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Reading progress update: I've read 60%.

Fifty Shades of Neigh - A parody - Anna Roberts

I'm giving up on this, for now. I like it just fine, but other books are calling.

Money, Honey...That's What it Is

Moll Flanders - Daniel Defoe

The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the famous Moll Flanders, etc. who was Born in Newgate, and during a Life of continu'd Variety for Three-score Years, besides her Childhood, was Twelve Year a Whore, five times a Wife (whereof once to her own Brother), Twelve Year a Thief, Eight Year a Transported Felon in Virginia, at last grew Rich, liv'd Honest, and died a Penitent

...which sums up the story line of the novel, leaving out the best parts.

I first read this book when I was 16, in the throes of Jaded Virgin Syndrome (inexperienced but very curious, with an annoying sense of superiority) and thought it would be "dirty" like Fanny Hill or Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure.....I was wrong about the "dirty" part, and this is the better book.

With the passing years I have come to realize that financial security is of the utmost importance to women, either in relationships or not. Life can take any number of nasty turns that can leave a woman penniless and alone, so a nest egg, personal bank account, stash-in-a-stocking is a necessity. Our Moll realized that in seventeenth century England and always kept he eye on the bottom line...of a ledger book, no matter how lusty or criminal her behavior. The gal knew how to have a good time but she knew good times had a price tag, either for services rendered, or in the form of Presents, for her jolly nature and a good tumble. Moll was never hard-hearted, she just kept her heart in its place and not on her sleeve.

For this reason her character might seem a bit thin and one-dimensional, to which I'll agree, up to a point. Given that her world view, and her view of "love" and "relationships" is one of trade & commodities, it would be absurd and unseemly to have her going all emotional when life threw her a curve, which it did many times over. Moll is nothing if not resilient, and I appreciated this type of realism and its necessity to move the story along....Very little whinging.

As for Moll's ultimate state of grace and penitence, I believe she regretted her past transgressions. Not sure if she really rued them, except on her deathbed...a scene to which we readers are not privy.

I liked this book, the second time around, for its honesty, humor, and controlled pathos. I love Moll, whatever her "real name" and consider her one of my favorite literary characters. Go forth and seek out this book...and the DVDs with Alex Kingston, which are glorious for her presence

4 Stars

Skinny Legs and All...and so much more

Skinny Legs and All - Tom Robbins

****First off..forget Formatting...this one is Free Form, all the way***


5 Stars: This book held my interest for over a month (I'm a slow reader, okay!)....like Gravity's Rainbow it's about Everything..and No One Thing, and it's never boring...Then there's the Wordplay..the lovely English language the most versatile of toys. Mr Robbins spins that top for all it's worth..in his hands it's worth a lot. Zany, crazy, surreal..the gang's all here, with pathos and sincerity in tow.


Art, and its carry-on baggage: I came to this book after reading The Goldfinch and didn't expect to find another book that dealt with Art. While Ms Tartt's book dealt with ART (writ large, and full of meaning, however misguided) Mr Robbins' book dealt with Art as a process (thanks to Ellen Cherry Charles!) full of foibles and failures. I don't know which book I prefer.



The whole megillah in the Middle East: Oy..from suicide bombers to Palestinian massacres....nothing has changed since this book was published (1990) and I don't want to get into the political side of things...Israelis and Palestinians have been killing each other since Isaac and Ishmael..and nothing will change any time soon..This book takes it all the way back to Jezebel (no "hussy")....and Salome's Dance of the Seven Veils (of Self-Deception)..which I never figured out the specifics...guess you'll have to read the book!


Five inanimate objects on a road trip across the USA (sans Chevrolet)...bound for Armageddon, er, Jerusalem. The "Third Temple" is coming, soon....don't be square...be there...


**in spite of this travesty of a review...I did love this book, and Tom Robbins, the author...don't shy away from the "weird" aspect..that's what fuels his novels**

5 Stars...all the way

It's taking me forever to read Tom Robbins' SKINNY LEGS AND ALL, because there is so much more going on, than just a surreal story....the focus on the strife in the Middle East is just as relevant, and present,as it was "back in the day"....Hence, the Ofra Haza..

Skinny Legs and All - Tom Robbins

A sideways tribute to Tom Robbins' book, of the same name. And Joe Tex was a cutie!

THE GOLDFINCH.....my Abatross...v.2

Now that I have finished the book, i feel the same. This was a grand story, full of different locales and eccentric characters...but the main character was a virtual cypher in his own story....hell, in his own life. Bouncing off the walls after his mother's death, which was understandable.....bouncing even further, and higher. In Las Vegas after being reclaimed by his errant father, young Theo never seemed to touch ground. His character never connected, with me...hell, Boris was more alive even in caricature.

All in all, I still admire Donna Tartt for her "luminous prose" and look forward to her next offering, if i'm still around in ten years. I just wish her characters had done her craft better service.

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THE GOLDFINCH.....my Abatross...v.1

The Goldfinch - Donna Tartt

I love Donna Tartt's writing...her first two novels are Favorites, of mine This last....THE GOLDFINCH..has thrown me six ways to Sunday I love the prose.....luminous, as always....I love the Story line....I wish people would not have slapped the "Dickensian" adjective, on this book. Of course it has in intricate plot, and lots of "quirky" characters...but, somehow, i find a huge hole, in the story. I can't connect with the characters, and the emotion that is an integral part of Theo's "story". Unlike some reviewers..i don't feel "maternal" where Theo is concerned.....he was bounced around the world, from the age of 13.....his criminal activity was no surprise.....i'm surprised he never saw through Boris....and his "angles" I haven't finished the book, yet......lord help me, when i do

Reading progress update: I've read 13.

