So I mentioned reading it yesterday, but just finished so I thought I’d share my review as posted on GoodReads. They have a FABULOUS new (well, teehee, new to me!) feature – they can auto-create a blog post for me out of my GR reviews. This is great news because it means I won’t forget to move my reviews onto here! They aren’t usually the lengthy things that I used to write as blog posts, but at least it’s some thoughts on what I read. They’ll start auto-creating with the next book – I didn’t know it was available until after I started this post. But hopefully it’ll mean more coming from me on a regular basis… Two caveats: first, I don’t do plot reviews typically – to me, a review isn’t a summary or book report, it’s what I liked or didn’t and why. So if you’re looking for a plot summary, I’m not your best source – although if you have direct plot questions, I’m happy to try to answer them if you leave a comment. And second, I don’t review everything I read and I sometimes comment on things I don’t read, because (a) I like knowing what people didn’t like as well as what they did and (b) I forget what books I’ve started and discarded, teehee, so need notes to remind myself! Happy reading…
by Robert J. Sawyer
NB: There’s been some controversy over this one in the reviews/comments I’ve seen, but here are my two cents.
I don’t know that Quantum Nightis so much a book you “like” – there’s zero sense of “gee, cool, I feel great after reading that, how pleasant that story was!” – so much as a book you find thought provoking and conversational or not. It was the most violent and disturbing of his that I’ve read so far, although given subject matter that’s de rigeur I guess. But still, I do always enjoy his writing style and the way he makes scientific concepts more accessible – even if, as with this one, I find his conclusions disconcerting and uncomfortable… This confirmed for me that he’s an excellent storyteller though, because I did find it hard to put down even when I was uncomfortable. He finds ways to share his theories of what the world is vs. what it could be through fiction, and while I’m always aware of what he’s doing and what his overall sociopolitical philosophy is, whether I agree with it or not, I always find myself thinking about things a bit more after reading him – and I still always manage to get lost in the story. To my mind, that’s an impressive accomplishment for any author…
Incidentally, if you like Robert J. Sawyer or thoughtful sci-fi, a few of my other favorites of his are reviewed here.
I was “back but not back” in JULY OF FREAKING 2015. That’s perilously close to a full year ago. I am lame. Seriously. I don’t mean to be, but it’s hard to gin up enthusiasm for something you don’t get paid to do when you ALREADY DON’T GET PAID TO DO ANYTHING. (teehee)
Honestly, in my lawyer days I performed legitimate work in exchange for legitimate pay. It was a simple, straightforward transaction. And since I lived alone, that was the entirety of my work. I had a title, an office, an expense account, and a regular paycheck. When I came home from said office, I took care of myself – but it could hardly be called work because I did what I wanted, when I wanted – even the things I didn’t particularly like doing (see e.g., #laundry, #grocery shopping, #tidying – the actual #cleaning being accompliaed by a fabulous #CleaningService) couldn’t really be considered “work” because they were done on my timeframe (sometimes with ridiculously long spans of time in between, hence my ginormous drawer of underwear and equally ginormous dry cleaning bills to avoid said #laundry).
Then I “retired” (translation: got paid to stop working – a VERY nice bit of work if you can get it!) and NOTHING I did was work. For a full-on year, I literally did nothing I didn’t want to do – it was #glorious.
Then I met the man who became The Husband, which led to The Marriage, The Step-Kids, and eventually The Toddler. Now it seems like all I do is work – with no title (beyond Mommy – and if ever a title was dubiously granted, that is the one), no office (I share that space with The Husband AND the school supply closet AND my myriad crap that has no other home), no expense account (beyond the one for sneakers that are constantly outgrown, fruit snacks, and K-cups to fuel the caffeine habits of myself, The Husband, and The Teenage Step-Daughter), and most definitely no paychecks of my own. DO NOT MISUNDERSTAND – I love my family, thank the universe for them everyday, and also thank it for the First World Problems associated with being lucky enough to stay at home and raise said kids. THAT BEING SAID (#caveat), I spend my days and nights working. Laundry, cooking, driving, tidying, cleaning, making lunches, solving problems, playing (YES – with a toddler this constitutes work)… It’s not bad work (#MommyOptimism), but it’s unpaid, unending, generally unacknowledged, and often under-appreciated – or at least it feels that way.
