I found this an intersting read... There was an unedited quality to this book - and by that I don't know that he actually had an editor or even know w...moreI found this an intersting read... There was an unedited quality to this book - and by that I don't know that he actually had an editor or even know what company actually touched this hot potato to put it out there. That being said, it was kind of diary-esque... and not very high on the list of grammatically correct/coherent writings (but who am I to judge - lol).
I was vaguely aware of this scandal - can't say that I remember it when it actually happened, but as a fan of the game and having read some other insiders accounts on the player side recently, I thought this would be an interesting contrast.
As anyone who doesn't have their head in the sand will attest to - the NBA is a business. And being a business, there are a lot of things that aren't quite right about it. I believe much of what he reports about preferntial treatment and series manipulation. What I don't necessarily care about is his need to confess his sins - which is a big part of what this book it about. However, since the NBA tossed him out in the cold this was probably one of the only ways he could keep his head above water financially as there is a market for this type of book.
There were other scandals that were handled differently - the individuals were reprimanded but ultimately "forgiven" by the establishment. Tim was unquestionably and unceremoniously ostracized. Not all that surprizing... hard to come back from a federal indictment and jail sentence...
He's right about cleaning up the refereeing... maybe not with how he suggests it - but it is necessary. There are refs that have never even played the game... no credibility... no understanding... just good "do what they are told" type refs. The ref pecking order is as much a popularity contest and like any other company... promotions based on who likes who instead of who works teh hardest and does the best job.
I am not bitter about it - I am a realist... nothing happens over night and nothing happens if upper management doesn't want it to... That being said... I take this book for what it is... his side... the truth as they say is somewhere in the middle...(less)
I will begin by saying, that this is my first Gaiman and I enjoyed it(with a couple of exceptions),but I am seriously beginning to wonder when exactly...moreI will begin by saying, that this is my first Gaiman and I enjoyed it(with a couple of exceptions),but I am seriously beginning to wonder when exactly "young adult" fiction became "adult fiction with juvenile tendancies." That speaks equal parts about me (and my love for this type of books) and the fact that it scares me that children would actually be reading a book that in the first 10 pages has a family being murdered and a child living with dead people in a graveyard...
I like the premise of a child living in a cemetary inheriting its powers and living with ghosts and other beings as a protection from the bad things that are after him, but the chapters (which are a set up for the conclusion) really felt like short stories woven together with a fine thread of plot - a very fine thread. That thread is known as "Jack." I would have preferred a little more exposition on who/what/why the "Jacks" are hell bent on killing this child - aside from the brief explanation at the end.
The Dance Macabre was a beautiful scene... the interaction between our world and theirs, the anticipation, the kind of trance that everyone is in... beautiful. Other scenes, not so much... The entrance to the ghoul gate was lacking - didn't really set up the drama for me as I am sure it was meant to...
I liked the end but not the ending - meaning: I liked the way the plot was resoved and I enjoyed the characters immensely and didn't want to leave them when the book ended, but I didn't like the last 5 pages or so... without giving away what happened, I will just say it felt like it was forced a bit in my mind - abrupt. I think this concept has a lot more potential than what was delivered... and yet, I still enjoyed it - probably equally for what it is and for the thoughts of what it could be that it evoked in my imagination.
My rating is more a reflection of my exposure (or lack thereof) to the short story genre. 99% of what I read is in novel format so these stories were...moreMy rating is more a reflection of my exposure (or lack thereof) to the short story genre. 99% of what I read is in novel format so these stories were quite a departure for me. I will say that I did enjoy the stories overall... and had a couple of favorites... Dead End, His Sweater and Radio Disturbance.
I didn't realize how effectively a well written short story could evoke real emotion... In most cases, the stories in this book left me slightly disturbed. The characters are flawed... almost to the extreme... and they don't even realize it. In life, we try to abide by the rules... these characters seem to break them all with no care or thought as to what they are doing is wrong or breaks any social or moral rules.(less)
I won this book from Goodreads, and in all honesty, I don't know that I would have picked it up otherwise.
