**spoiler alert** OH MY GODS... This was, like, the perfect ending for the series. All the loose ends were tied and all the questions were answered. T**spoiler alert** OH MY GODS... This was, like, the perfect ending for the series. All the loose ends were tied and all the questions were answered. The conclusion of the saga was perfect. Not at all sappy and lived-happily-ever-after. Simply perfect. (Okay, I need to stop saying that word). Perfect! XD
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1) I like the title of the book. When all the other gods are out there having a hard time fighting Typhon, when it looks like Olympus is sure for destruction, there is only Hestia left. She is the the goddess of hearth, meaning family and fireside. Percy says, "Hope survives best at the hearth." When your friends are dying around you and when you are fighting something like Kronos, there might only be one thing you could hold onto--family--and it might just tip the balance in favor of you and Olympus might be saved after all.
2) Okay, so Luke dies. It was kind of predictable. But how Luke dies was a total surprise. I was thinking more along the lines of a duel between Percy and Luke to death. And I'm sooo glad it didn't turn out like that. Also, it was cool how Percy didn't end up being the hero of the prophecy. I see Luke differently now after knowing his difficult past and how in the end he sacrificed himself to kill Kronos. Totally unexpected.
3) Hurray for Percabeth!! I was grinning the whole time during the "best underwater kiss of all time" part. Yay!
4) I loved Percy's wish of making the gods promise that they will to claim their half blood children. It's cool how camp half blood is going to have cabins for minor gods. And I'm so glad Percy turned down the gods' grant of immorality.
4) It was kind of creepy how Rachel became the Oracle, and how it was her "destiny." But with the previous Oracle not having anyone to take her place for years, and Rachel painting the pictures of Luke as a kid and the Empire State building surrounded by an army... it all makes sense. The pieces fit correctly.
6) Okay, adding onto #5--the second great prophecy.
*spooky music* "Seven half bloods shall answer the call. To storm or fire, the world must fall. An oath to keep with a final breath, And foes bear arms to the Doors of Death."
I wonder who the seven half bloods will be. I heard Rick Riordan saying that his second series (Yipee! I am so happy there's going to be a 2nd series!! Thanks Riordan!), is going to be about the next generation of half bloods. So, Percy, Annabeth, Grover, and others might not be in it, and if they are, they are going to minor characters. Also, I wonder what this new adventure is going to be.
I applaud this wonderful series. It's definitely one of my favorites, and I will be on the lookout for the second series.
Oh, I just remembered. Tomorrow, August 18th, is Percy Jackson's birthday! Happy (early) b-day, Percy!! =)...more
"You must understand that our civilization is so vast that we can't have our minorities upset and stirred. Ask yourself, What do we want in this count"You must understand that our civilization is so vast that we can't have our minorities upset and stirred. Ask yourself, What do we want in this country, above all? People want to be happy, isn't that right? .... Well, aren't they? Don't we keep them moving, don't we give them fun? That's all we live for, isn't it? .... Colored people don't like Little Black Sambo. Burn it. White people don't feel good about Uncle Tom's Cabin. Burn it."
That is exactly the firemen's job in this futuristic, sci-fi book--starting fires to burn books instead of putting out fires. In this society, reading and owning books is a crime. You could get arrested for simply being a pedestrian. Front porches and rocking chairs were removed so people wouldn't be able to sit and talk. But, spending time with your technological parlor wall "family" is encouraged. The people were ignorant of knowledge, creativity, world issues, nature, etc., and were wrapped up in their bubble of shallowness and blindness of the rest of the world. This is the vision in the frightening future that Bradbury portrays.
Guy Montag, the protagonist, is a firemen, and he loves his work, thinking that he is actually doing good to his society. His perspective completely changes as he meets new people, like the innocent 17-year-old girl Clarisse. She teaches Montag to slow down and observe, pay attention. To think.
