Jan 15, 2014 Wow, it was almost 5 years to the day that I read this the first time. On the re-read it took almost no time at all to get into it. I readJan 15, 2014 Wow, it was almost 5 years to the day that I read this the first time. On the re-read it took almost no time at all to get into it. I read the last half in a 5 hour stint that involved staying up too late on a work night.
Worth it. :)
Jan 13, 2009 It took me so long to get into this book, but once I did I enjoyed it every bit as much as I did Ender's Game, and that's saying a lot. I look forward to reading more of Ender's story....more
I really didn't expect this book to be as good as it was, but it just kept getting better and better. Any book that makes me cry gets a top rating ifI really didn't expect this book to be as good as it was, but it just kept getting better and better. Any book that makes me cry gets a top rating if for no other reason than that I was that moved by it. It really stays with you and makes you feels for those kids. I just want to hug them all. Great book....more
Neil Gaiman tells such good stories. He just so good at.. words. Which I suppose is a good thing for an author. This was another young adult type bookNeil Gaiman tells such good stories. He just so good at.. words. Which I suppose is a good thing for an author. This was another young adult type book, like the now wildly popular Coraline, so it was very easy to read and went extremely fast. Definitely worth the few hours!
It is the story of a young boy that grows up in a graveyard with ghosts for parents. He has adventures, learns lessons, typical kid stuff, only in a graveyard.
I got it for my oldest daughter, since a friend of hers is VERY into Gaiman and she thinks he might be cool because of it. So I read it first in the hopes that I could finally bond over a book with that child. Since it's such an easy read and cute story, I think we may have picked a winner!...more
November 1, 2014 Still just as good as I remember.
June 10, 2009 I love this book. It was so well written and creative. The whole zombie thing isn't newNovember 1, 2014 Still just as good as I remember.
June 10, 2009 I love this book. It was so well written and creative. The whole zombie thing isn't new by any means, but Brooks managed to wow me anyway. It's hard to even write a review, it was perfect! It was exactly what I hoped it would be only better. A lot better. The characters and their stories were really moving, totally made up but still very moving. I felt really bad for all these fake survivors of this fake war. Their stories seemed so plausible, too. All of it did. The explanations of why things played out the way they did were so believable, how the virus spread and different countries' reactions to what was happening. It felt like reading non-fiction. I did have pretty terrible nightmares while I was reading it, but I'm going to say they were worth it. And it goes to show you how strong the imagery really was. Fantastic book. Even if you're not into the whole zombie thing, this book is worth reading. I agree very strongly with the quote on the cover comparing it to War of the Worlds, it's good like that is good, only in my opinion it was much better. ...more
This was a surprisingly quick read and I easily knocked it out in an evening. It is not what I would call a feel good book, though. It's definitely thThis was a surprisingly quick read and I easily knocked it out in an evening. It is not what I would call a feel good book, though. It's definitely the most pessimistic take on surviving nuclear destruction I've ever encountered. Set years after a disaster, a father is leading his son, trying to navigate danger and scavenge an already picked over aftermath in order to survive. But would anyone want to survive in the world described here? It's going to be a tough movie to watch when it comes out. Minus one star for depressing the hell out of me....more
I am so glad this book is over, I feel like I can have my life back. I was way too into it. I *LOVED* the characters and I really liked the story. I'mI am so glad this book is over, I feel like I can have my life back. I was way too into it. I *LOVED* the characters and I really liked the story. I'm getting used to King's writing style and it pissed me off a lot less this time around.
The ending felt rushed and almost like an after thought, even though it seemed to drag on for EVER. Like he had this whole story figured out and he was telling it really well, then he remembered that eventually it would have to end and he procrastinated as much as he could before saying "eff it" and scribbling out something like an ending.
Oh but I liked it a lot. It gave me crazy vivid dreams like I was back on the nicotine patch, and that was very cool. I wish I had known what this book was about a long time ago because I surely would have read it before now. I always sort of assumed it was a legal thriller of some sort, and it is definitely not. As far as apocalyptic survival tales go, it was a really good one....more
Everyone at work was given a copy of this book. It took about half an hour to read, and I definitely understand why our company saw fit to give everyoEveryone at work was given a copy of this book. It took about half an hour to read, and I definitely understand why our company saw fit to give everyone a copy of this book in hopes that they would read it.
It's all a metaphor for change and dealing with change, and the points it makes are good ones and true to boot. It just wasn't written terribly well. The intro and outro sounded like a jr. high school student wrote them. I guess the whole thing did, really, but because the story is such a simple one about mice and Littlepeople and cheese finding, it didn't bother me. Yes. Mice and Littlepeople.
The writing was a bit condescending, now that I think about it, and the "plot".. well I've seen pornos with a better plot. I'm speaking of the excuse they make to tell the cheese story in the first place. But the message has been received: Things will be changing at my job, so I had better get used to the idea and learn to like it. Not that I really need to worry about that anyway, I like to think I'm pretty flexible and not anti-change or anything. And I get that this was written for the masses, and the masses may not feel condescended to at all.
But would I suggest you this book? Maybe if you're at the dentist's office and they happen to have a copy and you accidentally showed up 30 minutes early to your appointment. Then yeah, go ahead and read it.
