This short story came up as free on my phone the other day and I of course jumped at the opportunity to get some more Neil Gaiman. I think this sto...moreAw.
This short story came up as free on my phone the other day and I of course jumped at the opportunity to get some more Neil Gaiman. I think this story might have been collected in Fragile Things, but either way it had been a while and I was up for a reread. Gosh, I love this man's writing.
It's amazing how much of a character you can grasp through a few simple sentences, how amusing a response to a bizarre situation can be. I adore Neil Gaiman's ability to take an ordinary man, set him into extraordinary situations, and have him react in a believable way. Neverwhere achieved this brilliantly, and this short story really highlights his capability as well.
Funny story, brilliant reread, I don't think I'll ever grow tired of this author.(less)
Other reviewers complained about the lack of information given concerning the conspiracy theories that surround Ken...moreI actually quite enjoyed this book.
Other reviewers complained about the lack of information given concerning the conspiracy theories that surround Kennedy's death, and while I agree that that is a fault with this book, from the outset the authors say that they aren't going to head down that path.
This book is told in the same popular style as Killing Lincoln, comprised primarily of short anecdotes surrounding Kennedy's life to give a sketch of it. The information was rather basic, but as a newcomer to this history, that suited me fine.
I would recommend this book as an introduction to Kennedy's life and legacy. It isn't for people who know a great deal about him, it would too simplistic for that, but as a quick read that will give you historical information... it's perfectly fine. For conspiracy theorists, or people interested in such, this gives a broad stroke of why so many exist. The guy sure had a lot of enemies.(less)
This was a reread for me, but a very good one. I love the artwork, the characters.. well, everything about it. It's only...moreBetween three and four stars.
This was a reread for me, but a very good one. I love the artwork, the characters.. well, everything about it. It's only rated three because the first story is a bit weak, and the second one more on the predictable side. The series itself is a solid five for me, and will most likely continue to be so.(less)
This is the sort of book I'd want to give to my future children. This book explains, bit by bit, the archaeological practice of unearthing lost cities...moreThis is the sort of book I'd want to give to my future children. This book explains, bit by bit, the archaeological practice of unearthing lost cities. Each section details a different ruin, how it was discovered, what processes allowed us to date it, translate languages (in the case of ancient Egyptian writing), and so forth.
This book, published in the early '60s, is outdated, but for a children's book it is still fantastic. There is no talking down to the child, and while the language is 'easier' it is still technical enough that a kid could go on to fully understand more complex books.
I first learned about this book through the release of the films (Let The Right One In, and Let Me In.) There was a good deal of buzz regarding the mo...moreI first learned about this book through the release of the films (Let The Right One In, and Let Me In.) There was a good deal of buzz regarding the movies, as culture had been saturated with the Twilight phenomenon, and along comes yet another vampire story...
The writing is fluid, and the characters as thoroughly developed as those in Stephen King's best stories. The historical grounding in the book (Sweden, 1981) adds to the tension in the story, as politics are discussed in passing time and again. The vampire mythos is thoroughly delved into without it being overdone - mixed with the cruelty of children, and the deviant desires that pass in and out of characters... well, this is a recipe for a horror book unlike any other I've experienced.
This book frightened me most genuinely, it disturbed me, grossed me out, repelled me, and drew me back in. Oskar is not a lovable main character at all, but he is one that is easy to understand and surprisingly his actions are believable for someone of his age. Eli, as well, ends up being quite believable and sympathetic time and again.
I will say that having finished the book I'm a bit uncertain as to whether or not I want to see the films... the images in my mind of some of the less savory points in the book are bad enough, don't know how well I'd deal with it on screen. Then again, it could be a bit like A History of Violence but somehow I doubt any blows will softened.
This is hardcore horror, and a wonderful, wonderful ride.(less)
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This wasn't exactly your typical mystery, nor was it your typical thriller, or...moreI won this book through the fantastic GoodReads first reads programme.
This wasn't exactly your typical mystery, nor was it your typical thriller, or typical book really. Picking it up I initially expected a murder mystery, but then it switched into something far more complicated and intricate. I believe that Tanya Parker Mills did a superb job of working through the bewildering feeling one gets surrounded by circumstances that they can't comprehend. She did a similarly marvelous job of sinking into the story bit by bit, allowing it to become routine, to become accustomed... then snatching it all away.
