Before you immediately discard this book because it's about zombies, hear me out. I'm not big into the zombie phenomenon so I was a little unsure abou...moreBefore you immediately discard this book because it's about zombies, hear me out. I'm not big into the zombie phenomenon so I was a little unsure about starting the book. I am big into dystopian novels and some dystopian movies, there's something fascinating about them. Certain ones hold messages that if we don't change our ways, bad things will happen, others are just plain fun. World War Z falls into the latter category.
There's a realistic tone that hangs over the whole novel and that's what really creeped me out a lot of the time. I would read a certain passage and find myself looking up to make sure a door was shut or wondering what that sound was. The creepiest part for me was every time they started describing the zombies in the water... I'm shuddering just thinking about it.
Brooks presents the story in a unique style, through multiple voices. Sometimes one character just speaking one time, other times returning to someone more than once to continue their story. In that form the book was a little slow to start, especially trying to follow the same story from different perspectives. But after a short while you start getting into a flow and the story begins to go along at a quicker pace and you find yourself caught up in this zombie war. Brooks also has a very interesting way of telling the story primarily through dialogue because each section is basically an interview with a person. And that's the other thing I found fascinating, every person, no matter how briefly we see them for seems fully developed. I have a feeling that if you ask Max Brooks some random thing about a random character he could probably end up telling you their whole life story.
Basically this is a very fun, unique and chilling read. Don't think of it solely as a zombie novel because that may turn you off from reading it. Think of it as a dystopian novel with a zombie twist to it. Mind you, I may not be the best critic about a zombie book since I'm not really into that whole zombie-craze, but I found it to be a unique take on the whole thing. We get to see the beginning, the middle, and the end. If you're a zombie "expert" though, read this and I would love to hear your take on it. Perhaps you'll think it's absolute crap. Who knows. At least I enjoyed it and in the end, I'm all that really matters... me and the zombies, because they're going to get us in the end.(less)
This is another one of those books that I couldn't put down. Seriously. Everything about this book was truly enjoyable and memorable. From the story i...moreThis is another one of those books that I couldn't put down. Seriously. Everything about this book was truly enjoyable and memorable. From the story itself to the writing to the characters, it was all great.
Usually I tend to not like books that take you all over the map in terms of time. In the case of this book, as with others, it recounts a period of ten years or so in Novalee's life. Some writers tend to jump around and often catch you off guard. But Letts takes you through Novalee's journey with such ease and gentle transition it's very unlikely you are going to be thrown off. The only problem in this sense that did pop up was Willy Jack's seperate story line. I understood that in the end it helped Novalee realize her true feelings towards a certain someone, but for the most part I found it unneccessary and took me out of the story.
The only other problem with his novel was the ending. I'm picky about my endings, I realize, and the problem I had with this one was that while there was a sense of closure, I didn't feel enough of it. There was a feeling of abruptness to the end. I guess I just wanted to know more about what happened. I had been so involved with Novalee's life to suddenly cut me off at the end just didn't seem fair.
The novel as a whole, though, makes up for any flaws one can find in it. I loved all the characters Novalee encountered, and just like Novalee, fell in love with them. I felt comfortable and at home with everyone. You are brought into this world and welcomed with open arms. Definitely read this book, it'll give you that nice warm feeling inside.(less)
This book was exactly as I expected it to be. Cliched, light, fluffy and fun, and that's exactly what I wanted. I never read Ella Enchanted but I expe...moreThis book was exactly as I expected it to be. Cliched, light, fluffy and fun, and that's exactly what I wanted. I never read Ella Enchanted but I expect it was written in the exact same style.
Fairest is obviously a new and very unique take on Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. I can't really criticize about the book really because I don't feel there's enough to actually pick apart. It's definitely recommended for younger readers, and I don't mean teen, I mean tween and below. It carries your typical "be true to who you are" "and it's what's on the inside that counts" message, which in the end is the important aspect of the book.
If you have grown past the tweenage years like I have but want to drift back to childhood and read a feel good adventurous fantasy you haven't read yet, here's your book. Don't expect deep philosophical spoutings, or an indepth world like Lord of the Rings. It also might be a good bed time reader for you parents out there looking for a new book to read with your kids. I'm probably going to pass this along to my niece so she can start in on it and tell me what she thinks.
