Stamped DNF – The Likeness by Tana French

Posted by on Feb 23, 2017 in 2.5 stars, 2017, Book Review, DNF, Tana French | 8 comments

Stamped DNF
The Likeness by Tana French
The Likeness by Tana French

Genre: Mystery
Format: Ebook
Series: The Dublin Murder Squad #2
Publisher: Penguin
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: DNF at page 216 out of 497
Source: Purchased

The Book:
From the publisher:

Six months after a particularly nasty case, Detective Cassie Maddox has transferred out of Dublin’s Murder squad and has no plans to go back. That is, until an urgent telephone call summons her to a grisly crime scene.

It’s only when she sees the body that Cassie understands the hurry. The victim, a young woman, is Cassie’s double and carries ID identifying herself as Alexandra Madison, an alias Cassie once used on an undercover job. Suddenly, Cassie must discover not only who killed this girl but, more importantly, who is this girl? And as reality and fantasy become desperately tangled, Cassie moves dangerously close to losing herself forever.

At what point did I break up with this book?
I put it aside at page 216 out of 497. When I realized it had been a month since I started the book and I was still less than halfway through I knew it was time.

What worked for me?
Despite the unlikely premise of Cassie being able to take the place of her doppelganger I thought it was an interesting way to approach the investigation.

What didn’t work for me?
I’m not sure exactly. I loved Tana French’s first book. I was familiar with her dense writing style and knew it would be slower paced. Unfortunately, it was just too easy for me to put this down and do something else. I wanted to love this book. I wanted to get wrapped up in it and spend hours at a time reading it but it just didn’t draw me in enough for that to happen.

It’s not you, it’s me . . . or maybe it really IS you.
I think it’s probably a little of both. I may pick it up again at some point in the future. I looked at the audiobook but saw that it was 22 hours long. I’m not sure I’m up for that. I did see that the narrator was getting a lot of praise in the reviews so who knows I might go that route someday.

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Stamped DNF – The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell

Posted by on Jan 24, 2017 in 2.5 stars, 2017, Book Review, DNF | 0 comments

Stamped DNF

The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell
The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell
Genre: Historical Fiction
Format: Hardover
Series: The Saxon Chronicles #1
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: DNF at page 228 out of 333
Source: Library

The Book:
From the publisher:

This is the exciting—yet little known—story of the making of England in the 9th and 10th centuries, the years in which King Alfred the Great, his son and grandson defeated the Danish Vikings who had invaded and occupied three of England’s four kingdoms.

The story is seen through the eyes of Uhtred, a dispossessed nobleman, who is captured as a child by the Danes and then raised by them so that, by the time the Northmen begin their assault on Wessex (Alfred’s kingdom and the last territory in English hands) Uhtred almost thinks of himself as a Dane. He certainly has no love for Alfred, whom he considers a pious weakling and no match for Viking savagery, yet when Alfred unexpectedly defeats the Danes and the Danes themselves turn on Uhtred, he is finally forced to choose sides. By now he is a young man, in love, trained to fight and ready to take his place in the dreaded shield wall. Above all, though, he wishes to recover his father’s land, the enchanting fort of Bebbanburg by the wild northern sea.

This thrilling adventure—based on existing records of Bernard Cornwell’s ancestors—depicts a time when law and order were ripped violently apart by a pagan assault on Christian England, an assault that came very close to destroying England.

At what point did I break up with this book?
I put it aside at page 228 out of 333. I did enjoy the first 150 or so pages but it became easier to put it down and harder to pick it up. When I realized that I had nearly 100 pages to go and I really didn’t care what happened I knew it was time.

What worked for me?
I thought the time frame was interesting. It’s set in the ninth century during the time the Danes were trying to take over the kingdoms that would eventually make up England.

We watched and thoroughly enjoyed the television series The Last Kingdom based on Cornwell’s Saxon Chronicles. They combined the first two books into the first season of the show. It’s quite good and I do recommend you watch it.

What didn’t work for me?
I’m not sure exactly. I think it was partly pacing. It seemed to move slower the more I read. The battle scenes were exciting but the story between seemed a bit tedious at times. Maybe it’s because I had already seen the story in a more condensed form that made it seem to slog.

It’s not you, it’s me . . . or maybe it really IS you.
After we watched the television series The Hubster read the first four books. He enjoyed them and plans to continue.

I do know that a second season of the show has finished filming and will eventually be on Netflix. I’ll be watching for it and recommend the first season.

Have you listened to or read this book? What did you think?

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Stamped DNF – Jeannie Out of the Bottle by Barbara Eden

Posted by on Aug 20, 2015 in 2015, Audio, DNF | 4 comments

Stamped DNF

Jeannie Out of the Bottle by Barbara Eden and Wendy Leigh
Jeannie Out of the Bottle by Barbara Eden and Wendy Leigh

Genre: Memoir
Format: Audio (cd)
Publisher: Books on Tape
Publication Date: 2011
Length: 7 hours, 18 minutes
Read by: Barbara Eden
Source: Library

The Book:
From the publisher:

A magical, heartwarming memoir from one of Hollywood’s most beloved icons

Over the past four decades, the landmark NBC hit television series I Dream of Jeannie has delighted generations of audiences and inspired untold numbers of teenage crushes on its beautiful blond star, Barbara Eden. Part pristine Hollywood princess and part classic bombshell, with innocence, strength, and comedic talent to spare, Barbara finally lets Jeannie out of her bottle to tell her whole story.

At what point did I break up with this book?
I was just short of halfway through. I was most of the way through disc three.

What worked for me?
Barbara Eden has a light conversational style as a narrator. She’s easy to listen to. Some of her life story, particularly before she broke into show business was interesting. I have had good luck so far with self-narrated celebrity memoirs and had high hopes for this one.

What didn’t work for me?
I was tired of the phrase “Jeannie Blink” to denote a time shift in the narrative even before the introduction was over. I also got tired of hearing “more about that later” which typically followed one of these time jumps.

While I was expecting a bit of insider Hollywood stuff, what it turned out to be was a history of what well known leading men had hit on her in each production she worked because as I was constantly reminded she was a pretty, curvy, blonde.

When I decided it was time to break up with the book she still hadn’t gotten around to the “more about that later” part that was about the I Dream of Jeannie show itself.

It’s not you, it’s me . . . or maybe it really IS you.
I can’t chalk this one up to bad timing or the wrong mood for this book. I have no intention of picking it up again at some other time.

Have you listened to or read this book? What did you think?

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