Domaris' Dreamings

Home of musings, reviews, and other book related thoughts.  I may make this the new home of my favorite book and magazine quotes.

Breaking Dawn (The Twilight Saga, Book 4)

Breaking Dawn (The Twilight Saga, Book 4) - Stephenie Meyer I was reluctant to read this series as it sounded a little hyped to me. I did generally enjoy it, but often found the main character a little too self-deprecating for my taste. The author is a fairly gifted story-teller and does a decent job of switching up the narrative voice in this installment, but I don't think I would ever re-read the books.

The Expendable One, Volume 2: The Boob Versus the Boobs

The Expendable One, Volume 2: The Boob Versus the Boobs - Jason M. Burns The art is different from the first book, but not in a way that I felt detracted from my enjoyment.

The continuing adventures (written in a "day in the life" style) of this accidental hero are both grotesque and hilarious. The little peeks the afterword gives us into the history of our mysterious "agent" would honestly be enough to make me read a third installment, even if I didn't find the main storyline as entertaining as I do.

I have high hopes that the author will continue the story, or even release a book that specifically details Agent Armstrong's background more thoroughly.

Darkest Mercy

Darkest Mercy - Melissa Marr A fitting end to the series, this book ties up all the threads that were left dangling by the other books without too neat a bow.

Crisis on Infinite Earths

Crisis on Infinite Earths - Marv Wolfman, George Pérez This was certainly an interesting choice to introduce myself to the DC Universe in terms of comic books. I have seen movies and television series (both animated and not), but the bulk of my knowledge of DC comics comes from my husband and his long relationship with the Batman franchise.

While I enjoyed the story-line, I'm missing a lot of the history that led up to it, and much of the back-story relating to the alternate universes. I got the feeling I would have gotten more out of it if I'd already been a fan than as a bit of a newbie.

Wicked Lovely

Wicked Lovely - Melissa Marr I liked the characters enough that as soon as I finished it I picked up the next in the series.

Middlesex

Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides A beautifully written novel, the writer has clearly done research as he wove true events into the story masterfully. It was easy to forget that these were fictional characters, and some of the elements were so emotionally distressing that I had to put the book aside for a little while. I look forward to reading his other works.

The Soulmate Agency

The Soulmate Agency - Ivan B I liked the book on the whole, but there were a number of POV shifts that made it hard to follow, and sometimes the language felt cumbersome. There were a fair number of editing errors as well, but nothing that made it too hard to follow.

I think it would actually make a fairly entertaining movie if done correctly - and the visual element would make it easier to follow the various story-lines.

Chew, Vol. 1: Taster's Choice

Chew, Vol. 1: Taster's Choice - Rob Guillory, John Layman Enthralling - there's a level of unappetizing horror folded up into a mystery/comedy narrative. Written and drawn so well that the "gross" factor is less bothersome than I would have expected.

A Long Way from Chicago

A Long Way from Chicago - Richard Peck I really like this book. The narrative voice is clear and believable and all of the characters are interesting and very well developed in a fairly short time. The historical bits feel real and unforced as elements of the story, and there is a realism to the book that is very enjoyable.

A Year Down Yonder

A Year Down Yonder - Richard Peck I really liked all three of the Mrs Dowdel stories and would be happy to read a fourth! The continuity from book to book and the character development are both great. Even though they are set in a very particular time and place there's something about them that makes them timeless.

Beezus and Ramona

Beezus and Ramona - Beverly Cleary I'm clearly starting to read things in "parent-mode" as the first thing I thought was "why is this nine year old alone in the house watching a four year old?" But the characters are just as enjoyable as I remembered!

The Early Modern World, 1492-1783

The Early Modern World, 1492-1783 - Helen Dwyer This book was a good overview and made me interested to look up further information - which I believe was the main point of it. However, there were a few things that I thought could have stood improvement. The maps were excellent - but the way they were bound cut off some of the inner parts of the page. Some of the choices of how much detail to include were erratic. Sometimes it felt like a lot of names and dates were being thrown out there without context, and sometimes it felt like things were truly and overview. Overall, I'm glad I read it.

Winnie the Pooh: Roo's Big Nature Day

Winnie the Pooh: Roo's Big Nature Day - K. Emily Hutta This book is a good little read to demonstrate the value of going outside to play.

The Pilgrim

The Pilgrim - Mike Grell, Mark Ryan I've read 2 of the comics...and I plan to read the rest as they come out. They're incredibly engaging.

The Journey Home

The Journey Home - Isabelle Holland I'm pretty sure I read this as a kid and really liked it. Adding it as to read to make sure and give it another read.

Bite Me

Bite Me - Christopher Moore The character I enjoy least is the one providing the main narrative in this installment. While I did enjoy it, this means it is my least favorite of the three.

Currently reading

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
Michelle Alexander
Progress: 27/290 pages
Managing to Change the World: The Nonprofit Manager's Guide to Getting Results
Jerry Hauser, Alison Green
The Tuskegee Airmen: The Men Who Changed a Nation
Charles E. Francis, Adolph Caso
Homestead
Radclyffe
Twerp
Mark Goldblatt
Elements of Darkness
Michael Twist
A Little Bit Wicked
Robyn DeHart
Osman's Dream: The History of the Ottoman Empire
Caroline Finkel
The Pilgrim
Mike Grell, Mark Ryan
Get Out of Your Own Way: The 5 Keys to Surpassing Everyone's Expectations
Robert K. Cooper