An awesome, informative book in the vein of Mary Roach's Stiff and Jared Diamond's Guns, Germs, and Steel. Very entertaining for anyone who has been bAn awesome, informative book in the vein of Mary Roach's Stiff and Jared Diamond's Guns, Germs, and Steel. Very entertaining for anyone who has been born....more
Out of all of the books I have currently read about medical school and residency, this one was by far the most depressing account. For four years, thiOut of all of the books I have currently read about medical school and residency, this one was by far the most depressing account. For four years, this man details his experience in medical school and its utter lack of redeeming qualities. Bright moments and successes are always overshadowed by diatribes on what is wrong with medical education in this country.
In the end, the author chooses not to continue on into residency, citing multiple reasons as to why he is doing a greater service to public health by NOT becoming a doctor.
I think, no, I'm sure that the main character, Omri, annoyed me when I read this as a kid. He was self-righteous and didn't want to do anything intereI think, no, I'm sure that the main character, Omri, annoyed me when I read this as a kid. He was self-righteous and didn't want to do anything interesting with the cupboard.
But I reread this book last week and I love how Lynne Reid Banks has written him. Omri is not annoying, he's not precocious, he's just grown-up. He does make mistakes, and he's lucky that they aren't serious enough to cause him grief. Highly enjoying for even older teens to read.
I recommend the rest of the series as well: The Indian in the Cupboard stands well enough on its own, but reading the other four books reveals many twists and turns that will have you wondering how long it took Banks to work this all out....more
I loved the Abohorsen Trilogy with a burning, undying love and I was happy to see that the author had written a short story that would produce at leasI loved the Abohorsen Trilogy with a burning, undying love and I was happy to see that the author had written a short story that would produce at least a little closure for the series.
In the introduction, Nix remarks about how he has never been one to do the whole world-building thing. If he needs something, he makes it up, rather than the other way around. In other words, he is not JRR Tolkien. Or Terry Pratchett, for that matter. This is rather to disappointing to people like me, who would gladly shell out some cash for The Old Kingdom Atlas and such.
The other stories in this anthology were also enjoyable. 'Charlie Rabbit' was a very good, though mildly upsetting tale of children in wartime. 'Hope Chest,' my other favorite, is a western tale with a fantasy twist and excellent imagery.
One story I did not like was 'Lighting Bringer.' The author mentioned that he had had to revise it to remove some Aboriginal references that the publisher reacted badly to, and I wish he had been able to leave them in. The story feels washed out....more
This was the first X-Wing squadron book that I ever read. A boy ahead of me in school unwisely left his copy outside of the science building and I stoThis was the first X-Wing squadron book that I ever read. A boy ahead of me in school unwisely left his copy outside of the science building and I stole it without remorse. This book led to my love of Wedge Antilles, snubfighters, and enhanced in me my wish to go into space....more
Almost a relief after reading Becoming a Doctor. Transue is upbeat about her experience. She experiences thet same heartbreaks and cruel colleagues tAlmost a relief after reading Becoming a Doctor. Transue is upbeat about her experience. She experiences thet same heartbreaks and cruel colleagues that Melvin Konner and others have, but she lets them slide off her back. She doesn't let people use her, but she views the bad in a wry way and cherishes the good.
A very heartening collection for anyone suddenly having second thoughts about med school. Obviously there are many doctors, ergo there must be a percentage that didn't want to kill themselves in med school. Now, why aren't they writing books?...more
Written on the eve of The Next Generation's final two seasons and the movie Generations, this book represents the often hysterical and almost tragic rWritten on the eve of The Next Generation's final two seasons and the movie Generations, this book represents the often hysterical and almost tragic recollection of the Original Series, as told by William Shatner.
The book can be fairly evenly divided into three sections: a first section, in which Shatner (or Chris Kreski, the dude helping him write) attempt to ease us into the first-person perspective, at the same time introducing the roots of Star Trek. Fairly painful and the reason I knocked a star off.
The next section is better, consisting of descriptions of the pilots and the first two seasons of the show, including descriptions of pranks, flubs, and the massive fan campaign to save the show. Some unpleasant details are dealt with, mostly in the realm of "Why did so-and-so leave?" These are handled discretely, which seemed well enough, as to do otherwise would have interrupted the good-feeling flow.
