Okay I really didn't think this would be a book for me. I'm not a fan of animal stories, because authors make animals too human. I felt Kadohata kept...moreOkay I really didn't think this would be a book for me. I'm not a fan of animal stories, because authors make animals too human. I felt Kadohata kept true to an animal's nature, or as true as I can tell.
Rick is a small town boy who is the younger brother of an MIT math genious sister. He's not expected to do much in life but run the family owned hardware store. He has other plans. He joins the army at 17 and is trained as a dog handler. He is then shipped off to Vietnam.
Cracker is a German Shephard who belonged to a little boy named Willie. When Willie moved to an apartment he had to give up his dog. He tried to take her to the pound but just couldn't do it, so she ended up in the company of the US Army.
Rick and Cracker's relationship is a wonderful story filled with action and suspense. We learn through out it's rare for a scout dog to remain with his handler after the handler has been sent home. A lot of times the dog is left behind or put down. The army sees the dogs as equipment nothing more. But that's all I'm going to say about that. Read the book.
Oh, I asked my husband who served in Iraq if they use dogs and he said yes. I asked him what kind they were and he said German Shepherds. I'm not sure how they are treated now, but I thought it was interesting that they still use them. (less)
Really, I would give The Returning 3.5 or 4 stars,because it is a lovely, lovely story. The challenge for me was becoming part of the world Hinwood cr...moreReally, I would give The Returning 3.5 or 4 stars,because it is a lovely, lovely story. The challenge for me was becoming part of the world Hinwood creates, particularly the language of the characters. My brain worked diligently trying to find the patterns and meaning to the 'do's' and 'huh's'. (Perhaps this is partly a cultural gap I've stumbled into with Hinwood being Australian and English.) There were many times I finished reading a paragraph and just stared at the words thinking, "what?" or "who?".
What I love most about The Returning is that I was left thinking about my own life and how as a youth I never thought about where I would be or what I would be doing as an adult. The future just slowly happens to you without you ever really being aware. It changes you, and yet you still feel 'you'. How the smallest experience can have the largest impact and so forth.
You gotta love a book that can do all that.
P.S. If you've read Jelicoe Road by Marchetta, then you understand when I say The Returning is a bit confusing at times, but stick with it, it'll be worth it. (less)
**spoiler alert** Wasn’t too crazy about the beginning of the book, but was satisfied with the last couple of chapters. I wish Collins would have spen...more**spoiler alert** Wasn’t too crazy about the beginning of the book, but was satisfied with the last couple of chapters. I wish Collins would have spent as much time on Peeta and Katniss’ relationship as she did on developing Katniss as the mockingjay.
This is what I am wondering. In Hunger Games we are in the action with Katniss as if we are selected to be a tribute. We hate the capitol and everyone associated with it.Catching Fire comes along and we are no longer tributes, but maybe more of a mentor or citizen of Panem. Lastly comes Mockingjay. We the reader are turned into a Capitol citizen. We are angry there are no more hunger games. We want to see Katniss back inside the arena or heck just in the war and not just doing propos. Now we are more concerned about filming and getting good picks. Okay I'm rambling, but again, I wonder if Collins is moving us around and trying to turn us into the people we hated in the first book. (less)
It was difficult relating to the protagonist. Janie Scott, is a 14 year-old, but she seems much younger. All the teens in the book seem much younger t...moreIt was difficult relating to the protagonist. Janie Scott, is a 14 year-old, but she seems much younger. All the teens in the book seem much younger than 14. Perhaps my perception of how young teens think and behave is skewed and Meloy captured their burgeoning young adultness perfectly. It could also be a combination of how the book is marketed and how it begins. The Apothecary has shown up on many juvenile book lists, and the book starts out with, "I was seven and living in Los Angeles when...", so I was fully prepared to read a juvenile book, but Janie quickly grows up withing a page and a half.
