UR is about a kindle which can tell the future. Wesley Smith received a pink kindle even though he didn’t order that colour. He thought the colour was...moreUR is about a kindle which can tell the future. Wesley Smith received a pink kindle even though he didn’t order that colour. He thought the colour was usual, even though Kindles are all white at that time, so he didn’t think much of it. Then, he found features that were different than most kindles. It was called UR FUNCTIONS. That unusual feature brought him to written words from another universes – alternate universes. He found novels by famous writers which never been published before. He was amazed by it. But, unwritten novels were not the only one UR FUNCTIONS shared to the readers, it also had newspapers from the future.
I actually give this 2,5 but we don't have that rati8ng here.
Ring was more to mystery while Spiral is more to sci-fi. It’s amazing how Suzuki Koji cou...moreI actually give this 2,5 but we don't have that rati8ng here.
Ring was more to mystery while Spiral is more to sci-fi. It’s amazing how Suzuki Koji could do such differentiation with the same theme…Sadako’s curse. There were parts that I think very creepy, it was when Dr. Ando visits Mai’s house. The way Susuki-sensei described the eeriness of the small apartment where Mai lived was amazingly detail and it made me feel like I was there and I felt the same chill that Dr. Ando felt. It was without a doubt the best part of the book.
After that part…the book felt too much for me. I liked all the explanation and the imagination of how a DNA can behave in an extraordinary way when you have supernatural power. I really enjoyed all the science talk in this book ( I always enjoy smart science fiction book, like the ones by Micheal Crichton) .
“But, you know, when you really think about it, modern science hasn’t managed to come up with answers to any of the most basic questions. How did life first appear on earth? How does evolution work? Is it a series of random events, or does it have a set teleological direction? There are all kinds of theories, but we haven’t been able to prove one of them.“
BUT…there’s a limit to such imagination…at least for me. I wish I can explain it without spoiling it but I CAN’T! Let’s just say Suzuki-sensei took the imagination of science too far and too supernatural to be believed. I believed the cursed video that can kill people more than how the way this book turned out. I was a bit disappointed with how it led up to such non-sense ending. I was so excited when I first read it but then the slowed down.
I did some skimming when reading this because at certain page (I forgot which page), Suzuki-sensei re-explain the whole image in the video that caused people to die within seven day. I think that part is good for people who haven’t read Ring and read Spiral straight away…but for those who had read Ring, better skip that part.
Even though I don’t like how the story led to such utter non-sense but I am still curious of how Suzuki-sensei ends the fantastic tale of Sadako’s curse…so I will continue to the last book, LOOP soon after I have the mood to continue the trilogy
The Body is the third novella in Different Seasons. I have seen the movie adaptation of this book long time ago, either in junior or senior high. I di...moreThe Body is the third novella in Different Seasons. I have seen the movie adaptation of this book long time ago, either in junior or senior high. I didn’t know the movie was based on SK’s book because I didn’t know him yet and even if I have read some of his books…I still not going to relate the movie to him as it is not scary at all. It is about friendship., the movie adaptation is called Stand By Me. I couldn’t remember the details of the movie anymore…I will try to find it again so that I can compare it with the book.
The book feels like a semi autobiographical of Stephen King. This is the second story that I read about friendship of 4 boys. Chris, Gordie, Vern and Teddy used to hang out in a tree house. Gordon, or Gordie, is an ‘invisible’ boy. His parents acted as if he doesn’t exist because the son they loved the most (Gordie’s big brother) has passed away. Chris is the wisest of all 4 but he comes from a bad family, he is often beaten by his father. Vern is the slowest (in brain) of all four. Teddy is the craziest of all, he has bad eyes but often challenge a moving truck.
