Thursday, January 22, 2015

Book Reviews : Ernest Hemingway and Miss Peregrine

Lately, I haven't devoted as much time to reading as I'd like. It seems like I start a book and have a few days to really get into it and then the book takes forever to finish because I've got time for a paragraph just before bed. But last fall, I did manage to finish two books: To Have and Have Not by Ernest Hemingway and Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children but Ransom Riggs.

I am NOT a fan of Ernest Hemingway just yet. I've read The Old Man and the Sea and I wanted to set the world on fire by the time I finished. It was so boring and STUPID. I have no idea why it has ever been considered important or why it won any awards. The main character was a total idiot...sort of like the main character in To Have and Have Not (ugh and the lack of parallel structure in the title bugs the shit out of me).

This book is about Harry Morgan (which makes me wonder if the creator of Dexter is a Hemingway fan). He's kind of like me, I think. He sort of does what he wants. He has a pretty good charter business going until some guy screws him over and he has to take on a dirty job for criminals. He ends up becoming a criminal throughout the book. I liked Harry a lot actually, and his decisions didn't bug me. My main problem was how the book wandered. It's set up for four parts and the final part doesn't involved Harry at all. I was just like, "WHY, dude, FUCKING WHY?!?!?" by the end. So meh. It's a quick read, though.

Miss Peregrine's however, is a totally awesome book. It's a fantasy that involves time travel World War II, monsters, and people with extraordinary talents. Think X-Men but in the 40's. It's also a coming of age story for the main character, Jacob Portman. There are some cool old pictures in it and there is family secrets and there is a chase at the end and room for a sequel! (And there is a sequel.)

This book was thoroughly engaging. This book covers teenage angst and then deciding to strike out and leave family behind. It's got orphans who feel they are not right for the world and then realizing you have to do what it takes to take care of your own. It takes place on a tiny island in Wales during a battle of World War II. It's just interesting. I feel like maybe I'm making it sound like a hot mess, but it totally isn't. But also, when my mom was reading it and describing it to me, I thought she was crazy. So anyway, if you like your fiction with some fantasy and a little bit of history, you'll probably like this. If you like a coming of age story, you'll probably like this. If you like an underdog story, you'll probably like this. I thought Miss Peregrine's was really well written and really entertaining. I can't wait to get the sequel!

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