When I was young, I would often stay up into the late hours of the night sucked into a book. My mom would walk into my room and say, "Anna, go to sleeWhen I was young, I would often stay up into the late hours of the night sucked into a book. My mom would walk into my room and say, "Anna, go to sleep!" And I would always reply, "I'm almost done with the chapter!" My mom would come back later and say, "You started the next chapter, didn't you?" She would usually have to take the book away from me until morning.
Well, with "The Day of the Triffids" I couldn't stop at the end of the chapter. I would keep reading the next chapter and the next chapter and the next. It was SO DANG GOOD! A real page turner.
My husband recommended this book to me. He just told me how the book opened, and it caught my interest at once. "The story opens with the protagonist in a hospital, his eyes bandaged after having been in an accident. He discovers that while he has been recovering, the light from an unusual meteor shower has rendered most people on Earth blind. He wanders aimlessly through London, watching civilization collapse around him." (Wikipedia)
This book is a (very believable) apocalyptic novel. Every Zombie film I've seen was modeled after "The Day of the Triffids," written in 1951 (even though there are no evil-dead in this book). "28 Days Later" in particular borrows quite a bit from this book.
"The Day of the Triffids" has some fabulous commentary on human greed and survival, nuclear holocaust (which was a big fear in the 50's), bio-chemical warfare, and more themes I cannot recall at the moment. So read it! I promise you won't be disappointed. ...more
I've discovered that Frank Herbert is where it's at.
"I know nothing comparable to it except 'Lord of the Rings'" Arthur C. Clarke...Orson Scott who?
I've discovered that Frank Herbert is where it's at.
"I know nothing comparable to it except 'Lord of the Rings'" Arthur C. Clarke said of 'Dune'. So true! 'Dune' is so imaginative and original, what with the many worlds, governments, races, religions, and customs Frank Herbert created. The man's a genius.
I'd recommend this book to all lovers of great literature (not just sci-fi fans). It's epic!
And hey, this book helped me conquer my fear of the giant waterslide (the rollercoaster) at Raging Waters. Who knows what 'Dune' could do for you? As Paul Muad'dib says, "I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain."
The litany of fear alone makes it worth reading. ...more
Over the past year, my husband has told me over and over again, "DON"T READ 1984." (especially now, being pregnant). Well, I highly respect his opinioOver the past year, my husband has told me over and over again, "DON"T READ 1984." (especially now, being pregnant). Well, I highly respect his opinion...but I was also curious as to what all the hype about "1984" is about and why people think so highly of this book.
I think I read 25 pages before I said, "ECCKGH!!!" and threw the book across the room. I then read the plot summary on Wikipedia, and was grateful I didn't waste my time with finishing the book. After reading many reviews, I'm still not sure what's so great about "1984." Enlighten me if you can. That's the thing though, I'm don't think there IS anything enlightening or redeeming about this novel. I only read a little bit, but those 25 pages were so incredibly dark and depressed the hell out of me. Why would you want to read something that brings you down so much? "1984" made me feel so bad I had to read some Berenstain Bears to cheer me up....more
A book about the rituals, trials and pleasure that comes from drawing,The Undressed Art is a fairly enjoyable read, but the author is overly descriptiA book about the rituals, trials and pleasure that comes from drawing,The Undressed Art is a fairly enjoyable read, but the author is overly descriptive in some chapters, making the text tedious and difficult to get through at times. I had to skim through some chapters, as they bored me (and I'm an artist/ex-model, and am interested in the subjects presented).
I enjoyed the chapters on the history of life/figure drawing (how it was once taboo and looked down upon, and how it became the respectable art it is today in the world of art), the stories and experiences of contemporary models, and the collaboration and inspiration that goes on between artists and models.
Steinhert goes into a bit too much detail at times (verbosely describing sharpening pencils and sketching lines) making the book lag and become dull at times, and his science is for the most part bogus (references many misconceptions of neuroscience), but if you're an artist or a model, you would probably enjoy this book....more
Okay, I don't want to admit it - but yes, I have read all seven Harry Potter books. I started reading Harry Potter when it first came out (I was in thOkay, I don't want to admit it - but yes, I have read all seven Harry Potter books. I started reading Harry Potter when it first came out (I was in the fifth grade, mind you). Growing up I was taught to finish what I start, so I read them to the end, even though I was a full-grown adult by the time the seventh one finally came out, feeling a bit silly to be part of such an over-hyped fad. I wanted to see if my prediction for the ending was right - That all along, Harry Potter was a neglected & abused child locked up in a closet by his aunt & uncle and day-dreamed of witches and wizards to escape his harsh reality. Wouldn't that be a great ending? Well, I was wrong. I thought J.K. Rowling's ending was poorly written. Harry Potter became some sort of Christ figure? Wow, that's really original. Pssh...I'll stick with my ending.
As my brother says, "I realized while reading the fourth book, 'hey! I've read this book three times already. Why am I reading it again?'"
I suppose Harry Potter is fun and magical when you're a kid...but it lacks originality (ever heard of "The Worst Witch"?) and is far from ever being considered a classic. I can't understand why so many adults love these books, as J.K. Rowling just borrows all of her ideas, characters, and imagery from other sources (just another Dan Brown, I guess).
Go read "The Never Ending Story" if you want to read something truly imaginative. ...more
After rereading this book for the second time, I'm realizing it's not the five star I thought it was at first. I loved the humor, and even laughed ou
After rereading this book for the second time, I'm realizing it's not the five star I thought it was at first. I loved the humor, and even laughed out loud several times (like the part when all the men are groaning in lust at the general's nurse). The theme of Catch-22 and the futility of war is strong and prevalent throughout the book. I think "Catch-22"'s failing is that it's 100 or so pages too long, and the unengaging plot can make it difficult to get through, and easy to give up on. Catch-22 is definitely a worthwhile read...you just need to press forward past the hundred or so characters (make a list to help you keep track of who's who) and keep reading though the plot drags at times. ...more
A bit too science fiction for my tastes (I'm not huge into that genre) - but it was still pretty good. There was some very interesting commentary on nA bit too science fiction for my tastes (I'm not huge into that genre) - but it was still pretty good. There was some very interesting commentary on nuclear war, fundamentalist religions, and communication. Here's an opening summary for anyone who would be interested in reading it:
"A few thousand years in the future post-apocalypse (after a world wide nuclear war) rural Labrador has become a warmer and more hospitable place than it is at present. The inhabitants of Labrador have vague historical recollections of 'The Old People', a technologically advanced civilization which existed long ago and which they believe was destroyed when God sent 'Tribulation' to the world to punish their forebears' sins. The society that has survived in Labrador is loosely reminiscent of the American frontier of about the 18th century The inhabitants practice a form of fundamentalist Christianity with post-apocalyptic prohibitions. They believe that in order to follow God's word and prevent another Tribulation, they need to preserve absolute normality among the surviving humans, plants and animals. Genetic invariance has been elevated to the highest religious principle, and humans with even minor mutations are considered 'Blasphemies' and the handiwork of the Devil. Individuals not conforming to a strict physical norm are either killed or sterilized and banished to the Fringes, a forbidden area still rife with animal and plant mutations." (Wikipedia)...more