This book was truly a fascinating ride, and one I enjoyed taking. If you ever wish to glimpse the strange world of a high functioning person with Aspergers, well, this is as close as you'll get without watching Sherlock.(less)
I feel as if I need to read this over again. This is the sort of book, like most Grand Morrison works, that needs to be read slowly and digested. It w...moreI feel as if I need to read this over again. This is the sort of book, like most Grand Morrison works, that needs to be read slowly and digested. It would significantly help, having someone to talk to about it, but as that is currently lacking I fear that I shall forever remain wrapped up in confusion as to what I just read.
The transitions were a bit jarring, and at times I struggled to figure out what was flashback and what was present action. I realize that context clues reveal these things for the most part, but I still feel that it could have been a bit more fluid or clearly defined. I felt a few pieces of plot were never adequately explored, and thus.. well.. it was terribly confusing.
Anyone care to discuss this with me and help me out a little? I feel as if I missed some things I shouldn't have...(less)
Neil Gaiman touches upon the importance of Batman as a figure. The actual stories? They change, they twist and sometimes they make no sense. What's important is that the basic messages are there, throughout the contradictions and the protests. The details are only important within the stories that they are told in. This is the nature of myth.
Neil Gaiman's death of Batman is the death that will always be true, no matter when you read it or what ends up happening. it's impossible for it not to fit.
The other stories in this collection deal similarly with the archetypal nature of these characters. We have Batman and Joker behind the scenes of the comics, the origin of Poison Ivy, and the Riddler getting his say as to what it's like to be a villain. All of what's said boils down to the same basic concept: We are the city, we are the people in it. As long as Gotham exists, Batman and the villains will exist. This is human nature, and this is a beautiful telling of it.
I have to say, I loved this comic, artwork and all. (less)
I won this book through the GoodReads first-reads program, and I have to say, I'm rather happy that I did.
At first I was a bit skeptical of this story...moreI won this book through the GoodReads first-reads program, and I have to say, I'm rather happy that I did.
At first I was a bit skeptical of this story. Borrowing the evil child montief from, say, The Bad Seed or The Omen it would be easy to become, well, cliche. This book did border on cliche a number of times, but did so in a way that I found comforting rather than annoying. The classic 'possession' was done in a rather interesting way, the sort of story being told that you'd expect from a dark summer night around a campfire.
Ania Ahlborn has a skill that I really do want to see more of. The shoe-tying scene, the dog scene, and the scene in the gas station are all ones that will stick with me for rather a long while. This story falls finely into the oral tradition that few authors seem to fall to these days.
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What a fun read!
Gigi Pandian writes with a quick wit, a loving attention to the eccentrici...moreI received this book from the Goodreads first reads program.
What a fun read!
Gigi Pandian writes with a quick wit, a loving attention to the eccentricities of the anthropological trades, and a keen eye for history. She wrapped the history of British India up with snippets of Scotland and even a bit of San Francisco culture quite well. Classic treasure hunt, classic adventure tale, classic mystery... what's not to love?
Indeed, this book did bring to mind Indiana Jones, and I'd be lying if I said I wasn't looking forward to more in this series. Great fun, and a perfect book to while away the hours. I'm quite glad I had a chance to read it.(less)
I won this book through the good reads first reads program.
I hadn't read the previous installment in this series, but I found that this book stood pr...moreI won this book through the good reads first reads program.
I hadn't read the previous installment in this series, but I found that this book stood pretty well on it's own. The back story was filled in with bits and pieces. It sounded intriguing enough to make me /want/ to read the first book, and actively ponder whether there would be an overarching plot with that villain. It certainly sounded interesting enough. That said, this book could and did stand in it's own.
While this book suffers from a lot of detective book cliches, it still proved to be a fun read. I found the second mystery (involving the crematory) the must interesting and original and would like to see a bit more of that seething underbelly and less of the more cut and dry typical detective story. The forensic analysis, likewise, was intruding. I do like the effort spent going into why such profiling works -BBC and why it doesn't.
All in all I was trapped between two and three stars. It would be three for second mystery, but two for the stalker and the first bond pickup. Three for the research and good police/forensic information, but two for the confusing appropriation of minority figures for what felt like the sake of it.
Given, my faults with the book aside, I'd still happily read more in the series and probably will actively seek them out. I genuinely liked the book. It's a good summer read.(less)
This book contained everything that I loved about 30 Days of Night and everything that made The X-Files a great series...moreYeah, I'm a massive X-Files fan.
This book contained everything that I loved about 30 Days of Night and everything that made The X-Files a great series. The pace was quick, the mythos intact, and the two stories meshed together incredibly well.