Would I recommend this book? Yes. I'm curious how preteens and middle school children will relate to Janie. Plus, it was an interesting story about the Cold War with layers of fantasy woven through. (less)
**spoiler alert** The Ask and the Answer seguel to The Knife of Never Letting Go starts off exactly where the other left off with Todd running into Ha...more**spoiler alert** The Ask and the Answer seguel to The Knife of Never Letting Go starts off exactly where the other left off with Todd running into Haven and Viola wounded in his arms. When he arrives he finds the Mayor already there. In this book Ness has alternating perspectives between Todd and Viola, which I did not enjoy. In a world where women are silent we should not be allowed to hear them. But obviously if he didn't do that we wouldn't have been able to get all the juicey inside drama of the Answer. Still I would have enjoyed to be in the dark about what the women were thinking and continue to view them with suspision and fear as the men of Prentiss town do. Also the first book had all the chapters listed out in a table of contents this book has none. Did Ness decide midship that was a bad idea? Then each chapter has several breaks where the action is stopped and begins anew at a different time. I never felt I could get into the story and stay because it kept pushing me out. But the story itself I loved. There were so many times I hated Todd, Viola, the Mayor, and Mistress Coyle. Who was good and who was evil? Why was Todd and Viola letting these people manipulate them? But in the end I mostly hate Todd and what he decided to do at the end of the book. Why would he not kill the mayor??? Seriously? Okay so Todd cannot kill. Bull! He already did. Now I have to wait forever for the next book to come out to see if Todd will ever kill the Mayor of if Viola's going to have to do it for him.(less)
At first I struggled staying focused. Daisy, the narrator spoke in run on sentences without any dialogue. I'm guessing the author did this so it would...moreAt first I struggled staying focused. Daisy, the narrator spoke in run on sentences without any dialogue. I'm guessing the author did this so it would be what she thought a teenager would sound like. Perhaps, but it but was distracting.
The romance between Daisy and Edmond was...interesting. I know this was a popular thing to do in England's historical past, so I tried to not be totally grossed out. I liked that Daisy seemed to be questioning it herself which made her seem more real and true, but there just wasn't enough about their romance for me to completely buy into their love for each other. I just needed more.
Then there was the strange way Isaac, Pipper, and Edmond could communicate. Was I suppose to read it as fantasy? I know Daisy told us it was suppose to be like when some people just know something bad had happend to a love one miles away, but I wasn't sure if I chould believe her or not.
I did really enjoy the story. Daisy would be going along telling her story and then out of no where someone would be blown to bits or bodies would be left decaying in the weather. Everything had a way of sneaking up on you. The second half reflected Daisy's maturing age which I appreciated. The ending was a little too wrapped up with some quickly tied off ends. I wanted a little more. (less)
Sequels always have the challenge of trying to live up to the first book. I still love the world of Leviathan, but th...moreBarking spiders! (favorite curse)
Sequels always have the challenge of trying to live up to the first book. I still love the world of Leviathan, but the novelty was gone even with the new setting and machines. It felt like Behemoth was carried more by Deryn's disguise and developing love interest in Alex, which was dragged out for the entire book with a couple of twists here and there. I was left a little bored.
For me the world created by Westerfeld will keep me reading and anticipating the final book. (less)
It's the great war of 1914, Clankers vs. Darwinist. The clankers are all about machinery. The Darwinist on the other hand have taken animals and creat...moreIt's the great war of 1914, Clankers vs. Darwinist. The clankers are all about machinery. The Darwinist on the other hand have taken animals and created new creatures that can float as airships or sniff out hydrogen. The story is about a girl who sneaks into the British Air Service to become a midshipman, and an Austrian prince who escapes from Austria after his parents murder. The book is action packed and has cool illustrations. I can't wait for the second book.(less)
Wonderful story to go along with Graceling! In Dell there are monsters. These monsters can be birds, bugs, and fish. They are beautiful creatures who...moreWonderful story to go along with Graceling! In Dell there are monsters. These monsters can be birds, bugs, and fish. They are beautiful creatures who lure their victims with their fashly colors then take over their minds to bring about their death. Fire is the last monster human. Why I'm not sure, but would love to hear more about that story. Her country is on the verge of war and she finds herself in the King's court for the sole purpose of digging around in minds to find information. This is something she swore after the death of her monster father she would never do. But for the sake of the kingdom and the people she loves will she become the monster she is?
And now we know how Leck, from Graceling, lost his eye. I'm glad Leck was not a huge character in this book, but I am curious to find out what will happen next will all the characters from Cashore's stories.(less)
Imagine standing on the edge of a cliff and the Earth beneath your feet begins to crumble. Imagine standing and waiting to fall for 300 plus pages, be...moreImagine standing on the edge of a cliff and the Earth beneath your feet begins to crumble. Imagine standing and waiting to fall for 300 plus pages, because that's what you're in for with Ness' final book in the Chaos Walking trilogy. There's a new voice in this book. The voice of the spackle. I'm thankful their voice was included, because it was the only opportunity to step back from the cliff and relax before being forced back onto the precipice. (less)
"The oath cannot protect against the error in judgment, the failure of knowledge, or the lack of skill. Avoiding harm is not so simple...moreFavorite Lines:
"The oath cannot protect against the error in judgment, the failure of knowledge, or the lack of skill. Avoiding harm is not so simple as flipping the switch linked to a human generator, knowing that light will always follow. What the oath demands is that you always choose with care, with the intent of not doing harm - and that when you cause harm in spite of these efforts, you do all you can to mend it." p. 171
"It is no promise of safety, only of mindfulness. Yet mindfulness is a sort of protection, too."(less)