There needs to be more of these books for women, just updated. The author was definitely heavily leaning towards competitive running, which is a shameThere needs to be more of these books for women, just updated. The author was definitely heavily leaning towards competitive running, which is a shame as very few of us are actually elite runners. There was a lot of information, a little dated, but a lot of information, the only information serious lacking was running for older runners, but I suppose in 2000, we were a rarity. I need a book for a mediocre older runner, :) not recreational, not elite. But I will continue to run and this book had some information to shelve in my memory.
Well written with the understanding of what people need to know to start their own collection and to divine. A very useful book and I really enjoyed rWell written with the understanding of what people need to know to start their own collection and to divine. A very useful book and I really enjoyed reading it. Painstaking explanations in a readable way. My only complaint is the constant pumping to buy Cat Yronwode's books, but I guess that's to be expected if she publishes your books....more
The only book where I'm laughing at the map before I'd even started reading the book... places like Bad Sheuschein and Aix en Pains... Discworld is guThe only book where I'm laughing at the map before I'd even started reading the book... places like Bad Sheuschein and Aix en Pains... Discworld is guaranteed to make you laugh. But I have to admit, this is a large book and I undertook it with joy, the joy one has where one's favorite author puts out a very long book and then....flop... the first half of the book was dull as dust for me! What happened to my Discworld? I was bummed and almost didn't finish it, but then wading through dullsville I got half way through and lo! it picked up and was it's usual entertaining world. If you've never read a Discworld book, I wouldn't start with this long one, but it's got the usual suspects, starring mainly Moist Von Lipwig and his wife... and the Patrician and a bunch of other people that are always around in these situations. If you're a fan, you know who they are. I have to say it's not my favorite of Mr. Pratchett's but it's not bad, though I wish the first half was a little livelier, it ended on a good note and I don't regret reading it....more
I don't know why I classify this author's writing as tropical, but it put me in that sort of mood, moody and hot with threatening rain. I don't reallyI don't know why I classify this author's writing as tropical, but it put me in that sort of mood, moody and hot with threatening rain. I don't really need to explain the story as it's been reviewed before, Lester Ferris an aging military man earns a retirement post that was supposedly a cakewalk, you know he becomes desirous of being the adopted father of the Boy. This story is written with a subtle wit and a very sharp insight into human behaviors and needs. I was afraid to read it as I've been reading subtle lately that devolved into dull.... but this book doesn't do that, I was always curious enough to read more, I was wrapped up in Lester's desire to do the right thing and be the right person as a dad to the Boy. I had this dread through most of the book that the Boy was a PSTD figment of Lester's imagination, because the author, so good at character study does not reveal anything about the Boy, but my fears were unfounded, he's real alright. So anyway, in my stream of thought review, this book is difficult to classify, not sure why it was classed as a science fiction, I will have to lend it to a non-sci-fi reader and find out what they think. It's definitely a thriller in the English style with not a lot of killing, but a surprising amount of violence, still subtle and understated in the English style. I really liked it and have that gaping hole that one gets when a really good book is over and you don't want it to be over....more
First thing, before you read this, learn your Nokken! I think that Americans miss something at the end by not knowing what a Nokken is...anyway.... I'vFirst thing, before you read this, learn your Nokken! I think that Americans miss something at the end by not knowing what a Nokken is...anyway.... I've read a lot of foreign books and Americans are used to tight, fast moving books in all genres. This was a slower book, but expertly written. There are so many layers to this book... so many... a deep forest mystery and many human murder? (we don't know) mysteries and human nature layered with what drives people to be what they are. It's an interesting tale, folk mythology driving such a modern topic as a literature society and teaching kids to be famous writers. It's a very strange book... strange.. it sucks you in with it's strangeness, and doesn't seem to notice that it's strange until at the end, one of the authors notes that if something is seen often enough, it's accepted as normal. I think that's how it went, or if you accept the strange as normal, it takes strangeness even stranger for you to notice it. Like barking dogs, I'll let slip this little piece... why didn't anyone do anything about the damn DOGS? You aren't TOLD the answer at the end, but come on, you can guess it, especially if you are familiar with Nokken and forest creatures... at the end a nokken is described, but maybe American readers don't know what that is. ...more
**spoiler alert** Creepy creepy creepy! A subtle character driven tale of people faced with becoming not human. I enjoyed it hugely! I was hoping for**spoiler alert** Creepy creepy creepy! A subtle character driven tale of people faced with becoming not human. I enjoyed it hugely! I was hoping for more answers, I am a person who does like answers, but with this book you don't get them, you get hints and stories and beating around the bush. It's great. The author switches back and forth, in this book, between characters live and supposedly previously transformed in an enjoyable way, not jarring as some I've read, but the story telling is subtle and drags you in. The not giving me answers part is crazy making like a too spicy food, you love it, but it makes you suffer. Right up to the end, there is no answer even to the limits of Area X... are they even on Earth any more? You tell me! ...more