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text 2019-01-14 18:18
Reading progress update: I've read 147 out of 216 pages.
Topper - Thorne Smith

well, it’s fairly amusing, at times, I guess...if you overlook the casual comments (reflecting casual attitudes of 1926, I must suppose) about wife-beating, that I assume were meant to get a chuckle, and the fact that any African-American character is likely to be a “Negro bellhop” whose dialogue won’t go much beyond ‘yes, boss’. ah, Thorne Smith novels. ah, 1926. don’t you just want to travel back in time, sometimes, and smack a few people in the face...or, even, get the 1920s to be more like the 1960s. bring things in ahead of schedule, let’s say.

 

anyway, Topper, and especially the ghosts, are kind of fun.

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text 2019-01-13 21:54
Reading progress update: I've read 1 out of 216 pages.
Topper - Thorne Smith

so - Topper next for me, after all. The Death Chamber was a little bit “ghosty”, but not the way Topper is guaranteed to be.

 

Thorne Smith’s humorous Fantasy romps have a lot of fans; I’m not a big one. I find the level of humor gets a bit silly, juvenile, and can be woefully out of date, borderline offensive. give me Wodehouse instead, any day. even though Smith’s pioneering “body swap” novel Turnabout is one I liked, I prefer Laughing Gas from about five years later - Wodehouse’s take on two people suddenly finding they’ve exchanged bodies (all this gave us several 1980s movies) - over some of the goofy developments or adolescent-level humor of Thorne Smith’s take. meanwhile, Rain in the Doorway, was entertaining - but again, just reinforced the fact that Smith doesn’t entirely dazzle me throughout his now-dated books. and Night Life of the Gods left me cold...didn’t work for me at all. still...maybe everybody should read one Thorne Smith Light Fantasy novel; the one that led to the TV show Bewitched is not sitting on a book stack near me, but Topper, the most famous one thanks to a film version, is. and so, one more silly, bumpy, ride...

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text 2019-01-01 22:01
Reading progress update: I've read 31%.
The Hating Game: A Novel - Sally Thorne

Unfortunately I didn't get this finished last year, but I'll hopefully have it done tomorrow. I oscillate between liking it and not, but I'll give it more of a chance as I'd rather not begin a new reading year on a DNF.

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review 2018-12-30 00:11
99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne
99 Percent Mine - Sally Thorne 99 Percent Mine - Sally Thorne

A special thank you to Edelweiss and William Morrow for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

 

Darcy Barrett has travelled the world and can safely say that there is no man that measures up to Tom Valeska.  Tom's only flaw is that Darcy's twin brother, Jamie, claimed him first and that he is 99% loyal to her brother.    

 

When the twins inherit a rundown cottage from their grandmother, they are tasked with restoring it and selling it.  Before Darcy can set sail on her next adventure, house-flipper Tom has arrived in a tight t-shirt with his power tools (and hot tool belt) and he's single.

 

Darcy decides to stick around for a while.  It's not because she's been in love with Tom since she was eight-years-old, or that his face has inspired her to pick up her camera after her failed stint as a wedding photographer left her doubting her talent, it's to make sure that Jamie doesn't ruin the cottage's aesthetic with his modern taste.  Right?  

 

Can Darcy's delicate heart take being this close to Tom?  And can she turn the tables and make Tom 99 percent hers?

 

I loved The Hating Game.  It was clever, sharp, and cheeky!  But this book...I only liked it.  Okay so here's what I think happened: Thorne fell down with her character development.  Take Darcy for example, she's honest, and raw, but uses sarcasm and snark to hide behind her perceived tough exterior.  But this felt a bit forced and clichéd, and she ends up just being difficult and unlikeable.  Tom is your classic 'boy next door' type and although endearing, he was almost too good and dare I say...flat?  It felt like he was written to be the polar opposite of Darcy to make their relationship more layered and complicated, but again, this seemed to be a tactic.  You never get a sense of who he really is and he seems to be constantly eclipsed by those closest to him (his mother, his best friend, and now Darcy).  And can we just talk about Jamie for a second?  What a jerk.  I have the sneaking suspicion that he was underdeveloped because he will be a main character in another book.  

 

The plot came off as formulaic and a bit basic.  I don't want to get into too much detail here as to not give anything away, but I'm sure you can guess what happens.  I wanted the goods—I wanted more of their childhood, more about Tom and his mother, about Darcy's travels and her "Felicity" moment of cutting her hair, and more about Jamie (maybe then I wouldn't think he was such a tosser).  These relationships are the framework of the character development but they were underdeveloped and therefore produce some underwhelming characters.           

 

Where Thorne excels is with the ability to completely draw the reader in and not let go until the end.  She is incredibly engaging and I completely devoured both of her books in one sitting.  It is for this reason that she is quickly becoming one of my favourite authors and I will read anything she writes.  There is an ease to her writing and she has such an ear for conversation and banter which translates extremely well on the page.  

 

While this book might not have been everything I had hoped it would be, there are going to be those that love it.  I just didn't love it as much as The Hating Game.  I mean, Josh Templeman...  Enough said.  

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text 2018-12-28 20:59
Reading progress update: I've read 20%.
The Hating Game: A Novel - Sally Thorne

I'm finding this a little claustrophobic because there hasn't been much of the story taking place outside of the office, but I'm going to give it a bit longer. I'm getting quite invested in the characters and story now.

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