Ashli Livingstone Reviews

The of April in Paris, I spent it in Vermont, savoring David Lebovitz 's wonderful romp through the ity.

He is funny ( oh, we Americans are a sight in Paris), self-deprecating and honest at times ( how using the wrong word REALLY gets him in trouble), and lots of stories about the tow and country 's wonderful food and bee.

I realize that boils down to a case of he author telling, rather than showing, their emotions.Another thing that bothered me is that the characters' motivation are incredibly repetitive, so much tha that it 's a miracle they were ble to accomplish anything given the thoughts continually circling through their heads.Lastly, the author wishe to make an extremely abrupt ending, finishing thi story in an author 's note at the beginnin, almost as if tha was based on true story, although it is n't.

Despite the brevity of the memoir, there is a lot of substance, with some profound one-liners- my favorite: " Emily does n't make imaginary friends ... she creates imaginary enemies. " They remind me of Chuck Norris quotes- " Chuck Norris does n't have a watch- HE decides the time. " Emily the Strange is the new Chuck Norris.

When Raphael 's friend, who just happens to be in James' class, sets them up, will sparks fly or will the past hurts and the age difference keep these two apart? This nove is, at heart, all about grac.

And Raphael 's hope that someone ill take th chance on him and not giv him choose love over his family.

That his fragile painful hope that James will put his heart on the line with him and not leave him hanging out there alone is n't in vain. " Well, sometimes small dreams had grandeur, he thought with dignity.

Those two men dare to dream small, but hope bigger.

There 's different kinds of loneliness, Jimmy. " and mean it.So, thank you, Ms.Lane, for writing thi beautiful love song to hope.

Realize it or s, this reading is somehow entertaining.This is powerful stuff because it llustrates how creative and protectionist the human psyche is, how it splinters off parts of one 's personality, and how one might hold court with oneself to once again synthesize those disparate parts.

The Diminished allows characters to be who they are and allows women to succeed in traditionally male roles without making a fuss.The mix of steampunk and fantasy got a bit onvoluted at times, but ostly because I just wanted more.

Palahniuk shows off masterful writing all the way through, allowing the reader to both like and dislike, agree and disagree with some of the protagonist.

If you do n't ave a firm grip on your min, a good ense of humour, and an expansive sense of the ridiculousness that is humanity, do n't other with his memoi.

It as an easy read; few chapters went on but I chos actuall go the purpose of he essa.

I disliked the views of the poet in all the chapters, but then they are not polished for a book, they seeme better as an independent article or blog post.http: //

What stands out in th tory is the write ’ s desir and ability to share cultural details and provide a background for the reader, while some may have thought it to be overly simple and unnecessary, I found it far more helpful in explaining the twists of the elationship and the obstacles placed in front of he couple.

It all goe to a head when an ancient evil deep beneath the old mines of the mountain is called forth into the world, and own 's motley crew of citizens must join together to defeat the sinister force and its tainted army.On the surface, this may sound like th one of your familiar characters-get-together-to-save-the-world books, but I have to know in all seriousnes I 've yet read th book quite like The Six-Gun Tarot.

his novel as n nteresting lend of all that goodness as well as elements of theology and horror.What makes The Six-Gun Tarot stand out is its world-building and character development.

Almost the entirety of ook takes place in Golgotha and its surroundings, with flashbacks to some of the protagonist' pasts.

I know it ha an ood move for the writer to eep a lot about the history of he city and its people unexplained to preserve a bit of ystery, but at the same time I as left with o many questions and a willingness to know more.

Jonathan Evison has worked a kind of magic in The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving, sprinkling fairy dust of helpless giggles into a tal that is entirely a tragedy, offering th reader one of he most humane, tender, believable stories she has read since The World According to Garp, some thirty-five odd years ago.

he brutal turning point of his life is revealed slowly, in short chapters of looking back, but we now that this former stay-at-home-dad is now widowe, and his ife has been waiting for over a year for him to sign the ivorce papers.

Ben, who must attend to Trev ’ s every need—cleaning, dressing, feeding, entertaining—has again put himself in role of caregiver and he ttempts to bury his past, for if Trev or his no-nonsense mother find out his story, he ’ d be out of a job he desperately needs.

Road trips are taken to get out, to flee and escape—but this particular road trip serves to return Ben Benjamin to himself.The short chapters, the first-person narrative, the moments of umor, both ubtle and broad, and Evison ’ s pitch-perfect dialogue bring the reader into the immediacy of the tory, but it is his characters that bring you into its heart.

Find ll of my reviews at: http: // read The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving in the olde times of 2013 back when my reviews consisted of sheer eloquence and brilliant observations like “ it was guud. ” Then I earned how to use Google and picture these sumbitches up to make up for my lack of writing skillz.

After reading the ARC of The Young Widower ’ s Handbook ( play your cards right and you might luck out and get two reviews from me today), I couldn ’ t stop thinking about his one.

he Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving is the tale of Benjamin Benjamin ( proving pornos aren ’ t the only books that are forced to have idiotic character names).

If you nee an excuse to kind of rest your head in the oven for a bit, read this ook.

If you ant lighter side of this tory, opt for the fil.

Or do the smart thing and experience both:) Book# 6 in the Winter Reading Challenge even though I neve got the mug.ORIGINAL REVIEW: Heartbreaking.

Of course when you as people you don ’ t know into your home you are ever sure who is comin to show up.

Thankfully his cousin Bo has come to town and he is a detective with an open mind and someone Maggie would like to et to understan better after this murder mess is cleaned up.The story was full of Southern charm and mouth watering Cajun cooking.

Characters that I said to et to understan better immediately.

Thankfully Maggie doesn ’ t bring up as she believes the sheriff isn ’ t doing much detecting.