On one hand, I primarily liked the main cha...moreI won this book from Goodreads, and in all honesty, I don't know that I would have picked it up otherwise.
On one hand, I primarily liked the main character, Taylor, and how she was an independant woman in a time where that was unheard of. I liked the witty dialogue and how Taylor bantered with her brother and how her relationship with Karl develops.
On the other hand, I wasn't sure what the book was trying to be - a love story or a mystery... Regardless, I found each story line kind of lacking some meat. And the whole thing with the brother's wife - I missed it. On one page everything is fine... the next, not so much. I actually flipped back and forth a couple of times to see if I had missed a page or two. It would have been a good mystery based on how Taylor outs the criminal, but I sincerely wonder if they would have even grasped the idea of dominant and recessive genes. I envision more of the "stupid woman, you don't know what you are talking about" attitude.
Bottom line - If you read her books and you like her books... you will probably like this one. Having no basis of comparison for this author, I say that I am a little disappointed and probably would not pick up antoher one.(less)
This book is one of my recent favorites... Historical fiction based on a little known princess in the old English monarcy. Alaiis is sent on a mission...moreThis book is one of my recent favorites... Historical fiction based on a little known princess in the old English monarcy. Alaiis is sent on a mission to find some letters for Queen Eleanor in exchange for some information regarding a son she had with Eleanor's husband, King Henry, when he had Eleanor held captive in a castle keep. As Alaiis makes the trek from her brother's court to Canterbury, the intrigues escalate. Without divulging too much of the plot, I will say that this story is definitely "old fashioned"... it does not compare to the mysteries and dramas we are used to reading today. In that, it is a great escape to a much simpler time... And it is a great read. Looking forward to reading the next book that picks up where this one leaves off.
Hint: do not read the synopsis of the next book... It will give away some of this book's plot.(less)
All in all - this isn't the greatest literary piece of the year, but it was a quick and entertaining read. If you really love the show, you can apprec...moreAll in all - this isn't the greatest literary piece of the year, but it was a quick and entertaining read. If you really love the show, you can appreciate the extension of the story and the humor in it.
Plot: Dr. Kroger goes to Germany for a meeting/vacation and Mr. Monk follows him there in order to keep his thrice weely appointments with his therapist. When he arrives, he spies a man with six fingers on his right hand (ties into the murder of his wife Trudy) and in his efforts to track him down - he helps the local police solve a couple of murders.
There are several funny parts that I underlined for my mom... my favorite: "He attracts more death than Jessica Fletcher and she's practically the Grim Reaper in a housedress." There is even the appearance of the "Monkster" thanks to his anti-anxiety medication. Again, a fun read, but I highly doubt I will be picking up any more of these between the series books...
I will admit that I have been a fan of his for years... It was an interesting read. I learned things I didn't know about him and his family. Intellige...moreI will admit that I have been a fan of his for years... It was an interesting read. I learned things I didn't know about him and his family. Intelligent, down to earth... even though he is really a big kid! This book did nothing but reinforce my like/respect for him...(less)
I can see where some people are going to be put off by this book and by what this man has to say about his life, but I found this book to be thought p...moreI can see where some people are going to be put off by this book and by what this man has to say about his life, but I found this book to be thought provoking and on a fundamental level... he makes sense.
I always thought DR was tough on the court and wild and crazy off the court, but in reading this book - I get him. Maybe not entirely, but I have a better understanding of where he is coming from. If you aren't a fan of the game or a fan of his era in basketball, I can see where you wouldn't appreciate this.
The game of baskeball has not been a simple game for a very long time. It is an industry that earns its cash off of the players backs. Inequities were/are prevelant. But as a fan of players and the game... I see where it is and has always been more about the players and less about the game. This makes me more interested in the politics of the game and reading the other basketball books I have on my bookshelf.