The gazillionth Laundry File confirms that the success of its predecessors depended heavily on the voice of Bob Howard by again not using it. Instead we get Howard-lite in the form of newbie vampire and Laundry recruit, Alex. Alex is the kind of nervous, out of his depth nerd Bob was way back in the mists of time, without the wit or distinctive turns of phrase. This makes the first half of the book a little dull. Circa p200 however, things start to go crazy, the viewpoint widens and war breaks out. After that it's a gallop all the way to the end.
The story of the author's upbringing in the US South sounded like an intriguing one. Many stories of Asian/Asian Americans often concentrate in areas where there are larger populations: San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, etc. But some place like Macon, Georgia? That is not a perspective I've read or heard about very often. So I thought this would be an interesting book.
Author Jung tells us about his life and times in Macon: how his parents met, why they ended up in Macon, his childhood there and his experiences with the South, how they forged a living, how they eventually moved to San Francisco, etc. Initially it sounded quite interesting, but unfortunately I didn't quite realize what it was, which is his life story. I didn't know anything prior to reading the book and realize now this wasn't the book I wanted to read.
While aspects of the book are interesting (how he and his family, as the only non white or black family in the area were treated better than black people but were definitely seen as not equal to white people), I really wasn't interested in his family and his life. It's a story that we've seen before but Jung unfortunately is also not the greatest writer either. I wanted to hear more about how many Chinese immigrants came to the US and ended up working in (for example) laundromats, how his family fit in (or not), more about what it was like to adjust moving from some place like Macon to San Francisco, California, etc.
So this book wasn't quite what I was looking for. As a first person narrative it certainly seemed interesting and might be a good fit for someone looking for this type of story. But I'll definitely not be as eager to read his other books and will be looking to buy them used if I can't find them at the library.
As she watch her dreams vanish, she also gets into an accident with the cocky and much-too-sexy Philip, who seems to push every button in her, as he pushes beyond boundaries to get her to become a journalist she was meant to be.
With Kendall also joining the magazine, along with Sidney's best friend Johnson, FILTHY DIRTY LAUNDRY has become a hotbed of twists, turns, and passions in this new steamy series where exposing celebrity dirty laundry has become more than what it seems.
I'm not sure I understood what the point in this book was. I received the first two installments which was... interesting.. but it didn't really "do it" for me.
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