I picked up The Catcher in the Rye because of the hype surrounding the book, from John Lennon’s death to the novel’s status as being a banned book. HoI picked up The Catcher in the Rye because of the hype surrounding the book, from John Lennon’s death to the novel’s status as being a banned book. Honestly, I was bored with the first few chapters and had considered giving up on it. I still don’t consider it a good read for everybody. The Catcher in the Rye is a subtle book about disillusionment. The story is of a young man telling the events of his life over a few short days as he is kicked out of school, goes into the city, goes home, and plans a trip of escape. The main character, Holden Caulfield, is not a sort of everyman. He is the opposite of that. He questions all that surrounds him, all decisions that are made for him, society, relationships with women, with men, life, school, family, and happiness. The Catcher in the Rye on the surface is a rather boring story. Holden just doesn't belong and doesn't understand people. But why? If you’re looking for a book with any answers, avoid The Catcher in the Rye. If you’re looking for a book to tell you that there are people out there with similar life questions, then you might want to give it a read. Pick it up. Turn the first page. Holden could use the company. ...more
I picked this book up in the bargain bin at the bookstore when perusing for more serious reading, and I found myself laughing so hard that I was gettiI picked this book up in the bargain bin at the bookstore when perusing for more serious reading, and I found myself laughing so hard that I was getting uncomfortable, weird looks. I quickly purchased it once I saw that I needed it, then went to the next door coffee shop and finished reading it. A coffee shop evidently doesn't lend itself to belly laughing either. Go figure.
According to the introduction, the book is made up of all the comics that Matthew Inman made the first year he quit his regular job as a designer and started TheOatmeal.com website. If you have a warped sense of humor, you will enjoy this book, and, like me, you will have favorite sections. I think my all-time favorites are "How to Suck at Facebook," "I'd Rather Be Punched in the Testicles than Call Customer Service," "The 10 Types of Crappy Interviewees," and "How to Pee like a Champ."
I’d recommend this book for overall entertainment and a quick read. It is not going to change your world, but it may give you a laugh or two or more. And that may be just what you need. Happy reading and happy giggling. ...more
This wasn't my favorite book, but I enjoyed it. The other books I've read by Bill O'Reilly are The No Spin Zone and Killing Lincoln. Killing Lincoln wThis wasn't my favorite book, but I enjoyed it. The other books I've read by Bill O'Reilly are The No Spin Zone and Killing Lincoln. Killing Lincoln was a very impressive book. Read my review. Pinheads and Patriots was very similar to The No Spin Zone in that this was a book reflecting O'Reilly viewpoint on the state of things in America. The positive to a book like this is O'Reilly's voice in very conversational making it an easy read. Also, he seems to have a sense of humor about himself, and it is reflected in his writing. Unfortunately, I read this book several years after its release, so the commentary was, in a way, old news and on the President's first term. However, I did find it interesting to read O'Reilly's predictions prior to Obama's reelection to see how things in comparison really panned out. The book is better than its title, which I don't like. I would add there is an interesting section in which O'Reilly does a quick historical- and opinion-based rundown of political and historical figures of the country. This section was the most fun for me. Overall, I enjoyed the book. However, O'Reilly's efforts in books like these do not hold a candle to his "Killing" series, which appear to be as historically accurate as they are riveting....more
I haven't been as avid a reader of the Harry Potter books as most Harry Potter fans have been. I have to say though that they are getting better. TheI haven't been as avid a reader of the Harry Potter books as most Harry Potter fans have been. I have to say though that they are getting better. The best part about Book Four is the character Mad Eye Moody. He is by far one of the most interesting and dynamic characters so far in the series. Also, there is a nice twist to this character later on in the novel. This additon to the series also displays how truly evil the Lord Voldemort character is in a way the other books had not done, which made it a more adult read. The downside of the Goblet of Fire is the unnecessary length of the book. Rowling takes much too long getting the story rolling. The first seven chapters could have been condensed into two or three, and the Quidditch World Cup seems to never end. However, the tasks in the Triwizard Tournament are fun, and once again, the twists at the end, as with the other Potter books, make it a worthwhile read. I recommend it. Just be ready for it to take a couple hundred pages to get interesting and for the character of Ron to be annoying and irritating on a whole other level throughout the book....more
A little back story – I bought Stephen King’s It at the age of twelve, when it was published in 1986. My wife, a library expert, says kids are actuallA little back story – I bought Stephen King’s It at the age of twelve, when it was published in 1986. My wife, a library expert, says kids are actually amazingly good at self-censoring, so I guess I censored myself. I put it down after the first 100 pages or so. Way too gruesome for me then. It scared me.