The town of Wainwright, Alaska has suffered a series of unexplained murders... enter Mulder and Scully, as well as another pair of normal FBI agents. The proper agents dislike the X-Files team, naturally, and there is a rivalry there that's well expected.
Mulder thinks vampires immediately, but is rather hesitant to tell Scully of his suspicions, knowing she won't like it. The other team thinks it's a serial killer they've been tracking... Really, the book leaves it open for both of them to be right.
Like previous installments, the vampire mythos is built upon further. Like previous X-Files episodes, the story is in-depth, genuinely creepy, and full of Spooky Mulder doing what he does best: being a snarky beast.
I won this book from the GoodReads first-reads program.
Parmy Olson did a good job of summing up the social aspect of the Anonymous community. While th...moreI won this book from the GoodReads first-reads program.
Parmy Olson did a good job of summing up the social aspect of the Anonymous community. While this book may not satisfy the desire for technical explorations of the internet and what goes into subverting it, for us non-technical folk I believe this book did a very fine job. The prose was quick and easy to read, the details intricate and interesting. All in all this played out rather not unlike a playful action film that in its second third began rushing towards the inevitable conclusion...(less)
Someone before me shelved this book under the heading of "cozy-mystery"... I think that pretty much describes this...moreI won this book through First-Reads!
Someone before me shelved this book under the heading of "cozy-mystery"... I think that pretty much describes this book to a tee. This is the second book in the series (the first being Who Do Voodoo) and although I'm unfamiliar with the first book, that didn't cause me too much difficulty in reading this one.
Basically, a professor of Comparative Religion and a Psychologist are dating one another and get wrapped up in a complex case of murder and desirable real estate when their mutual friend, Paco, is killed. The police aren't making much headway on the case, and when Paco's widow hexes the town things get far nastier, as everyone blames her for whatever ills come to pass.
The writing is good, and the plot moves fast. The information bandied about regarding Santeira and its history was certainly fascinating, and the book is not without humor. The mystery itself was pretty good, although certain aspects of it I saw coming.
This book is an entertaining, cozy mystery that is perfect for the summer months. It won't take too long for anyone to read, and I'd be surprised if anyone didn't find at least a few of the jokes in it something to smile at.(less)
I won this book through the wonderful first-reads program.
When I first began reading this book, it was with a great mixture of emotions. I typically d...moreI won this book through the wonderful first-reads program.
When I first began reading this book, it was with a great mixture of emotions. I typically don't read crime thrillers, but here was Dennis Lehane praising Sean Doolittle on the cover. Dennis Lehane of Shutter Island fame, and well known for just about everything else he'd ever written. Fears of reading outside my general genre somewhat abated, I opened it up.
It took me a while to get used to the writing.
The general premise of the book is a fascinating one. Years earlier, a young girl was killed by a well known architect - not in a drunk driving accident, but rather in a tired driving accident. The architect, terribly wealthy, got off fairly easy and without great injury. The girl was in a coma for forty eight hours before passing away. The girl's brother was killed in combat, the girl's father committed suicide. The girls mother certainly wasn't getting it easy.
To make matters worse, the fellow behind the wheel of the car who killed her - he got off easy with a fine and the added punishment of spending forty eight hours in prison on the anniversary of her death for five years. That's it. This is justice? The whole novel hinges upon that question.
On the fifth anniversary of this, it looks like someone had finally had enough of this and taken matters into his own hands. The architect's daughter is kidnapped, and all signs are pointing towards the kidnapper being a relatively unhinged ex-vet who was friends with the murdered girl's brother. Our protagonist, who also knew the murdered girl's brother, is trying to figure out just what's going on.
The novel switches between the reporter covering the story, a bookie trying to collect from the kidnapper, and the friend of the kidnapper's point of view making for the case being watched from all eyes. The writing is crisp, quickly moving, and easy to read. I can't say I had any complaints stylistically, or plot-wise with the piece. It made for fast reading, and while I would refer to it as 'genre fiction' is there really anything wrong with that?
All in all, this is a good book to read during the summer, and one that I would pass on to friends who I know love the thriller genre. Sean Doolittle does have great writing chops, and I'll be keeping my eyes open for more of his books. Heck, I'd be surprised if some of his books didn't get tapped for movie adaptations in the near future. This is writer with a bright, bright future.(less)
Hey, look, I read a superhero comic! Really! A mainstream superhero comic! I think... Yeah...
Anyway, I picked this up for no particular reason. Batman...moreHey, look, I read a superhero comic! Really! A mainstream superhero comic! I think... Yeah...
