Thursday, September 26, 2013

Sept 26: Book Reviews for The Drawing of the Three, Deeply Odd, and Outlander

The end of Thirty Days of Blogging is near, and I can taste it. I'm gonna make it though!! I can't believe I have managed to come up with something to say for the past twenty six days.  You're so lucky.

Today is a book review.  Again.  I've almost made it through my year of books! If you're wondering just how neurotic I am, to have all these book pictures filed away and waiting, it's not as bad as you think. I've got a page in the works for my 2013 photo album slash scrapbook, and it's just a grid of all the books I've read this year. So they're all cropped and framed and ready, I'm just uploading them as they go.  So yes, neurotic, but perhaps not THAT strange?

Anyway.  Since I reread The Gunslinger earlier this year, I obviously needed to keep it going with Drawing of the Three. 

I like this story better than Gunslinger.  As badass as Roland is, he's kind of a dick, and he can be pretty boring.  So introducing Eddie to the mix is just SO MUCH FUN. I mean sure, he's a heroin addict in the beginning, but he's cool and funny and just fun.  I love Eddie Dean. 

I thought, going into the reread, that number two was the one where Jake is going crazy because his mind is splitting into what happened in the Gunslinger and what happens when Roland changes the past by not letting him get Pushed, but I guess that must be number three.  But other than that slight disappointment (I held out hope all the way until I only had like twenty pages left, even though I knew that story arc took up WAAAAY more than twenty pages...) this is still a fantastic book.  This and number four are my favorites from the series, if I remember correctly.  I guess we shall soon see, as I make my way through rereading the entire Dark Tower series.  I bet you can't wait.

Anyway, five out of five stars.  LOVED IT.

After that, I downloaded Deeply Odd.  

Do you read the Odd Thomas books? I like them.  I like Dean Koontz, even though his stories are basically all the same lately.   And I LOVE Odd.  Did ya'll know that there's an Odd Thomas movie?!?!

I had no idea!! And I absolutely LOVE that dude Anton Yelchin. Did you ever see Alpha Dog!?!?! I mean, yeah, JT sort of stole that show, but still, Yelchin was AMAZING.  He's amazing in every single thing he does.  Such a weirdo.  He was great in Charlie Bartlette, heart breaking in Like Crazy, and hello, Star Trek anyone?

Anyway, Deeply Odd was exactly what you'd expect from an Odd Thomas book.  Four thumbs up if you like this story, if you don't, you'd probably only give it two or three.  We're introduced to a new character, I can't remember her name, but she's the little old lady who shows up and demands Odd be her driver, and of course, she's just perfect for him.  I really liked her.  

I can't figure out what's going on with Anna Maria (is that her name? I can't even remember!!) and her pregnancy, and I would have liked to spend more time with the kid they took from Odd Apocalypse, but all in all, I really enjoyed this one.  Certainly better than Apocolypse.   

Last up for this post, we have Outlander.

Ahh, Outlander.  How I wanted to LOVE this book.  Everyone who reads it raves about it. EVERYONE. And I didn't hate it.  At all.  I just wasn't WILD about it. Please don't hate me.

For those you who've been living under a rock, here's the back of the book, the first in a series of seven (I think):
Claire Randall is leading a double life. She has a husband in one century, and a lover in another...

In 1945, Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon—when she innocently touches a boulder in one of the ancient stone circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an "outlander"—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of our Lord...1743.

Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire's destiny in soon inextricably intertwined with Clan MacKenzie and the forbidden Castle Leoch. She is catapulted without warning into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life ...and shatter her heart. For here, James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a passion so fierce and a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire...and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

I don't know. You'd assume I'd love it. I think my main problem was that Frank was a great guy and I felt really bad for him!! Claire was all right, a little annoying for my taste, and Jamie...I don't know.  I don't know why I didn't love this book like everyone else did. I felt like alls it was was Claire crying, getting into trouble, getting rescued, and having sex.  Over and over and OVER. That's it.

So. Three stars? I don't know if I'll read the next one. I want to give it a shot, but right now there's SO MUCH on my figurative nightstand that I'm not sure when I'll get to it.

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