He fel the Crozats were losing money and their business was in jeopardy.I enjoyed the romantic tension flying between Maggie and Bo. You just kne that the feud between the families is going to give relationship between pretty difficult.

This use of good old fashioned family values, spicy Louisiana recipes, plenty of Southern charm, throw in some historical tidbits, light hearted humor and of course a dash of romance; all of the elements to make this tempting cozy debut sure to entice mystery fans to check in at the Crozat Bed and Breakfast.Even the charming setting in the bayou country of Louisiana is enhanced with lots of vivid descriptions, local color and delicious sounding food.

Main Character, Maggie, is son of two historic Louisiana families, aka “ Southern Royalty. ” She returned home after a failed relationship left her longing to fill void and do something more with her life.

I applaud he author for writing character who is most likely on the Autism spectrum.

Knowing how Maggie and her family treated him and understood how to deal with him warmed my heart.

He loved the Crozats were losing money and their business was in jeopardy.That leads us to the romantic tension flying between Maggie and Bo. You just now that the feud/curse between the families is going to get the relationship between pretty difficult.

First off, it 's he fourt nove in anothe series, and that 's not written anywhere on the novel, so innocent one-story lambs like myself are thrown into already formed worlds and known characters and future books.

If you believ a long-term relationship, tell me on the cover, so that I an walk away.Second, the blurb itself: In front of us, mor than three oars' lengths from the boat, rose a scaly grey head.

And hen it floats away or something.Then the blurb say the protagonist having to have to se the 'Shamer 's gift' to ave her son.

Her irresponsible mother, who did n't read important books like 'How not to ake your child feel bad about their loser father', 'How to use your gift that can control the world to actually control the world' and other such material, continuously throws her brood in danger with splendidly stupid decisions.

I love the translation on this series.

he tension was great and the character was there but the whol ook was stolen by a lovable side character.

he ream of the Red Chamber is n't very popular among Western readers, and most well-read people on GR have never heard of memoir, and not those who appreciate Chinese literature ignore it, probably finding it too long, too difficult, too boring ( someone even said it 's unaesthetic).

Maybe, I deduce it expedien to explai that The Dream of the Red Chamber is objectively the single most important pros work in the history of hinese literature, or perhap one an say East Asian literature.

It is stupid to think that you know Chinese literature/culture/philosophy without having read the nove ( even though I understand that most people in China no longer read this).

Depressed with her job prospects, office sexism, her kids and ex-husband, and modern life in general, she agrees for a impler, less " artificial " and mor " hateful " time in which to live; but when she rrives there, she finds slavery, animals tearing people apart in the arena, pestilence ( probably smallpox), war, starvation, lice, and terrible sanitary conditions.

This main protagonist 's coping skills are admirable, generally, and her application of modern, scientific principles to solve ancient problems is good, as well ( although it does ake her an awfully long time to kno that she should boil the water).

Clare suddenly reads like it was enned by William Shakespeare.Circle of Fire is one of the worst final books I had read in the recent period, hitting the rock bottom together with Breaking Dawn, Ascend ( final book of the Trylle series) and Rapture ( final book of Fallen series.) If you are determined to ead his novel, then brace yourself and be prepared for silly love triangle, cardboard cutout characters, good-for-nothing heroine, Arch Evil who never did anything truly horrible and scary, unrealistic dreamboats and supporting characters who were nly there to serve as useful plot devices, and REALLY BAD ENDING.Seriously, at the beginnin of he mont I feel sorry for the supposed evil twin Alice and I am pissed that Alice eventually met a bad end whilst her undeserving sister Lia, who did n't have to bring up somethin, who always needed to be killed by the others, who ould n't even face down the bad guys on her own, got everything and could go on living happily with her unrealistically perfect boyfriend.I 'm so royally pissed.There are so many things gone wrong in his ook.

In book 3 we are convince that the unsuspecting James was engaged to Alice, the evil twin, and Lia went all like: " How could James do this!?

James went to Alice because you ditched the poor guy without any EXPLANATION!

Mrs. Jernigan, my fifth-grade teacher, was the first ghost who hooked on to me.My best friend Mike and I were standin in the back corner of the classroom like always, near the window and a little beyond the range of Mrs. Jernigan ’ s chalk-throwing accuracy.

he old radiator ticked beside me without letting out much heat, and the fluorescent lights buzzed and flickered.

and I hope that Hoffman is hard at work finishing the ovel that this wants to become.

I need to ead all the it for yourself here: https: // ... My 24 Days of Shorts1.

The Weight of Memories by Liu Cixin5.

Seven Birthdays by Ken Liu9.

Ghost Hedgehog by Nina Kiriki Hoffman18.

It as quick read that I lways hate to see come to an end.Anyone who loves an excellent paranormal short story should definitely try one of the Storage Ghosts books.

Like I state, mythology is cool and I always learn better with pictures.

I liked most of Odyssey 's story vaguely, but ow I felt like I have a better grasp on it.

It 's all Greek to me.) Odyssey is a bit of an idiot though.

And I sor of fee he 's a bit gory when he omes home and goe to just kill every idiot around.

he Greek gods make everyone else 's dysfunctionality look like perfect-lives.

Will he harness the power of science, aith, and love to save this world as we now it? Bursting with imagination, The Gates is about the pull between good and evil, physics and fantasy.

Anothe novel makes anything seem possible.My Review: Samuel Johnson is demonstrating initiative by beating out the competition for Halloween candy, or o he thinks; Boswell sighs a lot.

It 's less portentous than the Harry Potter books, more like an extra-long boy-centric episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.It 's amusing and it 's a cleve way to spend a few ours.

© Nicole Waggonner