**spoiler alert** When I finished this book I was so utterly disappointed I just had to rant about it for at least a half an hour, and then I had to i...more**spoiler alert** When I finished this book I was so utterly disappointed I just had to rant about it for at least a half an hour, and then I had to immediately go to GoodReads and see if I was alone in feelings on the book. I'm very relieved that I am not. This review from Tina very accurately sums up almost all of my feelings of Mockingjay, and addresses all the right spots: (spoilers) http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/... (Though I feel I should add that I actually enjoyed Book 2 more than 1!)
I think my biggest problem with all of this is that I feel like Collins just gave up. She had so many cultural allusions and references and it was such an epic journey and adventure and then all of a sudden it was like she didn't care anymore and everything changed.
It was like she was torn between telling two stories here. One of a life of being controlled, and finally having the bravery to DEFY it. To live for herself. Of revolution. Of strength. One of Katniss, the girl on fire.
And then another one of a seventeen year old girl who is a pawn for everyone else, gets totally royally screwed (and by the end doesn't even MENTION IT) and lives with PTSD her whole life and doesn't decide anything.
For the first two books, it's a story about Katniss, the girl on fire, and the impending revolution. In the third books it's a jumble of introspection and the main character screwing herself and being manipulated. That's not the Katniss I fell in love with.
Oh, and you're going to drag us through two books of intense gory details and so many deaths that mean so much -I cried over Rue and I cried when Cinna made her the bridal dress that turned into a Mockingjay (BEST REVEAL EVER)- and then you're going to cut us off at the climax of this entire thing and have her KNOCKED OUT FOR THE END? REALLY?
The beginning again was a little slow, and I didn't appreciate the "love triangle" aspect that wasn't quite there in the first, but seems to present i...moreThe beginning again was a little slow, and I didn't appreciate the "love triangle" aspect that wasn't quite there in the first, but seems to present itself so much in youth fiction these days. A little ways in, however, I was once again swept up into the book and by the end I'd say I enjoyed it much more than the first. I think however, I should give it a rest before I attack the next book.(less)
The beginning was a little slow, and over-the-top in setting the scene and mood (for me personally), but it hit a certain point and I couldn't (and di...moreThe beginning was a little slow, and over-the-top in setting the scene and mood (for me personally), but it hit a certain point and I couldn't (and didn't) put it down! I think it's hard to have such a premise turn into something good that feels satisfying when it's over, but Collins manages to pull that off. I'm also fascinated with the world she has SO clearly painted for me. The story was tragic, inspiring, moving and mortifying all at the same time.(less)
This was great for me and hit on all the problems I've been running into with my training lately. I don't recommend this book for people just looking...moreThis was great for me and hit on all the problems I've been running into with my training lately. I don't recommend this book for people just looking to get into veganism- I think this is more for people who have already made the switch and read at least a few other books. It's not that he doesn't include information targeted at those who haven't yet changed their lifestyle, as he does, but the lack of footnotes concerns me for the new vegan. While I know that a lot of this information is repeated in medical journals and in cited books published by doctors, many picking this book up for the first time might not know that, or even where to look. But Brazier isn't a doctor and his book isn't one of those, "This is they way, and I can prove it, check out all these facts!"
It was very clear to me that Brazier is not here to "sell" anyone on a vegan lifestyle, he is simply explaining his journey and reasons (environmental, health) and what worked for him. I appreciate that I was at least 70 pages in before he modestly mentions he happened to create a smoothie powder that you "can try for convenience" but that he will "still include all that you need to be self sufficient".
And just as a heads up, this is definitely a 98% raw-food lifestyle. Though I'm not ready to head in that direction (not sure if I ever will be), the recipes are pretty interesting and I will definitely be giving them a try. Green Tea Pancakes, Miso Gravy? They sound great! Can't wait to incorporate them into my daily life. (less)
I picked this up yesterday from the library and I must say a few key things on the cover are what pulled me in. I know the effects of sugar and how ba...moreI picked this up yesterday from the library and I must say a few key things on the cover are what pulled me in. I know the effects of sugar and how bad it is for you, but "501 Simple Ways" to cut out the sugar sounded great, and info on artificial sweeteners? Great! I guess I was hoping that when I opened the book I would find large lists of the alternate names for sugar, where to find them, how they're commonly hidden in products, and then some advice on replacements in recipes and what substitutes to use.
And you can find some of that in this book. In probably six pages scattered among the two-hundred and sixty-one. Gittleman repeats herself a lot, with things slightly reworded, but I felt like I was reading a high school paper that was extended just to meet the word count goal.
I'm not sure I would even recommend this book to people who don't know about how awful refined sugar is, because there isn't much fact finding in the book. She mentions things a few times, but doesn't go into the science behind it. I'm sure there are much better books out there discussing the reasons why sugar is bad for you.
Though I did write down the recipe for peach butter, so I guess that's something. (less)
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children was such a delight for me. A lot of other reviewers said it was a disappointment because it wasn't as horr...moreMiss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children was such a delight for me. A lot of other reviewers said it was a disappointment because it wasn't as horrifying as the cover implied, but I thought it was an intriguing story, and one that was well told. To me it was similar to The Neverending Story in that extraordinary things happen to a seemingly ordinary boy, with lots of adventure, a fair amount of heartache, and the promise of more adventures to come.
Though the plot was very very predictable (I'm not joking, here) I still immensely enjoyed the characters and watching everything unfold, and the inclusion of the vintage photographs really made it extra unique. I liked the fantasy, the mystery, and the other surprise elements that worked their way into the book later on.
Put it simply, I would definitely read a sequel, and I would recommend this to anyone who likes a good adventure. (less)
Portia de Rossi (or officially now DeGeneres) is not a novelist, she's a woman recovering from a crippling disease with a story to share- for her sake...morePortia de Rossi (or officially now DeGeneres) is not a novelist, she's a woman recovering from a crippling disease with a story to share- for her sake and for the sake of others.
Since she wrote everything herself and tried to really put herself back there in the mindset of when she was sick, and then sickest- it is not surprising that some portions are hard to read. But I think she did a fabulous job of telling us her story, and such an important one at that.