes it's more or less depending on how much time I have and the length of the book.)

 

Oh, and I won my first two BookLikes Giveaways today.  One of the books I'm reading this week is the one I won (I'll have to wait for the other in the mail.)  Yay! =)

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