Anyway, I picked this up for no particular reason. Batman: The Man Who Laughs was all right, but it didn't do all that much for me. I found the writing styles a bit difficult to get into, though I did like "Man of Wood" better than the title story. I found Bruce Wayne/Batman's dialogue.... wooden, and wish that they had either stuck to Gordon's viewpoint or Batman's rather than switching.
I will say that it was refreshing to read something far closer to a detective story than a traditional "beat them up" kind of tale. I would have liked if the dialogue/narration had been consistent with the film noir nature of the second story, but understand that there are certain limitations when one isn't writing a "Question" book.
I liked the ending of "Man of Wood" and the question of whether or not the villain could have been helped... the idea of disillusionment in the face of a superhero-ridden society is an interesting one that I'd like to see explored more in depth. It was a bit Watchmen like in terms of theme, but more from the point of view of the populace. It's probably been done before, but I thought it felt fresh.(less)
I won this book through the wonderful first-reads program.
I wasn't entirely certain what to expect when I began this book. It was marketed as a myster...moreI won this book through the wonderful first-reads program.
I wasn't entirely certain what to expect when I began this book. It was marketed as a mystery-thriller, but had no qualms about making its Christian slant known. The author made the bold choice of placing the bulk of the drama within an abortion clinic that had questionable practices, and also made the protagonist a little person. It was truly an interesting mix.
The book was fast-paced, and the author did a rather good job of portraying the difficulties that a little person has with adjusting to an average sized world. The author also did a rather good job of depicting the abortion clinic more fairly than I would have expected, and made the characters who worked there human and relatable. I did find the book a bit too on the preachy side towards the last third, but considering the audience that it was written for I thought it was surprisingly fair.
The only downside of the book, aside from what I spoke of earlier, was the relationship between Amber and Evan. I didn't feel an appropriate amount of tension between the two characters, and found it difficult to see the positive side of both Amber and Evan. The book does allow that both of them have their faults, but I simply couldn't imagine their relationship ever working out based upon the poor level of communication that existed between the two of them. Again, this was a minor point of the book, and overall didn't take away from the suspense and intrigue of the mystery that existed.
So, all in all, I thought this was a fair book considering that I wasn't the intended audience for it. Having not read any other Christian fiction (with the exception of the Narnia books) I can say that this was a fast-paced engaging read that made me want to finish it quickly. The writing was crisp, and certainly shows promise for the author. I think most people who pick this book up will find themselves enjoying it.(less)
I received this book through the First Reads program!
Just about everything in this book surprised me. I was initially quite put off by the cover art,...moreI received this book through the First Reads program!
Just about everything in this book surprised me. I was initially quite put off by the cover art, as well as it's designation as a "Dead Celeb Mystery". They say not to judge a book by its cover, though, so I dove in and ended up finishing it in two days. Sometimes books are like that.
This book... well, it's very odd. Surprisingly odd. I would like to say shockingly odd but after learning that a book that stars a "screwnicorn" exists I'm not certain that this book qualifies. Among other things this book includes... evil jaguar women, Bob Marley and Janis Joplin singing together and smoking pot, fantastic fish tacos, decidedly bad vibrations, and demons that enjoy vast amounts of kinky sex. There is also ghost sex, which is apparently quite good. There is also a magical ball of energy called a "luster" which makes ghost sex possible. I'm still laughing at that one.
I think you can tell by my tone that I enjoyed this book. The book wasn't stunning incredible literature, but rather a plenty fun read that was easy to relax to. It was nice to take my mind off of things and instead be creeped out by certain denizens of the bar and roll my eyes at Simone's f-bomb dropping hilarity. The plot was solid, and actually left me disappointed when I discovered that this is going to be a series. I wanted answers! That's good, though. Who doesn't love it when you discover that you have yet more books to read?!
My only complaints come from some typos and one chapter (only three pages or so) that had inexplicable missing spaces between words. How does that mistake happen? Luckily, as I said before, it wasn't for that long. Still, that's a bit of an issue I hope gets resolved.
So, if you enjoy murder mysteries, L.A. style crazy, a variety of musical in-jokes, ghost-sex, and a very strange explanation of the afterlife... then this book is for you. It certainly entertained me. :)(less)
The Sulphur Cure by Barry Brennessel is a highly unusual take on the historical suspense novel. Vincent Rhodes, an artist, brother Theo went missing m...moreThe Sulphur Cure by Barry Brennessel is a highly unusual take on the historical suspense novel. Vincent Rhodes, an artist, brother Theo went missing many years ago after avoiding deployment to fight in WWI. The Rhodes family has fallen apart in his absence. After receiving a letter, postmarked 1933 but written in 1918, from his estranged brother Vincent becomes determined to find him. His quest to locate Theo takes him to the sulphur cure.