Which brings us full circle back to our beginning – it’s hard to gin up enthusiasm for MORE work that is unpaid, unending, generally unacknowledged, and often under-appreciated like blogging/reviewing…
Still, if I did it properly, it wouldn’t necessarily BE those things (unlike #MommyWork, notably and irritatingly) – so I am going to try to give it a legitimate go this round. It’s not going to look like it used to. You’re highly unlikely to get daily posts out of me, unless you want to hear me bitch and moan (and BELIEVE ME, no one does – just ask The Aforementioned Husband). It’s also not going to be the purist “only writing/reading” that it used to be – at least for a while. My life is not about writing/reading like it used to be in any way, shape or form. I still get to read, probably more than the realities of my life should dictate – and I have The Again Aforementioned Husband as well as The Aforementioned Toddler to thank for that (because they are both surprisingly amenable to seeing me sane and at least modestly cheerful as much as anything else, teehee again), so there’s likely going to be a fair amount of reviews/references to reading on here. There will probably be a fair amount of mommy-related stuff too – which I swore I’d not do, but can’t really avoid since the reality of my daily life is that it centers around being a mommy. It’ll be a work in progress, and I hope you’ll bear with me and offer comments, both positive and negative when necessary. I’m anticipating losing some of the old crowd (if anyone is still actually around teehee) as a result, but there’s naught to be done for that – hopefully I’ll pick up a few new like-minded (or at least like-situated) people as a result. Either way, it is what it is – both my life and this blog, teehee – and will be what it will be. #OverplayedCliche
BTW, are you impressed with the hashtag crap?? I don’t use social media beyond this blog and the occasional tweet or FB post to get free things, teehee, but I’m desperately trying to seem like I’m not the Luddite Dinosaur I really am in the hope that it’ll pay off in free stuff somehow…
Thoughts/comments are always welcome. It takes a surprising amount not only of effort but also of shameless ego to blog – you have to assume that people are actually interested enough in your life/mind/thoughts to read regularly… I guess I have as healthy an ego as the next girl, but please feel free to poke it whenever you think I need it. Cheers and hopefully this will actually take this time!
I just won a book on GoodReads, through their First Reads program, and wrote a review and thought I’d post it here too. I’m not really “reviewing” books again, as far as unsolicited donations, but when I do review something either on my own or as a result of being provided with a review copy, I will try to get them up here just to see if anyone out there remembers who I am…
Wicked Charms by Janet Evanovich
My rating of the latest Lizzy & Diesel book, Wicked Charms: A Lizzy and Diesel Novel (Lizzy & Diesel)
: 4 of 5 stars
Predictable? You bet.
Did I mind at all? Not a bit…
I find this series to be fun. Pure, simple, unadulterated fun. The books follow a formula. The characters always act, well, in character. There aren’t a lot of surprises. But I don’t mind, because they are just plain fun to read.
If you like your books with hi-jinks ala Lucy and Ethel and sexual tension of the early Moonlighting, Bruce Willis/Cybill Shepherd variety, then these are up your alley. My one series wish is that Lizzy is a bit, well, wimpy – I keep wanting her to amp it up a little, be a little more Stephanie Plum and a little less Miss DePesto (sorry, another Moonlighting reference, and frankly most of you are probably to young to truly appreciate them, but I felt compelled to add them anyway!). But she is who she is, and that’s all good. And my one book complaint this time around is that there wasn’t as much Wulf as I like – he’s too bad to be truly good and too good to be truly bad and I think he adds the one bit of mystery/complexity that keeps the books from being too traditional beach-read romance. Still, as I said, they’re fun books and fun to read once a year when the latest iteration comes out. So check this one out if you haven’t!
Oh, and this was my first ever First Reads win – I never win anything, so thank you – so my copy was generously provided by the publisher, Ballantine.
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Just to be clear (and I’m sorry if this is a disappointment) – I am NOT taking on regular review requests at this time. I’m sorry, but there just isn’t any time… I know I posted one recently and made a big (for me) splash talking about getting back into the swing of things, but it’s just not working out and I keep getting review requests from very nice people about very interesting books, but unfortunately I simply can’t make any commitments to read/review things by request right now…
I do hope to get back on here and back into reviewing/writing, but I honestly don’t know when I will be able to do that with any regularity so in the interim PLEASE don’t request a review. When I am able to commit again, I promise to let you know – it will be posted on here and elsewhere. I feel bad constantly telling people no and it would save both you and me time and bad feelings if we could avoid that conversation altogether…
Thanks and good luck with your books – I do want to read them one of these days!!