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Mon, Mar. 15th, 2010, 06:42 pm
sexymegalo: Plowing through those books!

Lasher-Anne Rice (Abridged audio book)

This is the second abridged audio book I've listened to in the Mayfair witches saga by Anne Rice, even though the first one I listened to (The Witching Hour) was pretty stupid, Lasher was the only cool thing about it, so I thought I'd give the audio book a try when I saw it cheap at a library book sale. It was much, much better than The Witching Hour at least.
It's a continuation of that novel, but also allows Lasher to tell of his former life in the flesh (he is now flesh for the second time-he's a ghost/spirit/demon until he gets two inbred witches to have sex and birth him-fully grown). His story was odd, interesting, and intriguing, and reminded me very much of the vampire legacy stories she writes and I so love.
The good thing about this novel was there was no stupid, conventional love story trying to bog it down. Just disturbing and interesting story and scenes and happenings. I thought the ending was kind of stupid/sad, but I guess I sort of understood why it happened like it did. Sort of.

However, it was really confusing at parts, and so was the first one, but I'm starting to blame that on the abridgments I think. This audio book was only two cassettes long-I've seen this book, it's 400 or more pages-there was A LOT cut out. And since I actually enjoyed the main parts of the plot I could understand, I'd be interested in actually reading the book if I found it cheap.

Very great and odd visuals in the book-bizarre stuff. And thankfully, not so much detail on the weird hallucination sex with the spirit of Lasher (now that he was flesh I guess it didn't need to be elaborated on as much or something).

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Artemis Fowl Book One-Eoin Colfer (Audio book)

Well, it's another one of those YA series I seem to like to attach myself to so much. It focuses mainly on the villain (to start with-I have my doubts that he stays a villain forever). He is very young, but also very smart, and mostly on his own, but with a decent amount of money to work with. I definitely found him the most interesting part of the book, though his body guard was kind of cool, too.
His goal in the book is to make his family really rich again by stealing the leprechauns gold! Making the leprechauns a serious police/military outfit was kind of a cool twist and I appreciated all the author did to make their world so real, functional, but still different and fascinating.

My complaints about the book would be that I didn't care much about the heroine-she didn't annoy me, but I didn't particularly like her. The book seemed a little too boy-ish (too much military type stuff, too many fart type jokes, and a bit too many references to the audience when I just wanted to be in the story and forget that I was a separate audience).

So, those are the complaints, but over all I still enjoyed it and still think it's a decent series (and a good one for young adults/kids to be reading-I think younger kids would find it especially interesting/amusing and it would be a good pick for a teacher or parent to read aloud to an audience I think). I plan to read the rest (I have book 2 loaded on my ipod as an audiobook), and I am a fan of Artemis Fowl himself and think he could go many interesting places.

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Wake- McMann(Audio book)

This is an audio book Lacey got at the library in the YA section. It's about a teen who can't control herself being gripped into anyone who's sleeping in the same room as her's dreams. Nightmares or good dreams. She has an alcoholic mom, no dad, she's poor. There's a decent amount of swearing, drinking, and some drugs in the book, but somehow it still felt a little too light, and little too goody, a bit too much of a happy ending, and just a tiny bit preachy about how teens should deal with their problems. However, I guess it all is good advice and it'd be a good idea for teens to listen to the book, believe it because of the semi-bad stuff, and so take in the good. Still, with those kinds of books, you can still always tell they're written by adults. But, like I said, I still think it's a good book for teens to listen to/read.

Personally, I wanted the book to be a bit darker (and realistic, in my eyes). There were four discs, most of the first one was kind of sickening-the reader was really odd and quite annoying but I did get to like her eventually. I got really sick of the light and trying to be funny dreams, over and over and over again. So, it all took a bit to get going, but by the second disc it does and then I got pretty interested (there happens to be one unique dream and because of that dream, I always wanted to know more about the character that had it, etc.).

Then by the last disc everything seemed a bit too hunky dory. I sort of HATE misunderstandings in books and the over reactions to them when you just want to scream at the character to grow up and listen, stop being so flighty and immature. But, still worth a listen or a read, and, there are two more books in the series, and I'm still interested enough to see how everything develops that I put them on my amazon wish list. :p

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Ghost Boy- Iain Lawrence (Audio book)
The narrator of this was also very annoying, an old man that sounded sort of like that coon dog from Looney Toons...this book was a young adult/kid? novel about a young teen albino boy who was shy and meek and only had a dog for a friend-the rest of his family was either dead/missing and he didn't seem to care much about his remaining mother who didn't seem like her old self since the family "broke".

So, he gets pulled into being interested in the circus because they take him in and some are "freaks" like him, but then the pretty girl who does tricks on the horses takes an interest in him and he doesn't like the freaks anymore, and he attempts to be useful at the circus by training elephants to play baseball.

I'm having a hard time really putting into words what was wrong with the novel, but I just wasn't really interested. The characters seemed immature and flat and just tokens, all of them. The story seemed a bit unrealistic and lost, but not in a beautiful way. The boy was dumb. He was a whiner. It was supposed to be a coming of age story, I think.

