Lost in Libraries

Lost in Libraries

Book reviews and bookish discussions

I've got to read and return 5 library books in 2 weeks. Yikes. That's a lot of reading. Especially when I've already had the books for a while and haven't started reading them.

I don't understand why my mother hates books and reading so much. She's been angry for years about the number of books I own and how much space it takes up (even though all of my books have been in my room for the past 21 years and only recently did I move two of my smaller shelves into another room of the house). I half-jokingly suggested I could just buy a Kindle instead (even though I dislike e-books, hence joke) and then she got angry because apparently she doesn't want me reading at all because she thinks I'm going to go blind. My eyesight is bad, I admit, but she acts like I should never look at a screen ever again but then I take naps to rest my eyes and she gets mad at me for doing nothing. What the hell does she want me to do? She gets mad when I use my laptop or my phone, she gets mad when I read books, she gets mad when I take naps, she won't let me go anywhere without her, what the hell. Does she just want me to do nothing but clean the house? But when I do clean, she criticizes my dish-washing skills and doesn't believe me when I vacuumed even though she can hear the vacuum cleaner. 

 

I 100% honestly feel like I won't be able to be an adult and live my life until she dies. 

 

And of course my brother gets to do whatever he wants. 

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3.5 Stars
Apprentice in Death - J.D. Robb

I found the book to be pretty average for an In Death book. Not very memorable, due to violence I've been exposed to in shows like Law & Order, Criminal Minds, etc, and in real life. I read the teaser a while ago and immediately thought of the Beltway snipers. I suppose it was meant to be "shocking" or a "plot twist" for Will to be a psychopath but I wasn't surprised. When people like Mary Bell, Robert Thompson, and Jon Venables exist in real life, people like Will existing in fiction isn't much of a stretch.

 

Nothing significant happened, just another high profile case. Eve works herself to the ground, Roarke inserts himself into the investigation and worries about her, Peabody won't shut up about her shoes or coat, Eve is forced to deal with Nadine and the media, Roarke forces her to rest and eat, they have sex sometimes, Eve has take a few hours off to do something personal like attend a party, Eve gets mildly injured. Same old, same old. The In Death series is a good series for people who like consistency and an overall lack of change.

 

I genuinely thought Robb would use this case as an opportunity to add some real angst to the plot by having Eve hit by a laser strike or have her walk around in public places as bait. But the most Eve got was a knife wound on her hand and a black eye. She hasn't been badly injured so far in the series, as I recall the worst that's ever happened to her was when she got nailed in the back by a kid on an airboard in Reunion in Death. She was kidnapped in Creation in Death but she was more effected by the drugs than any physical injury. I think it would be interesting to see how the characters would react if Eve were to be injured badly enough to need surgery. Would Peabody for once shut up about her boots and coat and her boyfriend long enough to hunt the person who attack her partner? What about Roarke? How far would he go? How would he react in the hospitals, with the doctors while his wife is in surgery? Or, how about if Eve is injured just like Susann was killed? Just one actual plot twist in one book would help the series.

 

I apologize for my rambling but I want more out of this series. Normally I'm very much not a fan of shows or books doing things for "shock value" but the series is now 54 books long and it's gotten to the point where I feel buying the books is a waste of money and instead turn to the library.

HP and Cursed Child rambling

One of the things I also hated about the book was the lengths Rowling went to try to make more people like Dumbledore or Snape. Like please, finding out that Snape wanted to fuck Lily Potter doesn't automatically make him a good person and redeem him of all the shit he did. And Harry saying "I love you" to the man who deliberately left him in an abusive home until he was legally an adult? Bullcrap. How on earth is his mother's love stronger than Hogwarts, which can literally fight back as shown in the last book? A world where Harry Potter is raised by the castle and people like McGonagall is so much more interesting.

 

Also Harry's kids' names are still stupid.

Review
2 Stars
Longer review
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - J.K. Rowling, John Kerr Tiffany, Jack Thorne

CONTAINS SPOILERS

 

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2.5 Stars
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - J.K. Rowling, John Kerr Tiffany, Jack Thorne

Will write a fuller review tomorrow, after I sleep.

