Category: Bookish

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: An Adult Book Review

So, a few weeks ago, I got an audio book from the library, one that I expected to be great. Why did I expect it to be great? Because the movie the book inspired was fantastic, one of my favorites, in fact. It’s Douglas Adams’s The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy!

Like I said, I expected this book to be amazing. I was sadly disappointed. Perhaps it was the fact that I was listening to a man read the book, but I was not impressed. It wasn’t bad, but it certainly isn’t something I would make a point to read again. I will say, though, this book is entirely out of my normal reading style and may be a wonderful sci-fi comedy, I haven’t read any others so I would not know.
This book is, as I said, a Sci-Fi comedy about a man named Arthur. This man is entirely ordinary and unimportant. He lives a normal life, that is until some men decide to destroy his house to build a by-pass, oh, and some aliens decide to destroy his planets to do the same. His friend, Ford, is from a small planet and had received news of the planet’s impending doom. Ford, being the good man he is, chooses to save his confused best friend and they hop onto an enemy ship, only to be tossed out into the horrors of space, and picked up by another, less diabolical ship. On this ship, the earthling meets a man, and re-meets a woman, with whom he travels the universe and learns much.
 So much more happens in the book, but that’s a simplistic explanation.
In truth, the idea of the story and the execution are fantastic. I love the story, the characters, the quirky feel, but the audiobook was not overly pleasant. I believe that the style of the book and the story in general lend themselves more to a visual representation, rather than textual or audio. I really think the movie is much better than the book, which I have never said before. Again, I admit this is certainly not my area of expertise. If you find that sci-fi is your style, or comedy, or especially, sci-fi comedies, then you may love this book. I personally only barely enjoyed it because it reminded me of one of my favorite movies.
Have you read this book? What did you think of it? What about the movie?

The Princess Diaries: A Book Review

Surely, we’ve all seen the two Disney Princess Diaries movies starring Anne Hathaway, yes? I love these movies, and pretty much anything starring Anne Hathaway, so at my best friend’s insisting, I decided to read the first book in the series by Meg Cabot. Man, was I in for a surprise? My best friend had told me that the movies and books were different, but I hadn’t foreseen another Ella Enchanted (yes, another Anne Hathaway movie) style adaption, that is to say that the books and movies happen to have the same name and a few similarities.
As much as I love the movies, I also loved this book.

As always, I’ll begin with a kind of “who-would-love-this” section. This book is really, obviously, aimed for the teenage, female population, as most of Meg Cabot’s YA books are. Honestly, I think anyone who likes the books about the life of off-beat girls would enjoy this one. I would, personally, classify this as a YA Chick-Lit book. Despite the fact that I mostly dislike Chick-Lit, I love YA and really enjoyed this book. I really like the character of Tina (removed from the movie) and I hope to see much more of her throughout the rest of the series. I also really liked Grandmere, even though she’s kind of horrible. One character I really dislike, not as a character but as a person, is Lily. I kind of like that the character exists, but I dislike her as a person.

If you didn’t already know this, Meg Cabot’s The Princess Diaries is a book about a young girl named Mia. It is her diary as she goes through her life of mediocrity. She goes to a private school in New York (Not San Francisco), has a cat names Louis, a best friend named Lily, and a mom who is dating her teacher. She also has a dad who is a diplomat in a small principality called Genovia. Here’s the kicker, not too far into the book Mia’s dad finds out that he will have no more children and he now has to tell Mia she will inherit the throne of Genova, because by diplomat he means Prince. The rest of the book follows Mia’s understanding and experiences as she discovers her heritage, the world discovers her secret, friends betray her, and her Grandmere tortures her with “Princess Lessons.”

As I said before, I really enjoyed this book. I liked coming into it having seen the movie and knowing the story, then having everything I thought I knew turned on its head. I like Mia’s outlook on things and her writing is certainly, I think, true to a 15 year old’s journal. I really enjoyed reading it and thinking back to being 15, though I’m not a princess, and remembering the horrors of being 15 and imaging placing being a princess on top of that! I also really liked how she reacted to the news in the book verses in the movie. It’s hard to explain without spoiling the differences, but if you’ve read it, you know what I’m talking about.