"I sometimes think drivers don't know what grass is, or flowers, because they never see them slowly," she said. "If you showed a driver a green blur, Oh yes! he'd say, that's grass! A pink blur? That's a rose-garden! White blurs are houses. Brown blurs are cows. My uncle drove slowly on a highway once. He drove forty miles an hour and they jailed him for two days. Isn't that funny, and sad, too?"
"Have you seen the two-hundred-foot-long billboards in the country beyond town? Did you know that once billboards were only twenty feet long? But cars started rushing by so quickly they had to stretch the advertising out so it would last."
"Bet I know something else you don't. There's dew on the grass in the morning."
"And if you look"-she nodded at the sky-"there's a man in the moon."
"Are you happy?" she said.
And, all of a sudden, Montag realizes the wrongdoing of burning books, and his life becomes in danger.
Chilling. Disturbing. Amazing. This book makes you think about life today, and wonder if we may be closer than we think to that grim future in Fahrenheit 451. ...more
I used to think that Frankenstein was the monster and not the creator of the monster. I know, tsk tsk. But I bet there are numerous number of people wI used to think that Frankenstein was the monster and not the creator of the monster. I know, tsk tsk. But I bet there are numerous number of people who think that too. Confess it; I won’t bite you. No, Frankenstein is not the green-skinned blockheaded zombie with bolts in his neck. Frankenstein is the person who created the monster. There are several other things that shouldn’t trust from the movie, so it’s best to read the book instead.
I love how the story is like a set of Russian dolls. The largest doll that covers it all is Walton’s letters to his sister, and Frankenstein’s story fits inside that, and within Frankenstein’s story is the monster’s story. See how beautifully layered that is?
And it’s beautifully meaningful too. It raises great questions about humans trying to go beyond their limits when experimenting in science. Right now, nanotechnology is the hot topic full of hope, but what about the ethical dangers that could occur in the future as a result of this scientific advance? It’s stuff to ponder about.
If you want, you could block out all of the themes and symbols and just read it as a chilling horror sci-fi story. It’s quite an extraordinary book whichever way you read it. ...more
If there’s ever any more new books to the Harry Potter series, this is the closest it can get. You just need to forget the fact that it’s fanfic and sIf there’s ever any more new books to the Harry Potter series, this is the closest it can get. You just need to forget the fact that it’s fanfic and simply enjoy this next generation of the Harry Potter world. Lippert does an amazing job depicting it, and I doubt HP fans will be disappointed. Well, that is, if you don’t worry yourself about the smallest and silliest details that may be wrong. :D
If you enjoyed the first James Potter book, you’re going to find this second book much much better. I really hope there’s a third book. There is still much left unanswered, and questions like "What did that ending scene mean?" and "What's going to happen to blahblahblah?" and "And what about him/her?" are going to kill me sooner or later. The story can't definitely end here, can it? There must surely be more, right? ...more
I doubt anyone will be able to read Ender’s Game and not go on to Speaker for the Dead. What can one possibly do after reading that tortuous cliff hanI doubt anyone will be able to read Ender’s Game and not go on to Speaker for the Dead. What can one possibly do after reading that tortuous cliff hanger in Ender’s but pick up its sequel, right? But it’s hard to consider this book as the sequel since it is so different from Ender’s Game on so many levels.
I admit, I was stumped at first. What’s with the characters talking in Portuguese? Are we reading a biology book or a sci-fi adventure? And when did Ender become a detective in space all of sudden? Then I came to realize that Speaker for the Dead requires a different mindset, maybe even a different audience. People who liked the boy-against-the-world plot in Ender’s Game will be sorely disappointed by this. This is mature stuff, it’s sophisticated, it’s bewildering. But you just got to dig deep; then you will find treasure. Accept the changes; I assure you, you will be rewarded.
Orson Scott Card had intended to write this book along. He meant Ender’s Game to be just the background for Speaker for the Dead, a short story enlarged. I myself like Ender’s Game more than Speaker for the Dead as do many others; however, I can see why Card sees the latter as the core book. Speaker is a masterpiece on humanism. This book is not just the speaker for the dead, but also for our fears, our prejudices, our truths, our hatreds, our guilt, our redemptions, our desires.