The setting, along with the plot, is incredibly unique. Anyone who has been to sulphur springs doesn't soon forget the scent, and the acrid odor permeates every page. The abandoned ruins deep within the wilderness are a compelling locale, and the architecture of the cabins and Alta Vista are all very well evoked. Another reviewer said they won't be able to get the tunnels out of their mind anytime soon - I certainly won't either!
The pace of the book is reminiscent of an old horror film. Dramatic interludes abound - shattering glass ends a conversation, a gunshot punctuates the end of a chapter. While I am not especially fond of such devices, many readers are, and I would be surprised if most people reading the book aren't on the edge of their seats. Similarly, the first two acts of the book raise more questions than answers - akin to say, LOST, or another television drama. I found the dangling questions maddening - but not so annoying as to want to stop reading. At times I felt like slapping the characters: "JUST ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS ALREADY." Then the answers came - and what answers they were!
Barry Brennessel knows how to put together both compelling mysteries and locations. The fact I can already think of two people to pass this book along to belies the success that I believe it will find. The fact that I'm actually curious as to what else he's written also bodes well for the book.
Fans of old detective dramas and the black and white horror films? This book will suit you fine.(less)
This is another book I feel quite lucky to have won through the first-reads program. I can honestly say (though I am loath to admit it) that I had no...moreThis is another book I feel quite lucky to have won through the first-reads program. I can honestly say (though I am loath to admit it) that I had no idea who exactly Everett Ruess was when I began to read this book. Worse, I hadn't read Into Thin Air yet either, though it has been on my to-read shelf for ages. I went into this book with no expectations, and came out of it a bit bewildered.
Having been to some of the places Ruess explored in his lifetime, and having shared in some of his fascination with the land I have to admit I was converted into a bit of Ruess fan. While I found Ruess' diaries grating at times, who doesn't find a seventeen year old or a nineteen year old a bit immature? Who hasn't been an ignorant teenager at one point or another?
The narrative was fascinating, and the author's insights into both Ruess' life and the lives of those who later wrote about him extremely informative. I feel that Robert's gave each theory about Ruess' disappearance a fair hearing, and actually dispelled some of the more fantastic rumours about Ruess' life and orientation rather neatly. The book came off as a note of love, and a worthy one at that.
By the end of the book I was thoroughly swayed by this "vagabond for beauty" and I have to admit that I will not only be passing this book along to some of my relatives and friends, but I will also be keeping an ear open for any news on the Everett case. While I do agree that "he just doesn't want to be found" the disappearance is part of the allure.
Everett lives, indeed.. Or perhaps more appropriately, Nemo lives.(less)
Probably my favorite Crusie book so far. The mystery was interesting enough, and the humor out in force. All the characters were likable, and the conf...moreProbably my favorite Crusie book so far. The mystery was interesting enough, and the humor out in force. All the characters were likable, and the conflict, while not too tense, was still very good.
Well, this book was a bit of a mess. I honestly didn't like it, but have given it two stars because - well - there were a few moments that were good i...moreWell, this book was a bit of a mess. I honestly didn't like it, but have given it two stars because - well - there were a few moments that were good in it at least.
The problem I had with this book was the overall lack of character development. While Crusie's protagonist did evolve over the course of the book, the male 'lead' didn't. And the fellow in the swamp? Honestly? I still don't know what he was doing there, and I already finished the book.
The book was a wash, but I'll probably read the other collaborations these two did anyway. The books are fun, and I adore Crusie's wit.(less)
Jennifer Crusie is an author that I adore. I would call her a guilty pleasure, but that would be implying that her writing isn't quality... and her wr...moreJennifer Crusie is an author that I adore. I would call her a guilty pleasure, but that would be implying that her writing isn't quality... and her writing is quality. There's nothing guilty about that.
Her books are the good romantic comedies of the business. Laugh out loud funny, each and every one of them packs at least two moments that you'll find yourself shaking your head and relating to the protagonist. Her mysteries are good, and compelling. Reading through her back catalogue you can see the care that she puts into each and every one of her books as her writing continues to develop.
