I can only add my accolades like everyone else. I didn’t want to like this book for the perverse reason that everyone else did, but hey, there’s a reason it’s a crowd pleaser! The story is grim, and there’s no mercy for the squeamish, which is why it one my heart. Collins set about to tell a rough story of a world where kids are forced to battle with other kids to the death for their own survival, and she had me on the edge my of seat the whole way through. As a book with an inevitable sequel, I approve of Collins ending. I HATE books that leave you on the edge of a cliff, sometimes waiting a year for the continuation! It makes me feel manipulated, which I hate more than anything. I believe a responsible and talented storyteller should be able to write a real ending well enough that I will choose to come back for more when the sequel is published, not be forced to just to see if my character makes it out alive or some nonsense like that. This story is definitely not over, but I can wait in pleasant anticipation of the sequel (September 2009), not in torment. It’s so much nicer that way, isn’t it?
Hungry for more August 30, 2009
Retail Free August 3, 2009
To celebrate quitting my last retail job ever (oh please, oh please let this be true), here’s a top ten list of the things I will not miss one little bit:
10. People asking how much an item is while standing right in front of the sign that says how much it is.
9. “Do you work here?” Sadly, I get this in stores I don’t work in too – something about me screams menial worker
8. Sales goals which are completely useless for part-time employees that work 4-8 hours a month!
7. People on cell phones that expect your complete, undivided attention while giving you about 25% of theirs
6. Liars – some people will lie terribly (both terrible lies and poor execution)to your face for just about anything, large or small
5. Kids – or more specifically, parents who think it’s fine for their kids to play with and destroy things that we are trying to make a living from selling
4. Even more than that, parents who keep their small children up until 10pm shopping and don’t understand (or care) why they are crying and throwing tantrums and giving me a migraine
3. Retail companies that expect their lowest paid employees to make only the most positive impressions on customers with no support by way of equipment that works, products that are universal between stores, catalogs, and online, or current and reliable information on company policies and promotions
2. The Customer is Always Right mentality, usually pulled out by people who are blatently wrong
1. People who think that the $9.99 they’re spending on any given item includes the right to treat sales clerks like morons/peons/slaves/whipping boys or long lost friends