Card has an incredible ability to write about such deep and real characters and a thought-provoking story. The concept of speakers for the dead is marvelous. If more people read this, maybe our funeral ritual will change altogether. Gosh, imagine that! And the piggies—that was amazing characterization. I don’t know why but they remind me of the pigs that were slaughtered by the boys in Lord of the Flies. I know, they are separate things, but once I thought about that, the whole story of Lord of the Flies transformed. The pigs from LotF became piggies and the Ralph and the boys became an older generation of Ender’s. Kind of far-fetched, but hey, this book poked my brain and it kept me thinking about random stuff.
It’s hard to talk about everything else this book is because it is so vast and ambitious. Please ignore the terrible book covers; they don't depict the novels in the slightest bit. It would just be so unfortunate if fans of Ender’s Game overlooked this. Ender's Game and Speaker for the Dead are the only two science fiction novels to win both the Hugo and the Nebula awards for the same author in back-to-back years. There is a reason for that, and you will also see why when you read them. ...more
Don’t you just love it when you get that warm contented feeling after you read a good book? And you just want the last sentences, the last words to laDon’t you just love it when you get that warm contented feeling after you read a good book? And you just want the last sentences, the last words to last forever, so you read it slowly, letting it roll over your tongue.
This book left me feeling like just that. It was wonderful. I liked all 500 or so pages of it, every sentence was written beautifully, and nothing should have been taken out. Compelling, sad and funny, this was one of the best novels I’ve ever read. Definitely recommended. ...more
If you are a die-hard science fiction fan, you might not like this book. I’m not sure how likely it is that a meteor can push the moon closer to EarthIf you are a die-hard science fiction fan, you might not like this book. I’m not sure how likely it is that a meteor can push the moon closer to Earth and cause earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes, etc. I think scientists could have predicted that the meteor was too big and prepared the people for the catastrophe. However, we can’t be too critical, because that’s not what this book focuses on. It’s about one family. It’s about the strength they had to muster inside themselves to survive and their increasing love for each other as the world seemed to get smaller and smaller.
This is very eye opening book. When I read it, it felt so real. It was as if I was living in it. It got me terrified and weirdly paranoid, and only when I raised my head reluctantly from the book did I realize that it wasn’t happening to me. I took in all things in my house that were running on electricity, the food in the kitchen if I got hungry, the heater to keep me warm. It’s going to make you think, and when you look around yourself, you’re going to see the world differently. Life as you know it now is going to change after you read this book. ...more
"The gunman is useless." That's the first sentence. The rest of the book is as good. The power of Zusak's words is amazing. The message is so true. Th"The gunman is useless." That's the first sentence. The rest of the book is as good. The power of Zusak's words is amazing. The message is so true. The ending is absolutely brilliant. I didn't get the ending the first time I read it, but the second time, I understood it. If you don't get the ending, read the last 5 pages until the very back cover, and everything will makes sense and you will agree with me that Markus Zusak is a GENIUS! ...more
Maybe you know it, maybe you don’t, but this is not by the fictional S. Morgenstern; every bit of it is by William Goldman. Yeah, I know, I know. WhyMaybe you know it, maybe you don’t, but this is not by the fictional S. Morgenstern; every bit of it is by William Goldman. Yeah, I know, I know. Why does is say “S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure, the 'good parts' version abridged by William Goldman” on the book cover? Is that the question? I could do two things right now.
1). I could tell you, “Actually, it’s S. Morgenstern who wrote it. William Goldman just deleted all the boring parts, and left the “good parts.” Pretty pathetic, don’t you think? What’s worse than butchering and messing around with someone else’s work and calling it your own, right? And yeah, I don’t know why I wrote that first sentence. It’s not true. Maybe I was in some kind of trance or something. Just ignore that first sentence.”