I can say with confidence that there isn't a single book of hers that I have disliked. Some are better than others, true, but each book is its own fun, sexy romp into the psyche of one of the best chick-lit authors out there.(less)
Yeah, I admit to wanting to shelve this under humor. I admit to reading this book, knowing full well what I was getting into. I admit to being intrigu...moreYeah, I admit to wanting to shelve this under humor. I admit to reading this book, knowing full well what I was getting into. I admit to being intrigued by the very honest mystery of Sauniere and Rennes Les Chateaux in general. I admit all of that, and readily.
From a speculative history/alternative history standpoint the book is pretty much fine. From the standpoint of actually trying to be history? It's not so great. The bulk of the book is based on pure speculation, on trying to tie all the strings together just-so that it all makes sense. It's walking on a highwire while balancing spinning plates - it's dangerous work, and something is bound to get smashed sooner or later.
Being interested in Biblical history, I found a lot of faults with that portion of the book. This isn't from the viewpoint of "dear lord, offended Christian" or anything of that sort. This is from the view point of "Um. Textual critics don't actually believe that the Gospel of John is the most historically viable.. why are you saying this?" The problems mounted faster and faster the deeper they ran with this, until I was finally tempted to set the book aside.
Being brave, I picked it back up.
I've owned this book for ages, and I originally purchased it because I wanted to see where The Da Vinci code got the bulk of its research from. Well, I finished it. I'm proud of myself. Now to move on to something better. (less)
The most apt description that I've read of this book comes from another reviewer's review. This book really is "two books in one." I picked up this bo...moreThe most apt description that I've read of this book comes from another reviewer's review. This book really is "two books in one." I picked up this book expecting it to be primarily about the serial killer H.H. Holmes and his veritable torture castle in Chicago during the late 19th century... I'm really uncertain what that fact says about me. Instead, I got a book that made mention a fair deal but dealt with the Colombian World Fair exhibition in far greater detail. Really, I do believe more pages were devoted to the World's Fair than to Holmes.
While it is true that not a great deal is thoroughly known about Holmes (and much is known about the World's Fair) I still felt a bit cheated at the end of the book. The fair was interesting, and downright fascinating, but I would have rather actually picked a book up about the fair than be somewhat mislead in a crime novel. All the same, the book was well written and quite interesting. I now know more about the history of the Ferris Wheel than I ever expected to know. I also now know that promoters make excellent Congressmen.
Anyway, if one is interested in learning about Holmes I would recommend the A&E documentary that Netflix offers. It will give you a rather good understanding of his life, and also touches upon some points that Erik Larsen failed to. If, on the other hand, you are looking for a book about the World's Fair and life in that period... then this book is a good choice.(less)
Sebold's writing style appealed to me, and I didn't really dislike any of the characters. I understood the loss descr...moreI'm kind of torn about this book.
Sebold's writing style appealed to me, and I didn't really dislike any of the characters. I understood the loss described, and the book itself... We want to know that life goes on after we're gone, and we want to know that people remember and think about us. That was all well and good for the book. Then why the two stars?
Something about the plot just didn't work with me. I don't know if it was the fact that everyone was broken that turned me off, or if it was just the fact that not a great amount of things happened in the book. It felt a bit fractured to me - there wasn't enough in heaven and there wasn't enough outside of it.
For me, the book didn't work. For others, it has worked wonders. I'm glad I read it, it just wasn't quite to my taste over all.(less)
I remember when this book was being hugely hyped and wanting to read it... Then the film came out and I still didn't get around to reading it... Then...moreI remember when this book was being hugely hyped and wanting to read it... Then the film came out and I still didn't get around to reading it... Then I read Finding Everett Ruess which referenced this book heavily... and still didn't read it. Well, I finally got around to reading it.
I felt that this book was a great deal like Finding Everett Ruess though I liked the latter a bit better. Jon Krakauer did an excellent job of researching the life of the elusive "Alex Supertramp" and trying to understand why he was the way he was and why he did what he did. The rating I gave this book, please understand, is for the book itself and not for Alex. Gosh, it isn't hard to believe that someone can be that careless with those who love them but it still is startling to see.
This book is a good, short read. If you want a longer read of this nature please do read about Everett. It's every bit as fascinating, and has a far greater mystery at its core.(less)
How can a book so irreverent and amusing also end with me in tears? Several points in this book hit far too close to home for me to be co...moreDamn it book.
How can a book so irreverent and amusing also end with me in tears? Several points in this book hit far too close to home for me to be comfortable with. Suffice to say, this book was every bit as wonderful as the last few installments though a tad bit more serious.
The best way to sum up this book is with a quote: "Everything changes, and we change with it."
This book deserves a far longer review, but I honestly can't give it. (less)