Ok so I wanted to stick mainly to reviews for this page but I have a bit of a problem on my hands, and I thought maybe the people in cyber world would like to help. First off as you all know I wrote a review on the book water for elephants well being strictly a bookworm when I mentioned having read it to a friend she filled me in on the movie. I had, had no idea the movie existed so I asked does it actually… at the end? She confirmed that the part I liked the most of the book was actually in the movie so now my interest is peaked, but when I watched the trailer for it on itunes I just kept repeating “that’s not right” just from the trailer! So my question for everyone out there is, Is it even worth it to watch the movie or has Hollywood once again bastardized a movie beyond repair?
Now my next question is, I was at the PX and found a cheap copy of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls by Steve Hockensmith so of course for 5$ I grabbed it. I know it is a prequel to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies but I am wondering if I should read the first book first and then go back to Dawn of the Dreadfuls or just go on and read the prequel?
Thanks Guys! Now I am going to get back to reading so I can have a new review up for you hopefully by tomorrow if my DH will leave me alone lol!
So for this book I decided to jump head first into it without reading any reviews or even the synopsis. It turned out to be a very well written and beautiful story about love, hardships, and a circus. It’s the great depression 1932, prohibition is in full swing, and like so many others a young man has had his entire life torn into pieces and ends up wandering straight into the adventure of a lifetime. Jake Jankowski, the main character in our epic story, is distraught when he is informed that both his parents have died in an automobile accident. After, what we can only assume is a nervous breakdown while taking his final exams for veterinary school; he walks out and continues until he cannot bear to go any further. While resting near a train track as a train rumbles up, and he decides to try to “hitch” a ride to the next town not realizing he has jumped aboard a circus train. From there he meets many characters who will forever change his life.
I found myself falling in love right along with him, hating the villain with a fiery passion, and cheering for a quirky elephant named Rosie whom Sara Gruen describes so vividly that you can’t help but smile. Sara Gruen manages to create a scene so well you can imagine yourself there, but she never loses you with too many details. Personally, I am torn whether or not I love this story. In the first half of the book when she is setting a scene she would add some explicit details that weren’t necessary. Since she had already masterfully created her setting and by adding those I can only assume she was after shock value. I did enjoy the story, but I have a hard time swallowing adultery, I guess I have just been married too long. I can understand why the characters were drawn to each other and why she would cheat on her husband, but I don’t personally enjoy it. In my opinion she could have used something else for her characters to over-come. It’s not like they didn’t have three or four other obstacles to surmount. All and all I couldn’t put it down so I suppose I can’t be too harsh.
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It took me a long time to figure out what I wanted to do. Most people by this time have kids are married with a great job. I did get married, not by choice, my husband was just too good to pass up. I could never find a job that I loved to do, and children just weren’t for me. The only thing I love to do is read and criticize, so combining the two I decided to start writing reviews. If you have any suggestions on books to read or requests email me @ firstname.lastname@example.org