There are a couple portions that may go over her head, odd made-up words to fit into this magical world, but you either adjust or skim over them entirely but still follow the story. It may get a bit wordy for her as well but still, it'll be a "big girl" book that will introduce her to the art of escapism. How much more can you escape than to a magical land with dashing princes, magic mirrors and an evil queen?(less)
Okay, it's been a while since I actually read this book... and it's not that memorable. I honestly can't remember anything really super awesome about...moreOkay, it's been a while since I actually read this book... and it's not that memorable. I honestly can't remember anything really super awesome about it, nor can I remember anything that really sucked. The book, it was all right.
You know what? Now that I think of it... it kind of reminds me of National Treasure. Y'know the Nicholas Cage movie where they hunt for the treasure. But the ending isn't nearly as satisfying as National Treasure. The ending just sort of petered off and it was kind of depressing too, 'cause our main characters either dissappear or end up leading a really sort of pathetic life. I'm not giving anything away... I'm just saying. So yeah, while it's a good read... it's just a passing book in the many books you will read in your life. And this one more than likely will not stick out.(less)
This book truly is a must-read for any pet owner, and I highly recommend it to anyone who just loves animals. Temple Grandin offers fascinating insigh...moreThis book truly is a must-read for any pet owner, and I highly recommend it to anyone who just loves animals. Temple Grandin offers fascinating insights to the animal world, which will confirm things long time pet owners always knew, and bring to light startling new information.
One main thing this book brings to light is to not underestimate animals or those with autism because often times they're smarter than us. Yet, that's one thing Grandin tries to avoid, saying things like animals are smarter or humans are smarter. Rather she just tries to point out that animals may do things differently but that doesn't mean they're stupid. It's all about skill level that certain creatures are better at than others.
This book never got boring, whereas many other "animal" books tend to get dry and scientific. Grandin, while delving into scientific facts, puts them into words the average person can understand, and most always will support every fact or theory with an example. Always there was some story to go along with everything she was telling the reader about, and every story was amusing and fascinating to read about.
Another thing this book was wonderful at was pointing out autistic characteristics in a way that's not so harsh or right in your face of "look at how similar they are!" It was gentle, casual, not making a big deal out of it. It's also divided into easy sections so if you want to skip something or find something specific you can.
I really enjoyed this book. I want to try to get my roommate with the puppy to read it because it will teach her things about her dog that I'm sure she never knew. This is a very good book to have at your side when training animals, or even planning on getting one. Even if you've had your current pet for a decade, still get this book, it may help you when Fluffy starts doing something completely off the wall.(less)
People who have never owned a dog, or even never owned a hyper-active, large and naughty dog may read this book and think half the stories have to hav...morePeople who have never owned a dog, or even never owned a hyper-active, large and naughty dog may read this book and think half the stories have to have been embellished in some way. Surely no dog could get into so much trouble! And then there are those of us who know- have experienced it ourselves- that the stories are told by word for word fact. There's no need for embellishment. Larger-than-life dogs like Marley give us larger-than-life stories.
It's those stories that Grogan shares with readers in Marley & Me, written for everyone, not just dog lovers. His recall, wit and humorous writing bring the reader in and keep them there. Marley is the main focus of the story, but through Marley were drawn into the lives of the Grogans and share ups and downs with them. When the story shifts to focus more on John or Jenny, Marley is still there in the background, chewing on a couch, slobbering over a shoe, or wolfing down his food in one bite. Marley highlights the events that don't star him, and blow you away in the ones that do.
Just like Marley himself the book is fast-paced and exciting, but still manages to slow down for those touching poignant moments that appear throughout. Grogan has a columnists style to his writing that is funny and descriptive but not overwhelmingly so. Told in stories and events, and strung together with small bridges to the next story.
I knew I was going to love this book the minute I heard about it. Being raised with two happy, street-smart but not the brightest, mischeiveous Irish Setters, every feeling Grogan described at seeing another item lost to the cavernous mouth and stomach of Marley, or the shock at having a leash suddenly ripped from your hand and a streak of yellow (red in my case) go flying into the distance was familiar to me. The occasional annoyance with these large and goofy creatures always dwarfed by the unconditional love and mutual love you feel for one another. Grogan captures that relationship between dog and owner (friend and partner in crime more like it) perfectly.
When I put down the book I was touched, not only by Marley's story, but by the memories of my own underwear-eating, never-listening, screendoor-crashing, endlessly-loving, tender, caring dogs.
