I’m quite glad I read this story. Leven Thumps and the Gateway to Foo was a fun, quick read, filled with lots of fantasy, adventure, and magic.
Even th...moreI’m quite glad I read this story. Leven Thumps and the Gateway to Foo was a fun, quick read, filled with lots of fantasy, adventure, and magic.
Even though the series has received some criticism for being a Harry-Potter knockoff, that couldn’t be farther from the truth. True, Leven is an orphan that lives with his horrible aunt and uncle and the fate of reality rests on his shoulders, but that’s the only similarity between him and the infamous Harry Potter.(less)
One of my favorite children’s books is Fox in Socks by Dr. Seuss. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the least known books by Dr. Seuss.
I first encounter...moreOne of my favorite children’s books is Fox in Socks by Dr. Seuss. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the least known books by Dr. Seuss.
I first encountered Fox in Socks when I was babysitting my nephew over 15 years ago. He wanted me to read it to him and I’ve loved it ever since. It’s basically a book full of tongue twisters and can only be enjoyed to its fullest extent if read aloud.
There are a lot of parts to Fox in Socks that are just fun. However, my favorite part is with the tweetle beetles.(less)
I went into Ender’s Game not knowing anything about the story. All I knew is that it was a classic when it came to science fiction. I have no idea wha...moreI went into Ender’s Game not knowing anything about the story. All I knew is that it was a classic when it came to science fiction. I have no idea what I was expecting, but this was not it.
I was very confused in the beginning. I had no idea what was going on. I wondered why the characters kept calling Ender Andrew. It took me two chapters to realize that Ender was a nickname. I also had no idea what a “Third” was. Again, after a few chapters, I understood what was going on.
I thought the story was a little boring and slow. But, I really enjoyed the Battle Room simulations/wars. I thought they were neat and interesting. I also thought the story was a bit disturbing, especially what the adults did to children like Ender. I understand why it was necessary, but it’s still disturbing.
The politics, especially the interactions between Demosthenes and Locke, were way over my head. I feel like they were completely unneeded in the story. I actually hated those chapters/sections and I kept wishing they’d be over sooner rather than later.
I loved all the technology in the book, especially because this book was written in the late 70s (as a short story before it was published as the novel in the mid 80s) and there are so many things that seem to be a reality now. For example, the students’ desks seem like giant iPads.
The aliens, or buggers, reminded me of two things in today’s pop culture. First, they were described as giant ants and bug-like. This reminds me of the skitters on Falling Skies. Second, they were described as all having one thought, one mind, and following a queen. Can you say, Borg? That was kind of cool since this was written before Star Trek: The Next Generation and the Borg are my favorite villains in science fiction.
I’m glad I read Ender’s Game because I at least know what it’s about now. But, I'll probably never read it again.
CONTENT WARNING There is quite a bit of language in this book. There are no F-words. If I had to describe the profanity, I’d liken it to a 1980s PG-13 movie like Back to the Future.(less)
I knew The Handmaid’s Tale was a dystopian story, which excited me because I love dystopians. But, I didn’t really know what the story was about. And,...moreI knew The Handmaid’s Tale was a dystopian story, which excited me because I love dystopians. But, I didn’t really know what the story was about. And, as I started reading it, I realized I was in for a little bit of a surprise because it seemed so different from other dystopians I have read.
The concept of the story was very interesting and thought provoking, but there are several things that prevented me from enjoying it as much as I could have.
First, and most importantly, you never find out why the world is the way it is. I know not all books explain why, but The Handmaid’s Tale kept hinting at why everything happened, but never actually said it. And, I found that extremely frustrating.
Second, it was extremely depressing. I like dystopians, but I like dystopians that have some semblance of hope, a way for the oppressed to fight what’s being done to them. There’s none of that in this story.
Third, I didn’t like Atwood’s writing style. It was told in a rambling, disconnected way from the protagonist’s (if you can call her that) point-of-view. There’s very little dialogue-–instead the characters’ thoughts are mostly offset by commas in this rambling retelling of events.
