Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Daisy Jones & The Six


It ended up as a good book. In the beginning, story was a slow starter. I didn't really like the idea of a story being as an interview. I got hung up on who said and did what. Instead of looking at it as a story about the band.

The dynamics of Daisy and Billy were very polarizing but their personalities and what they wanted were the same. 
Karen and Graham meant to be? But in the end looking for something totally different.
For the rest of the band, brothers, managers, etc.. you can tell it was hard for them to follow people to make this great band and babysit too.

It is very easy to feel it is about a real band. Someone said it put them in mind of Fleetwood Mac, which I love. I could picture DJ &The Six that way too. And once I started reading like that it created a kind of groupie life for me.

What was very interesting to find out, who was writing this piece and why. How they fit in with the band. Then the pieces started to fit together. It was great to find out what everyone was up too. And how they handled walking away from that life. What and why did they?

Daisy Jones & The Six had its moments. Was rooting for them throughout. I was annoyed at some of the stuff that was done. But if someone is feeling all these emotions I think it's worth looking into.

I give Daisy Jones & The Six 4 
not because of the story being interviews. But being that the chapters were so long that it made me want to skim the rest of book. Which I did and came back to fill in the blanks. Made it very hard to want to continue. 
I read this book on the chatter that was given. Not disappointed. But am looking into Taylor Jenkins Reid's book Seven Husbands for Evelyn Hugo. Another read with a lot of reviews.

Friday, May 08, 2020

Next Year in Havana


I find this story to be very interesting and informative as well as entertaining. I like how the interactions of Marisol and her grandmother lives intertwined. 
I think I would be like Marisol and go to the country that my grandparents spoke of so well. Especially if I was given a great responsibility of bringing one back home.

There are many questions of Havana the way it was to what it is now. How the citizens of Cuba have looked too and hope for. And what they strive to do today. 
I can see the struggle that Elisa had of Pablo of what he believed, to what she only knew from how she was brought up. Marisol was seeing 1st hand how it came to be that the people who stayed in Cuba believed in a better country with a different person at the top. But also are treated no better.
The story between Elisa, her sisters, and parents with Pablo I enjoyed. Learning history isn't so bad. True there is sadness with their brother etc., joyful times and scary times. Makes all for a good book. Especially a slight twist at the end.

But for Luis he also felt there was something to fight for his country. But for his safety of life I could see why it is important to get him to America.

I really don't know what to say about this book. I read the history in the story and agree with a lot of it. Because I too have lived my history of my ancestors. For Ireland in some ways are the same. But at the end it is not the younger people struggle, but the generations before them.

We the Irish/Americans, Cuba/Americans can do so much with technology today to make it better for the generations to come. To keep the heritage alive without sacrificing integrity of self. For the Cuban citizens resenting the ones who fled to America, sad to know they felt that way. But they built a community to spread through another country for honor. Some of the places that were mentioned Miami, Key West only made me think I was standing maybe in that same spot as Elisa, 90 miles to Cuba. And her son Miguel listening in on a shell, as Bishop Kee welcomed tourist there with his blowing of the conch shell being populaized by his living. Miami dining on the sidewalk in one of the  paladars.

Even though I enjoyed the book. It did lag a big portion of the story. I feel it was hung up on a lot of adjectives of history. That made it for some long chapters that I just wanted to get to the point. And for that I give Next Year in Havana 4 
Some of my memorable parts of the book are my highlights on goodreads.


Wednesday, April 22, 2020

A Dark Night in Key West


So I was browsing looking at books and came across this series for a steal. I call it a Key West series. So I got it. Than along came this free Novella. It's like a prologue of this series.
Just coming back from a vacation down at the Keys I thought I would try it. And finishing a reading marathon with two books that were intense, I decided to read A Dark Night in Key West.

I like the characters in this novella. Cam Derringer and wife Malinda, Terri and Jim, and their daughter Diane. And who can forget a great character Sunny Ray.

The story started out a bit on the dark side. Something that a kid at the time Cam, should not of seen. But being friends with a schoolmate Susie, Cam thought he was protecting Susie and it ended up in tragedy with Susie's father and her.
Cam swore he would never let death happen again. So he became a lawyer. Partnered with his friend Jim Dade. Jim, his wife Terri and Cam and his wife Melinda became close. Close enough to babysit their daughter Diane.
All were going to see fireworks and Jim and Terri were in accident. But Terri never made it.
Jim took some time off. Cam and Malinda did what they could for Diane and Jim.
Jim needed to get back into the swing of things and came back to work. Cam took a client. And found out this client was no good. And another died on Cam's watch.
Although Diane missed her mother and father terribly. She had Cam and Malinda to lean on. Diane was the daughter that they couldn't have.

Things were going great. I thought Diane went after someone she thought killed her father. But no Diane had a close call which Cam and Sunny Ray came to rescue.

I really am rooting for Cam Derringer and Diane they have had it pretty bad. This time it has hit him personally. Malinda is missing or died. He spent so much money on trying to find her. First becoming a P.I. and giving up law. Than losing his airplane and house. Bought a houseboat. But to keep the search going for Malinda he must take some cases he does not want. Diane looks after him as a psychologist that she became, she always has him in mind.

So that's it. Now to follow next on a Cam Derringer's adventure. 

It was great to see a lot of places mention. It makes me feel like I was back on vacation in the Keys.
I give A Dark Night in Key West 4 
It is a novella after all.


