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review 2018-04-11 23:09
Laugh till it hurts
Pursuing Carrie (Pretending #3) - Jenn H... Pursuing Carrie (Pretending #3) - Jenn Hype

Pursuing Carrie by Jenn Hype is a fun contemporary romance.  Ms. Hype has given us a well-written book and lots of laughs.  I would rather have read it in third person, but that's a personal preference.  Carrie is a dance instructor and choreographer.  Joe is a cop.  Their story is packed with hilarious, lovable characters, drama, humor and sizzle.  This story grabbed me at page one and entertained me until the end.  I enjoyed this book and look forward to my next book by Jenn Hype.  Pursuing Carrie is book 3 of the Pretending Series but can be read as a standalone.  This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.

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review 2018-03-15 17:29
Pachinko, by Min Jin Lee
Pachinko - Min Jin Lee

It took me almost four months to read Pachinko. As I read, I began wondering about my slow pace. My fall semesters are busier, yes, but I still manage to finish most books in what's a timely manner for me. It certainly wasn't because I found the book hard to read in terms of comprehension or engagement. As I got closer to the end, I realized: it was because I was so invested in the characters and storytelling I had to take time to process the intense feelings the novel evoked. There are also regular gaps in time that take place between chapters where characters' situations change significantly; I needed mental space before diving into the story again. I can't think of another novel that required this sort of reading from me.

 

In addition to Rushdie's The Moor's Last Sigh, Pachinko has served to establish that "family sagas" can engage me, or at least when another culture is involved. Through the family portrayed here, I learned more about Korea, but it never feels like a history lesson. Everything comes from the characters. The novel also provokes thought about national and racial identity.

 

There were moments I dreaded, as with the return of a less sympathetic character, though not in a way that made me dislike the novel or its author. There were moments that shocked me to the point of gasping. There are many scenes that easily and vividly come to mind when I recall my reading, which I finished more than a month ago.

 

I would love to teach this novel. I have the feeling I may reread it some day, regardless. For me, that's a rarity, a compliment, and a sign of deep gratitude. 

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review 2018-02-15 07:06
How we overestimate technological change
Future Hype: The Myths of Technology Change - Bob Seidensticker

This is a fascinating yet flawed book. Robert Seidensticker's argument is that people have long overestimated the speed of technological change, which he demonstrates by surveying the decades of grandiose predictions that have fallen flat. From them he derives a series of "high-tech myths" that serve as a commonality running through many of these overestimates, before concluding by drawing some conclusions as to why people do that and how they might avoid making such mistakes in the future. Seidensticker's thesis is a credible one, and his examples show how it has merit, but his analysis suffers from a degree of confirmation bias by cherry-picking his examples and ignoring or glancing over ones which might require a greater degree of qualification. Had he pursued a more nuanced study he might have produced a more valuable examination of human reaction to technological change, though it would probably not have been as forceful as what he does provide his readers

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review 2017-12-19 22:07
Plenty of angst
Playing Stacy (Pretending #2) - Jenn Hyp... Playing Stacy (Pretending #2) - Jenn Hype

Playing Stacy by Jenn Hype is a good read.  Ms. Hype has delivered a well-written book.  If you are a fan of angst, this book's for you.  I'm not a fan of an overabundance of angst.  I'm also not a fan of alternating point of view formats, and this one also has that.  Other than Stacy's sometimes exaggerated shenanigans, I can't say anything else bad about the book.  I did enjoy the humor.  Ms. Hype also did a great job on the characters in this book.  Stacy is a hot mess.  Officer Chad doesn't find her antics amusing and locks her in jail to sober up.  Their story is a rollercoaster of good times and bad.  I actually enjoyed reading Playing Stacy, but I feel like it did drag out a bit.  Playing Stacy is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.

 

 

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review 2017-11-03 21:46
Great Humor
Simply Crazy (Jaded Series Book 1) - Jen... Simply Crazy (Jaded Series Book 1) - Jenn Hype

Simply Crazy is my first book by Jenn Hype.  It won’t be my last.  Ms Hype has delivered a well-written book.  It is in alternating point of view format, which I’m not a fan of, but it worked in this book.  The characters in this story are simply phenomenal.  Kudos to Ms Hype for the characters, their interaction and the humor.  Blake and CJ’s story is laugh out loud funny with plenty of drama, suspense, action and sizzle.  I totally loved this book and look forward to reading more from Jenn Hype in the future.  Simply Crazy is book 1 of the Jaded Series but can be read as a standalone.  This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.

Oh, and did I mention it's funny?

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