I love this story. I love the characters and Poison Study has been a great discovery for 2016. The story in Shadow Study is solid, interesting, intensI love this story. I love the characters and Poison Study has been a great discovery for 2016. The story in Shadow Study is solid, interesting, intense, and has a little twist (though I saw it coming a mile away). So why the low rating?
The way this book is edited highlights a peeve of mine which I know others share as I have discussed it with them. I am not an editor and not a grammar guru, but I am a reader. As such, awkward sentence structures are distracting and take away from the my reading experience. That said, if you can read this dialogue (completely made up by me), then this book shouldn't be a difficult read:
"You've a solution?" "Yes, and I've every reason to think it will work," he said.
If " 've " is an acceptable way of saying "have" in written word and is not distracting for you, this book will read just fine. For me, it's a peeve that I just cannot seem to get over. I know it might seem petty and I know that it's a pretty silly thing to give a book such a low rating for, especially since I admit to liking it and I don't even know if it's acceptable grammar (if anyone does know, please let me know in a comment). However, it was way too distracting for me to read and I would be embarrassed recommending it to my well-read friends because of the grammar.
The writing in this second-installment in the Chaos Walking series was just a beautiful as the first. However, I did not feel the story was as strongThe writing in this second-installment in the Chaos Walking series was just a beautiful as the first. However, I did not feel the story was as strong as the first one. I love how the writing connects with the reader's empathy. It's truly a unique experience. I strongly recommend the first book, The Knife of Never Letting Go....more
What a beautifully written story, told in the stream-of-consciousness of a boy growing up in a strange world where everyone's thoughts can be heard anWhat a beautifully written story, told in the stream-of-consciousness of a boy growing up in a strange world where everyone's thoughts can be heard and no one has any secrets.
I did take issue with the ending. But that was only because I thought this first installment of the series would have been ended perfectly just pages shy of the cliffhanger that leads into the next story.
Still amazed at the measure of the skill of writing....more
Of all the books in this series, this one is my favorite. The writing, for me, improves drastically starting in book 4 and at this point in the book tOf all the books in this series, this one is my favorite. The writing, for me, improves drastically starting in book 4 and at this point in the book the emotions are conveyed even better. What I've found remarkable about these books is how as the character gets older, the writing changes to speak to that age. This book is a wonderfully written book about pioneer life, endurance, and psychological turmoil. ...more
I read this book in 8th grade for English class and I thought it was a good read back then. I revisited it this weekend to see if it still held my intI read this book in 8th grade for English class and I thought it was a good read back then. I revisited it this weekend to see if it still held my interest. This is a book that is based on a real story of how a History teacher tried an experiment to teach his class about group-think with regard to what happened in Nazi Germany. The book is a fictional re-telling of the basic experiment and results of it. I love reading about group-mentality and sociology as a rule, and this book didn't disappoint the second time around.
As an adult, I'm much more interested at this point in reading the account of what happened that inspired this book, but as someone who is aware of the influence this book had over me and the way that I think about the world, I am very glad that I read it back in 8th grade. I'll be sure to keep it around when my daughter is a bit older and would appreciate it....more
M.T. Anderson is a true gift to the literary community; especially for young adults. Reading his works reminds me of those thrilling times in late eleM.T. Anderson is a true gift to the literary community; especially for young adults. Reading his works reminds me of those thrilling times in late elementary and early junior high when I was actually assigned reading I liked. He speaks in layers with colorful prose. He challenges the reader to become more aware of the ridiculousness that he gently points out. Experiencing his writing is like becoming an advocate of change at the very basic level: simply being more aware of what the world, society, our innermost selves desire from Life and how to achieve it ethically.
Personally, he makes me comfortable with that grey area of not knowing what the right thing is. Among so many authors, M.T. Anderson bears the true gift and talent which marks the writer's worth. His books explode with sincerity, thoughtfulness, sensitivity, intelligence and wisdom without being preachy or sounding trite. A true visionary. I feel honored every time I read anything he writes. And I also want to immediately re-read it start to finish.
This book obviously didn't disappoint. I love this author and look forward to reading many more by him....more
This book was really well written. For my tastes, it was a 3/5 and for my tastes about 15 years ago when I was a ... teenager ... it would have been aThis book was really well written. For my tastes, it was a 3/5 and for my tastes about 15 years ago when I was a ... teenager ... it would have been a 5/5 for sure. This book is a rare look at something that I would have really wanted to, and needed to, read when I was younger to help me understand the world a little better when I was to become older. I think I don't quite fit into the target audience for this story, though. Not because I haven't been affected by cancer or friends and family having it, but more because I had to learn the things that this book teaches in less palatable ways. If I had read this book as a teenager, the next 15 years would have been a bit easier. One thing this author isn't afraid to do is tell the truth. It's refreshing....more
Easily one of the most profound books I've read. It'll stay with me for a long time. Incredibly well-written, psychological accuracy that is chillingEasily one of the most profound books I've read. It'll stay with me for a long time. Incredibly well-written, psychological accuracy that is chilling and a unique look into the human mind and gender relations. One of those books that upon finishing one wants to start reading again. A unique gem, couldn't praise it enough. ...more
I think I would have liked this much better if I were under the age of 15, appreciated British humor, and was more interested in action & adventurI think I would have liked this much better if I were under the age of 15, appreciated British humor, and was more interested in action & adventure instead of just science fiction/urban fantasy. It's a pretty good story, with a bit of silly humor and a bit of potty humor (boils on the bottom). The villains were laughable in their ridiculousness and the younger characters really took charge and made the important and adult decisions. Some scenes may be unsuitable for particularly sensitive children, or children who scare easily, though it's all written in good fun and tongue-in-cheek. Not the best, but certainly entertaining. Also, I really liked that the characters were very respectful of women.
*SPOILER ALERT for PARENTS wondering if this book is OK for their child* Topics for parental discussion: *The main character's mom is having an affair with a woman. If homosexuality is a tricky subject, this might not be good for your child. *Animal cruelty. It is supposed to be funny that kittens are the secret ingredient in a business run by the "bad guys", but more sensitive children/some parents may not appreciate joking about such as an appropriate gateway for humor. *Animal cruelty/perversity 2. In order to conjure up a demon, there is a scene where a "bad guy" character makes an animal sacrifice. This scene, in this reader's opinion, goes a bit over board on description, but really is run-of-the-mill and again, said with tongue-in-cheek (the reader later finds out this is entirely optional). *Torture. Toward the end, a demon is delighting in a silly way on how he intends to kill one of the characters. He explains himself in detail. I believe the detail is supposed to be funny because it's excessive, but again, more sensitive readers may not find this appropriate as a humor device. *General Violence. This is obvious, given the title....more