I remember being unsure as to how to feel about the fact that this was going to be the last Harry Potter book I would ever read for the first time. ThI remember being unsure as to how to feel about the fact that this was going to be the last Harry Potter book I would ever read for the first time. The previous book had done such a good job of imprinting the death of Dumbledore, and Hallows picked off from there, reinforcing Snape in all his nastiness as the book went on. But by the time you were done with The Prince's Tale, it was such a smack in the face, and turned the whole thing around. While it's hard to say that it was completely unexpected or that no one saw it coming, Snape's redemption and turn around and the way it was done really brought out what an awesome character he had been all along. There were lots of frightening moments too (Godric's Hollow, anyone?),there were laughs and scares in the exact right places; and towards the end, it sort of really came together. Bellatrix getting what she had coming to her ('Not by daughter, you bitch!'), Percy coming around, the Battle of Hogwarts, the Resurrection Stone scene. But I think what she really did well was the final confrontation between Harry and Voldemort (which, sadly the movie completely butchered) - 'You don't learn from your mistakes, Riddle, do you?'
The confrontation was awesome, but the actual duel itself was kinda disappointing. Expelliarmus. I mean, OH SHIT NOT AGAIN.
However, aside from that, reading this book for the first time was one of the genuinely best pleasures I've known.
I may have my issues with the prequel, but I don't think she could have done a better job with the book, or the series for that matter....more
Believe me when I say: This book will change your life.
It can get challenging at times, but in the end, it's an amazing, amazing book. You will haveBelieve me when I say: This book will change your life.
It can get challenging at times, but in the end, it's an amazing, amazing book. You will have at least questioned the basic and yet important tenets of intelligence, morality, and what it means to be good or bad and what it means to live, to really live, by the time you're done.
I first read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance when I was sixteen...it changed the way I thought about the world and about ideas. I don't think i've ever read anything quite like it.
There are some that argue that Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is 'mental masturbation' of sorts; or a 'pretentious philosophical work' whose ideas are just all over the place. The truth is, this book is probably one of those few who deserve the oft-thrown around appraisal, 'this book will change your life' - because, at its heart, the book is about ideas and covers tremendous mental territory. It's a challenging read, but highly recommended....more
A delightful book I read in the 6th grade for fun.
Contrary to its title, this book is actually all about the delights and joys of maths. It might as wA delightful book I read in the 6th grade for fun.
Contrary to its title, this book is actually all about the delights and joys of maths. It might as well have been titled, The 'I Love Mathematics' Book!
This book re-kindled my interest in maths and introduced me to many of its delights, years ahead of school. Topics that would later come back years and years ahead in college, I first stumbled across and devoured in this little book, among them probability, topology, permutations and combinations, number theory, and a lot of other good stuff.
I wish maths teachers everywhere would strive for communicating the real joy of maths to students instead of making it seem like a dry unenjoyable subject, which it most certainly is not.
What I loved about this book, is its choice in incorporating the 'big ideas' - ideas that will make the 11 year old kid see the world in a new mathematical light. Maths as it relates to the world. I can definitely remember having my 11 year old mind blown by contemplating the mysteries of the natural world this book introduced me to, through the medium of mathematical ideas, puzzles and riddles.
Aside from all that, this book is spectacularly funny. There are lots of jokes splashed amongst numbers, graphs, and charts. It is also written with some really clever humour, lots of witty and sarcastic quips in between.
There is nothing kids enjoy and need more than having their curiosity whetted and fed. We need more books like these....more
Really well-written, extremely clever and at times bitingly funny and sarcastic. This book has pretty strong arguments and looks at the theistic worldReally well-written, extremely clever and at times bitingly funny and sarcastic. This book has pretty strong arguments and looks at the theistic world view through the practical, the historical and the scripture bases. Well drawn out arguments and rebuttals make this one of the defining statements for atheism.
Not in the least because Richard Dawkins, that man knows his shit. It's great to watch him blaze through theist arguments and rip them apart. You know with what? THAT'S RIGHT, WITH SCIENCE. Awwyeah....more
Gothic wilderness, madness, first loves, betrayals, childhood best friends parting and meeting again, castles, the highlands, wild, unbridled, intoxicGothic wilderness, madness, first loves, betrayals, childhood best friends parting and meeting again, castles, the highlands, wild, unbridled, intoxicating passions.
Wuthering Heights is phenomenal. Emily Bronte only ever wrote one book during her lifetime, and died not long after this one was published, but as it stands, Wuthering Heights is rightly enough to put her on the list as one of the best writers in the history of English literature.
This book is moody, fierce, brooding, intense, tragic and very, very beautiful. The prose alone is a pleasure to read.
When I first read Wuthering Heights, I spent the first half despising Heathcliff and Cathy. They were whiny bitches for the larger part, and when I was finished with the novel I couldn't figure out just why it was that I put the book down having another perspective to look back at those same characters now. Of course, they still made you want to punch them in the stomach, but you couldn't really avoid liking them as characters. It was the first book that inspired such intense dislike and yet made wonderful reading all the same.
This book is one of my all time favourites....more
There are in a lifetime only so many books you can read, and out of those fewer are still that make your head their hMy love for this book is endless.
There are in a lifetime only so many books you can read, and out of those fewer are still that make your head their home, that affect you in more ways than one, and that stay with you long after the last page has been turned.
This is one of those books.
This was my first Charlotte Bronte book (who is now one of my favourite authors, and whose work I have since eagerly perused like a kid at a candy store years ago.)
Jane as a character is unbelievable: she just barely manages to contain herself between the covers of the book, at times she threatens to leap out of the paper. That is how splendidly written this book is. ...more