There will be more pictures soon of all the goodies I have been knitting – I have been far more productive than normal here recently. I need to take pictures and update my Etsy store, but all I really want to do is knit….and read.
I am horrible at book reviews. Second only to reading books I love to discuss them, which typically means I am giving away the ending, spoiling it for readers everywhere. I have been pondering how to go about this weakness, how I can give you a glimpse of what enthralled me with the book without ruining the story? So, friends and neighbors, here it goes.
** Double Feature by Owen King **
- Seeing a movie where a male satyr having sex with a tree.
- A pyromaniac ruining your life one match at a time.
- A father that is way worse than your own (or at least I hope).
- A sister who maces people at random.
- The quirks of actors and swords.
- Anything involving fake noses or Orson Welles.
- A complicated family life that is both sweet, annoying, heartbreaking and hysterical.
- Fears of being crushed to death by a very large man’s thighs.
- My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Stars
Okay, hopefully I still have your attention and haven’t ruined anything for you yet. Let’s try another shall we?
** The Execution of Noa P. Singleton **
Here I am going to lay out what I really liked about the book.
- The writing, while a bit stunted and jumbled, still propelled me to continue on. Lackluster writing usually puts me off a novel, but it was easier to overlook because I wanted to see what would happen next.
- At some point in the novel I wanted to 1) smack 2) hug 3) cry for and 4) condemn each and every character.
- The plot development is slow, but in a really delicious manner. There is no rush, which (for me) was how I imagine sitting on death row would be like. Why rush to the end when you know it’s coming?
- While I didn’t particularly “like” any of the characters I was still emotionally invested in them. Again, this is something rare for me.
- While the last few chapters were both equally surprising and slightly odd – I didn’t mind it. It seemed to fit with what the author was trying to get around – in a very roundabout way.
- My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Stars.
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So there it is. I have been reading more and more blogs that review books since the Read-a-Thon only to find myself envious of their ability to give a complete and compelling summary without disrupting the elusiveness of the story. I am tying to figure out how to approach review books for this blog – or even if I should be reviewing books on my blog. I love reading more than I love knitting – it has seniority in my life.
So friends and neighbors – honestly – what do you think? Any constructive criticism (or out right criticism) would be great. I want to share my love of reading the way I share my knitting and photography. What could be better? Did you like one style more than another? Should I abandon all hope and stick to knitting? Bring it on – I’m ready! 😉