It really doesn't matter if you've owned a dog (or a pet at all). You will still, hands down, enjoy Marley & Me. I also say, if you're considering getting a dog, Marley & Me is a must-read for it gives you the hands-down truth in owning a dog. It's not easy, by any means, but if you're willing to deal with all the troubles the Grogan's and countless other dog owners before have gone through, than you'll be rewarded with something far greater than anything you could ever imagine.(less)
I had to write a book report on this for school, so the following is an excerpt taken from that. It's much to long to put the whole thing on here...
"T...moreI had to write a book report on this for school, so the following is an excerpt taken from that. It's much to long to put the whole thing on here...
"This book is definitely a must-read for all of those that plan on putting a Broadway musical on in the future. This is a perfect guide book to help you avoid putting on a flop. It tells you about what to avoid, whether the time is right, and signs your show is doomed. Especially nowadays this book is a must-have seeing as practically every failure has been done already and if you repeat the failure, it’s even more of a slap in the face and there’s bound to be someone standing there saying, “I told you so.” It’s almost a history book of all the battles lost on the Broadway stage, who doesn’t like to read/see about failure. Though it does get dry and text-bookish at times the book still had it’s moments of interest. Also, since many of these musicals are flops that happened in the 50s-60s, most of the readers may have never heard of the shows, so Mandelbaum will recap the synopsis the best to his ability. He also has a non-critical outlook on each show, gently pointing out what went wrong, along with highlighting the great things about each show. There were maybe two shows in all that he mentioned he didn’t have one good thing to say about. Also, due to the content of the book, the reader is often left shaking their head, wondering why any one would be stupid enough to put on a musical based on certain subject matters or in certain performance arenas. The reader may also be shocked to see that some of their favorite musicals are listed as flops, because they may have only heard the score or cast recording. Most of the musicals in this book, surprisingly, have beautiful scores, and it’s often why regional theatres sometimes make the mistake of repeating failure by wanting to put on the show again, thinking the storyline and the score is great they don’t look into why the show failed in the first place. This book also comes in handy as a guidebook for that. If you’re desperate to put on one of these flops again, you can look it up in the book, see why it failed, and try to make sure you don’t make the same mistake twice."(less)
I read the majority of this book in an airport and on an airplane. Partially because I was bored but mostly because it was a very captivating read.
I c...moreI read the majority of this book in an airport and on an airplane. Partially because I was bored but mostly because it was a very captivating read.
I can't say too much because much of the plot revolves around this secret that isn't revealed until later in the book, and it's a secret I don't want to give away because then it would make reading it for the first time just... lame, y'know?
The characters, or at least the two we're mostly focused upon (Hanna and Michael) aren't the most well-rounded characters to ever enter literary history... they've barely even reached two demensional, which is sad, because had they been further developed I would have felt much more attached to them, instead I just felt like an outside observer, watching them. But, perhaps that was the author's goal, because it is mentioned from time to time how Michael feels no sympathy, no emotion, just a casual observer, and maybe we're meant to feel like that as well, to feel what Michael is feeling.
But I did get involved in the book and I was interested. At least interested enough to go, "Oh, my God!" near the end of the book... while I was sitting in the airport. Maybe you will too, maybe you won't...
I really wish that Bernhard Shlinck had gone more in depth into this story because it has the power to be more than just a good read. It has the power to really make you stop and think (which at certain moments I did for a bit) and it has the power to make you wonder about your own actions and how you should view your own past, and your countries past, and your families past. Perhaps it could, for the devoted reader. But it wouldn't for a casual reader, which is a dissapointment. This had the potential to be a very powerful novel... and perhaps it is, but I did not view it this way. Some parts were moving, but a lot of it was more introspective on the part of Michael and his relationship with Hanna... which sort of impeded and clouded the more serious moments that arose in chapters. Had the relationship been more developed writing-wise, perhaps the book as a whole could have been more touching.
In the end it was a good read, maybe a little touching, and for those of you who have read it, don't think I'm casually brushing off such an emotional subject, because I'm not. It's just that I have read better books dealing with this subject. The only thing that I found new and thought provoking was the idea of what second generation Germany was supposed to do about those (their parents and relatives) that were directly involved in the war, and how they were supposed to handle it...
There are a lot of issues that are brought up within this short book, perhaps one of them will touch you and pull you into the book.(less)
This book struck a very strong chord with me. Within the first couple of pages we learn that Montgomery's father is struggling with lung cancer. My da...moreThis book struck a very strong chord with me. Within the first couple of pages we learn that Montgomery's father is struggling with lung cancer. My dad was diagnosed with lung cancer at the beginning of the year. From that moment on, this book took a completely different tone with me.
