I remember this from when I was 13 or 14 or so-- strangely, I don't remember the story very well, but I remember the main characters quite vividly-- II remember this from when I was 13 or 14 or so-- strangely, I don't remember the story very well, but I remember the main characters quite vividly-- I think it's a pretty good read for someone in junior high...more
This book (and series) was SO rad when I was 11 (or was I younger?) I still remember being fully engaged/freaked out by it-- I would be inclined to giThis book (and series) was SO rad when I was 11 (or was I younger?) I still remember being fully engaged/freaked out by it-- I would be inclined to give it to anyone in that age range who indicated an interest in sci fi... ...more
The Tripods series was SO awesome, they was my favorite books when I was about 11 or 12-- I would definitely recommend it for anyone in that age rangeThe Tripods series was SO awesome, they was my favorite books when I was about 11 or 12-- I would definitely recommend it for anyone in that age range, an excellent science fiction for those who are perhaps too young for Asimov but who have read all of Dahl-- I was enjoying Bradbury shortly after reading this series... I actually don't think I've found anything quite like this series ever since, but that could be nostalgia talking :) ...more
Read this when I was 13 or so, and I remember being really absorbed in it-- I was really into the movie too, at the time I think it was my favorite moRead this when I was 13 or so, and I remember being really absorbed in it-- I was really into the movie too, at the time I think it was my favorite movie even though it scared the crap out of me. ...more
Wow-- ok so I spent alot of this year reading graphic novels and this is the first "real book" I've read in a while, it's also had the biggest impactWow-- ok so I spent alot of this year reading graphic novels and this is the first "real book" I've read in a while, it's also had the biggest impact on me probably out of all the books I've read this year, and it's totally wanting me to read more novels from the Czech Republic and esp from Hrabal.
I want to collect my thoughts and write more later, but I can just say that I'm really glad I took the time for this one....more
although the computer graphics look retro by today's standards, the explorations of fractaline forms, through both algorithms and also through sketchbalthough the computer graphics look retro by today's standards, the explorations of fractaline forms, through both algorithms and also through sketchbook drawings, remain relevant and interesting to anyone exploring the intersection between fractal mathematics, art, and computer graphics....more
I was expecting another self-help/how-to book in this book- I think that this aspect is there, but it's more subtle than in most self-help books- becaI was expecting another self-help/how-to book in this book- I think that this aspect is there, but it's more subtle than in most self-help books- because the author is making a definite effort to ground his ideas in science and cellular biology. Much (maybe even most) of the book actually comes across as a lesson in cellular biology-- (I would recommend this to anyone who was taking a class in biology or curious about cells-- the author's passion about the subject surpasses any I've read in the field...) As far as the "miracles" part of the title, the book only really delves into that at the very end-- and while it supports a thesis of *believing* that belief is a strong agent of healing, it doesn't suggest a clear route of taking advantage of this (except on the very last page, where it mentions a particular ideology: Psych.K, which I have yet to look up-- that's the only time when the book points the reader in a "direction" as far as advising you what to do to improve your life/health/etc) Perhaps it's good that the book isn't structured as a how-to, we have so many books like that. Instead, this book is more like the autobiography of a "mad" scientist; a seemingly remarkable cellular biologist actually, who came to be a believer in the stunning cohesion between mind and (cellular) matter-- his awe and appreciation of cells and of biology extend to the spiritual, and this approach to science, as well as to spiritual-seeking, I think could benefit many readers. An interesting, different book, and probably one to be read several times, at different stages in life. ...more
Illuminating and heart-wrenching, this compilation of comics/graphic novel not only reveals the reality of life in war as it sets out, but also opensIlluminating and heart-wrenching, this compilation of comics/graphic novel not only reveals the reality of life in war as it sets out, but also opens a very intimate door into the realm of the unspoken ongoings in the psyche and private life of the creative individual, lonely in their insightful and mystical daydreams...more
**spoiler alert** This review will very much resemble a rant, keep in mind I'm writing out of my emotional reaction to the book (just finished yesterd**spoiler alert** This review will very much resemble a rant, keep in mind I'm writing out of my emotional reaction to the book (just finished yesterday) and my emotional reaction, as of right now, is kinda mad-
I totally agree with Kim's comment "I don’t know if I can read anything else by him. I’m sort of lost in the disgust right now." and I as well agree with J's comment that the ending of this book left me thinking "what kind of ending is that??" Most books which I consider "good works" leave me thinking about it for a while at the end, they leave me with a lot to think over, to work out, to feel for a while. But this book ends so emptily- which is strange, because it started out with so much energy.