Unless they have a copy of Highlights.
But you know what? HEY FREE BOOK! Really, you can't beat that with a stick....more
**spoiler alert** I had a hard time getting into this book and I'll tell you why: it was heavy on philosophy and light on story. I think given the rig**spoiler alert** I had a hard time getting into this book and I'll tell you why: it was heavy on philosophy and light on story. I think given the right frame of mind I probably would've enjoyed it more. It would make a fantastic project for a high school senior, to read this and Brave New World and compare the two utopian societies. A lot of the same themes were used only instead of an ugly, controlled society this was a free and "ideal" society. For instance the use of drugs in Island was geared toward attaining a sort of spiritual enlightenment, whereas in Brave New World the population was dosed with narcotics to keep them pliable and under control. There are many more of these parallels, and Huxley seems rather obsessed with child sex and Freud. If you can get through long, long, LONG passages about the philosophy of the fictional people of this fictional island it's really not awful, just dry. I appreciated the end in which Huxley admits that an ideal society such as this cannot last for some of the the same reasons it is ideal: they're pacifists and they have no army. Unfortunately for them their natural resources, oil, are plenty. And what happens to a peaceful anti-war society with no guns that happens to be living on black gold? Never good things.
All-in-all it was just okay, but I'm glad I read it....more
This book taught me that no matter how enthusiastic I may be about surviving hoards of zombies, I'm pretty likely to fail. So I either have to go compThis book taught me that no matter how enthusiastic I may be about surviving hoards of zombies, I'm pretty likely to fail. So I either have to go completely off the deep end now and start preparing like people did for Y2K or just hope I'll never have to try to survive any sort of disaster.
But hey, if you want to go completely off the deep end and you have the resources ($$$) by all means, follow the advice in this book to the letter. ...more
**spoiler alert** Walden Two had so many of the same themes and philosophies as Island, but the difference is I actually enjoyed it. I think it helps**spoiler alert** Walden Two had so many of the same themes and philosophies as Island, but the difference is I actually enjoyed it. I think it helps to have a plot, and not just as an after thought. Skinner included important things like a protagonist and an antagonist and a big question to be answered at the end. You know, the simple things that make a story interesting?
I can't say it was a quick read. My copy had the smallest font possible and no margins, so a 300 page book read like a 500 page book.
I did notice plenty of parallels to the island, though. As in the Lost island. The inhabitants of Walden Two lived a very simple and rewarding life. They were at the same time tightly controlled and also given all the freedom any American person would expect. The trick was to have them FREELY choose that which was best for the community at large. The behavioral engineering ensured that this would work.
From Lostpedia: Skinner denied that free will existed and supposed that the closest any individual could come to true freedom is a situation where the person is not aware of the social engineering control systems around them.
In fact, utopian cultural engineering seems to be one of the experiments being conducted by the Dharma initiative. The members all wear jumpsuits rather than the latest fashions, a subject Skinner touched on. I didn't see much in the way of community child rearing or a 4 hour workday, however.
Skinner is even mentioned in the Swan video. Of course, the book would have to have been mentioned somewhere for it to have made the list in the first place.
As for Frazier, I found myself comparing him to Locke, Ben and Jacob all in turn. In the end I'd have to say that he reminds me most of Ben due to his psychotic (though kept in much better check than our Mr. Linus) delusions of grandeur and obvious god-complex.
All in all I liked it. It was not a life-changing, best book I've ever read book or anything, but they can't all be. It definitely could've used a smoke monster. :)...more
I've seen the movie about a million times and I was surprised at how true it was to the book. Everyone knows the story of Alice in Wonderland and therI've seen the movie about a million times and I was surprised at how true it was to the book. Everyone knows the story of Alice in Wonderland and there's just a ton of references to it in Lost, which I guess makes sense. I mean, these people definitely "fell" into a ...unique place. The island isn't what you call normal.
Lostpedia documents many nods to Alice, including the Dharma station, The looking Glass, random posters, Jack's "hallucination" of his father that Locke encourages him to chase and so many more.
Probably not a book I would've read otherwise, unless maybe to the kids. It was okay. ...more
If you are at all interested in preserving food by pickling it, I think this may be the book for you. Featuring about as many recipes for pickling a cIf you are at all interested in preserving food by pickling it, I think this may be the book for you. Featuring about as many recipes for pickling a cucumber as you could possible want, this book includes recipes for fruits and other vegetables as well. From tomatoes, beans, pumpkins and squash to blueberries, plums, watermelons and even walnuts! There's recipes for all sorts of sauerkraut and relishes and chutneys too. And if you've ever had the desire to pickle pigs feet (no thanks!) hey, this book can give you the directions for that, too.
There's recipes for fermented pickles, fresh pickles, freezer pickles and quick pickles. No matter what your comfort level with food preservation is, you'll find a recipes that will work for you in this book.
The only reason I had to give this book 4 stars rather than 5 is the lack of pictures. It would be nice to have a visual of how the pickles turn out, and many of the recipes sound as if they'd produce a beautiful product.
I love this book and the inspiration it's given me. I cannot wait to spend my weekends trying out new and exciting pickles!...more