Tuesday, June 30, 2015

fight club // chuck palahniuk

Title:  Fight Club
Author: Chuck Palahniuk
Ideal Age Range: Adult
Mass Market Paperback: 218 pages
Copyright Date:  1996
 The first rule about fight club is you don’t talk about fight club.
The second rule about fight club is you don’t talk about fight club.
The third rule about fight club is two men per fight.
The fourth rule about fight club is one fight at a time.
The fifth rule about fight club is no shoes, no shirts in the fight.
The sixth rule about fight club is the fights go on as long as they have to.

My Rating (★★★★):

I liked Fight Club. I loved the writing style. I loved it’s fast pace. The jumpy writing style didn’t even bother me. It was something different for me to read, outside of my normal reading style.

The characters were all unlikable, human characters. I hate the idea of anarchy and chaos, so the story wasn’t that great to me, well, it was a fine story, I just don’t like those things so they make me uncomfortable. Overall though, I thought it was great!

I feel like I need to watch the movie again now.  J

a husband of her own // brenda novak

Title:  A Husband of Her Own
Author: Brenda Novak
Ideal Age Range: Adult
Mass Market Paperback: 298 pages
Copyright Date:  May 2003
 Who’s going to win the battle of Dundee, Idaho?
The town’s bad girl or its favorite son?
Rebecca Wells desperately wants to overcome her reputation. She’s finally trying to put an end to her twenty-four-year rivalry with the perfect Josh Hill, a rivalry that began when she was a kid and the Hills moved in across the street. Great-looking, popular, a successful horse rancher, Josh is Dundee’s golden boy- and the son her father always wanted.
But even when her father insists they call a truce, it’s hard for Rebecca to drop her resentment of Josh. She refuses to acknowledge that she feels more for him than she’s ever let on. The man she loves to hate is also the man she’d hate to love!

My Rating (★★★★):

I don’t usually read Harlequin Superromances. If I read a romance, it is normally a Regency romance and the author is usually Eloisa James or Julia Quinn. (They’re my favorite Romance authors) But we were having a garage sale, and A Husband of Her Own was one of the books that we were trying to sell. I just happened to pick it up, and started reading the first few pages and never stopped.

It was a fun read. It got me intrigued and I love the rivalry aspect. The characters’ chemistry was pretty undeniable (that’s always a nice thing). I thought the story was funny and easy. I didn’t have to struggle through any of it, which, after A Game of Thrones, I really needed.

It was definitely a good, easy and exciting read. I might read more of the series, and I might read more of Brenda Novak.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

a game of thrones // george r. r. martin

Title:  A Game of Thrones
Author: George R. R. Martin
Ideal Age Range: Adult
Mass Market Paperback: 835 pages
Copyright Date:  March 1996
Blurb: In A Game of Thrones, George R. R. Martin has created a genuine masterpiece, bringing together the best the genre has to offer.  Mystery, intrigue, romance, and adventure fill the pages of the first volume in an epic series sure to delight fantasy fans everywhere.
In a land where summers cans last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes to the North of Winterfell, sinister and supernatural forces are massing beyond the kingdom’s protective Wall. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the land they were born to. Sweeping from a land of brutal cold to a distant summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, here is a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of grim omens. Amid plots and counterplots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, the fate of the Starks, their allies, and their enemies hangs perilously in the balance, as each endeavors to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.

My Rating (★★★):

Let me start my review off with saying: It took my over a year to read this book! I honestly read it because everyone loves it. I have to say, I hated and dreaded reading it most of the time (I finished 3 other books while I was trying to finish this book), with an exception: The last 200 pages.

If A Game of Thrones was ALL like the last two hundred pages, I would have loved it. As it is/was I only liked it, and that is only because of that last 25% of the book. The last quarter of the book is where the action was, after all the world building and such was done, the battles commenced and all the drama happened.

I hated almost every character save for a few. I’m not sure if that’s the kind of “caring” for the characters that authors normally go for, but it sure made those characters human. I liked the Daenerys story arc, Jon Snow and Robb Stark the best. With a special mention to the Tyrion arc.

I am on the fence still if I will ever continue the series. It literally made me want to quit reading it for a year. A YEAR. Anyway, that’s about all I have to say about it.  Oh no. Wait! I have one more thing. I am not one to appreciate OVER descriptive prose, and he certainly loves to describe what each and every lord is wearing. That’s just not necessary, in my opinion.

And that is all. Finally. Done.  HUZZAH!