Or 2). I could tell you, “Nope, there’s no S. Morgenstern, never ever was actually. Search him on Google and try finding some of his books or his biography. Your results, I assure, will be zero. Maybe there will be stuff about how he is a fictional author, but that’s about it. This is William Goldman’s story through and through. And no, I’m in no trance. I’m pretty sure I’m fully aware of what’s going on since I’m typing this stuff quite accurately.”
Okay, enough of the (useless) attempt of trying to be dramatic. Let’s be straight, k? Choice 2 would be correct. This “abridgment” Goldman so proudly tells us is all a huge joke. And very good joke too. Goldman tells this story as if he was simply fixing the story of this (who you now know is anything but real) S. Morgenstern, deleting the dreary mind-numbing parts he thought the story could do without it, and commenting randomly in between parts—-when it all really is his own work. His wife, his son Jason, S. Morgenstern, Florin, Guilder—-he invented it all. Incredible, isn't it? I absolutely loved this abridgment idea.
This is a book about a book. When he makes comments throughout the book, he is standing back with the readers, and telling us what is it like to read a book—-the feeling of being completely absorbed, the surprise, getting off guard by some event, the unfairness, etc. What a brilliant guy. As he puts it himself, "You have to admire a guy who calls his own book a classic before it is even published."
So, Goldman calls it the “classic tale of true love and high adventure.” Yes, it does have true love and high adventure. If this does not convince you to read the book, let me tell you, this story was everything. Love. Adventure. Revenge. Fencing. Giants. And much much more. Wait, I almost forgot to mention two other things—-miracles and cough drops. Too important to forget those two. :)
I want to quote the whole book, but here are some hilarious quotes:
"Mawidge is a dweam wiffin a dweam...The dweam of wuv wapped wiffin the gweater dweam of everwasting west. Eternity is our fwiend, wemember that, and wuv wiw fowwow you fowever.”
“Hello, I am Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.” (How could I not have this quote here? This is the best quote and Inigo is the best character in the whole book.)
"Inconceivable!" "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."
Witty, incredibly silly, and just pure fun. I ADORE this book. ...more
*sniff* I finished this book crying silently. It is truly amazing, so incredible, the best historical fiction I've ever read, the best book I read thi*sniff* I finished this book crying silently. It is truly amazing, so incredible, the best historical fiction I've ever read, the best book I read this year...I don't know what to say except that if you haven't read it yet, you MUST read it. ...more
This book gets shunned by people just because it’s science fiction (e.g. Ryan!), but one really doesn’t have to be a sci-fi junkie to like this book (This book gets shunned by people just because it’s science fiction (e.g. Ryan!), but one really doesn’t have to be a sci-fi junkie to like this book (If you want proof, then here I am. I’m your wonderful living example.)
It’s more than aliens, spaceships, and time travel; it’ also about war and leadership. And I know that at this point no one is convinced. Like Ryan said, “If you’re telling me that a sci-fi book about war is something I’m supposed to find appealing, then I don’t know how you’ve been my friend this long.”
My reply to this is: “It don’t matter whacha like; this book’s gonna keep you interested.” See, you might open this book doubtingly, but you’re going to be pulled into the story and before you know it you’re already reaching the end.
And the characters are really something. They aren’t simply defined as the good, the evil, the hero, and the villain. The characters have been on both ends. And it’s so interesting to read about Ender’s character—how the control of adults affected him, his struggle to remain good and not a killing machine, his decisions in circumstances, etc.
The ending caught me unawares. It was a sharp turn away from the path, and I’m so glad that’s how it turned out. And I loved the very, very last part of the book; it holds a lot promise for the next books.
So try this book! It’s an incredible story. Prepare to be blown away....more
If we take away everything that causes us sorrow and suffering, do we end up with a perfect world? Lois Lowry does an excellent job answering this queIf we take away everything that causes us sorrow and suffering, do we end up with a perfect world? Lois Lowry does an excellent job answering this question. She depicts a vivid and disturbing world with no feelings, color, memories, and pain. It’s such a small book, and yet it is very meaningful and thought provoking. I first read this book four years ago, and I read it again now. So that should imply that this is a great, great book. :) ...more