This book had awesome character development and incredible imagery, but for the following reasons was not my “cup of tea”. There were multiple sex sceThis book had awesome character development and incredible imagery, but for the following reasons was not my “cup of tea”. There were multiple sex scenes that were unnecessarily graphic, unnecessary profane language, and resolutions throughout the plot did not make me feel good. With regard to the first two, me—being a 5th grade school teacher—am constantly thinking about age-appropriate reading. This book would be rated “R” were it a movie; while I am 31 yrs. old, I don’t watch those movies for the desensitizing content and damage that pornography can cause both in the way members of the opposite sex are viewed, as well as the physical damage it causes to the brain. I would never allow one of my school children, or one of my own children read this book.
Part of what made this book so amazing, and really have great character development, was how real these characters are; none of them are simple with one motivation that underlies and dictates their actions. Even when they made bad decisions, there was great insight given into their actions to show how they justified them as being appropriate for the situation which is very reflective of what happens in real life. As for the last reason I didn’t like it (plot resolutions), I would like to explain but it will involve a SPOILER ALERT; so if you plan on reading it please skip this next paragraph in my evaluation.
Life is not a tragedy, even though some pessimists may think so; even were that the case, I don’t read fantasy to feel depressed about the lives of others. I want to rejoice and joy in their successes and good fortune, and thus add joy to my own life. By the end of this 809 page book, all of the main characters have sucky lives that I would not envy, and have not grown in morality or integrity. Kennit, the would be king of the pirates, is on his way to achieving his heart’s deepest desire and more; people adore him for actions that are not only beyond his control, but he would not have done them had he planned; and he loses his leg and is in a spiral of self-pity and loathing blaming his “whore” for all his misfortunes (his words, not mine). Althea, the would be heroine of the story, is a deeply good to the core for the first 2/3 of the story in spite of the fact that tragedy constantly befalls her. Yet, at the end of the book just when things are starting to go her way, she reveals her true nature that she likes having sex with guys but not committing to them no matter how much they love her in return and would be a good match for her, and rationalizes her behavior by blaming dramatic circumstance, drugs, and alcohol (not exactly a role model although she is one of the only “good guys” in the book). Brashen, her spurned lover, was abandoned and molested as a child, but turned out to be a great guy. Her father had been grooming him to be a great captain and had chosen a great crew of honest sailors to run his ship. By the end of the book Brashen is not only spurned, but back to his drug addiction and the rest of the crew is dead because of Kyle. Alethea’s brother-in-law, Kyle, is evil to the core; takes her father’s good, honest business, makes it completely evil, runs her entire family basically to ruin, allows his son to become a slave then tries to kill him, and justifies all his failures on others and their inability to listen to his wisdom (in that regard he reminds me of our dear President Obama). Yet, for the majority of the book, every other character defers to his “wisdom” as knowing what is best, and things go his way. In the end, he loses his ship to pirates and almost everyone hates him—which should happen—but knowing that his downfall will cause the ruin of all the main characters with him even that element is not without its bite. His son, Wintrow, who is good to the core and whose life desire is to be a priest of Sa (basically a monk) is good to the core; but every time he tries to do the right thing, tragedy befalls him. By the end of the book he has had to chop off his finger that his priest ring would go (because his only “friend” “accidentally” let a rope go that shattered it and it became infected), he is a slave with big slave tattoos on his face (directly against his beliefs; both slavery and marking his body), and he is learning to undo all the good habits he learned in the monastery when he was peaceful and truly happy. He not only hates his own life, but is making the magical ship’s life one of loathing and bitter grief. Malta, Kyles daughter, is a spoiled little brat that never listens to her elders, is only thirteen and thinks she knows everything (which is pretty typical) but in her rebellion of dressing like a hooker and lying and stealing from her parents is practically engaged to a VERY wealthy noble of outstanding character and reputation. In short, this book shows a complete disregard for karma and instilled no values that being a good person will pay dividends. This may not be true if I continue reading the other books in the series, but with the bad taste I have in my mouth from this last one, that’s not going to happen. I was left feeling unsatisfied and soiled from getting to know these characters lives. ...more
