Problems, of course, ensue, including a strange creature in the woods. A great concept a young woman who knows the answers to all mysteries - ask her any question and she just knows the answer - except the mystery of where her ability comes from that doesn't reach anywhere near its potential. And for some reason it's still not clear to me , she goes off to Siberia to track down some still-living woolly mammoths, and is followed by some gun-wielding gangsters.
I don't know; I lost interest.
The art is adequate to convey the story, but uninspiring. I had high hopes for this one, but it didn't come through. I get requests for Louise Penny quite often, and she's been recommended to me by a couple of people, so when someone brought in a collection of 10 or so of her books, I thought I'd start at the beginning and read through some of them. After finishing this first one, however, I think I'm done.
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First of all, this falls into the category of "cozy mystery," a genre I'm not very interested in; I much prefer a more hard-boiled approach to my mystery books, and a more realistic one, as well. At first I was a bit confused as the book is far more about the villagers of Three Pines than about investigating the murder mystery in their town. Then I found out that many of the books in this series are set in the same town - and I'll assume that most of them are as boring and generic as this or does the series get better?
Guess I'll never know. None of the characters are particularly well-drawn or interesting. I was hoping to find out more about the murder investigation than the history of the town's residents. When the killer was finally revealed near the end of the novel, I had two distinct reactions: 1 I didn't know who it was going to be, 'cause nothing in the book gives the reader a clue as to who it is before it's revealed; and 2 by that point, I really didn't care.
This is Penny's first book about her recurring character, Chief Inspector Gamache, and I expected Gamache to be an interesting investigator, but he's not. He seems to stumble through the investigation and things get revealed to him, more than he discovering them.
One of his colleagues, a young woman named Nichol, is both immature and incompetent she's an adult and a police investigator, but she doesn't seem like either , and Gamache treats her very poorly. This really rubbed me the wrong way throughout the novel.
I had high hopes for this one - Penny's books tend to sell really quickly when they come into the store - but it just didn't do it for me. I'm kind of amazed that writing this poor is so popular and has won so many awards. This novel tells the story of Amelia, an actual mermaid, who is captured by a fisherman in Maine, whom she comes to love and lives with for many years. Later, P. Barnum hears about her and sends his assistant to persuade her to come perform at Barnum's Museum in NYC.
The book was well written and enjoyable, but I don't think it will stay with me for long. It had a slight YA feel to it, though I wouldn't put it in that category. For some reason, Amelia can switch between her mermaid form and human simply by touching sand or diving into salt water.
Is that a common mermaid thing? Barnum comes across as a huge jerk here, rather than the romanticized version we're used to in other media, but maybe that's a good thing.
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Damn you, Greg Rucka. I've had a story bouncing around in my head for awhile about a group of immortals, focused on their newest member. I have to admit I'll likely never write it and the story will get shelved in my ever-growing personal wing in Lucien's library in the Dreaming. But Rucka does a better job, anyway. And I always enjoy Leandro Fernandez's art. But I'm left with a few questions regarding the story. No, not "How did these people get immortal?
They don't know; it's part of the story; get over it. I'm wondering why they're mercenary soldiers - is that really the best idea they can come up with after living for centuries?zyponibupely.tk
Obviously, a story needs conflict, but does it have to be physical, war-like battles? These immortals are pretty cavalier about killing slaughtering a bunch of "normal" humans - which, in itself, brings up a whole slew of other philosophical questions, but those questions aren't addressed here. There are several pages throughout the book that are nothing more than groups of people firing machine guns at one another with "budda-budda-budda" sound effects being the only words.
Easy to skip over. Despite my questions, I did enjoy the story - and the characters, for the most part - and there are plenty of unanswered plot points besides my questions that lend themselves to a sequel. Our Facebook Feed. Discuss the characters and issues in all five of Francesca Lia Block's celebrated novels about Weetzie Bat with the questions in this reading guide to Dangerous Angels , a postmodern fairytale. HarperCollins Children's Books. Fantasy Fiction Reading Comprehension Language Arts and Writing 3, Reading and Literature 3, Worksheets 13, Manage My Favorites.
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