** (It's getting donated to the library book sale)

Life As We Knew It-Susan Beth Pfeffer (Audio book)

After hearing my mom and sister talk about this book for some time, I finally gave it a listen. The reader annoyed me on this one too, and I never liked her even by the end, but it was an interesting enough story that I enjoyed listening to it anyway.

The main idea: an asteroid hits the moon off normal course, the world is plagued by disasters, while the girl writing a journal records how her family stays mostly indoors and their survival.

The beginning was a bit slow and annoying, the girl whiny, though I realized the need for that to show her growth and the change that took place from normal life. She stayed sort of whiny throughout parts of the book, but certainly understandably so. I didn't care much about the characters, but I didn't think they were flat, and it was story driven enough that it wasn't that big of a deal that the characters were nothing special-it was interesting. There are two more books to this as well, and I am interested in them as well, too-(although, I'm not really looking forward to people in her family dying, which I'm sure they have to if there are still 2 more books...)

Also, when I looked up the next 2 books on Amazon to add to my wishlist, I found way too many other YA post-apocalyptic books to add on. :p

***.5

The Patient-Michael Palmer (Audio book)

This was a medical mystery type. About this tiny computer machine that can go in a do delicate small surgeries that surgeons said where in-operable until the invention of this thing. Then there's a rich terrorist who has a brain tumor that must be operated on by this thing, so he kills some Dr.'s that won't do it and takes a hospital hostage to get it done. That hospital has a female Dr. that that story focuses on. There's a little un-important romance thrown in there, a little detective action, a little Dr.'s loving their patients and being good people, etc. It was all sort of un-impressive. Written OK, but predictable, or the parts that weren't, I still didn't really care. Really predictable characterization and writing style, even if it wasn't bad, predictable is close to it.

*.5 (Donating to library book sale)

A Wind in the Door-Madeleine L'Engle

Well, I've read this before but didn't remember it much, and I have recently started to visit this series again. (I do hope to re-read a couple other childhoods books I loved but can no longer remember basic plots to).

This was kind of a test to read and see if I liked it since I had trouble knowing with A Wrinkle in Time because I had watched the movie so close before reading it that nothing was a surprise and it got kind of boring. But, this book proved that I do like this series and these books. They have a wonderful way of being SO simple while also being extremely complicated. It makes them beautiful, and wonderful books to get young readers thinking about really serious and important issues in non-threatening, almost a subliminal way.

It was a beautiful, lovely little short read, and I would still recommend these books to anyone, but especially creative young readers.

****

Curse the Dawn-Karen Palmer

Not a lot to say here-currently the last book in the series, although I would guess there would be more-enough loose ends tied up to be pretty satisfying, but there's still a ton left un-tied and I wonder if there's supposed to be more books or if we're just supposed to forget about them...I enjoyed it about as much as the rest of them-same complaints as always, pretty much same good things as always, too. Although, I really hate the main love interest, and really adore the one of the many side ones, and I was really hoping for more to happen with that side one and for her to dump the main one completely. If there are more books, I hope that's what happens.

Eternals by Neil Gaiman

A graphic novel that was put out many, many years ago by the famous Jack Kirby, though I didn't know much about the title before reading the before and afterwards on this graphic novel. It was a gift from Jenn, and I good one. :) It kept me interested, for sure, and I would like to keep reading. It felt oddly like the "Watchmen" to me, but I'm not sure why.
It's kind of about aliens that came to earth, studied people, and then made two of their own breeds to live here-one being the heroes of the comic and one being the villains, though the alien Celestials favored the hero types.
Interesting stories, concepts, some interesting characters, some not. Actually, I think the only one I really fell for was Sprite, a poor "hero" (eternal) type who forever had to be a twelve year old boy. The rest were just kind of there, but it was story-and-nicely-written driven. Oh, and I really liked Iron Man being in there too, and most of the "funny" parts were actually pretty funny.

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Currently reading: A Great and Terrible Beauty-Libba Bray.
Currently listening to: Rats by Paul Zindel (car) and Twilight Zone Radio Dramas (at gym).

Fri, Mar. 19th, 2010 05:25 am (UTC)
sedeara

At least one of the two companion books to "Life as We Knew It" takes place in New York City and follows a different set of characters living through the same circumstances. So, you may not have to worry about any of the books killing off characters from the first one. They'll have their own characters to kill off. ;)

It's interesting that you described "A Wind in the Door" as "simple," because I remember those books as being really complicated! I guess that's the difference between reading them as a kid and reading them as an adult.

Mon, Mar. 22nd, 2010 09:26 pm (UTC)
sexymegalo

Oh, OK. Well that's kind of cool, since there was more disasters happening in New York. But I just sort of thought everybody in those whereabouts died!

Well, they've got complicated talk, but really it seems as simple as trying hard and not losing yourself. *shrug*

Mon, Mar. 22nd, 2010 09:57 pm (UTC)
sedeara

Maybe that's why the book that takes place in New York is called "The Dead and the Gone." ;)