The Death and Life of Bobby Z – Book Review

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Finished reading

The Death and life of Bobby Z

by Don Winslow

★★★★

Expectation

Lately I’ve been in a reading slump. Books that I used to adore and themes I used to love make me lose interest fast. At the bookstore we had an outlet book sale and The Death and Life of Bobby Z was one of the books offered. I put the Croatian edition cover with the English one since I like how it looks like. Title in Croatian is Smrt i život Bobbyja Z-a.

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Summary

It is an action packed crime novel set in California and Mexican border. Some parts of the book are all about blowing people and stuff up.  For a  looser convict main character goes trough unusually lucky period. This book is perfect read for beach or any sunny type of vacation.

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The story is actually all about hope and second chances. Compared to reality of drug wars the story is much like a fairy tale. Aside human trafficking, drugs and illegal activities there’s also some really mean bikers, much profanities and some steamy sex scenes.

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All the while I was reading I had that feeling like I was watching a movie from the Fast and Furious series. When I finally looked it up I found there is a movie by the book with none other than Paul Walker as the main protagonist!

Conclusion

I liked this little break from my usual reading genres. I’m glad I picked up this book. It was relaxing and fun read and now I have an idea for a movie night as well!

Books that changed me – Chances

One of the books that changed me was a Jackie Collins novel Chances. In Croatian translation the title is “Jače od grijeha”. This loosely translates to “Stronger/Harder than sin”. This is a soap opera chick lit book with some steamy sex on the side.

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But first let me tell you that there is a long story about this book. I must mention that I was in high school and I got this book from a friend who supposedly stole it from the library. Together with my two friends I passed this book and hid it as boys would treat their porn stash. We used to read the more juicy bits out loud. This was our porn book!

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I must warn you all that this was before the age of Internet in the country that just got out of being in war.

All that being said this book is not your average teenager delinquent reading material (if there is such a thing). It was a hardcover chubby with 781 pages.

That’s SEVEN HUNDRED AND EIGHTY ONE PAGES!

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It looked like this but our copy was much more frayed from the constant reading and it was missing it’s spine cover. You could see the binding and the way pages were sewn together. It is only while I was searching for the pictures of this edition did I see that it used to come with a jacket. A weird one at that!

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Now that you are all properly interested and confused let me tell you a bit on the story or at least the way we saw it.

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It is one of those soap opera material stories with all the elements that make it last for hundreds of episodes and make the general population love and hate it’s characters with equal fervor.

This saga about Santangelo family starts with a main character Gino. Later on the books introduce his daughter- badass character Lucky. The rest of the books in this series I did not read.

Some browsing trough the Goodreads reviews proved that most readers get to this book in their high school years and treat it  the same way we did – as contraband!

Whatever the case may be this book still holds a record for me as a book with 781 pages I read trough in three days! I even took her to the bathroom with me and barely slept!

So whats your twisted bookish blast from the past?

Fables, Vol. 2: Animal Farm – Book Review

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Finished reading

Animal Farm (Fables vol 2 )

by Bill Willingham, Mark Buckingham, Steve Leialcha  ★★★★

Expectation

It has been almost a year I’ve read the first graphic novel in Fables series. I always wanted to keep reading it trough and that still stands. I want to learn more on Fables and their lives on this side of stories.

“It’l happen Snow, one of the advantages of near immortality is that we can learn to accept and adapt to almost anything.. eventually. “

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Summary

I’ve actually read Animal farm by George Orwell last year and it was a bit scary connecting these two works for me. The original classic was something I didn’t really enjoy reading but I agree it should be on the mandatory reading lists for everyone. It’s value should not be underrated. This version where some of my favorite things meet in this revolutionary light got me worried. I love fairy tales more than anything and dragging them into serious classic literature was no picnic for me.

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In this Fable series second volume we get to learn more about The Farm – secluded place where all Fables who cannot adapt to living among human unnoticed or pass as human live.  Among many metaphors to life the one that stood out most for me was the one about life choices we need to make on our own. Some of it, like Goldielocks for one,  is just really confusing…

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Conclusion

I will keep reading this graphic novel series at my own pace. Since every volume so far. including the Fairest spin off series I adore had some really cool side stories I will probably enjoy it at a slower pace.

