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Cover of book It

Authors: Stephen King

Categories: Fiction » Horror

This is not a killer clown novel. Well, yeah it is. And thank you Uncle Stevie for ruining clowns- although to be quite honest I don’t really blame you, I blame Tim Curry. ::shudder::

But this novel is a kitten-squisher for a reason- it’s scary and creepy and definitely nightmare-inducing. The spider????? The blood in the drain? What happened to poor Georgie?

But details of the children and the friendships in this novel is what drives this book. SK writes children and the loss of childhood so brilliantly sad. He’s a genius.

I am so happy to have finally read this novel but I am so sad it’s over. Beep Beep.
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I’ve been in Derry, Maine the last few weeks since Stephen King has great talent for making you feel like you’re living the storyline. This coming of age/horror is the tale of 7 outcast kids who take it upon themselves to rid the town of the child devouring creature ( It) which dwells in buried sewer lines and morphs into the object of their own nightmares , then follows them when they are called back after 27 years to complete their task. I grew up staying up late of a weekend to watch good old Nightmare Theater on yes, a black and white TV and shopping at the local Woolworths, so although I liked most of the buildup story better than the creepy ending, I still enjoyed this as it’s just classic vintage King. Who else can get away with starting a chapter in the middle of a sentence ? It’s overlong ( 1116 pages) and not my favorite genre but hard to beat as pure escapist reading. 11 of 12 for SK Challenge 5 stars

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Authors: Deborah Moggach

Categories: Fiction » Historical Fiction

This really could’ve been so much more. The 17th century tulip fever and the art market are so interesting, but in this story they were just on the sidelines of some sort of soap opera. The constant dropping of names and ‘this painting will be at the Rijksmuseum in a few hundred years!” over and over again were pretty annoying.
Last thought: if you use Dutch words in your novel, that’s fine by me. Please make sure you use not just the dirty ones correctly but the others as well… hutspot is not stamppot. Don’t use plurals when it’s just one person. Thanks.

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I have mixed feelings about this book. I was really excited to read it, and it was kind of a letdown for me. The main thing I had a problem with was the plot. I thought the story would be more about the tulip mania which was something I had no prior knowledge of, and I was interested to learn about. The way it was handled in this book was not very well; it was sort of this background plot that wasn’t ever really explained. It also wasn’t until about the laugh half of the book before it was really explained, and even then it wasn’t explained very well. I still have no real idea about what it was about, and the title of the book insinuates that the book is supposed to be about this. It felt very unnecessary in the story, you could have eliminated all the tulip mania stuff and it wouldn’t have changed the story all that much. I was hoping to understand more about this period of time and I didn’t learn anything.

I also think there should have been a lot more to this book. It’s a very short book being as it is sort of a historical fiction novel. I think it should have been a much longer book to really expand on what tulip mania was and add more to the story. The book was very focused on the characters and the plot between a few of the characters. I had no real sense of the setting or other events going on during the time of the story because everything was about the characters, and this might not be a problem if I actually cared about the characters. I didn’t connect to any of the characters and didn’t really care when things didn’t work out for them. The story is told through multiple points of views, through many characters, so you never get enough time with one character to really know them or care about them. The chapters were short and along with the constantly changing point of views the story was a quick read, which was a negative aspect to me for the type of novel this is.

I did enjoy the writing and the way the author would construct a sentence. The writing was very beautiful at times, and it created a very good tone for the novel which I enjoyed. I did really enjoy the first hundred pages, but after that the story was very predictable and nothing surprised me; I could anticipate what was going to happen very quickly. I also felt like some of the characters were doing things that were very stupid and there was a much better way of doing it, but they didn’t do it that way which got frustrating. It was also strange to switch perspectives so often; in Sophia’s chapters we are given her thoughts through first person point of view, but all the other characters are told in third person which is also occasionally omniscient, and then we also got chapters told through inanimate objects through a third person omniscient view. This inconsistency was very distracting while reading and it always took me out of the story every time there was a change like this. I don’t really know the purpose of this or what it was meant to do, except point out that Sophia was our main character and the one character we knew more intimately.

Also the ending kind of bugged me. I felt like it worked out perfectly for most of the characters, almost too perfectly. I also didn’t understand the choice the main character, Sophia, made at the end of the novel; it kind of made sense for her character, but it also didn’t. Overall I felt like this story had a lot of potential, I just think there needed to be more to it. I did have a lot of problems, but it was a fast read and most of the time enjoyable, but kind of forgettable. This story left no lasting impression on me.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine read book online free

Cover of book Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Authors: Gail Honeyman

Categories: Fiction

Oh man. I ended up enjoying this one more than I initially expected to, but overall I did not love this as much as it seems almost everyone else on ReadAnyBook has…

Eleanor lives a quiet and simple life, finding joys in doing the crossword and keeping herself to herself. However one day when her computer breaks at work she meets the new IT guy, Raymond, and then her life starts to change.

