This book was the most annoying I've ever read. In the introduction the writer preaches the genius of evolution and stupidity of creation. He tells hoThis book was the most annoying I've ever read. In the introduction the writer preaches the genius of evolution and stupidity of creation. He tells how he is going to prove evolution true and show creation is pure story telling. however, the book is then solely an explanation of the evolution theory. He gives only 10 or so pages to truly giving any arguments to the debate. Of the few points that he has, the ones that could be considered stronger were more philosophical than scientific. There were ways I saw his arguments actually having more evidence of creation than evolution, but I'm not going to get into that.
Simply put, this book has nothing to add to the creation/evolution debate, and the few points discussed are a sermon not a scientific evaluation....more
This novel had a few things that were disappointing and clever at the same time. There was a wide variety of characters, and different ones seemed toThis novel had a few things that were disappointing and clever at the same time. There was a wide variety of characters, and different ones seemed to be the primary character in different chapters. The descriptions of some of the simplest scenes were very drawn out, yet interesting. At times, I almost felt like I was reading Dostoevsky.
I was amazed at how interestingly Conrad reorganized the order in which the scenes were described from when they occurred. There was little to let you know when these changes happened, and made you puzzle through the many different ways things may have happened, just as the characters do.
Many stories have those certain characters that are always known even if you haven't read the book. Yet, I have rarely found one character that drew me in on its own...until this one. It makes me want to almost give this one five stars. Some of the story can feel slow, and the changes in characters and sequence can make it hard to stay in the story. Though this gave me trouble at times, when the Professor came into the story I was pulled in faster than I have ever been before. He was the most complex character I've ever seen explained with so little description. In my eye, he was the one character who became the opposite of what all the other characters represented. In the synopsis on the back of my copy, the end says "each individual eventually becomes a puppet." He is the one exception in that he is one that becomes a puppet of his own ignorance and fake ideals.
With it's many characters, some are not as interesting as others, and it makes it so that parts of the story are better than even "Heart of Darkness", while, at other times, it may not be as intriguing....more
"Where do I begin?" This is what I've been thinking about writing this review, and I wonder if it is what Dumas kept thinking before every chapter of"Where do I begin?" This is what I've been thinking about writing this review, and I wonder if it is what Dumas kept thinking before every chapter of "The Three Musketeers".
The first half of this novel does not move along like a novel...it doesn't even move along like a series of novels. The story has the same developement as a television sitcom. Every time something starts to get interesting the characters find a way to fix the problem and it goes back to the way it was.
For this first half of the novel one is getting the feeling that the Cardinal is the antagonist. However, aside from the fact that our protagonist is trying to stop him, everything seems to be giving us reason to believe the opposite.
After we find ourselves halfway through the novel, things start to take an interesting turn (this half makes me lean toward almost giving it 2.5 stars). We finally start to see evidence of some evil that needs to be stopped. Along the way the relationships of the characters take many interesting twists and turns.
This is the one thing that Dumas does wonderfully, and makes it so that I love "The Count of Monte Cristo". Still, these twists came about in a story where I could not figure out who this protagonist was. Some scenes, he was made out to be this clever and intelligent young man who knew how to solve problems. In the next scene you would find him being this crazy, immature teenager acting on a whim that kept getting him into trouble. The other characters (with the exception of Athos, who becomes the reason I'm urged to give it 2.5) were also ones that I could find no way of admiring or enjoying except for a few moments of good humor.
The plot of "The Three Musketeers" was a wonderfully designed puzzle, however, it was never put together and the pieces were thrown into a massive stack of hay for the reader to dig through. The characters had interesting ways of being connected to one another, but they were designed in a way that I really didn't care as much as I could have.
In the end, I felt this is probably a three star novel. However, from the story and characters it is made of, it could have easily been written so that it would be at least four stars. For that reason, I'm personally too disappointed to go any higher than two. ...more
I never thought I would be able to say this, but the most intense and exciting part of this book is nothing compared to the rest.
If it was not for theI never thought I would be able to say this, but the most intense and exciting part of this book is nothing compared to the rest.
If it was not for the forward, it would be very hard to know who is the main character of this novel. All three of the brothers have an interesting way of taking center stage at different parts which is one thing that makes this book much easier to read than its length would suggest.
