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review 2015-12-21 13:06
Too short!
The Origin of Red Tornado (DC Universe Origins) - Mark Waid,Phil Jimenez,Andy Lanning,Hi-Fi

This was far, far too short.   You got a very, very brief (and thus simplified) version of Red Tornado's origins.   


Disappointed.   I have a lot in this series, but probably won't read many if they're all like this.  I will give another couple characters a try, but I found this mostly useless.   As little as I know about DC, I knew about everything here.   I figure it'll be the same for the rest, especially the heavy hitters like Batman and Wonder Woman. 

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review 2014-12-26 14:49
Very nostalgic read.
The Boston Girl: A Novel - Anita Diamant

This is the first book by Anita Diamant that I've read, and now the TBR grows (again).  I loved her writing, the way she described the environment and surroundings was just enough to paint a clear picture, but not caught up in meaningless details. 


The book is from the POV of Addie, both as a grandmother and as a young woman.  She tells her own story to her granddaughter.  She is from a Jewish Russian immigrant family who settled in Boston, and had no shortage of tragic times before and after the move.  The story that Addie tells reminded me so much of my great-grandmother (my GG).  Addie was born in 1900 in Boston from a Russian family (I don't think they say exactly where), and my GG was born in 1907 in Poland and immigrated to New York in 1921.  There were so many times in this book that I had to remind myself that this is a work of fiction, not a memoir.  Addie's story was told so personally, and so realistically, that it could have been told from my GG's mouth.  It made me think of her a lot, since their experiences would have been very similar.  Some of the things Addie said, I could just hear in my GG's voice. 


"A girl should always have her own money so she's never beholden to anyone."  I said that was very modern of her, but she didn't think so.  "As far as I can tell, common sense hasn't been in fashion for a long time."




"Never apologize for being smart."


It's hard to pick out specific quotes, since its really just the whole essence and attitude of Addie that reminds me of her.  But both Addie and my GG were very modern, spunky, independent women.


Although I love the cover of the book, this is a picture of my GG when she got married.



I think she's 18 in this picture.  My great-grandfather died in 1980, just before I was born, and she was never interested in meeting anyone new.  She lived another 25 years, and I am so glad I got to know her like I did.


Personally, I really enjoyed this book.  But, I'm not sure if someone with a different background would be able to relate to this as much.  It would still be an entertaining story, but I don't know if it would strike the same chord.  It was mostly a story of character development, not so much in the way of plot.  But it made me feel like I got to spend a few more hours with my GG, which I loved.


I won a copy of this book through GoodReads First Reads.

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text 2014-10-01 00:50
Reading progress update: I've read 335 out of 870 pages.
Voyager - Diana Gabaldon

Yes! Yes! Yes!


Dragonfly in Amber (book #2) was really a labor of love for me, so I am so glad that Voyager is the wonderful, flowing story that I experienced in Outlander.  With each chapter, the story unfolds a bit more, layers built upon layers, which I absolutely love.  All day at work, I can't wait to come home and lose myself in Scotland with Jamie. 






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review 2014-08-19 20:30
A little bittersweet.
March - Geraldine Brooks

This is the second book by Geraldine Brooks that I've read, and I love her voice and writing style.  This book is based on the March family from Little Women, told from both Mr. March's point of view, as well as Marmee's.  I'll preface this by saying that I tend to have a very hard time with war stories, both written and in movies.  I very rarely enjoy them, I think because I find war so very unenjoyable.  I can't really derive any sort of pleasure from hearing about war, unless the war serves only as a backdrop or for timing purposes.  Mr. March does go into some detail about his experiences while serving as a chaplain during the Civil War, and that was very hard for me to read.  It was a fairly short book, but took me relatively much longer to get through.  I could only read a handful of pages at a time.  Having said that, I liked that there was a very "real" quality to these characters, not romanticized versions of people from a childhood story.  And I liked that the experiences the characters went through added to their lives and their development as people.  I think this would be a great read for people maybe not so sensitive to wars, like me, but it's a good read overall.

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review 2014-08-18 20:56
Sophomore Slump, but still good
Birds of a Feather - Jacqueline Winspear

I loved the first Maisie Dobbs book, and this was a nice follow up.  I felt that there was a good development in the friendship between Maisie and Billy, and I got to know each of them better as characters.  I really loved Maisie in the first book, her character, her history, and how she approached life and her work.  I didn't know what to expect from the series, but the historical/mystery is really doing it for me!  This story seemed a bit longer to get through though, and it didn't grab me like the first book.  Considering there were several murders, possibly all related (no spoilers here), I thought that it would be a real page turner.  But it just sort of meandered along.  It was interesting, and still very well written and enjoyable, but it fell short of the first book.  Will definitely read book #3 though!

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