Three mini-reviews for your reading pleasure.
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
Publisher: Dutton Adult, 2011
Genre: Fiction, Contemporary, Chick Lit (?)
Where I Got It: Bought it
Why I Read It: I kept seeing reviews of bloggers who just loved this book to pieces
My Rating: 4 stars
Brief Description: Lincoln is an underachieving IT specialist working at a Midwestern newspaper. One of his primary tasks is to monitor company e-mails and oversee the college kids who are working to prevent the Y2K meltdown (The book is set in 1999 when e-mail was still a bit of a novelty and we were all holding out breath for the end of the world when it became 2000.) Still living with his mom, Lincoln has just broken out of “permanent student” mode but is finding it hard to figure out what he wants to do in his life. One night, while monitoring e-mails, he comes across a series of exchanges between two employees, Beth and Jennifer. Beth and Jennifer are witty, honest and amusing (as only people in books seem to be), and Lincoln finds himself becoming more and more engrossed in their conversations and lives. However, when Lincoln realizes that he is beginning to fall in love with Beth and real life developments begin to intrude, he has some decisions to make about what to do next.
My Thoughts: Although Lincoln might sound a little creepy and stalkerish, I swear that he isn’t. Just like Lincoln, the reader begins to get involved in Beth and Jennifer’s lives, and you begin to root for Lincoln to make contact with them. This was a fun, fast read that was one of the better “fluff’ books I’ve read in quite some time. Recommended!
The Stupidest Angel by Christopher Moore
Publisher: William Morrow, 2005
Genre: Fiction, Humor
Where I Got It: Paperback Swap
Why I Read It: I’m a Christopher Moore fan and it was Christmas time
My Rating: 3 stars
Brief Description: It is Christmas in Pine Cove, California, and a cast of characters (featured in previous Moore books) are facing crises big and small—including covering up an accidental murder, the arrival of a dim-witted angel out to grant a child’s wish, and the rise of formerly dead citizens in the form of zombies. (OK … I guess all the crises are big.) In typical Moore fashion, the humor is up front and center and everything works out OK in the end.
My Thoughts: Better than your average sappy Christmas book (for which I have an intense dislike) yet not one of Moore’s finest efforts, this was a good antidote to the mawkishness of the holiday season. After all, I doubt you’ll find brain-eating zombies in any other holiday-themed book! Still, you either like this kind of stuff or you don’t.
V Is For Vengeance by Sue Grafton
Publisher: Marian Wood Book/Putnam, 2011
Genre: Fiction, Mystery/Thriller
Where I Got It: A Christmas gift from Mr. Jenners
Why I Read It: I’ve read every book in this series starting with A. Why stop now?
My Rating: 3 stars
Brief Description: Kinsey Millhone is back (and still stuck in the 1980s). This time, the story hinges on Kinsey’s accidental involvement in a shoplifting ring that leads to more dangerous people and a complicated web of lies and deceit. As with some of the latest books in the series, the narrative is not just Kinsey’s alone; we’re also privy to the thoughts and deeds of a Santa Teresa crime “kingpin” and a bored rich housewife
My Thoughts: I’ve read every Kinsey Millhone book since A Is For Alibi so I’m not going to stop now. However, I don’t look forward to the books as I once did, and I just wish Kinsey could have more of a personal life and/or progress out of the 1980s. Still, Grafton is doing better with this series than many other series that go on for extended lengths of time (cough Janet Evanovich cough). By this point, you pretty much know what you’re going to get so that is all I have to say about this.
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