Not a bad book. Not a really good book either. Having hiked most of the trail myself I feel that he skipped a lot of interesting locations and honestlNot a bad book. Not a really good book either. Having hiked most of the trail myself I feel that he skipped a lot of interesting locations and honestly I don't think his writing skills are enough to convey what hiking the trail is really like. It took me some time to finish this because it didn't hold my attention and his 'style' is choppy and hard to read. ...more
Inside is a list of the dozen other books this author has penned, so far be it from me, author of zero books, to criticize.
But I will anyway.
This recInside is a list of the dozen other books this author has penned, so far be it from me, author of zero books, to criticize.
But I will anyway.
This recounting of the battle is sufficient only for high school kids, it lacks the depth of information or the scholarly insight which characterizes a true historiography. The author's personal ideas are far too prevalent, though he does state numerous times that there is scant historical information on the subject and so some guesswork is necessary.
Ultimately, I don't fell like I know any more about the battle than I did before, and I can't honestly say I'd recommend this book. It did however, encourage me to find a more in depth analysis of such an important battle, so I guess that is worth something. ...more
Maybe it's the childhood sentimentality but I'd have to say the movie is better than the book. It was tighter, more suspenseful, and obviously SEEINGMaybe it's the childhood sentimentality but I'd have to say the movie is better than the book. It was tighter, more suspenseful, and obviously SEEING the dinosaurs is better than just imagining them.
And that was the first problem I had. The scientists are shown the dinosaurs immediately, and their reaction was a lot more subdued than you might think, even though they dig up dino bones all day. The movie portrayed it better, as a nearly dumb-struck moment, literally awe-inspiring.
Sometimes a story has a character that you hate, but you appreciate that the author created a character that you hate, and that's good writing. Lex on the other hand, is beyond contempt. She was annoying, unrealistic I think, and just a waste of words. She was a far better character in the film.
The characters never seem truly terrified of the animals, like they don't fully understand what they're capable of, even though they should know quite well. When Grant puts the velociraptor baby in the back of his Jeep I could only think ARE YOU Fing KIDDING ME? ultimately the only reason for that was so they could find the nest, which in turn only set up for the velociraptors getting off the island. But really, why would you take the baby with you. Stupid. And on that note, why would you stick around longer than you absolutely had to. I would get off that damn island PDQ and not look back.
I don't like Hammond's character in the book either. His complete inability to see that the whole thing failed means he is detached from reality, and I feel no remorse -or vindication- when he dies. It's better that he lives in the movie, to see his mistake and become a champion for the preservation of the park. I suppose that is the smart thing to do, to set up for a sequel, but I didn't like that he died. Same with Malcolm.
Ultimately it was a good book, I gave it 4 stars, but I think it was a bit drawn out and could have been tidied up here and there. ...more
I listened to this in the car to and from work, which I have to say is blue collar and not white collar like Ferris' job, so most of the book didn't aI listened to this in the car to and from work, which I have to say is blue collar and not white collar like Ferris' job, so most of the book didn't apply to me. But I have to say that I think most of these ideas are ridiculous.
The biggest issue I had was the idea of hiring someone in India to do simple things for you like plan a birthday party for someone in your family. If you don't care enough to do it yourself, or are really THAT busy, then I think your priorities are screwed up. I had to skip large sections of the book because he wouldn't shut up about the individual assistants from India. According to him I'm just a loser not worthy of respect because I'm not so busy that I can't do things on my own. I pay my own bills, buy my own toothpaste, and to him, this makes me a chump.
I also don't have some brilliant idea to market crap with better advertising than the other guy, so I'm uninspired and dull.
Having listened to this on tape, this book turned me off in a way most of you won't understand, (or maybe you can relate) but all of Ferris' smarmy 'holier than thou' attitude came through the reader and I wanted to hurl the CD out my car window. Instead I just skipped whole sections.
