Nic ~ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

9 02 2010

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy ~ Douglas Adams

I took a break from my Stephen King read for something a bit more lighthearted.

I’m not sure what to all say about this book…I watched the movie, so I know what is coming. Pretty much lots of ridiculousness set on distant planets…all making for a classic novel, movie, a word wide franchise.

It’s a surprise and a pity I have not read this book yet, being the sci fi fan that I am.  At least it’s never to late to right one’s wrongs…


Nic ~ The Great Gatsby

11 01 2010

The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great American Novel says what?

chicken butt.


chicken thigh.

Maybe it’s because I read this book full of expectations, maybe because I whisked through it because it looked little, maybe because I didn’t put enough effort into it….Maybe it’s because I am not American.

But I don’t get it.  I think that I am going to read it again.  Slowly, and with focus, and intention.

I suppose that I can see why this would be considered a great literary work…the story itself is interesting, characters on the whole are rich and seemingly dimensional.  Touching upon the “Jazz Age”, prohibition, organized crime, love, jealousy,  the relationship between the pride of being priviledgde and the fall of the materialistic.  It was a piece of literature, that actually upon it’s first arrival to publication, did very poorly, but over time garnered a huge success and following.  And I am able to see the attributes that would gain it this following, but I am feeling far to high minded about it to myself be a respectful fan.

I just think Nick is a take me for a ride pansy, Daisy is a quasi tempting poison, and that Gatsby is a wiener.

I seriously will read this again soon and write a more apt review.

Nic ~ I swear I still read books…

11 01 2010

Ok.  So I still have been reading, I swear it!

Recently, I was off work for about 7 weeks due to a surgery.  I intended to do alot of reading, and I did indeed.  Although, due to the nature of my surgery, I actually was not able to hold a book until a lot later until I thought I would be able to.  So, I actually read LESS than I would have thought.  Anyways…now that I am able to type properly again, I am going to go on ahead and type up all the books I read the last few months.

To start with.  All the hoopla going on with New Moon, I had the urge to read not only that, but ALL the Twilight Series again.  So, I read those.  They are….whatever it is they are…no words…

It actually tires me to even think about writing a review for any, let alone all of these books.  So, I will save it up for a later date…

KimN ~ I Know This Much Is True

20 11 2009

I Know This Much Is True ~ Wally Lamb

iktmitI vaguely remember reading Lamb’s novel She’s Come Undone a looong time ago.  Anyhow, I picked this book up at a used book sale in Whistler on the long weekend – prior to finding it at the sale,  I almost bought it at Chapters!  I don’t really know much about what the novel is about, because I picked it based on the cover… so here goes nothing!

~ I finished this book last weekend.  I think I’m still processing how I felt about it, and getting over how long it was and how long it too me to read it – 897 pages!  Longest book I’ve read in a long time… it actually wasn’t as hard to read as I thought an almost 900 page book would be.

The book was ok – I don’t think I’d say good or great… definitely not one of my favourite books ever, but it did have its interesting moments.  As you may have guessed from the cover, this novel is about twins – Thomas and Dominick.  In the first chapter you find out that Thomas is schizophrenic and has cut off his hand.  Dominick appears to be the ‘steady’ twin, until you read on and see his life unravel and become clearer in through his own eyes.

I do have to say, though, that Lamb is a very good writer – easy to read and great at conveying emotions and painting a vivid story.

Read this one if you are interested in a long read, and in twins.

KimN ~ Nineteen Minutes

20 10 2009

Nineteen Minutes ~ Jodi Picoult

nmIts time for another Picoult!  Apparently this was Picoult’s first book to debut at #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list.  I’m about 100 pages in already and there is recurring character – Jordan McAfee, the lawyer who represented Chris in The Pact reappears as the lawyer who represents the central male character in this novel – kinda cool!

Oct 20 ~ This was a very quick read!  As always, Picoult did a superb job of depicting all sides of a very controversial and heart-wrenching issue.  In Nineteen Minutes, the focus is around bullying and a school shooting.  Especially powerful, was the point of view of the Lacy, the mother to  Peter, the shooter.  She was totally knocked off of her feet by the fact that it was her son holding the gun.  The internal struggle Lacy goes through in the novel, blaming herself for Peter’s actions, is fascinating.

If you are at all interested in what could possibly drive someone to do something like walk in to their high school with guns blazing, I would definitely suggest reading this.  That’s all I’m going to say for now!  Read it…  and I’m on to the next book…

KimN ~ The Glass Castle

13 10 2009

The Glass Castle ~ Jeannette Walls


I’ve had a few people recommend this book to me and I don’t think I have EVER read a memoir before… the first 15 pages (which I read last night) were very intriguing…

Now I’m going to make a mug of steaming apple cider (its the first day of October but it already feels like winter and its freezing!!) and hunker down with this book for the evening.


Oct 13 – I finished this book on Thursday and absolutely loved it!  As I said, it was probably the first memoir I’ve ever read.  I don’t even know how to start writing out my thoughts on this book… I have so many!  The novel opens with a successful, grow-up Jeannette spotting her homeless mother rifling through a garbage bin.  Then Walls switches gears and takes you back to her childhood, starting at the age of 3.  It is hard to imagine growing up in the Walls household, with a father who spends his money on booze and parts for his elaborate inventions, and a mother who would rather focus on her artistic career (if you could call it that…) than use her teaching certificate to work and provide for her family.  Although their parent’s priorities were all wrong, the Walls children found ways to get by and made life an adventure as they moved throughout the country, living wherever they could find room.  It is interesting to read Jeannette’s take on how each of her siblings adjusted to life.

I really enjoyed how Walls chose to format the novel – it is a series of short stories or excerpts.  This makes it really easy to pick up and read, and it was interesting how the excerpts all tied together even though Walls didn’t use many transitions at the beginning or endings of the excerpts.

I would highly recommend this tale of the resilience of the Walls children in the face of a number of odds.  The success of this novel alone is a true testament to the drive and determination of Jeannette Walls to overcome the experiences and living arrangments of their childhood.

Nic ~ I’ve decided to read…The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

12 10 2009

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski

I’ve read the back of this book numerous times and every time I decided I definately need it.  Unfortunately, it was only available in a very expensive harcover format.  Imagine my excitement when on a weekly Costco trip I saw it in glorious soft cover, complete with Costco employees must have stolen this off the back of a truck pricing. woot!

It’s touted as kinda a mystery, ghost, family drama, coming of age story all rolled into one.  It’s on numerous lists, and it has dogs as some of the main characters.  Done.  Now we’ll wait and see if it’s all it’s cracked up to be.