The Goldfinch - Donna Tartt

This book is slow to start, as are all of Ms Tartt's  books. Somewhere i read that she "paints wall murals with the tiniest brushes" (that's a paraphrase)...and it is a truth....i'm just now seeing the puzzle pieces, that will fit ..to make this book whole.

Mother, Mother - Koren Zailckas I'm not sure how I received this one. I don't remember requesting it.....but it looks like something I'll like.
The Longings of Wayward Girls - Karen  Brown The first of the "Atrias" this year...too soon to tell if it's any good.
First Drop - Zoë Sharp Charlotte/Charlie Fox, a 26 year old, ex-military Sharpshooter...on her first job as a personal bodyguard. Her charge is one Trey Penzler, a typical sullen teenager with more "attitude" than sense. His father, Keith, is a computer programmer "whiz kid" who developed a program that, supposedly,predicts stock market trends, which makes it a "golden goose" for every living greedy soul. Reason enough to kill?? I would think.

This is the Fourth entry in the Charlie Fox series, and the first set in the USA...this time in Florida....Daytona Beach...during Spring Break...with all of the expected focus on Youth Culture, clothes, attitude, and slang. Never mind the Spring Nationals-the World's Most Famous Sound Off...the Olympics of Car Audio competition. Much noise...."sound and fury", while Charlie and her charge are running for their lives from every law enforcement agency in Florida. Much gunplay and a high body count give Charlie some qualms...

About halfway through, this book turned YA....when the clothes, attitude, and slang took over..and became a distraction, and i began to question the "logic" of the story.

Why would an ex-military sharpshooter/bodyguard.....with serious villains on her tail...surround herself with a bunch of "yo" teenagers, dye her hair pink, adopt an "affected" American voice...and expect to stay under cover? Seems to me that would be a sure way to get dead..

Aside from that quibble, I liked the story...at least its potential. I like Charlie Fox, no shrinking violet. She's a killer with a heart, and beats herself up about her past, like most of us

If you want to meet Charlie Fox, like i did...check out Ms Sharp's entry in the anthology[b:A Hell of a Woman: An Anthology of Female Noir|1608019|A Hell of a Woman An Anthology of Female Noir|Megan Abbott|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1348392583s/1608019.jpg|1601487]...I want to read the first three books in this series...and own the next two, after this one.....[b:First Drop|3523|First Drop (Charlie Fox Thriller, #4)|Zoë Sharp|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1312063331s/3523.jpg|7311] might have something to do with roller coasters....but this book was a bit short on thrills

I give it 4 Stars for story line.....2 Stars for distraction.....levels out to

3 Stars
It Came from The Far Side - Gary Larson Wicked, wicked good fun that helped pass the time, a while ago, while I was in the throes of a Stomach Bug. I laughed so hard, it really did hurt.

Subtle humor, slightly desperate at times. Middle School "funny", for the smart kids!

Go forth, visit The Far Side

The Museum of Unnatural History( A Pop-Up Book)

The Museum of Unnatural History: A Pop-Up Book - Kees Moerbeek Another book I read, while suffering a dreadful Stomach Bug

I love pop-up books...especially those not geared exclusively toward children. While this book certainly is a Children's Book..the colors aren't blindingly "primary" and the pop-ups are pretty scary. I love the little Pull Tab extras, too. The last page is a corker!

Go on, have some fun with this one...
Thy Neighbor: A Novel - Norah Vincent Never mind that the main character is a total douchebag...and that he spends most of his time spying on his neighbors, with High Tech equipment he bullied some poor soul to install...and he has Issues with his dead parents (don't we all)

Nasty characters don't bother me......when they can't advance their own pathetic story, that is a crime!

I'm not half way through this Net Galley..it's about to expire...and I still have no idea of this book's STORY

That pisses me off....


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THY NEIGHBOR turned out to be one of the "better" books i've read, although the main character was pretty distasteful, and the first part of the book dragged its ass like no one's business. A very hard look at family and inter-personal relationships, and the "meaning" of such throughout one's life. The hold our parents have over us, even after they're dead. The pointlessness of Self Pity, but how useful it can be, as a weapon...against others, and our own sense of Injustice....until it becomes "just another thing" to deal with....Yes, this book gave me a lot to think about..and I can't say I am happy.....
Susan Slutt, Girl Sleuth - Kate Emburg If, like myself, you were hooked on the Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys series of "teen sleuth" books...back in the 1950s-1960s.....then you are in for a serious treat with this series, featuring the intrepid, if at times dense, Susan Slutt...she, of the titian tresses, powder blue roadster, and entourage of interesting chums.

These adventures range from the ridiculous to the hilarious, with plenty of Homoerotic overtones, cross-dressing, indiscriminate groping, and enough sexual innuendo to choke a cat (except the dead one, in the first story)

Porkerville , USA should be proud of its genius detective.....or her debonair Lawyer daddy will whupp everyone's ass (including Susan's)...

These stories do become a bit "much", after a while. I suggest small hits, like 2 or 3 at a pop.......that way you'll be able a appreciate the fine writing and "mannered" style...and won't just be sitting there with a goofy grin on your face.

5 Stars (for entertainment value alone)......I have the other two collections as well...Susan Slutt, Girl Shamus...and Susan Slutt, Girl Dick......and am looking forward to more of the same lubricious fun...