Interesting book... not particularly historically realistic, though the attempt was made, but it's probably a good thing, it would make the book intolInteresting book... not particularly historically realistic, though the attempt was made, but it's probably a good thing, it would make the book intolerably depressing and just the thread of torture that runs through the book is depressing enough. A good summer read, definitely a unique story line which is nice, not a classic, but a good summer read.
**spoiler alert** I'm glad I didn't pay for this book. The premise is good, a cerebral post apocalyptic zombie book with social commentary, a little d**spoiler alert** I'm glad I didn't pay for this book. The premise is good, a cerebral post apocalyptic zombie book with social commentary, a little different from the over done fantasy vampires and zombies flooding the market now... could have been great...whoever edited it sucks. I think a flow chart would have been useful... since the main character was basically a living zombie, he moped through life and as the story flitted all over in time and place, I had difficulties knowing where I was... different paragraphs could be in similar but different places in New York. I just gave up trying to figure out when and where he was, it was almost like he wrote the story, cut it up and threw it up in the air and then wrote it as how the pieces landed. I think I understand what the author was trying to do, but he got bogged down in trying to be cerebral... I saw a review saying that the author could take 3 pages to describe the main character picking his nose... it was kind of like that... droooooone. I think that though the main character was sort of a slacker, or a low achiever, which might have been good as a zombie who zombied through life until the real zombies came, it just made him unsympathetic. It got so that I was sort of wondering why he didn't just commit suicide as some of the interesting characters did. The book was different, and I wanted to like it because it was a good premise, but either the author doesn't have enough experience to pull it off or something, because it didn't work. ...more
I've heard that his earlier work isn't as good as his older, so I'm reading another... this one... well, the story idea is great, but the writing stylI've heard that his earlier work isn't as good as his older, so I'm reading another... this one... well, the story idea is great, but the writing style is a little beginnerish, over describing and instead of letting the reader figure it out, he tells you. It's another Detective-in-alternate-reality, but it doesn't compare to Jim Butcher or Glen Cook's series. The second seems to be slightly better, so maybe he does get better the more he writes, but he's still making beginnerish mistakes like telling you over and over that the main character has a bad reputation... okay! I got it the first time! But the story idea is excellent...it's what keeps me reading. ...more
This is a pamphlet. Wayland Hand is famous for American Folklore, following in Henry Hyatt's footsteps, this is a talk that he gave to the Folklore SoThis is a pamphlet. Wayland Hand is famous for American Folklore, following in Henry Hyatt's footsteps, this is a talk that he gave to the Folklore Society. If you haven't read much folklore and are interested, this is a good pamphlet to read, it's much work condensed into a few pages. You get a lot of information without wading through information that you may not find interesting. I've read Wayland Hand so some of this information was not new, but he touched on one of my favorite topics of thresholds, but being a pamphlet, it wasn't indepth, but for those who don't read much folklore, this would be a good start. ...more
I really liked this book. It had it's slow moments and ones where the author shouldn't have used his conversation change technique, but it left me chaI really liked this book. It had it's slow moments and ones where the author shouldn't have used his conversation change technique, but it left me changed and I admire books that do that. This book is more than a spy novel, it's a novel about love and the decisions one makes and the consequences and life path changes that one has to live with. There was one (to me) glaring mistake, but I guess it could be understood... on the very first page, the narrator stated that he was a part of a Soviet Think Tank that never knew that Soviet Russia was going to fall. Now I was in Europe in the early 80's and listened to Radio Free Europe a lot, which was run by the CIA and they made it clear that they knew that the Soviet economy was kept afloat by their 'acquiring' other countries, hence their need to absorb Afghanistan, and that if that was prevented, the Soviets would collapse in 10 years, which is what happened, but most Americans were ignorant of this so the author not knowing would be understandable and I don't know if knowing it would have changed the story in any way. This was the first Thomas Cook novel I've read and I hope it won't be the last because I understand it isn't considered his best, and if there are better, then I definitely want to read more. I highly recommend this book....more
An academic book regarding the mystery cults of the ancient Graeco-Roman World. Very readable, if you're used to academic tomes, this is an easy read An academic book regarding the mystery cults of the ancient Graeco-Roman World. Very readable, if you're used to academic tomes, this is an easy read. The author tries to keep the guessing down and only relate what is known. This is NOT for the Neopagan reader who wants to connect Dionysus with Shiva or a Bacchanalia with South American entheogen using shamanism. The only agenda here is academic. Here is Mary Beard's review, Mary Beard is highly regarded in the archaeological world and so I don't have to use too many big words. :) http://entertainment.timesonline.co.u... THIS link is broken. I'd suggest this as a base book to read on the subject, then you can read the others which may have agendas and you have a good base on what's definite and provable and what is theory and hopeful preferences. I am not against hopeful preferences, but it's good to know what's provable first. ...more
A good book! Not really my style is this lady is even older than even my parent's generation, but still a worthy read. I was firstly disappointed to A good book! Not really my style is this lady is even older than even my parent's generation, but still a worthy read. I was firstly disappointed to the point where I almost set the book down to not finish it. She's of the generation that did not divorce and I thought this book was going to be a big whine about the fact that she slept through an inappropriate marriage, but that lasted only the first third of the book. Okay, yes, we know he was a jerk and you didn't miss him when he died. Great. But I guess for some, what she says is shocking, as those same types, who'd never get divorced, would never say such things about their lifelong partner. Us more modern types would know everything she said about our partners, or SHOULD know and either reject the partner's issues as part of who they are or divorce them promptly as intolerable for the happiness of one's life. Her life apparently awoke after the death of her husband, and for her, I'm glad that he died fairly young as she got to LIVE the rest of her years. The rest of her book, while speaking of aging, is mostly her outlook on life, both political and on gardening and as I share most of her outlook that part was most pleasant to read, though she does state that she lives in a state of near depression because she sees the doom of the planet and everyone else either sees this truth or are walking zombies. I agree, but I've stopped caring whether the zombies don't see their doom or do. I've decided that the worthy do and the not worthy aren't worth my worrying about. A lot of worthy people spend a lot of time trying to educate the people who don't want to see and they still don't want to see, so, so be it, let them be ostriches. I think that one can prepare and still live a happy life, I do, and I most definitely see the doom that she forecasts. Another thing is, I wish she'd sell her land and get a better plot. :) But other than that, this was a nice read, not my thing, but I'm not 85, but I respect her and think that she's a very strong lady and very smart. ...more
A compilation of academic essays on Greek magic, highlighting everything from curse tablets to the Magical Papyri to the argument of religion as magicA compilation of academic essays on Greek magic, highlighting everything from curse tablets to the Magical Papyri to the argument of religion as magic or magic as religion etc. I think this is a bit aged, but still a necessary read if you are interested in factual witchcraft in history. An aside, if you are looking for a validation to a neopagan feminist revisionism idea of history, this will crush it. To give an idea, the cover picture is of a love spell. The Greek idea of a love spell was to bind totally, to cause rashes and loss of sleep and pain till the loved one came to the spell caster. From here, if one hasn't read them before, the Greek Magical Papyri are a must to read, which you will find by reading the book, leaving at this book is only half of a decent education in the matter for the non-professional or merely curious. Very interesting and only a little heavy, though I wish I knew Greek, it would have been more fulfilling. ...more