I have previously read 'The 4 Hour Body' and was very impressed, but this book left me feeling like Ferris is just a big A hole. ...more
Certainly an eye-opener for anyone concerned or interested in where their food comes from, diet and nutrition, and why Americans are generally fat andCertainly an eye-opener for anyone concerned or interested in where their food comes from, diet and nutrition, and why Americans are generally fat and out of shape. I consider myself pretty well versed in what is and isn't good to eat, but I didn't understand the true depth of WHY those things were good or bad. ...more
My library didn't have Casino Royale so I picked this title, because the film version is one of my favorite of the series. I was disappointed though,My library didn't have Casino Royale so I picked this title, because the film version is one of my favorite of the series. I was disappointed though, as the book is much less exciting and Bond himself comes across as a secondary, very flat character. If the success of the franchise had been decided on this one story, I seriously doubt we would still be watching Bond flicks 50 years later.
I liked the added back story of the villain, Red Grant, but at the same time he has so little 'screen time' that you practically forget about him, and he doesn't seem as menacing as in the film. Kerim Bey seemed to the the main character of the story, he talks and talks and Bond just follows his lead for a long time.
The sexism exhibited is, I suppose, par for the course given when the book was published, though I did think that Tatiana was a more solid character than women in other stories from the same time.
It may not be fair to compare the book to the film, but honestly the story left me feeling that Fleming had a great idea, but was just not a terribly good writer. I would still like to read 'Casino Royale' but I won't go out of my way to read any of his other Bond novels. ...more
Basic information about money presented through some of the most contrived stories I've ever heard. I won't say that the information is wrong, but itBasic information about money presented through some of the most contrived stories I've ever heard. I won't say that the information is wrong, but it isn't really groundbreaking either. The book might be aimed more at people who really are clueless about finances, because most of this is already in practice for me. Maybe I'm just ahead of the curve. ...more
I actually listened to the audio book version of this during a 6 hour drive, and found it to be entertaining to some degree(better than listening to tI actually listened to the audio book version of this during a 6 hour drive, and found it to be entertaining to some degree(better than listening to the same old music over again) I was hoping to have a better understanding of philosophy in general, or at least maintain what I learned in school. Unfortunately, I found that after the 6 hours all I had really gained were a few moderately funny jokes, but no better of an understanding of any branch of philosophy. ...more
In such a large world event, there are countless stories to be told, many of them somewhat beyond belief, but you come to a point where you feel thatIn such a large world event, there are countless stories to be told, many of them somewhat beyond belief, but you come to a point where you feel that anything bizarre has already been retold and maybe you've heard it all before. This story puts you in your place, however.
The author does a sufficient job of building up the back story of the numerous characters involved, and keeps your interest throughout the first half of the book, almost all of which is just setting the scene. The battle itself is retold in good form, relaying the action at the castle as well as the troubles of the relieving force. It moves quickly and lends itself well to movie format (which is apparently in the works) It almost moves too quickly, and before you know it you're reading about what everyone did after the war.
I wish the action had been longer, but adding anything to the story would take away from the seemingly unbelievable fact that American GIs, German Wermacht and Polish and French prisoners fought a medieval battle against Waffen SS soldiers, and were rescued at the last moment by a US relief column.
This is a pretty basic book, with basic information. It's not something to refer to if you want any kind of in depth knowledge of either individual soThis is a pretty basic book, with basic information. It's not something to refer to if you want any kind of in depth knowledge of either individual soldiers throughout history, or of the development of the fighting man over the centuries. It's something that I would have loved in 8th grade, but now find rather plebeian. Nice pictures though. ...more
This book permanently occupies a space in the bathroom, and that's the context in which it belongs. I don't mean that it's crap, I mean that it's someThis book permanently occupies a space in the bathroom, and that's the context in which it belongs. I don't mean that it's crap, I mean that it's something you can be entertained by for 5-10 minutes. It's light reading, nothing to get invested in, nothing to be taken seriously, and something you forget about when you leave. ...more