Robin’s Book Reviews

IMG_2693The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman – I really loved his American Gods so I decided to read more. The rest of my book club liked this one, but my oppositional nature strikes again. I was confused by this book. It wasn’t exactly for kids and it wasn’t exactly for adults. Was it political? I guess. Kind of a James and the Giant Peach meets Alice in Wonderland.  It is the mystical story of life through the eyes of a misfit seven year old (who seemed entirely too well read for a boy this age) and his unusual neighbors. The story takes you into another dimension, I guess. Glad I read it, but can only rate it 3.0 because I just don’t know.

Lost Souls by Lisa Jackson – I researched this author as the book fly page said she has written over 75 novels. But I didn’t look her up because I loved this book. In fact, I put it down about a third of the way through. All I can figure is that she really whips out books (genre) and has a loyal following. I have to say that I am prone to finishing a book, no matter how bad (although that has changed lately) When she repeated “the room that Tara had disappeared from” the fifth time, that was it for me. Either she really wanted the reader to get certain points, or she didn’t focus when revising, because this wasn’t the only thing she felt I needed to hear over and over. Or maybe her books need a certain word count and this is how she fulfilled her contract. Add the fact that this wasn’t a police mystery, as I first thought, but another VAMPIRE book (although I think the end would prove serial killer rather than true vampire, but I’ll never know as I am not finishing the book). Rate – 0 stars.

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman – This is kids book, but since I’m reading all Gaiman, I read this. Although it reminds me of other books I have read with a slightly macabre twist, times have changed. A book for kids that starts off with the slaughter of the entire family? But the more I thought about it I realized that many of the heroes of books I read as a child had lost their entire family – just not so graphic a description. I can see a ten or eleven year old loving this book, because the kid is smarter than the adults! I appreciated the great writing and the humor. For children – if they are not prone to nightmares – 4 stars.

Hand of Evil by J.A. Jance – another series writer. Still amazed at how these authors pour out these books. This one was better than the others, well written, except for one strange thing. There were two “mysteries” and the first was solved half way through the book. It tied in with the second – barely. One character had been abused as a child and the other was a child being abused – the hero, Ali Reynolds, was connected to both, but basically that was the only tie in. 2.5 stars.

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