The Good Good Pig is really just as much about Sy as it is about Christopher Hogwood. Maybe even a little more. Sy's growth in her community and with her fledgling family is coincided by Christopher's growing (both literal and figurative). She defines family as what it really is, making a home with the ones you love, be they related by blood or not (or in the same species). I appreciated her use of the phrase "child-free" rather than "child-less." There are many couples out there who choose not to have children and to consider them child-less makes it seem like they are lacking something. Clearly Sy lacks nothing in terms of family. She has an adoring husband, a loyal dog, a fanclub of clucking chickens, and one smitten pig.
Montgomery has a light wit throughout her writing, never getting too serious and only highlighting a few poignant and memorable moments throughout the life of Christopher Hogwood. Christopher was the highlight of a very wonderful, tumultous and exciting time in Sy's life, and he was always there for her. Montgomery describes all of Christopher's characteristics and his surroundings in such crisp detail you feel like you know Christopher just as well as Sy. You'll also put the book down having an entirely different opinion about pigs than before. I already felt I knew that pigs were smarter than most people give them credit for, but I never knew they had such strong personalities, loud opinions and refined taste. Thanks to Sy Montgomery and Christopher Hogwood the stigmas attached to pigs for centuries are being torn down one page turn at a time.(less)
I know, there were only 50 pages left... but it would have been 50 pages of torture! I feel bad saying this... but this book was horrible. I thought i...moreI know, there were only 50 pages left... but it would have been 50 pages of torture! I feel bad saying this... but this book was horrible. I thought it was going to be okay because the first chapter was decent but... meh... just... meh.
The writing was horrible, the characters were horrible, the plot points were horrible... BLARGH! The horribleness of this book is seeping into my review. The author did not give the reader benefit of the doubt... practically spelling and explaining everything out for them, sometimes repeating information over and over again. This wasn't really mystery or suspense because it was all taken out. Hopefully the author can revise a lot before the book comes out because it needs a lot of revising. The dialogue and relationships are fake and not believeable. Things happen too fast and most of the stuff that does happen I'm not able to see happening. Not the stealing of the soul or anything, I can make myself believe that, but the freedom this kid has and his ability to do so much, it's just inconceivable.
But really what killed me was the writing... just... ugh... I can't say anything except noises of frustration and disgust. The writing was basic... there we go. Every action had to be explained and repeated and over analyzed, which I hate in a book. I mean, some things need to be explained, but the author needs to trust that the reader will get it. And apparently this author doesn't trust his reader.
I'm officially laying off all Russian authors now. This book took me absolutely forever to read because it was just so boring. Every once and a while...moreI'm officially laying off all Russian authors now. This book took me absolutely forever to read because it was just so boring. Every once and a while it would pick up a little bit, but for the most part it just dragged on and on.
I didn't understand where this book was going at all, and it wasn't until the last few chapters of the book that it seemed like there was any sort of plot line coming out of the story. Before that... well... I was just bored and continuously asking myself, "What's the point?!"
It seems like it's an author thing, because I had the same experience with Anna Karinninananablahfuckingblah! So I don't mean to discriminate against the Russian's or anything, but just stick to ballet and plays, stay away from novels because it's just not your forte.(less)
I think the only things that makes this different from the Miracle Worker is that it's a book, it sheds a little more light on Annie Sullivan's past,...moreI think the only things that makes this different from the Miracle Worker is that it's a book, it sheds a little more light on Annie Sullivan's past, and it's told in first person from her perspective. Other than that it's just, really, the book form of Miracle Worker.
Putting aside the fact that the book is geared towards younger people, it's pretty good writing, especially this being Miller's first novel. But while the story of Helen Keller is fascinating, I have to wonder why we should read this book. I kept wondering what made this book any different from any other Helen Keller book out there. The answer is: nothing. Sure there is the catch that it's supposed to be more about Annie than about Helen, but the focus did keep swinging towards Helen. Granted I'd imagine it would be hard to keep the attention on the less interesting character, Helen Keller being a fascinating and amazing figure.
All in all the book was a pretty entertaining read, shedding a little more light on Annie Sullivan and giving a little more information on the story of Helen's education as a whole. I think for younger readers who haven't learned that much about Helen Keller, this would be an excellent book to add to their learning experience.(less)
Okay, this is going to be a short and sweet review since it's a non-fictional autobiography and you can't really critique things like characters and s...moreOkay, this is going to be a short and sweet review since it's a non-fictional autobiography and you can't really critique things like characters and story. But I'm going to say what I can...
