Descent reads incredibly fast, even though the overall pace is somewhat slow. Tim Johnston does an amazing job at presenting the various reasons thisDescent reads incredibly fast, even though the overall pace is somewhat slow. Tim Johnston does an amazing job at presenting the various reasons this book is called Descent. There is the obvious descent of going down (as from a mountain), but there is also the horrifying descent of the human mind in the face of tragedy, uncertainty, betrayal, and heartbreak.
All of the characters go through a descent of some kind and at some point. There is also the opposite: ascent. Billy's ascent is the most heartwarming and the most tragic.
This story shows the unbelievable power of the human will to survive, escape, cope, and never give up. All of the main characters go through every aspect of this survival, this descent and then ascent. None come through it intact; they all lose something, either physically or mentally.
Descent is not an unusual story, but it is a good reminder to pay attention. Pay attention to your surroundings, pay attention to your actions and choices, and pay attention to your relationships....more
This story is not a new one. Flip to any news channel, and you will hear about these types of goings on every day.
With that said, The Girl on the TraiThis story is not a new one. Flip to any news channel, and you will hear about these types of goings on every day.
With that said, The Girl on the Train presents an unfortunately common story in a uniquely thrilling way. The story is told in first person point of view but switches throughout from Rachel to Anna to Megan. Rachel is the predominant narrator. She is a messy, pathetic drunk who can't stop getting in her own way. She is exasperating and completely unreliable. I cheered for her; I ached for her success. But I wanted to smack her every time she cracked open a can of gin and tonic or guzzled that second bottle of wine. She's a flawed wreck, and I like her.
Paula Hawkins knows how to keep the mystery going in this one. While you can eventually narrow down the identity of the villain, the details remain hazy and muddled. Clues are parceled out, and the tension ebbs and flows until needing to know becomes paramount. The pace is perfect.
Crossing that voyeuristic line is a dangerous adventure. Finding out you are inescapably bound to those you peek at from a train window each day is downright terrifying....more
Creed is entertaining. I think the first person point of view is limiting because Dee's character isn't developed enough for me to like her. She has sCreed is entertaining. I think the first person point of view is limiting because Dee's character isn't developed enough for me to like her. She has suffered an abusive past, so I want to care about her. But her actions and annoying personality (especially at the beginning) make that difficult. More character development, scene setting, and back story would move Creed from a good story to a great story. I just want more!
The plot idea is great, and some twists are unpredictable and tragically creepy. Going for the shock factor and keeping me engaged and guessing are capital ways to hook me as a reader and keep me moving through the plot, but make sure the story has enough substance and description to support all that. Creed is a quick read, and the story does make you think about the ideas of cults, brainwashing, and blind obedience.
When mainstream teenagers stumble into a disturbing community that harbors terrifying beliefs and lifestyle, all hell breaks loose. ...more
It's not too difficult to step in and say you would never do what Delia did in Ladder of Years. No mother would do such a thing! It's easy to judge heIt's not too difficult to step in and say you would never do what Delia did in Ladder of Years. No mother would do such a thing! It's easy to judge her. What this story shows me is how easy it is to slip into complacency and to take others for granted. What Delia discovers, and what we would all discover, is that our lives affect others no matter how invisible we feel sometimes. Every action touches someone, every decision has its consequences. Delia is a doormat for her family, but she's just as guilty because she has allowed everyone to treat her that way.
Abandonment has many forms, and you don't actually have to leave to abandon or be left to feel abandoned.
Don't be alarmed if this story makes you uncomfortable because you see a bit of yourself in any one of these very flawed characters.
The quotes below sum up the main character, Delia, and the story in general. The quote about the final version of the face haunts and intrigues me.
"Sometimes she felt like a tiny gnat, whirring around her family's edges." ~ chapter 2
"See, I've always pictured life as one of those ladders you find on playground sliding boards—a sort of ladder of years where you climb higher and higher, and then, oops!, you fall over the edge and others move up behind you." ~ chapter 13
"'When my first wife was dying,' he told Delia one afternoon, 'I used to sit by her bed and I thought, This is her true face. it was all hollowed and sharpened. In her youth she'd been very pretty, but now I saw that her younger face had been just a kind of rough draft. Old age was the completed form, the final, finished version she'd been aiming at the from the start. The real thing at last! I thought, and I can't tell you how that notion colored things for me from then on.'" ~ chapter 17
"Oh, the otherness of Delia's children never failed to entrance her! She considered it a sort of bonus gift—a means of experiencing, up close, an entirely opposite way of being." ~ chapter 19...more