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Original Essays | September 18, 2014

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Right Ho, Jeeves by P G Wodehouse

Chirpee, February 20, 2008

there should be a rating higher than 5 for this, and all of the jeeves and wooster books. this book (like the others in the series) is so wonderful, chock full of characters you actually care about and storylines you want to see come out ok. you can rest safe in the knowledge that jeeves will save the day and that bertie will somehow avoid marriage to "the basset." these books are funny and i heartily recommend them to one and all.
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Lover Unbound (Black Dagger Brotherhood) by J R Ward
Lover Unbound (Black Dagger Brotherhood)

Chirpee, January 12, 2008

i didn't think this book was quite as strong as the other books in the series, and without giving away the ending, i thought it was a bit of a cop-out. however, it was an engaging and enjoyable read that i think builds on the other stories very well, and it left me excited to read the next one, as all of the black dagger brotherhood books have.
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The Midnight Work by Kassandra Sims
The Midnight Work

Chirpee, January 12, 2008

ugh...i couldn't even finish this one, and this is the type of book i normally call popcorn reads, and fly through in a day or so. the dialogue was horrible, the plot was boring, and the author is either really bad with pronouns or just bad in general. skip this one and pick up a laurell k. hamilton or j r ward instead.
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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter #07) by J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter #07)

Chirpee, July 24, 2007

I don't think I have ever been as excited for a book to be released as I was for the final installment of the Harry Potter series. I pre-ordered my copy weeks in advance and stood in line on Friday night to claim my copy as early as possible. I had finished it by the following afternoon, and probably would have finished it sooner if it hadn't been so upsetting. There was a point in the book when I was so disappointed that I thought I would probably come out of it hating the entire book. After some reflection and conversation with a fellow fan, I feel better about it. I do think it ended pretty much the way it had to, things made sense, some of my theories were vindicated, and the thing that I had feared most going in to it had failed to happen. However, I feel that some of the tragedies in the book were done, not to add to the story, but for the flat-out sensationalism of doing them. An example of this is the first death in the book, which seemed to be merely a tool for getting rid of a character Rowling didn't know what to do with during Harry's travels. I think Rowling has shown this type of sensationalism before. In Order of the Phoenix, it had leaked that a major character was going to die, so Rowling made us think it was everyone else before she finally got around to Sirius. On the plus side, as with all the other books in the series, I was completely involved in what I was reading. I cried at least six times during the book, and for pretty much the last four or five chapters. She also kept the humor that I have loved in all of her books. And, I think she was true to all of the characters. Nothing happened that I thought was out of character or didn't comply with the world she had created in the first six books. All in all, the book was ok, fine, decent for a Harry Potter book, which is a long way of saying that it was wonderful, but just not quite as wonderful as I feel Rowling is capable of.
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Mistral's Kiss by Laurell K. Hamilton
Mistral's Kiss

Chirpee, June 9, 2007

After reading the other Merry Gentry books, I expected something slightly different from this one. I thought for sure Meredith would head to the Goblin Court to cement her alliance with the Goblin King, or to the Seelie Court to try to figure out what their King wanted with her. At first I was disappointed that she barely even left the Unseelie sithen, as well as with how brief the book seemed in comparison the the other books in this series, but the story, although brief, was full of interesting little twists and implications. As usual with Hamilton's books, I am eagerly awaiting the next one.
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