I was very suprised by this book. I read it at a time when I didn't really think I liked much fantasy, and I didn't really have very high hopes for thI was very suprised by this book. I read it at a time when I didn't really think I liked much fantasy, and I didn't really have very high hopes for the book, but wow. This book was incredible. I loved reading it, and found myself lost within the world and the lives of the characters. A little easier to read than The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (that I'm still not all the way finished with... I kept losing the third book, and finally gave up to try again later...) Anyway, I really liked this book, and will read it again when I finally decide to finish off the trilogy. I enjoyed this book a lot, and actually look forward to reading it again. ...more
I thought this book was brilliant. The idea of time presented in this book is intriguing. Although the story is at times odd and disjointed, it workedI thought this book was brilliant. The idea of time presented in this book is intriguing. Although the story is at times odd and disjointed, it worked well. I recommend this book to everyone because it's unique, different, well written, and just plain cool. It's definitely one I'll be reading again. ...more
Wow. This book is creepy. Very interesting subject matter that was handeled very well. It talks a lot about the Psychology of the mind (which as a PsyWow. This book is creepy. Very interesting subject matter that was handeled very well. It talks a lot about the Psychology of the mind (which as a Psych major interests me!) but it also talks about what we need to give up in order to live 'perfect' lives. I never thought would actually be grateful for the flu! I do really like that the person you think is going to be the main character isn't. It is definitely one of the main characters, but there is one other character that is more important. A great book!
****I was thinking about this book today, and felt that I needed to update my review. I think that this is one of the scariest books that I have ever read, because this is a scary story that might come true. I hear people all the time who talk about 1984 as this horrifying book because it might happen. And I agree- to a certain degree. It was a fantastic book, but it doesn't scare me in the same way Brave New World does. 1984 marks what could have happened if certain wars had ended differently, but Brave New World marks something that could still happen. The things controlled in BNW are places that I have seen America and other coutries go. Eugenics was a big deal in the history of the world, and designer babies are something that have been talked about for years and the development of technology simply gets us closer to that. A society dependent on drugs to dull pain, end confusion or distress and turn your whole world into a rose-colored land of peace, love and pleasure sounds like something that would be incredibly appealing to an awful lot of people. I think it would take a long time to reach this point, as I do with all dystopian cultures, but I see the seeds of this book already rooted in our culture and that scares me, because very few of the people I've discussed this book with see them as threats.
***Additional update- I saw a story on the news today about a scientist who believes that he created an artificial LIVING cell in a bottle. CREEPY!!...more
This book is really close to getting 5 stars from me. This is a great book! The beginning and the end are absolutely fantastic. This book deserves atThis book is really close to getting 5 stars from me. This is a great book! The beginning and the end are absolutely fantastic. This book deserves at least 4.5 stars, but there was a small section in the middle of the book that didn't hold my interest as much as the rest of the story, which is the only reason I'm not giving it 5 stars. I loved the character of Winston, and O'Brien is also amazing. This book makes me afraid of the direction the future could take, and really glad of the direction the past took. Definitely worth the read!!!...more
Interesting book. I loved the idea behind this, and the thought that must have gone into this book. The idea here is very Hobbesian, and very believabInteresting book. I loved the idea behind this, and the thought that must have gone into this book. The idea here is very Hobbesian, and very believable. I did actually really like the book, but I didn't always love the writing. The writing style, especially in the beginning is why the book is 3 stars instead of 4. I liked the second half more than the first, but overall, I thought the book was great. I wish I had read it sooner, and I know I will read it again. It feels like the type of book that you notice new things in each time you read it, and gets better everytime. ...more
This book was different. It really takes you around the loop a few times. I felt just about everything there is to feel about a book while reading thiThis book was different. It really takes you around the loop a few times. I felt just about everything there is to feel about a book while reading this book- chilled, amused, angered, heart-broken, intrigued, and disappointed, and I'm sure if I thought about it, I could come up with a few more words. Enjoying isn't exactly the best word, given the subject matter and the sorrow of this book, but I was really 'enjoying' the book in the beginning. The writing was amazing- full of intense, realistic descriptions that really made the story come together and begin to swell and grow. In the beginning, I understood the big deal about this book. The book wasn't what I was expecting, and that was both good and bad. Rather than a story about a specific event or situation, this was a story about a family and how their lives were changed because of one hugely horrific event. I didn't notice it in the beginning, it bothered me in the middle, but by the almost end (after the book started to seriously piss me off, but before I became disappointed with the golden (and creepy) ending) I appreciated the method of story telling. It was a story of a family, told by the member who would never truly be able to take part in it again. In the middle of the book, when the family is not sure if it is falling apart or staying together, something happened that angered me, and that one moment, although I definitely saw it coming, changed my enjoyment of the novel. Now, I was angry at where the story was going, and hated the character that took it there. That was almost ok though. I didn't like what was happening, but I understood it, and it was a part of the story, and a part of the character. However, I hate that Alice Sebold cheated her readers at the end of the story. I won't give details, because I don't want to leave spoilers in my review, but the ending was wrong for this story. I know that it isn't my story to tell, and therefore I can't really say it is right or wrong, but I'm doing it anyway. The ending was wrong. The entire story was about pain and learning and growing through that pain, accepting what has happened, or at least learning to live with it. Instead of living up to the story, the author wraps up nearly every single story line into a pretty package of pleasantries and perfection. I felt that she denied me a true story, because she denied me a logical and plausible ending for the lives of her characters. After setting this difficult and complex stage, she made the ending far too easy for everyone, and that just didn't work for me. The story had a lot of potential, and seemed in the beginning to be everything I had hoped and expected it to be, but in the end, it was none of those things because it denied what the rest of the book tried to teach. Many of the characters within the story had problems within their lives because they denied what their life experience had tried to teach them. How unfair of the author to not realize this about where she took her story. ...more