I've made a goal of reading 150 books this year. Here's what I've read recently.
Roseannearchy: Dispatches from the Nut Farm by Roseanne Barr
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I loved Roseanne's sitcom, and I enjoy re-watching it because the themes remain relevant after nearly twenty years - it aged well. I had gone into this book expecting a more observational collection of political and industry musings, but half the book is memoir. Not that Roseanne didn't lead an interesting youth, but I had hoped the book would be more like her Twitter feed.
A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I've had the book for a while, and read it on two long plane trips. The story hooked me almost from the beginning - very enjoyable for high epic fantasy, and I don't read much of the genre. I do not watch the series, I had planned to read the books first, so it's off to the next one.
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Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Doctor Who: Beautiful Chaos by Gary Russell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I don't usually read TV/movie tie-ins, but as this the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who I thought I'd try at least one book. I picked this one because I preferred Donna over the other recent companions, and thought this story well presented. It might have made for a decent presentation on TV - it had a good blend of the Doctor's humor and interaction with Donna's family.
I might try a few more stories, time permitting, but I enjoyed this one.
The Best Man by Kristan Higgins
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
I liked the book but didn't love it. I had a feeling of the course of the story, and I liked the concept of the winery setting and the big family for support. What put me off, though, were some of the over-the-top characters in the secondary stories. The alleged "gold-digger" after the heroine's father is practically a cartoon, and there is an earlier confrontation with an angry wife whose husband the heroine unwittingly dates - the woman uses the word "whore" every sentence. Really, once is enough.
Overall, I thought this was an okay story. I may read the next Blue Heron book if the premise interests me.
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Thursday, December 27, 2012
Coming soon in eBook and print: a collection of wild "tails", each with a rockin' theme. The Girl With the Monkee Tattoo will be available via Kindle in the coming weeks, and will be out in print in time for the 2013 Davy Jones Memorial Monkees Convention. I'll have a booth with author Robin Slick in the vendors area. Look forward to seeing you there!