Let me say, there are two events in the book which got my hair raised the most: 1. the way the daughter in the book totally accepts her rape as a kind of "payment" for living on the land she's at. Alright, I get the point that the rules are different outside of city life and that there are massive historical wounds in South Africa-- but I think his writing of the woman's voice is pathetic, just placating to the worst of male fantasy, and he doesn't treat the theme of rape seriously at all. Over all, the words Coetzee puts in David's daughter's mouth are the most shallow, fake-sounding and downright awkwardly executed. I found myself asking, after the rape episode but also throughout, does Coetzee understand how fucked up his character's thoughts are? Does he really? I'm not sure. I don't buy this willing-martyrdom or this price-to-pay for being a white woman in the wilderness (being that the price is so much lower for the white man-- David gets attacked and burned as well, but his injuries heal and are forgotten-- why is she ok with the difference in price? why is she ok with the fact she apparently needs to marry her rapist, or the man who arranged the rape, or first one and then the other, to not be raped again? what kind of sick shit is that?) The second thing that got me the most hair-raised is 2. the way the father of the student Lurie gets with just invites Lurie to his home-- I still can't quite understand why that happened- so he would get an apology out of Lurie? I just think that if my dad invited the old dude to our house that convinced me to sleep with him when I was young and naive, I'd hate the man for a long, long time. Unless it was seriously a kind of trap to get a confession or to make an accusation or to make it clear how fucked up he left everything, but even then-- I wouldn't expect a father to admit the dude into the home, or talk to him, or be civil to him. I just don't get it.
Early on I found myself asking, am I angry at this character, or the author? "Beauty doesn't own itself." Any young girl who would still fuck a guy who says that, either wasn't listening, totally didn't comprehend what he's saying, or is completely self-hating and depressed. The dude in the situation is a fuckwad in any of those circumstances. And yes, Lurie is clearly a fuckwad, and yes, he is basically banished from society for being a fuckwad. And he never really is truly sorry for what he did-- he doesn't comprehend that he's doing anything wrong, maybe because he thinks women don't "own themselves"- which just makes me wonder to what degree Coetzee even gets it. And then this dude's own daughter is raped, the parallel is sickeningly obvious, but even that doesn't bash its way into his head- he doesn't comprehend the parallel between his own thinking and the rapists' thinking, he doesn't even seem to get that the rapists' thinking is wrong.
I see alot of other reviewers are seeing the major theme in this book as aging-- I didn't really see that as I was reading it, but that might be because of the time in my life or because I was so distracted by the twisted treatment of issues of rape and gender inequality, which seemed alot more glaring to me. Lurie's problem isn't his age, it's his thoughts, his attitudes, his attempts to justify misogyny with 'Romanticism.' And he needs to go away from society not because of his age, but because he's a predator who thinks nobody's needs in the universe matter except his own. So he's getting too old to be narcissistic, too old to prey on females, too old to be a problem? Awesome.
I dunno. I'm inclined to think this might just be not my kind of book and not my kind of author. But I'm open to the possibility that I might feel different in a few years. I still would give this 3 out of 5 stars for some of Coetzee's cleverness and interesting points, and I think I would actually recommend it to someone, but with the comment that the book made me pretty irritated on a few counts-- probably more because I can't see clearly what Coetzee's stance is on the issues that I find most sickening. But maybe that won't bother me so much at a different time in my life.