"In a sense, this is all there is to the Universe! If no energy is ‘flowing’ – a colloquialism by which we mean ‘being transformed from one form to an...more"In a sense, this is all there is to the Universe! If no energy is ‘flowing’ – a colloquialism by which we mean ‘being transformed from one form to another’ – then nothing is happening at all. Here is the first step on the road to answering Schrödinger’s question – What is Life? Whatever it is, it is a process by which energy is transformed from one form to another"
Before I begin my book review I think I should introduce the writer first. Professor Brian Cox is one of my favorite scientist, not because he is the smartest but more to how easy it is for him to deliver complex science understanding into something much easier. He is a talented speaker, no matter how complex the matter he is delivering he is still able to enchant people.
I first know Professor Cox from Sunshine. He was one of the advisors for the movie and he is also the one that inspired Cillian. Cillian was sort of copying him when he was playing as Robert Capa in Sunshine.
I have just seen this last series of Wonders about a month ago and I am fortunate to find the ebook version of the accompanying book. For each series of Wonders (Wonders of The Solar System, Wonders of The Universe and Wonders of Life), Prof. Cox always wrote the companion book. It’s nice to be able to see the documentary and read the book afterward because the book fills the holes in the documentary. Brian Cox is a particle physicist, he is not a biologist, he has other biologists as his advisors while filming the documentary and writing the book. Through this book, Prof. Cox asks these profound questions, “What is Life? Where did it come from? Why does it end?” To answer that question, he explains how biological appearances both the tiny cell to the physical being are control by the law of Physics such as gravity, time , energy, etc. The easiest example is when he highlights why big animals can’t jump and why tree is never going to as tall as 1 km, everything connects to gravity. It really is interesting to read how he shares the wonders of biology through the law of physics.
I can easily see how he admires Darwin and his evolution theory, the book mostly shares about evolution and natural selection. The way he delivers his explanation is easy to understand and creates deep root that whatever I have read in the book, I can still remember it.
Around The World in 80 Days is a very famous story that almost known by every generation…BUT most of us (me included) know about this story from movie...moreAround The World in 80 Days is a very famous story that almost known by every generation…BUT most of us (me included) know about this story from movies or simple children books. I have never had the desire to read the proper book because I already know the story…until I read TBM’s review!
The book is available for free (as public domain) at Aldiko, an ebook application I used on my mobile phone. I downloaded it straight away after I read her review but I didn’t read it yet because I was in the middle of my previous book (The Cycle of The Werewolf). Once I begun reading the book, I was instantly hooked (much like TBM) and it was indeed difficult to put it down (too bad, I have work and other activities that forced me to put the book down).
Phileas Fogg is a very unusual person. He is so precise in everything. You can easily see that he is such an interesting character and also boring at the same time. I can’t imagine living with someone who calculates everything to the second.
I am sure that the story of The Island of Dr. Moreau is not a secret anymore even though not many people know how it ends. I have never watched the mo...moreI am sure that the story of The Island of Dr. Moreau is not a secret anymore even though not many people know how it ends. I have never watched the movie let alone reading it, but even so I already know that it’s about an island where many strange beasts were made by Dr. Moreau. However, even though I have known the story but I am still finding myself intrigued by the story.
Even though the title is using the name of Dr. Moreau but the story centered on Prendick and the beast people. Prendick was helped by Montgomery, Moreau’s assistant, and when they reached the island Prendick was forced to join Montgomery because the ship captain refused to have anything to do with him. Prendick was given a place to stay but he soon realized that he was in the island of a crazy vivisectionist. Prendick learned to live with what he called the beast people..but it won’t be a story if everything went normal…something happened and changed everything.
I think The Street Lawyer is more to the homeless than the intrigue in court. Reading about the shelters for the homeless made me realize that I have...moreI think The Street Lawyer is more to the homeless than the intrigue in court. Reading about the shelters for the homeless made me realize that I have never once heard that there’s a shelter for the homeless here in my country. What happened to the homeless also made me more grateful to God that I still have good home and good work.
The Street Lawyer is the less thrilling book by Grisham that I have ever read but what makes it a good read is description of the street lawyers…the lawyers who work for heart more than for money. Every bit of the book is interesting, all the details on the shelters and the homeless (even though they don’t connect to the main case) are not something to skim through.