I didn’t particularly dislike this, but I just wasn’t all that charmed by it either. It actually reminded me quite a bit of Whispers Through a Megaphone – a woman living a solitary life who eventually turns her life around after meeting a man (hmm). The writing style was a bit repetitive but I got used to it after a while. I did find myself rooting for Eleanor and the novel was quite readable, but all in all not one I would rush out to recommend to others.
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Eleanor Oliphant has earned a place on my Best Reads of 2017 and All Time Favorite Reads bookshelf. “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” This quote perfectly describes Miss Eleanor Oliphant. She is woman with idiosyncrasies that others find odd and peculiar. She lives a life of solitude. The book explores her life and her journey to understand who she is and who she is choosing to become. If you are a fan of A Man Called Ove, you will fall in love with a younger female version of the cranky man we all fell in love with years ago. Grab your tissues and please go read this beautiful book.

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Cover of book Chasing Impossible

Authors: Katie Mcgarry

Series: Pushing the Limits (#5)

Categories: Fiction » Love & Romance

Hmmmm…this book is very hard to review, because I had such enormous expectations after reading about both Abby and Logan in the previous books. I liked it but it wasn’t fantastic. I felt like it could have been executed better.

I loved seeing all our old characters pop up again and Abby and Logan help each other work through their personal struggles but a big issue was the pacing. The whole plotline with the drugs and everything just felt very very slow. I did really like how Logan’s whole diabetes keeping it a secret was betrayed, it felt very very relatable.

Overall, while I still enjoyed the story and it was cute, it wasn’t the completely satisfying ending I was hoping for. Nonetheless I have loved reading this series so much! I’m so sad to have to say bye to the characters.

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Cover of book Take Me On

Authors: Katie Mcgarry

Series: Pushing the Limits (#4)

Categories: Fiction » Love & Romance

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One of the many things that makes a great read for me is relatable characters. Katie McGarry has a real talent for creating a cast who feels real…dealing with real issues and who speak and think like most young adults do. In Take Me On, West Young is the main character in this story. If you remember, he was Rachel’s older brother in Crash Into You, and a little bit of a jerk. He clearly had the reputation of a scrapper, and that followed him into his own story.

There is a pattern with Katie’s characters too; I find that we get a glimpse of them in a previous story, but first impressions never seem to be accurate. There was Beth in Pushing the Limits–she was hard to warm up to in that initial story, but I loved her in Dare You To once I got to really know HER and her story. Same with Isaiah in Crash Into You…and now, same holds true with West. There is ALWAYS more than meets the eye.

As we know from the previous story, West comes from a privileged family that appears perfect on the outside…lives in a great big house, drives an Escalade, attends a private school, and always has more than enough food. But a humbling series of events sets in motion a wondrous character arc that was both real and yet almost unbelievable. I never thought I’d get behind West like I did, but did I ever love that boy by the end of the story. Just as I did with Beth in her story, and Isaiah in his.

Haley is the other perspective in this story. If ever two people were separated by having and not-having, it would be these two. Haley’s family has fallen on some really hard times, and these hard times, coupled with other awful things that have happened to her, had literally knocked her down for the count. But a happenstance meeting brings Haley and West together. But one of the many things that held them together was their common interest in fighting.

Haley was a Muay Thai kickboxing state title holder, but a series of bad luck and bad decisions have made this all a distant memory for her. Grappling to stay true to herself and maintain her sense of dignity while trying deal with some major self-esteem issues, Haley’s growth was also of epic proportions. I could totally understand West’s physical and emotional need of wanting to take care of her, yet I also wanted to see her do some things for herself…and she did not disappoint.

Some favourite characters from previous stories made some cameos…such as Rachel, Isaiah, Ethan, Mrs. Collins, West’s parents…and Abby! Abby is a real gem of a character who was introduced to us in Isaiah’s story as one of his questionable friends, and I would LOVE to read her story! She seems so complex and absolutely intriguing. I am SURE Katie McGarry has an amazing story to tell where she is concerned.

One of the other things I love about Katie’s writing, is her epic love stories. They are hot, intense and often bittersweet. I just get so wrapped up into it that I want more and more!

I also love the themes that serve as the anchor for each story. Art, baseball, cars, martial arts…they’re all just worlds that seem so intense and interesting.