The third section details the downfall of Star Trek in an almost painful, ripping-the-Band-Aid-off style. This part almost always gives me a stomachache. It's sudden and upsetting, but Shatner manages to stay upbeat and hopeful in a way that doesn't make me want to smack him. The last chapter is one of my favorites, dealing with Shatner's realization that he doesn't know some of his fellow cast members as well as he should (that was another reason for only four stars - the man acts in a fairly funny, but mildly annoying egotistical way throughout the book and is surprised to discover that people perceive him that way).
I think he handled his material rather well (including some very entertaining interviews with cast and crew), especially considering the "demise" of Star Trek after its third season. An entertaining read, though I am interested in how this would have sounded if he had written this a) while Roddenberry was still alive b) before TNG was conceived or c) immediately after the show's cancellation....more
**spoiler alert** Wow. Extremely disappointing. There was no "mystery" per se and any action was extremely removed from the main character, who spent**spoiler alert** Wow. Extremely disappointing. There was no "mystery" per se and any action was extremely removed from the main character, who spent his time writing in his journal and lamenting the fact that people always want to tour his home.
Well, he won't have to worry about that anymore. The main purpose of this book seemed to be shipping his girlfriend off to France for no reason and burning down his beloved barn home.
But the things that killed me the most were the literary references. They were either overt and boring, used only to show off how "intellectual" the main character was or hidden and annoying. The most blatantly annoying rip-off ( and it was a complete rip-off) was the use of Harper Lee's character trait - a man walking around with a bottle in a brown paper bag, leading people to think that he's drinking (but they don't), when in actuality he's drinking (coca cola) tea.
I used to love these books, but I'm officially cutting myself off....more
I never ended up liking the characters, I couldn't relate to them, but by the end I cared about them aWonderful. Definitely Top Ten All Time Favorite.
I never ended up liking the characters, I couldn't relate to them, but by the end I cared about them and what happened to them. The lack of a definite plot annoyed me at first, but it faded in importance as I looked to see where the pattern came together. The whole thing was like a piece of knitting, the kind that has to be knit bit by bit, with these stitches being placed on a holder for later and that sleeve finished and laid aside for when the body is done, until the whole thing comes together in the end.
Near the end of the story, a sentence spoken by a character hundreds of pages before leapt back to the forefront of my mind fully formed. It was awful and spectacular at the same moment, as you suddenly realize how the story ends, fifty pages early. And then it happened again on the very last page. Excellent.
This book also wins the Nightmare Award - one of the deaths will be haunting me for the next few weeks. Thank you, vivid imagination!
I was disappointed in only one thing - the one cultural reference that was made in the book that I actually wanted to wiki, about the hairstyle Clare uses on her wedding day, turned out to be made up by the author. Bummer....more
Enh. A bit of a disappointment, for all that it took me more than four years to get to it. I skimmed a lot of the essays dealing with earlier history,Enh. A bit of a disappointment, for all that it took me more than four years to get to it. I skimmed a lot of the essays dealing with earlier history, as there was much moaning about how if such-and-such battle had been lost or so-and-so had died earlier or later then GREEK CIVILIZATION NEVER WOULD HAVE DEVELOPED AND WE'D ALL BE RIDING HORSES OR WEARING VEILS AND LIVING IN POLICE STATES AND SPEAKING ASSYRIAN/PERSIAN/SOME GOD-AWFUL ORIENTAL LANGUAGE OH NOES!!!!11!!
Right, *cough* color me unimpressed. When there was some "what if" speculation, it was usually pretty grim and/or racist. Many of the historians seemed to think that things have turned pretty well, and that things going otherwise would have meant doom and despair for all civilization. As I'm fairly sure not everybody is happy with how history turned out, how about a little speculation on how we could have done better? For example, China might want a do-over for the past 200 years...or say, the Middle East for the past 3000.
The later essays were better, though a better grasp of history than mine is recommended. I'll be checking out the sequel, if only because it's sitting right here. I do, however, recommend that if you're going to only read one essay out of this book, that it be the one about the Mongol horde....more