It’s 4:00 in the morning and I can’t sleep. Instead of lying in bed upset about it, I decided to come type away. Not practicing for the readathon, just trying to stay sane. Last week Suey from It’s All About Books posted some extreme mini-reviews and I looked at my big list of books I read at the end of last year and beginning of this year that I haven’t talked about and thought, “hmmmm…why not?” Time to face the fact that I won’t be talking about these books otherwise.
So, Five Extreme Mini-Reviews. It’s been almost a year since I’ve read some of these, and my memory is pretty faulty. Don’t hold it against me if I get some of the plot details a little wrong…!
Title: A Redbird Christmas
Author: Fannie Flagg
Published: 2004 Pages: 229
Summary: A crotchety, lonely, aging Oswalt T. Campbell heads south for the holidays on doctor’s orders and meets a cast of characters who help him reevaluate his life and that which is important.
Descriptors: Southern, feel good, cheesy, predictable, colorful characters, recipes in the back of book.
Bottom line: if you’re looking to read Flagg, read Daisy Fay And The Miracle Man.
Title: The Black Dahlia
Author: James Ellroy
Published: 1987 Pages: 325
Genre: Fiction (Crime)
Summary: When a mutilated body of a young woman is found in 1940s Los Angeles, an entire city goes into an uproar trying to solve the crime. One detective, Bucky Bleichert, makes it his mission to solve the murder mystery but as his obsession of The Black Dahlia increases his grip on reality loosens.
Descriptors: Dark, disjointed writing, disturbing descriptions of murder scene, strong characterization and period writing.
Bottom line: Read for book club and left me feeling a bit icky. Incidentally we didn’t end up discussing.
Author: Steve Zipp
Published: 2007 Pages: 286
Summary: Honestly, I’m not sure I can summarize–from back cover: “A penniless drifter, a businessman obsessed by bones, an artist with a baseball bat, a fallen academic who lives at the dump, a biologist with a son named after a fungus, a native man older than Canada, a Mounty with a jaw of steel” Ha!?
Descriptors: Strange, quirky, confusing, intriguing, colorful characters, impossible to describe, tough to get into but would read again.
Bottom line: Recommend to those who like something different. Very different. I warned you!
Title: Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress
Author: Dai Sijie
Published: 200 Pages: 184
Genre: Fiction (Translated)
Summary: Unfortunately have forgotten much of the plot. Two mischievous boys, Chinese cultural revolution, a beautiful daughter, a four-eyes with forbidden books. #trishfail
Descriptors: #trishfail again. At 184 I should just re-read this one!
Bottom Line: Read over Christmas break and intriguing enough to read quickly, but apparently forgettable
Title: One for the Money (first in series of 10 million)
Author: Janet Evanovich
Published: 1994 Pages: 288
Genre: Fiction – Mystery
Summary: Clutzy, bumbling Stephanie Plum needs some money fast so goes to cousin Vinny for a job as a bounty hunter. She isn’t officially hired but that doesn’t stop her from going after Joe Morelli, a cop wanted for murder, and landing herself in a whole heap of trouble.
Descriptors: Fun, light, predictable, stereotyped but colorful characters, entertaining, is what it is
Bottom Line: Well, I have the first twelve of the series so I’ll be continuing on eventually when the time is right
Have you read any of these? What did you think of them? Any of these catch your eye?
I still have a handful of other unreviewed books, but I’m still hoping against all hope that one day I’ll either re-read them (ha!) or take the time for a proper review. Perhaps you’ll be seeing another round of extreme mini-reviews in the future?
Dare I go back to bed at 4:45? I can hear hubby’s alarm going off–not a good sign, I fear.