Fantastic book. SOOO funny and really a great plot. My only complaint is it was SO short!! It was only a quarter in length as any of the Leven ThumpsFantastic book. SOOO funny and really a great plot. My only complaint is it was SO short!! It was only a quarter in length as any of the Leven Thumps books. ...more
What a great book! I didn't even realize it was a paradox of the story of Cinderella till the end of the book (whereas I recognized Fairest as the SnoWhat a great book! I didn't even realize it was a paradox of the story of Cinderella till the end of the book (whereas I recognized Fairest as the Snow White one right off). What an amazing personality Ella has. I totally fell in love with her. Totally recommend it to anyone. Particularly if you are a romantic. ...more
I think it's pretty clear that this was like the world's first attempt at a children's book way back in 1865. Some of the reason's are Alice's sense oI think it's pretty clear that this was like the world's first attempt at a children's book way back in 1865. Some of the reason's are Alice's sense of humor is rediculous. She's always making insane connections (like beating time on a piano when talking about wasting time w/ the Mad Hatter, ect) that no child would EVER make (because most children only know one definition of a word) and she is so annoying (which, I can only assume, is how Lewis Carroll percieved children. She has no attention span, constantly breaks her promises of not interrupting others, and thinks she's quite clever when in reality knows very little (like when she was trying to show off her knowledge by telling someone that mustard was a vegitable). In working in classrooms I have known many children; but I am convinced that if I were ever to make Alice's aquaintance I would be more miserable in life. ...more
So far I've learned a lot about ediquette from Lizzy's observation of bad manners and how they make others feel uncomfortable. My friend invited me toSo far I've learned a lot about ediquette from Lizzy's observation of bad manners and how they make others feel uncomfortable. My friend invited me to come stay at his home for a few days and after I did so a couple years ago I didn't think I ever would again; I just felt like I was taking advantage of his hospitality. I now feel, however, that people want you to come see what they have done w/ their life. The want recognition for how well they are providing for their family (much like Mr. Collins) and w/ some simple praise (not to be over-done, also learned from Mr. Collins) friendships will be strengthened.
I also never realized how much girls overthink things; I mean, I don't know how true Jane Austin's opinion about how girls approach drama is typical; but Elizabeth Bennett really considered every possible option. I loved how when she first read Mr. Darcy's letter she was so ticked she wasn't even going to finish it; but then she read it and she hated Darcy. But then after reading it like 50x she started liking him, or at least reversed her opinion of him and Wickham. Cool story. ...more
Really enjoyed the book. Good lessons for life about not just accepting life as it is presented to you. Question your surroundings. Question your goveReally enjoyed the book. Good lessons for life about not just accepting life as it is presented to you. Question your surroundings. Question your government. Just because others can't remember a time when things were different doesn't mean the current state of things is unchangable or the best it could be. ...more
I origionally began reading this book because I LOVED the movie and I had heard it quoted in 2 other movies as well. I asked friends about it and theyI origionally began reading this book because I LOVED the movie and I had heard it quoted in 2 other movies as well. I asked friends about it and they mentioned that the book was fantastic but it was pretty dark and all about revenge and evil. I was therefore completely taken back that I didn't feel that was at all!
For example: I learned so much about honor and keeping your word from reading about the experience that M. Morrell went through after Edmond's escape that I now feel that honor is more important in my life. Also, the loyalty that Edmond shows to M. Morrell's son even though he finds out that he is in love w/ one of his enemies daughter's (M. Villfort) taught me lessons of friendship. I thought it was a great read w/ valuable lessons that can easily be applied to life. It was different enough from the movie that it kept me guessing and had an ending that I totally wasn't exspecting. ...more