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Reading in progress – February

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On the account of traumas I’m having while relocating all my reading habits for the past few years from Shelfari to Goodreads I’m in the middle of reading quite a few books from January!

Here are my shameful reading in progress that are getting little to zero progress…

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Neuromancer (Sprawl Trilogy book 1) by William Gibson

0 out of 228 pages

I’m thinking seriously of skipping this one for a while since all the shaming on it is getting ridiculous. Other books appeal to me more and this one is not on my favorite lists. I’m actually scared it will make me want to read less in general just to avoid it.

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Dark Skye (Immortals After Dark Book 15) by Kresley Cole

303 out of 531 pages

I used to devour books like this one in one or two sittings. Maybe I’m out of practice but the sex scenes were a bit intense. And I know it’s spring time almost and all but I’m not feeling it 😦

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Moć albiura (Saga Albiuriana book 1) by Daria Keršić

14 out of 200 pages

This is a book from Croatian author and maybe I just have problems with translations or Croatian language in general but it takes a lot for me to take on a book like this one and read it. Something in the language always seem to put me off. This one is not so bad in that department and it’s about angels…

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Moja ti by Jasna Jasna Žmak

84 out of 141 pages

This one is actually work assignment and I’m really slow with it. It’s different from my usual reading material and I’m supposed to make a review on it.

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Animal Farm (Fables vol 2 ) by Bill Willingham, Mark Buckingham, Steve Leialcha

0 out of 112 pages

I borrowed this graphic novel from a friend in January and I still didn’t get to start reading it. I have no excuse…

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Monthly Reading Review – January 2016

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Monthly Reading Review – January 2016

This January I have read:

La Liste De Mes Envies by Gregoire Delacourt ★★★

Le ragazze di Sanfrediano by Vasco Pratolini ★★★★

Laughing Corpse (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter book 2) by Laurell K. Hamilton ★★★★

The Rosie Project (Don Tillman book 1) by Graeme Simsion ★★★★★

Žena s drugog kata by Jurica Pavičić ★★★

Cosmétique de l’ennemi by Amelie Nothomb ★★★

Back on the Street (Transmetropolitan, Vol. 1) by Warren Ellis, Darick Robertston ★★★★

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1. How many books you’ve read last month? Are you happy with the amount you read?

January is one of the slowest reading months for me. Reading seven books in January is a pretty good score.

2. What was the best of all the books you’ve read in November? Any scenes or characters that made a lasting impression?

There were some interesting new books and there were some favorite rereads. I think Rosie Project was the book I enjoyed the most this January.

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3. Were there any not so good books for you last month? What made it hard or not enjoyable to read?

I was fortunate enough and my reading menu was all good. Žena s drugog kata and Cosmétique de l’ennemi were weird and out of my usual reading scope.

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4. How did the books you were reading last month fit in your reading plans if you had any?

Again I did all the RL book club reading and for the rest I just improvised with lots of reading in the moment picks. This resulted in quite a bit of unusual reading material for me. This no reading plan and Shelfari chaos are making me spin in circles what might not be such a bad thing.

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5. Any updates on the series you are reading or are you starting any new series?

I started one graphic novel series Transmetropolitan and did a second reading of two favorite book series. The rest of my reading was strangely not part of any book series. I’m not sure how I feel about this.

6. Would you like to recommend any books or authors you’ve been reading this last month?

I would like to recommend both of my rereads Rosie Project and Laughing Corpse. 

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Reading in progress

Dark Skye (Immortals After Dark, #15) by Kresley Cole

Moć albiura (Saga Albiurana, #1) by Daria Keršić

Moja ti by Jasna Jasna Žmak

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Afterthought

This thing with Shelfari closing down has put me on a loop. The result was not one review in January! Now when I look back on it I would have liked to have written a review on some of the more unusual reading picks I did. With my reading this month I was all over this world and visited some others as well! I won the lottery in France, fell in love in Australia, made out with five women scorned in the Italy, torched some zombies in St. Louis and then went out to live out the rest of my life on a small isolated island in the Adriatic sea.