However, with the rumors of a new film adaption being in the works, I picked up my original 1986 hardcover of the novel that has sat on my bookshelf awaiting me for so many years. Once I opened the novel, I could hardly put it down.
Although 1000+ pages can be intimidating, if you’re a Stephen King fan, you’ve got to make the time to read this novel. I believe It is considered one of two of Stephen King’s masterpieces with good reason. The novel is epic in that it spans the lives of seven childhood friends as they journey to adulthood and then back to the horror that they could not escape: It.
Each character, from the wisecracking Richie to the sickly Eddie, is very well developed. The dynamic within “The Losers’ Club” is reminiscent of real childhood relationships, and is easy to believe, which allows the reader to get lost in the story. I think of It as the story of a town, it’s history, it’s secrets, it’s imperfections, and a closer look at the lives of the innocent that grew up within it. Of course, the horror is compelling. The childhood nightmare lives within each crevice of the town, is familiar, deadly, and inescapable.
The seven friends eventually leave the town to lead very different lives, and, as adults, they forget that they once united long ago to fight an evil incarnate. They even forget having known one another. The now grown-up children begin to remember their history and accept what they have to do again, and the story of It unfolds. This novel is definitely a page-turner, but be forewarned – this is horror in the purest sense of the word. The gruesome depictions of It and what It compels occupants of the town to do and become may stick in your throat for awhile, and will churn your stomach, just not enough to make you want to stop reading. Leave all the lights on in the house after reading It. And don’t stare too long down into your sink drain. The dead lights may be staring back at you. ...more
Well, I had to read Yes, You can Retire Comfortably! after enjoying Ben Stein and Phil DeMuth's first installment: Yes, You can get a Financial Life.Well, I had to read Yes, You can Retire Comfortably! after enjoying Ben Stein and Phil DeMuth's first installment: Yes, You can get a Financial Life. However, this book is a very different experience. The first novel was a book for everyone and every stage of life, but this book is definitely more specific to where you are at in life: close to retirement age. I enjoyed the 21 Basic Rules of Retirement and the section on Retirement Planning Decade by Decade and Chapters one and two, which make up Part 1 of the book. Chapter one is a very candid, realistic look at the coming Baby-boom retirement crisis and chapter two introduces the idea of how to save yourself from such a crisis by making good choices. I really enjoyed the book up to this point. Parts 2 and 3 of the book were very informative, but geared more towards those who already find themselves in crisis, close to retirement age, and need a specific guide on how to get out of crisis by investing a certain way. The investment advise is ideal in that Stein and DeMuth typically point to the long-term investor being the smart investor. However, I felt the point was belabored with too many examples, charts, and graphs. Anyone who really finds themselves financially lost and needing to pick up this book, I believe would be confused at the latter half of the book. Overall, a good read, and worth picking up if only for Part 1. I still highly recommend their first installment, much more so than this one....more
The Postman Always Rings Twice is the first book I've read by James M. Cain. The voice and characters that Cain creates in his novel are enjoyable froThe Postman Always Rings Twice is the first book I've read by James M. Cain. The voice and characters that Cain creates in his novel are enjoyable from the first page to the last. The story is not overly complex or even so unique, but is such a wonderful example of the hard-boiled genre. If you just want a fun read for the evening, at 116 pages, it would be hard to beat this novel. However, as a reader, you will more than likely not like the characters in Cain's novel, and depending on your personality, you may or may not sympathize with them. Still, you will for sure want to know how it all ends for them. I really liked this, and look forward to reading another Cain yarn....more
The Punisher character has changed so much over the years from when I was first introduced to him in Amazing Spider-man. He is not really likable, butThe Punisher character has changed so much over the years from when I was first introduced to him in Amazing Spider-man. He is not really likable, but every now and then his character has a moral argument with which the reader can connect. Although Goin' Out West is a timely story in that it addresses current issues like immigration law, vigilante justice, and hate crimes, I was very uncomfortable reading this one. The Punisher commits a crime when trying to right the wrongs of a hate group that is unforgivable for the reader. I thought Matt Fraction took the character too far from the orginal idea of Punisher: he only punishes the guilty. The artwork in this graphic novel was superb. Another sketchy part of the story was the timeline; there were many flashbacks and flash forwards. Still a good read. ...more
