Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Pride and Prejudice

Classics are free on the kindle, so I downloaded this one, as recommended by my sister, Amy. While I enjoyed the story and was anxious to get to the part of the book where Darcy and Elizabeth finally get together, I am not so sure I can take these Victorian-era  books seriously. Too much time has passed, and things are so different now. I can't imagine courting a man for weeks and still refering to him as Mr. Darcy. I can't imagine accepting a proposal from a man whom I haven't even kissed. And nobody works! They all just have family money. They do nothing all day but wonder about the character of everyone around them.
The most ridiculous part for me is where Lydia runs away with the soldier. They must marry to prevent the family from shame. Really? Nowadays, you may not be so happy about your child running off with a soldier, but that is more out of concern for said child than your social appearance. It was difficult for me to relate to the scandal.
I also skimmed much of the dialogue. I found it excessively wordy. For this reason, I probably will not be reading any more of Austen's books.

Hunger Games pt 1

I read this last summer but I am still going to review it. Yeah, who hasn't read this book? It's amazing...dark, imaginative, enthralling, and different. I was disturbed by it, yet could not wait to find out what happened at the end. I was fascinated by the world Ms Collin's created here...numerous districts of oppressed people governed by the greedy capital. I was fascinated by the idea of the Games themselves. I could not possibly have imagined such a thing, and am in awe of those who can. I will be reading the third installment later this summer, probably when I am on vacation.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Hunger Games, part 2

Last summer, at my kids' insistance, I read the first book in this series. I just finished this one last night. i FOUND it equally dark, disturbing, engrossing, and imaginative . The world created in the mind of Suzanne Collins is ingenious. The Hunger Games and it's rules, the Quarter Quell cards, the districts. I wonder how a mind can come up with such an idea. This is really a tale of politcal oppression, and the star characters are certainly oppressed. It can be difficult to read the troubles our hero and heroines must endure.  But it is always engrossing and never predictable. I will be reading the next book right away, hoping Katniss gets a break somewhere in her life and finds some happiness in her world. I know the districts are in full rebellion and she is seen as the catalyst. It will be interesting to see what happens.

Loved this one....

I started reading the hardcover CATCHING FIRE at home, which is dark and serious. So for the Kindle and my trips to the gym, I bought this one. I figured I needed something light and fluffy. I had already read a book by McQuestio, and liked the characters she creates. I noticed this was on sale on Amazon for 1.99 during the month of May and purchased it.
I always read the reviews on Amazon, and many readers thought it was too predictable. I didn't really. At first I thought the plot would be something from an ABC Family movie, but there were a few things I did not see coming. Intricate plots are not what I like about this reader anyway. It's the characters. I know all of them in real life....the lazy coworker, the pain-in-the-ass sister (although Mindy was an unusuallly awful sister!), the long-time friend who now has a baby and has no time for you. I loved the neighbors, too. The lead character, Lola, was quick to judge them, but they have interesting pasts and are not whAT SHE first sees.  I loved the storyline of the late Great Aunt, how Lola barely knew her or her history yet she inherited a house from her. She learns a bit about this Aunt, and herself, by reading diaries she left behind.
Even a thin plot can be interesting if the characters are this real and identifiable. I enjoyed this book immensly, especially compared to the rough, dark troubled life of Katniss Everdeen. McQuestion has one more book that I can read, perhaps this summer when I am on the beach!

A Charming tale of Adventure...

I started reading this book in high school, as it was very popular at the time. I never finished it, can't even remember any of it. I thouroughly enjoyed the tale, and I love how JRR Tolkein writes. The little Hobbit is an interesting, noble creature who lives in a very imaginative, fascinating world. He and his little band of elves set out on an adventure. They meet Eagle Kings, Wolves, a man who turns into a bear, a Gollum, whatever he was, dwarves, wizzards. Thier adventure is fast-paced, something exciting happens on every page.
 I suggested that my oldest daughter read this, and she enjoyed it so much, she bought the whole Lord of the Rings trilogy for us to read.