 

DO NOT READ IF YOU DON'T WANT SPOILERS!!!

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The history of women at NASA

Yesterday the trailer for Hidden Figures was released. You can watch it here if you haven't yet (or if you want to rewatch). The movie is based on the book Hidden Figures written by Margot Lee Shetterly. It will be released on September 6, 2016. You can pre-order it here.

 

It is a nonfiction book about African American women who worked at NASA specifically Katherine Jackson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson. K. Jackson started working at NASA in 1953. She is still alive, currently 97 and her 98th birthday is in 11 days. Vaughan started working at NACA (pre-cursor to NASA) in 1943 but sadly she passed away in 2008. M. Jackson started working at NACA in 1950 but passed away in 2005. They were all incredibly smart women and were key parts of the Space Race and beyond.

 

I will definitely be buying the book when it comes out. Probably won't see the movies in theaters because I just absolutely hate movie theaters. I prefer watching movies alone at home.

 

The book I am currently reading, Rise of the Rocket Girls by Nathalia Holt is also about the history of women at NASA, just 99.99% about white women. Really. Despite covering the same time period as Hidden Figures, there is only one African American woman in the entire book and her name is Janez Lawson. 

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2.5 Stars
Postmortem - Patricia Cornwell

I was only made aware of Cornwell's existence sometime last year. But I didn't consider trying her books until this month when I was wandering through my local library trying to find a fiction book to check out. I'd already skimmed through her Twitter and noted she spent a lot of time getting hands on experience with the police for research (unlike other authors I know who just Google everything). A check in the pro column. I got lucky and found a large type edition of the first book of the ongoing Kay Scarpetta series.

 

I read it in two sittings - sort of. I got bored and skipped the last hundred pages and read the ending. The book being written in the first person was a huge mark in the con column. Page after page after page of Scarpetta talking about her feelings. Oh this makes her angry, that makes her scared, that makes her want to drink, this makes her feel bad about herself. So much rambling. Halfway through the book I just started skipping paragraphs that were just about Scarpetta's feelings. As much as I am thoroughly pleased to learn multi-dimensional female characters such as Scarpetta were being written by women in the '90s outside of the romance section, Cornwell's writing was just too much.

 

The case at the center of the book probably was horrifying or intriguing when first published but reading today, it just felt like a run of the mill Criminal Minds episode. Women were being raped and murdered in their homes and police had no leads. 

 

For those unaware, the Scarpetta series follows the life of a blonde Italian woman named Dr. Kay Scarpetta who, in the first book, is the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond, Virginia. The series is ongoing, with the latest published last year. My library also has a copy of it but I won't be checking it out. A skim through Wikipedia and Amazon showed me that the series has only gotten weaker in time.  

Reading progress update: I've read 189 out of 435 pages.
Uprooted - Naomi Novik

DNF. Returned to library.

There needs to be a secret handshake for people who don't like Pride and Prejudice or any Austen work.

 

Or a secret club. Either works.

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Reading progress update: I've read 189 out of 435 pages.
Uprooted - Naomi Novik

Getting through this book hasn't been easy. I don't find this standalone novel as interesting as Novik's Temeraire series. I've already started skimming some paragraphs. This book might end up a DNF if the pace does not pick up.

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Yikes.

 

It really is sad how much horrible writing gets published... yet so many good writers I know can't get published.

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The Wall Street Journal’s exclusively revealed the covers of the Penguin Galaxy series, with commentary by series introducer Neil Gaiman and cover artist Alex Trochut.

 

The Penguin Galaxy series is a new series of six collectible hardcover editions of "genre-defining masterworks of sci-fi and fantasy"

 

  1. Stranger in a Strange Land
  2. 2001: A Space Odyssey
  3. Neuromancer
  4. Left Hand of Darkness
  5. Dune
  6. The Once and Future King

 

 

These will be released in October 2016.