The Dream-Hunter: An Adult Book Review

“What mattered most was the present, and that was what he focused on. Always.”
– Sherrilyn Kenyon – The Dream-Hunter
“Feel? Why would anyone in their right mind wish for that? Feelings are for fools.”
        – Sherrilyn Kenyon – The Dream-Hunter
“Geary had never been aroused, amused, and highly offended all at the same time before.”
        – Sherrilyn Kenyon – The Dream-Hunter
“The key to humanity is simple. Life your life with purpose.”
        – Sherrilyn Kenyon – The Dream-Hunter
The Dream-Hunter (Dark-Hunter, #10; Dream-Hunter, #1)
For my first Adult Romance in a while, this book was absolutely perfect! I really enjoyed it. Sherrilyn Kenyon is one of my favorite romance authors, and she’s wrten a YA! Excitement abounds! I really like the new myths she’s added into the mythology of Ancient Greece.
Arik is a Skotos, cursed by the gods to have no emotion and to feed off the emotions in the dreams of humans. He has spent his life drifting from dream to dream looking for the emotions to make him feel alive.
Meageara hated her father’s hunt as a child, but when he’s on his death bed, she swears she’ll carry on the quest and clear his name. A hollow promise then has now become her life’s purpose. She searches for Atlantis, keeping a stern, strong air in the patriarchal society of academia.
In her dreams, Geary can let go. She can be herself in all her fears, doubts, happiness, and sexuality. A man takes the place of her sexual fantasy. But only in her dreams, until Geary finds him floating in the sea near her research vessel. A man stepped straight for her dreams with a promise to make her lifes work come true.
Will Geary let go and trust her dream lover? Does he deserve to be trusted?
 I really love the characters. Arik is so beautiful and has an almost childish ignorance about the human world, but dry humor doen’t escape him. The other Skotos I adore is Solin. He’s cold and amazingly sweet and humorous. Meageara is a good, likeable character. She’s a strong woman, which by now I’m sure you know I love. She doesn’t just fall into Arik’s arms (or bed) the moment he arrives and promises to make her dreams come true. My favrite characters are Kat and Persephone. Kat is a major part of the story but you’ll have to read it to see why I like her. Persephone is actually only a very small part towards the end, but I find her adorable! She is understanding and a good balancing act for the “cold” god Hades.
 I really liked the plot. There aren’t a lot of sexual scenes, but the few are done well and tastefully. I like that there aren’t many sex scenes. There is a lot of action that I really enjoyed. My favorite thing about this book is that the book isn’t about sex, it’s about Meageara, Arik, Gods, Goddesses, Atlantis, a quest, and consequences.
 I would say that I suggest this one to anyone who likes Adult paranormal romances. This certainly isn’t one I’d suggest for anyone under 17, at the youngest. Like I said, don’t expect a lot of erotic scenes, expect some, but mostly expect a lot of action and dry humor.

The Alchemyst: A Book Review

“At the heart of every legend there is a grain of truth.”
― Michael Scott, The Alchemyst

“Nothing is as it seems. You must learn to question everything.”
― Michael Scott, The Alchemyst

This book is fantastic, in every sense of the word! Mr. Scott obviously spent a large amount of time on this. His use of mythology is amazing and the “truths” he creates are wonderful. He does an excellent job at creating his world and his history within our own.

When twins Josh and Sophie move to San Francisco for the summer, they think getting jobs to buy a car is a great idea. Little did they know that their jobs would lead them into a world they’d always known to be fiction.
Nicholas Flamel died in the 1400s. Nick Fleming owns the book shop where Josh works. When a man storms in and magic begins, Josh is caught in the middle. Sophie runs to help her brother and ends up learning more than she wanted to know about the store owners, Nick and Perry Fleming.
From that moment on, the twins are wound tight into a story of magic, immortals, and prophecy.

Absolutely fantastic. Scott pulls in mythology from all over the world to create a web both complex and easy to follow. He creates characters with good and bad sides, selfless and selfish motives. He creates a world within our own that the reader can almost imagine is real.
My personal favorite character is Perenelle Flamel, Nicholas’s wife. We see little of her in comparison to the other characters, but in that little bit you glimpse so many strong emotions and so much strong will that it’s hard for me not to adore her.
I also love Scatty, a Warrior. She’s spunky and makes even the tensest of moments easy to read.
Nicholas is a well developed character, while still keeping the bit of mystery that teaches you to love him but you’re never sure if you fully trust him.
Dee makes a wonderful villain.
Sophie and Josh make the story. They are the center point of the story. Since they are two 15 year old kids, never having stepped into the world they’re pulled into, the stories, the histories, etc. are all told to the reader naturally by their explanation to Sophie and Josh. They’re also very different, which makes the story all the more interesting.
I really like that it is NOT a love story. Most YA books now, even in the face of apocalypse,are coated with a thick layer of love drama. Though you do see a bit of Nicholas and Perenelle’s love, it’s not a major part, but makes both characters very likeable.

I would certainly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fantasy tales. Alchemy is, obviously, a major part of this story, as is magic. It is a YA fiction, but it’s not one that reads slowly or like a story told to children. I highly suggest it.

Little (Grrl) Lost: A Book Review

“Have you ever seen a fairy?”
“Oh, sure. Duncan’s father is supposed to be one.”
“Really?”
“That’s what Melissa told me. But you shouldn’t call them that. Just say they’re gay.”
–Charles de Lint
Language is the oldest of magics.
–Charles de Lint
If you’re looking for a neat story about often forgotten creatures Charles de Lint’s Little (Grrrl) LOST is perfect for you. I greatly enjoyed reading it. It was an excellent break from the books I usually read. De Lint truly did a wonderful job on this one.
It’s the story of a friendship like no other. T.J. (the Big) moves into a new house in the country and thinks she has mice. Imagine her surprise when a door in her wall opens and out steps, not a mouse, but a 6 inch tall girl. Elizabeth (the Little) is dreadfully misunderstood by her parents and so positive she doesn’t need them. Despite being so small, Elizabeth is courageous, even if she does have an attitude problem. Their friendship is troubled and that’s just the beginning!
I highly suggest this book to anyone who enjoys books about friendship, outcasts/misunderstood people, or various mythical creatures. Charles de Lint is an excellent YA novelist. The story isn’t at all hard to read and makes for great leisure, easy reading. I personally can’t wait to read another of his wonderful novels.