This book was a hard one to read yet I couldn't put it down. There's a different something in Dave's story that will keep different people reading. Mine was: Why? I wanted to know why his mother did this. I wanted to know what made her do it. I wanted to know how she could to it. And I wanted to know why it was Dave she picked out of him and his brothers. What made Dave the one she singled out for such monstrous torture. But that's something people involved in child abuse cases ask themselves every day.
You really do feel for Dave. You don't feel with him because there are moments so bad that he has to disconnect himself. I couldn't do that while reading it though. I almost felt that if I could send my anger and frustration and sadness and hope out there it would stop. Of course it was foolish of me seeing as it happened many years ago and he's a grown man who escaped his mothers claws.
I was only annoyed by the fact that the book was too short and that dividing his story into three seperate books seemed unnecessary. Especially because by the end the reader has become so invested in Dave and feels like they're such a part of his life, they want to go with him as he continues on to the next, hopefully happier chapter in his life. Perhaps it was a publishers marketing scheme to get more money or something. Goodness knows it wasn't Dave's. His goal was to tell his story, thank those who helped him, and open a door to shed light on an issue that is often hidden away. All of which he accomplished magnificently.
What we learn in Dave's story is that child abuse is real. It comes in many forms, but it's out there and it's up to those of us in the lives of children to stand up and be the voice for the abused. Another thing we learn is to not back down in that fight, of course there will be road blocks, but if you champion for a child as those special people in Dave's life did, you can help. You can save a life, heart, and soul. You can give a child hope.
This book is a must-read I'd say. I of course went out and got the follow-up (I hate to use the word sequel with something like this) and read it right away. That's a review to follow later. If you are debating about reading this book I will just say that it is a hard read. If you're a mother it will probably be especially hard. If you have a deep compassion and love for children it will probably be hard. If you yourself have experienced abuse it will probably be hard. If you just have a heart it will be hard. But don't give up. It would be even harder to just quit in the middle, trust me on that. It's that end, despite being a beginning, that will bring tears to your eyes and a much needed smile to your face.(less)
This book is a light and amusing mystery. It's fun for adults, but probably more suited to children and teens. This is definitely a mystery where you...moreThis book is a light and amusing mystery. It's fun for adults, but probably more suited to children and teens. This is definitely a mystery where you can figure everything out once the first few hints have been dropped and the only reason you keep reading is to see how long it will take our protagonist to solve it herself.
The characters are amusing though the only ones that seem fully fleshed out are Ingrid and her dog, Nigel. All the other characters are just two demensional at best. One character flaw in the book was that there were a couple problems set up (Ingrid's brother possibly using steroids? Her grandfather's farm? What's her dad being secretive about?) that are never resolved in the end.
Speaking of resolutions, the end of the book was very short and abrupt. We had a detailed mystery set up and the solution just seemed sort of half-assed, like Abrahams wasn't really sure how to end the story so he just slapped one on. He closed it off nicely, but there just wasn't enough substance to it.
I'd was reading an Advanced Reader copy, but for the most part Advanced Reader's aren't too different from the final product. But please take that in mind when deciding wether or not to read the book. I'd still advise on making it a library book choice, because while I did find it an amusing read, it's probably not worth your money.(less)
The one thing I loved most about this book was it's completeness. So often I come across stories that have either awkward beginnings, middles, or ends...moreThe one thing I loved most about this book was it's completeness. So often I come across stories that have either awkward beginnings, middles, or ends... most often incomplete ends, as if the author wasn't sure how to end it so they just made something up and tacked it on there. But Max Tivoli had a very complete and satisfying ending. Well, as satisfying as you could get given the circumstances, but I won't spoil those for you.
I honestly don't know what else to say about this book. It was quite an engaging read, what with such a unique storyline behind it. The loops and dances Max goes through to win his love three times over is fascinating and you can't help but root him on. His long friendship is also another relationship you can't help but love, and the end of the friendship is so harsh it will probably draw tears.
Greer really does take you back to the twentieth century, not hesitating to color things brightly, but keeping them raw as they were the days they happened. Sometimes it was a little jarring and took you out of the book, but only for a moment. If there was one flaw to the book, perhaps that's it.
This is not a romance novel, really. It's a story about one man's odd journey through his life. That's what really keeps you hanging on. What does someone do if they're going to die young, but they still get to live a long and full life? Max gives you some insight to that.(less)