I have read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe so many times growing up and several times as an adult, and I always wondered how it all got startedI have read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe so many times growing up and several times as an adult, and I always wondered how it all got started. The Magician's Nephew answered that question. Every bit as magical and symbolic as the more popular novel, The Magician's Nephew melds Christian narrative with humor, great, fun characters, and a storytelling style that captures the imagination and won't let go. I loved this book and plan on reading the whole series now. I don't know what has taken me this long to get around to it. Narnia is fun for any age. ...more
Mother Night is my favorite Vonnegut novel so far. The theme that, in a way, we are or become what we pretend to be really resonated with me. VonnegutMother Night is my favorite Vonnegut novel so far. The theme that, in a way, we are or become what we pretend to be really resonated with me. Vonnegut’s novel has a bigger-than-life character to communicate this theme: a Nazi propagandist that was previously a U.S spy. I believe that this theme could hit home for the any-man, as well. As human beings search to define themselves, they gradually become who they are by how those around them perceive them to be. In the end, it is peoples' actions that define them, at least in this world, not their hidden philosophies....more
I would have to say this book is not going to be for everybody. I can't even say it was for me, but I enjoyed reading it. The book is a "slice of lifeI would have to say this book is not going to be for everybody. I can't even say it was for me, but I enjoyed reading it. The book is a "slice of life" autobiographical tale of Hunter S. Thompson's trip to Vegas to perform an assignment as a journalist. He does everything but work as a journalist. His novel details an abuse of the human body by way of drugs by both Thompson and his attorney that will have you cringing, but does so in a whimsical way. Each page I wondered how is this guy still alive! Never-the-less, Thompson's novel is written in a fun, conversational style that makes it a real page-turner, and for some reason, you want for things to work out for this bad behavior guy. While this book is funny and outrageous, it made me wonder how someone as intelligent as Thompson could live the way he did. It's a good read....more
This is the second complete novel that I read of Vonnegut's, and it was a pageturner. I was quickly pulled into the world of Ice-nine and San Lorenzo.This is the second complete novel that I read of Vonnegut's, and it was a pageturner. I was quickly pulled into the world of Ice-nine and San Lorenzo. Vonnegut conveys in this book a complex commentary on society in a very simple and fun way. The characters are unique, interesting, and unpredictable. I highly recommend this book, and would add that Vonnegut's novel, which was published almost forty years ago, maintains a social and political relevance to the world today....more
This book made me a Vonnegut fan! I had always wanted to read one of his books and had never got around to it. After I completed this novel in a couplThis book made me a Vonnegut fan! I had always wanted to read one of his books and had never got around to it. After I completed this novel in a couple of days, I wanted to find out what else Vonnegut wrote immediately. If you are accustomed to typical plot formats, then Slaughter-House Five may not be the book for you. The novel involves a main character, Billy Pilgrim, traveling from place to place: like Dresden during World War II to a married life in New York and then to another planet! The novel is thought-provoking and will have you considering the implications of the events in the story for the main character long after you have read it. ...more
The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon was the first pop-up book I've read since being in elementary school. When I saw it in the bookstore, it looked interestThe Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon was the first pop-up book I've read since being in elementary school. When I saw it in the bookstore, it looked interesting, and I had to have it. I have to admit I did enjoy reading a Stephen King story through a different medium, even though it was a pop-up book. Unfortunately, I didn't think the story itself lent itself to being a good pop-up book. Many other Stephen King stories would have worked better: Carrie , The Shining, etc. A major problem with this book is that it lacked an audience. The visuals I believe were too scary for children, but, at the same time, too dull for an adult. The author created very little intended sympathy for the main character. I didn't care what happened to her. In addition, the setting of the forest should have functioned as one of the main characters of the story, and it never effectively did. If you are a Stephen King fan, go ahead and read The Girl who Loved Tom Gordon. If you're not a big fan, then skip it for something better. You're not missing much....more