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Amy Sawatzky has commented on (9) products.

Southern Reach Trilogy #3: Acceptance by Jeff Vandermeer
Southern Reach Trilogy #3: Acceptance

Amy Sawatzky, November 11, 2014

Thank you Mr. Vandermeer for rewarding my struggle (patience? displacement? pain and suffering?) through Authority to wrap me up in Acceptance. Perhaps there's a reason the final third of the trilogy is named for the final stage of grief -- this was as visceral as the first two weird, beautiful, frustrating books and yet did draw me to submit by the end to the mystery and wonder that is Area X. The three stories are hard to describe to someone not entangled in their pages, but bottom line - the characters (victims) of the first two books, even those tangentially introduced, are handled with love and care to completion. Though they might not have chosen the same end to their stories, we the embattled readers may at least accept that those finales were somehow right.
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Stumptown Volume 1 by Greg Rucka
Stumptown Volume 1

Amy Sawatzky, August 16, 2014

I loved Rucka's "Whiteout" graphic novels so it was great to discover another crime story of his set in my hometown of Portland which Rucka faithfully puts on display (though perhaps emphasizing the more seedy side)
my only criticism might be that the diversity of the stories' characters is a little wishful thinking for Portland.
note that as with Whiteout, the book would be nothing without his illustrator (in this case Matthew Southworth, in Whiteout's case, Steve Lieber - the things that man could do with white space!)
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Goodbye for Now by Laurie Frankel
Goodbye for Now

Amy Sawatzky, June 24, 2013

I desperately want to figure out where I got the recommendation for this book so I can thank the person or institution that randomly put it on my 'to read' list. I rarely rate books 5 out of 5 stars but I sat down in an afternoon to start reading this book and I barely moved from the same spot well into the night until I finished it and started evangelizing about how "it is SO good!"
the premise sounds weird but really isn't: a computer genius Sam, tries to do whatever he can to help his girlfriend Meredith through the grieving process after her beloved grandmother dies. But really that's not what it's about. It's about what loving relationships look like (in all their unique forms) and how everyone deals differently with the loss of that relationship and no one is prepared to do so, nor are their friends and family prepared to help them through their own process. It's about how love exists past the lives of the people doing the loving and how beautiful and hopeful and semi-tragic that may feel. For a book about a solution to the grieving process, it was so full of love and life and funny moments as to leave the reader intrigued but unburdened at the end - but expect the hardiest of souls to be at least a little teary-eyed. And for the geeks out there, it's a little "Ghost in the Machine" for you as well.
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Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
Beautiful Ruins

Amy Sawatzky, June 24, 2013

I took for-ev-er to get past the first chapter. Perhaps because it was already full of longing and a moment stretched out in time that will come to influence the rest of the events throughout the book. And I didn't feel up for longing or waiting for the story to really start. But once I made it past this chapter, I reveled in just those moments that meant so much in hindsight but were so fleeting in consideration at the time. And I realized my mistake in waiting 'for my movie to start' as the first character introduced describes about her own life.
This was a beautiful, messy, sad, funny, happy, glorious story with an almost indescribable plot - but its worth it, so worth it. And if you feel you have nothing to do with the young poor Italian student whose father has recently passed or the 'dying' beautiful American actress who crosses his path in a time most of us can't remember, just wait - you will identify with them soon, as you might with nearly every other character who crosses your and their paths along this tale.
What is it about? love of course, and doing the right thing, and getting over oneself, and missed opportunities, and opportunities missed while we were bemoaning other missed opportunities, and storytelling, and culture, and much more. But mostly about "the heart wants what it wants."
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The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
The Fault in Our Stars

Amy Sawatzky, March 22, 2013


I avoided this book despite the laurels and raves its received because simply, it is a story about a plucky teenager with terminal cancer. So one knows however clever and funny the tale, the reader will pay for it in anguish later. And yet.... this was a pleasure and a privilege to read, even when reaching the 'sucky' part. The truth is that Hazel and her friends are brilliant, breathing characters who made me laugh (A LOT)and who made the painful truth of their situations worth the while without being stereotypes of martyrdom. And the young love story is a reason for anyone to cheer. Even though I did cry (A LOT), I would read this again in a heartbeat.
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