this was a cute, but also exciting and sometimes graphic novel based on a fairy tale by the grimm brothers. it stuck with the original story like buttthis was a cute, but also exciting and sometimes graphic novel based on a fairy tale by the grimm brothers. it stuck with the original story like butter sticks to toast down to placing the fake princess into a barrel studed with sharp nails stark naked and dragged along the streets of the city with two white horses. those grimm brothers... but anyway, shannon did a superb job of turning the semi-boring fairy tale into a captivating novel with beautiful scenes, descriptive language, and the creative premises of people-speak, animal-speak, and nature speak. sounds a little dorky out of context, but very magical within the story. lots of her language made the book seem poetic, even musical, and she endlessly emphasized the protagonist's weakness throughout the book, making victory all the sweeter when she finally overcame it. even though it's a children's novel, there was still excitement enough with all the escaping, fighting, and scheming to regain the throne to make me mad at my mom when she interrupted me during the climax of the novel....more
I think I've pretty much concluded that this is my favorite novel of all time. I feel slightly blasphemous for saying so, but I must say that having rI think I've pretty much concluded that this is my favorite novel of all time. I feel slightly blasphemous for saying so, but I must say that having read this before any of Lewis' works and once again after I've read a good amount has greatly helped me understand where he's coming from. The myth of Cupid and Psyche also happens to be my favorite myth, and I love how Lewis maintains the pagan feel of the story while still speaking his own voice through Orual's words. I can almost feel his own struggle with the tangibility of the gods in the same way that Orual finds them frustrating and confusing. The book speaks on so many different things with such depth and wisdom that I think this book will never get old. It's definitely one of those that I will be able to read over and over again. ...more
I think this is one of the best "Christian" books that I've ever read. Gary doesn't rely on sensationalism or the ups and downs of our frail and vacilI think this is one of the best "Christian" books that I've ever read. Gary doesn't rely on sensationalism or the ups and downs of our frail and vacillating emotions like some other writers do. Instead, he relies on the brute force of undiluted truth. There's a lot of repetition in the book, but not for lack of creativity. Instead, Gary uses this repetitive factor to really drill in certain facts and skills and how to apply them to different situation. I personally like this because he instills a sense of hope, that the problem of injustice is not so big that NOTHING can be done; indeed, SOMETHING can be done, and a good amount of it can be accomplished through the development and refinement of these key skills and perspectives.
Sometimes with books that address injustice or problems such as human trafficking, bonded slavery, and child soldiers, authors tend to write about the problem as it exists, the reason why it sucks, and/or phenomenal heroes who had amazing resources and insight who go into these areas and battle these injustices with such force that the common person can only gaze upon these stories and wish we were just as wonderfully skilled. Gary, however, emphasizes the fact that we in the church ALL have a role in fighting injustice, and he also repeatedly tells us that no task or role is worth any less than another in the eyes of God. Overall, a much better "Christian" read than I've had in a long time, with just the right mix of theology and practicality....more
Never has the word "legacy" felt more fitting than in describing the sum of this book. Randy Pausch brings a childlike attitude to discuss his childhoNever has the word "legacy" felt more fitting than in describing the sum of this book. Randy Pausch brings a childlike attitude to discuss his childhood dreams, all the while leaving an immortal legacy for his 18-month-old daughter and 3-year-old and 6-year-old sons to cherish for years to come. Though pancreatic will indefinitely take his body, his spirit will undeniably live on through this collection of short stories and lessons.
Even though the words were not from a writer's hands, they are from a mind that has had experience making observations and deductions from mankind, as so many of my favorite authors had. Though the copy I just finished today was borrowed from the library, I will definitely go buy this book when I have the chance to....more