This book offered the reader the author's unique talent to write from the female perspective. His mastery of female voice and characterization is not...moreThis book offered the reader the author's unique talent to write from the female perspective. His mastery of female voice and characterization is not lost upon this reader. Why the two star? As a coming of age book, this story doesn't stand out to me as being particularly compelling or different. The metaphor that was used throughout the book was not subtle, but almost insulting to the reader the way it was referenced over and over again like an old joke. The psychological aspects of this book, in my opinion were flawed in some places which took away from the parts where the psychological aspects were right on. The writing itself was good, but not particularly noteworthy (outside of the female perspective mentioned above). I found the book a story that had some potential which didn't have direction, didn't know which message to stick with and go with with a wishy-washy character (perhaps that was intentional, but it wasn't believable to me given the rest of the book) and by the last 100 pages or so it seemed as though the author just didn't know how to end it.
Due to unlikely circumstances, I found myself reading this book. I have never seen the movie and I have a history of scaring easily, so that's importa...moreDue to unlikely circumstances, I found myself reading this book. I have never seen the movie and I have a history of scaring easily, so that's important to note.
Reading the book was a truly unique experience. I was more than impressed by the literary devices used, the tone and language - there are sentences in this book that are so fluidly written with a delicate sensitivity to language that this reader believes to be extremely hard to find so it was a real treat to read a book written by a person who was obviously knowing what he was doing.
This book was nothing that I expected it to be. It was extremely well researched. I think that this book would appeal mostly to people who are well versed in psychology and people who are interested in the question of faith and good vs evil. However, as a horror story, I'd imagine that it would be a hit or miss for people interested in that genre. It didn't particularly scare me. Certain passages were sacrilegious and would definitely be disturbing to the reader - Christian or non, but besides the disturbing part of what was written to make the story be believable, there wasn't much scary about it from my perspective.
I actually found the ending very surprising - not anything like I thought it would be like.
It's an odd look at it, but I even found the whole story beautiful and it certainly served to strengthen my faith.(less)
This is an absolutely horrifying book describing a teenager's struggle with drugs. I remember reading it when I was around maybe 15 or 16 and not comp...moreThis is an absolutely horrifying book describing a teenager's struggle with drugs. I remember reading it when I was around maybe 15 or 16 and not completely understanding some of the terms (I was very naive), but now that I'm 28 and have a 2 year old daughter, it was a very valuable book to re-read. It just sits with you and makes you feel so sad for people who have been through this sort of thing and it really illustrates well what sort of world it is to the narrator. Not the best book as far as composition or writing by any means, but a very good book at getting across a very valuable lesson and point.(less)
Ted Kooser is highly recommended among my friends and this book I borrowed to see what he was all about. Besides Neruda and whatever was assigned in H...moreTed Kooser is highly recommended among my friends and this book I borrowed to see what he was all about. Besides Neruda and whatever was assigned in High School or College, I don't consider myself well-read in poetry at all. This was a nice read. Some of the metaphors were amazing to me. Three poems stuck out as masterpieces, but the rest I didn't find as stimulating. I would have been much more impressed if they all read with the same intensity. In all, I really enjoyed this book and it gave me one more book of poems to know so that I might be able to become more well read in the form. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to study poetry - especially popular poetry as I do believe that his words are popular; especially with college age kids.(less)
I was not expecting the subject matter to be as compelling as it was. The prose, sometimes bordering on stream of consciousness, flowed rhythmically a...moreI was not expecting the subject matter to be as compelling as it was. The prose, sometimes bordering on stream of consciousness, flowed rhythmically and with purpose; it was written with creative metaphors that anchored the story in a vivid depiction of its message (which there were a few; all worth while and wholesome). This book is more than a book about boxing, but more a story of a man's struggle to balance past with present and instinct with ration. The main character, plot, and backdrop of boxing is real which makes this book so gripping. Very impressive and I'm thankful that I got the opportunity to read this book.
I must say that I was most amazed and touched by the last few pages, a masterful ending that left me quite satisfied.
I must admit that I did find myself blushing a bit too frequently at some of the language and such. It really is more a "guy" book than a "girl" book, but that certainly didn't take away from the story for me - just distracted me a bit from time to time since I'm not used to that sort of language. : )(less)
**spoiler alert** Of all of the "Left Behind" books, this has been the one that disappointed me the most - and also the one which had me grasping for...more**spoiler alert** Of all of the "Left Behind" books, this has been the one that disappointed me the most - and also the one which had me grasping for the next book the most, thus earning a 3/5 rather than a 2/5 which I had been planning on giving it up until the last 50 pages or so.
Where it failed: Some of the newer characters were so flat that they were hard to tell apart. I started losing memory for who was what and it seemed as though the same person answered to many different names and genders even. By the end of the book, though, each person's role was a bit more clear to me and thus, their characters (hopefully) will become more developed by the end.
Also, I thought that Chloe was acting out of character a lot. All the rest of the main characters thus far were very vivid, though and that's what kept me reading (besides the whole mystery attached with this book).
And that's where it "got" me, making its rating go up to 3 stars rather than 2. The whole book was a massive build up, padded tightly with so much flat filler and such that it was almost hard to get through, yet by the end of the book? You STILL don't know who did it! Wow. I think that was an amazing risk - and one that worked in this case. Mediocre at best as a work of "literary acclaim", but near-perfect as a device to keep the reader reaching for the next book in the series.
I am anxious to start and finish the next one for sure. This book also beautifully depicted the author's ideas of one way that the prophecies in Revelations would come to fruition. This series is a very entertaining read and it's nice to have "light reading" that also remembers to me my Christianity.(less)
Quick read, entertaining stories, most of which had me laughing out loud. While reading, though, I thought that my husband would probably appreciate i...moreQuick read, entertaining stories, most of which had me laughing out loud. While reading, though, I thought that my husband would probably appreciate it a bit more than I did.
Even though I did like this book, I did see some likeness to the whole "chicken soup for the soul" stories which sorta put me off. Every story seemed to have some sort of moral or whimsical observance of humanity. And the structure for each essay took away from the reading in my case. I also don't love baseball enough to be able to identify with the author's sentiments about the sport. I understand the parallels to life and the extended metaphor that baseball was for he and his son, though, and I appreciate that.
In all, though, I'm glad that I read it. It's nice to read a collection of essays from the same person so that I can get a feel for it as a writer - and a reader - as to what makes collections like that "good" or "bad". In this case, I just know that I enjoyed it. : )(less)