So another great story by Katie has definitely marked her as one of my favourite authors. It all started with Echo and Noah in Pushing the Limits and her excellent story-telling has only gotten better! Keep’em coming, Katie! Can’t wait for more…

The Drawing of the Three

Cover of book The Drawing of the Three
Authors: Stephen King
Series: The Dark Tower (#2)

So very different than the first entry in the series, but in no way is that a bad thing. I’ll admit, the writing is indeed much improved (though I still loved the revised edition of The Gunslinger) and most of the story takes place in our world, in New York. Generally, this plot direction would be completely and totally unappealing to me but with Stephen King at the helm, it’s uniquely compelling. I feel like such an idiot for not having giving Stephen King the rightful reading time that he clearly deserves but better late than never. Now, I feel an obligation to read his classics: The Stand, It, Salem’s Lot, The Shining, and so many more it boggles the mind. Great read, very excited for The Wasteland
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Incredibly involving, very-well written, still confusing as hell but a much more rounded and, overall, better story than ‘The Gunslinger’. I adore the atmosphere of these novels and the setting and characters are all so weird it seems to give the story an almost Samuel Beckett Absurdist feel. This is certainly one of the most unique and imaginative stories I’ve come across. I will be writing a full review for Fantasy Faction that will be published here afterwards.

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Stock Trading for Beginners

Authors: Mona Roderick
Categories: Nonfiction

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Sword of Destiny

Sword of Destiny

Cover of book Sword of Destiny
Authors: Andrzej Sapkowski
Series: The Witcher (#2)
Categories: Fiction » Fantasy

I lucked across this on Scribd. I enjoyed it, though admittedly not as much as the first. Some of the magic seemed to have gone. If the first book was about how Geralt’s destiny became locked with Yennefer’s, this one is most certainly about how his destiny is locked with Ciri’s. I enjoyed learning more of the Witcher lore.

Again- this novel is told in series of short stories. I think it was much more disjointed then the first, but I also suspect some of it has to do with the translator. The version I read of this was not translated by the same person as the version I read of The Last Wish.

There were times when it became confusing whether Geralt was having a flashback or possibly a hallucination, and then all at once you were back in the present. Additionally, I wish I had a timeline for this book in relation to the last book. Or just a timeline in general. There’s a brief reference to The Little Mermaid in this story, but otherwise most of the classic fairy tale references had disappeared, and I sort of missed them. This was a book with purpose.

All the classic Witcher elements are there. The signs, potions, elixirs and general monster fighting. This was a journey of self discovery for Geralt, and it lagged at times. Mostly I had trouble putting it down though, and enjoyed it immensely. I’m looking forward to the next book (Blood of Elves I think?). I believe it is supposed to be a full length novel.

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Blood of Elves

Blood of Elves

Cover of book Blood of Elves
Authors: Andrzej Sapkowski
Series: The Witcher (#3)
Categories: Fiction » Fantasy

This was book 3 out of the Witcher series – what really attracted me to the book and continued to keep me interested is the fact that there is no “boring moment” and the story line continues to excite me as a reader with more events and surprises that continue to come up.
I haven’t played the video game perhaps i will play it once I am done with the entire series.
I would personally recommend this book to everyone who is looking for something interesting thats far from reality and full of surprises with a good story line.
personally one of my favorite series
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This one has considerably longer patches of missing action and more political intrigue. But the relationships between Geralt, Yennefer, and Ciri definitely make up for it and make it a pleasure to read. Theres a fair bit of foreshadowing and the feeling of impending doom in the story and I’m anxious to see what it will all build up to.

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The Dark Tower

The Dark Tower

Cover of book The Dark Tower
Authors: Stephen King
Series: The Dark Tower (#7)
Categories: Fiction » Horror

Glad that I made it right through this series and as a whole it’s been well worth reading and I feel a real sense of achievement at having got to the end !
Not up there with Stephen King’s best (which for me are The Stand and 22.11.63) but close behind those. Did enjoy this particular book but felt a bit let down by the endings of some of the key characters and what happened at the very end (although SK does warn that you can just stop early and leave it to your imagination as to what happens to Roland, so maybe I should have done that – fairly impossible after reading thousands of pages of it though !). It was a great story overall but I did feel that the author was almost pushing the boundaries to see what he could get away with at some points, especially when he has himself as a character and real life events in his life as part of what happens. The “baddies” in this book (Mordred and the Crimson King) were also a bit of a damp squib in the end after getting such a big build-up throughout the series. I’ll finish there as don’t want to give away any more spoilers !

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