Through the story we find each brother struggling to decide what he wants to do with his life and what he believes. At the same time the story, and discussions in it, keep asking what effects different views would have on society. Because of this, as we come to the central point in the plot (the murder and investigation), we may not be as concerned with who did it, or what will be believed, instead we want to know how it will be punished and what decisions the characters will make later.
This is why I love Dostoevsky's work. More than any other author I've read, he makes you more concerned with what is happening inside the characters than what they are doing outside. And every character in "The Brothers Karamazov" does this differently. Some hide who they are, others pretend to be something else, others lose control of it, and almost everyone is trying to figure out the answer to that question for themselves....more
It may have been only a few days, but I have put off writing this review for too long. In my book, this is the best of Dicken's novels. It has the mosIt may have been only a few days, but I have put off writing this review for too long. In my book, this is the best of Dicken's novels. It has the most complex story in its many characters and the parts they play, yet it is one of his simplest in the storyline.
Dickens put some of his usual twists in this, but also put in a few I have never seen Dickens use before, and they were a very pleasant surprise. Not to mention his ironic humor going to an extreme.
Yet, what makes me love this book is that Dickens picked the most universal antagonists to build this story's foundation: Politics and Society. The novel is separated into two books. In this first, we find find Little Dorrit's father in prison for debt and tied up in a place he can't seem to find a way out because of many politicians' puzzles and paperwork keeping him locked up.
(minor spoiler) In the end of the first book, some of the other characters find a way to get the Dorrit family out of the prison. However, as the story continues their new position in Society puts them in a place where the expectations and rules they must follow take away what freedom they could have found.
Before reading this I always preferred "Barnaby Rudge" due to the poetic style of not just the writing but also the story. In the final 8-10 chapters of "Little Dorrit", in some of the most poetic methods I could have imagined, Dickens made "Barnaby Rudge" feel like a children's song.
This is an absolute must if you enjoy Dickens. At times I have found one thing disappointing in some of Dickens' work, and this can be a great one to turn to if you find any of his other plot lines to be a little too "chaotic". As for me, I can still feel it in my mind puttiing up a strong fight for number one on my list....more
This was possibly Dickens' most entertaining. Though I had to get used to what he was doing, once I was into the book, the humor had me laughing too hThis was possibly Dickens' most entertaining. Though I had to get used to what he was doing, once I was into the book, the humor had me laughing too hard at times. At the same time, it was a bit too long.
There are many different characters in this novel that are mentioned again and again, even though, after they seem to leave the story early in the book, they never have any real significance and could have easily been cut out a bit earlier. In total the book was 770 very crammed pages, and could have been cut down to about 600 pages easily without removing any details of the important parts of the story itself.
Other than this problem, which one is probably willing to bare if they enjoy Dickens, this is one of his better ones, and could have been in my favorites if there was a little more "significance" to the very end of it.
The most wonderful parts of the book to me were in two secondary characters: Mrs. Nickleby, who was the most hilarious character I've read in a while and (most people will hate me for saying this) felt to me like a joke on the characters of the Jane Austen novels and the other was Ralph Nickleby. Ralph Nickleby was everything that Ebenezer Scrooge would have been as an antagonist in a longer novel.
If you enjoy Dickens and want one a little more entertaining, this one is a must....more
Being I shorter novel, I knew this would not be as good as some of his others. However, I enjoyed the fact that there was more to it than the usual gaBeing I shorter novel, I knew this would not be as good as some of his others. However, I enjoyed the fact that there was more to it than the usual gambling. Dostoevsky compared and contrasted many different reasons for gambling, and seemed to be showing more of the way that some parts of life can be a form Of "gambling"....more
What I enjoyed and appreciated in this book could very easily be a result of what I was disappointed in. The setting in the beginning of this story isWhat I enjoyed and appreciated in this book could very easily be a result of what I was disappointed in. The setting in the beginning of this story is the most "cliche" setting given its most unique circumstances. The actual gore and violence one would expect in a Hannibal Lecter story is given less detail than usual, and takes up a very small part of the story. However, this could simply be a result of the fact that the book itself is far too quick. Some major things are never explained. For instance the story jumps ahead to far near the beginning, and we never learn what is truly happening within Hannibal's mind aside from other characters' assumptions or hypotheses. Because of this the book does not carry the "weight" it could, or should, have held. ...more