Finally, while I can see that the world in The Handmaid’s Tale is plausible, I felt like Atwood went a little overboard with the man-hating. I’m all for equality, but not to the other extreme. Just because someone was oppressed doesn’t mean they should become the oppressor, which I think happens more often than not with extremist groups. There seems to be a mentality of, “If you did that to me, I want you to stop, but I want to be able to do it back to you without it being wrong. I want more rights than you because I had less before.” I think the mentality should be “What you’re doing is wrong, should stop, and we should have equal say in all things.” The man-hating in this book seemed to follow the first mentality and it really bothered me.
Even though I didn’t enjoy the book all that much, I’m still glad I read The Handmaid’s Tale. It helped open my eyes to some of the thoughts and leanings our society has. And, it helped me realize that while this day in age may be more vulgar and morally corrupt than previous ones (in some people’s eyes), I’d rather live in a time when I can choose freely what I want to do and who I want to be than live in a time when everything is dictated by heresy and the beliefs of one group or faction.
CONTENT WARNING There’s some language, including a few instances of the F-word, and talk of sex since that’s what the handmaid’s lives are about. In my opinion, any scenes involving sex are tastefully written and not graphic.(less)
I’m not sure how to review The Two Towers. I have a lot of feelings about it and I’m not quite sure how to word them. I can say that some of my feelin...moreI’m not sure how to review The Two Towers. I have a lot of feelings about it and I’m not quite sure how to word them. I can say that some of my feelings are mixed. But, overall, I liked The Two Towers a lot.
I love how epic the journey is. I love how complex everything is. While I enjoy simple stories, I really enjoy complex ones that have a lot of facets to them. You can tell Tolkien really thought through the overarching story and not just the current story in the current book.
As I said in my review of The Fellowship of the Ring, I really love Tolkien’s writing style. (I didn’t at first when I started The Hobbit, but it’s definitely grown on me.) But, I have to admit that I was a little happy there were less songs this go around.
I still love Sam. I think he’ll remain my favorite to the end. And, I love Faramir. He’s so honorable, slow to react, intelligent, and compassionate. I loved every scene with him in it. He’s such a stark contrast to Boromir. He’s now my new favorite secondary character.
Okay, now for my mixed feelings. Now that I’ve finished The Two Towers, I didn’t like the way the book was split. Having two “parts” in the book is fine, but I didn’t like that the first half was just Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli, Merry, and Pippin and the second half was just Frodo, Sam, and Gollum. I want the chapters to be interspersed. It might make it a little harder to follow, but I think it would make it more intense. And, at the same time, it would cure the cliffhanger ending! I really hope that I don’t have to wait until Book 6 to know what’s going on with Frodo and Sam.
Also, why did Tolkien have to add giant, creepy spiders to the story! Shelob totally creeped me out. I swear I tweeted more during the last two chapters of The Two Towers than I did for the entire rest of the book. I’m going to have nightmares! At least, that’s over with and I can enjoy The Return of the King without worrying about her anymore.(less)
I’ve finally finished The Lord of the Rings. It was such a fun journey to experience reading this for the first time. I’m so glad to finally have read...moreI’ve finally finished The Lord of the Rings. It was such a fun journey to experience reading this for the first time. I’m so glad to finally have read this series.
The Return of the King was such a great ending to the series. Even having seen the movies, I was still on the edge of my seat, wondering how things would end. I was surprised by the amount of things that were different than the movie, especially the whole part with the Shire.
Just like with The Two Towers, I didn’t like the way the book was split. I wanted the chapters to be interspersed. But, I was glad that the “fellowship” did get back together in the end for a few chapters. (It’s interesting to me that only one member of the fellowship perished.) I actually really like that once the ring was destroyed, there was still a lot to do and wrap up. There was a real ending and not just a 20-page epilogue like so many books written today.
I really liked how everything wrapped up. It seemed that all the characters got what they deserved in the end, good or bad. I got teary-eyed at the end because I was saying goodbye to characters that I had grown attached to. It was just a fantastically epic tale from beginning to end.(less)