Monday, April 20, 2020

My Lovely Wife


I did like the story. Although there was something about it that I saw or read about before. So I wasn't really that impressed with it. I get it a family, husband and wife, and two kids living in a pretty nice place. But to the unknown what does Millicent and her husband ( who just happens to narrate the story) keep secret, to keep the marriage alive with sparks.
They always seemed to be busy during the day. At night is when Millicent and her husband talked. It was their bedroom routine.
Millicent was a dark character. Claims her sister Holly did all kind of nasty things to her. And she found her soul mate. Millicent and her husband would serial kill together. And their children would be the bond that brought themselves back to earth. The one thing that was understood that they both cared for their children. Or so it seems. Her husband needed to be needed. He took in everything she would give out.

As the story moved along I thought ok these two get along by killing. But as soon as Millicent turned on her husband blamed him for all those murders I knew the story was going to move fast and get to the point. We had the husband trying to figure out what happened to make Millicent turn. Their daughter Jenna was so scared she slept with a knife under her mattress. Their son Rory tried to get a pay day from this.

The knife, the knife that did Millicent in. So much for her.
The last line made me think. He goes back to doing what he would do in bars. Pretend he is deaf. So the story goes, maybe Millicent wasn't just the bad guy in this story. In order to pull off what they did they played off each other. I believe the husband actually needed Millicent more than she did him. Hard to break old habits

I really don't know what to make of this story. I'm hoping that when I go back to review that the highlights will give me something. And I'm thinking it makes a better movie. Not bad for a debut novel though.

For the reason that I'm really a lost for words I give My Lovely Wife 4 

Thursday, April 09, 2020

The Nightingale


Its been a long time that a book that I read I can say I really enjoyed. One of the major themes in this book "In love we find out who we want to be; in war we find out who we are". What does the narrator mean by this? I believe the meaning is that we all look for love and when we find it whatever goes on around us that is our world.But as war strikes the people go off to war, the enemy evades your space, as of the Germans they took whatever they wanted with the French and Jewish people. We need to be stronger than we ever had. 
As for Vianne, she did what she had to for her and her daughter. Keep her home so when her husband Antoine came home there would be somewhere they can be. Even if the war did terrible things to people, hurtful, painful. A pain that will change you for the rest of her life. Isabelle, Vianne's sister saw war differently. She fought for the country in her way. Action was her motive, making a difference to the men so they can give France back to the Partisans. The pride what she did also matured her. She knew what she wanted to do. And that was her way of finding love. A love that she needed from sister and father. To be acknowledged that Isabelle was worthful. 

I was surprised at who the narrator was. In the beginning I thought it might of been Isabelle. Since it talked how Isabelle was a screw up. And how she looked for so long that that she was wrathful and loved. But sadly when her mother died her sister and father were at odds with themselves. Isabelle was sort of forgotten and on her own. But at the end of the story you could tell that it was not Isabelle. But Isabelle got the love and recognition that she always wanted, from the people she helped, to her sister Vianne.

The characters had secret identities which gave them the opportunity to move in and out of situations that need be in order to help the cause (French Revolutions) and to be determine who their self is. Example The Nightingale, was appropriate for Isabelle was a beauty with some determination moving along into the night. But Ari and Julien had no choice they needed their names change for their own lives. In hopes that they find/ found peace with their family.

I admire both Vianne and Isabelle. In their own way they both stepped up. Isabelle angry at the Germans how they treated the French and the Jewish people. She decided action was the best and found she was good at rescuing the men who will push the Germans out. Vianne she actually started to get on my nerves. Always about her with Isabelle not giving a chance to believe her sister wouldn't be that flaky. But Vianne stepped up to bring Jewish children to the aid of the orphanage. Although trying to save her friend's child, her hand was forced. But at the end she understood how not worthless Isabelle was. How she and her father were risking their lives.

Isabelle was always told that the place of war was not the job of women. Of course Isabelle challenged that. As Vianne didn't know what to do. If she only opened her eyes sooner and found out that they couldn't trust Germans. I believe much so the roles are different now. Far and in between do you hear long ago that women did their part in war overseas. And here in America again they did their part. But today they are out there in the frontline. Women have proven that they are more valuable, they are grounded and bring a new look to the situation.

Vianne gave a list of people to Beck who was the Nazi that lived there with her in wartime. I could not do what she did. Especially when she did ask questions and his answers weren't adding up. Seemed suspicious. That made me angry that she did not pick up on that.

Captain Beck maybe I believe was a sympathetic character. Only because he was torn between his job and how he felt about the war. I think neither way that he should/not get what he got at the end. Of course Isabelle was going to take action. And Vianne as much as she said about Isabelle she was her sister.

I do think women who come from different places can form a silent bond. They themselves are going through what you might be. And it is to support themselves. Gives each other courage. People should not be judgmental for you do not know what is so different.

Antonie said "We chose to see miracles". I think he wanted to believe his wife. And with war being over that it's time to understand the sadness, the happiness that can be. To me it looked like he knew about Julien and wanted good to be in their lives again. Look to the bright future.

There is really not a right answer when Ari was taken away. I understood how Vianne felt. She raised and protected Ari/Daniel most of is life. And to find that there was family of his was hard to give him up. But on the other hand he needed to be with his family. He needed to be raised in the Jewish faith. For that is who he is. I'm glad that Vianne got to meet Ari and he gave back the photo of she and his mother, Rachel.

I would have made the same decision that Vianne made about Juilen knowing his biological father. There was no need for him to know how mean of a father he did have. And I would hope that he would believe his mother what had happened to her. Sadly what the Nazi's have done killed, violated human beings Julien is better off not knowing and living a better life than what was thrown at the French in WWII

I must say the tear jerker of them all for me was when Isabelle and her father looked at each other and her father mouthed "I love you" to Isabelle as he was shot. After that Isabelle knew the Nazi's couldn't touch her heart. They couldn't change who she was inside.
I thought the story gave  more a better understanding of life under Nazi occupation in WWII. I feel why especially the Jewish people are hard. And don't have a give it up attitude.

I give The Nightingale 5