Reading this book is like having tea and listening to a stranger tell his story while you wait idly for something (like a train) or someone. The storyReading this book is like having tea and listening to a stranger tell his story while you wait idly for something (like a train) or someone. The story is amusing and, at times, annoying but you still find yourself getting drawn to the stranger's thoughts and responding and relating to his experience. True, nothing strictly life-changing is narrated--there is no one big blow that changes this stranger's life--but you see and feel the effect of every little thing aroung him to his mindset and to his life, as you are affected by things around you.
JD Salinger tells an incredibly ordinary experience but this ordinary character of the Catcher in the Rye makes it universal and easy to relate to....more
This is a little slow-paced compared with A Storm of Swords but I still enjoyed it. Martin gave a view of Dorne, Bravoos, the Vale and the Iron IslandThis is a little slow-paced compared with A Storm of Swords but I still enjoyed it. Martin gave a view of Dorne, Bravoos, the Vale and the Iron Islands--these introductions to new territory and people in the middle part of the series made A Song of Ice and Fire lose slight momentum. However, the readers by this time also probably need some break from the wars; in this book, the wars didn't stop but the fights are not that grand as the focus is on the quest of some characters. The adventure is nonetheless still satisfying....more
Very intriguing and exciting upto the last page, even the last death in this book, despite the many killings that occured throughout the first two novVery intriguing and exciting upto the last page, even the last death in this book, despite the many killings that occured throughout the first two novels, still has that ingredient that will make readers feel grief and heartache....more
A very uninhibited exploration of sex, Coelho's book Eleven Minutes presents a well-researched and light approach on love, desire and pleasure. WhileA very uninhibited exploration of sex, Coelho's book Eleven Minutes presents a well-researched and light approach on love, desire and pleasure. While the story may be a little bit of a romantic cliche', Maria's intellectualization of her experiences makes it interesting and inspires intimate reading as the character talks to the reader, makes them respond and question their beliefs and practices.
It is overall satisfying and intellectually and sensually gratifying....more
The story is largely argumentative but the plot is almost hard to believe, with one character becoming overly optimistic at the end. As with any CrichThe story is largely argumentative but the plot is almost hard to believe, with one character becoming overly optimistic at the end. As with any Crichton novels, this contains many explanation forced into the plot making it a little tiring to read at times with all the technical details and statistics. The thrill and suspense are in the last chapters,so if one is patient enough to reach that part of this 600+ page novel, reward and excitement will be felt.
Many propositions laid out in this book require in-depth study and reflection. It will most likely make readers want to learn more to be able to fully grasp what it says and to consider, accept, or reject the possibilites and arguments presented in the book on various things such as global warming, bias in research, politics in science and the propagation of fears for societal control among others.
One amazing lesson this book teaches is skepticism. Never immediately accept what is given or presented as true. Take time to verify the data and the source of the information. And remember that majority opinion does not make one false idea true. There are also other points presented in the author's note and appendices at the end of the book but these are, of course, the author's personal views that are very much debatable.
The book, nonetheless, inspires thought and interest in research....more
Overflowing with positivity, it makes one wonder what kind of life the author lived to be able to see the good in every bad situation and turn unpleasOverflowing with positivity, it makes one wonder what kind of life the author lived to be able to see the good in every bad situation and turn unpleasant experiences into remarkable oppurtunities of learning.
A very delightful read, Alcott made sure that readers will like her characters before she gave them the blows of life. By the time they get to the hearthaches, first loves, death and career attempts, identification with the characters is already too strong that readers will find themselves feeling the pain and joys of every experience. The people in this story are also very realistic with their imperfections.
One has to read this, nonetheless, within the context of its publication, when women ought to be married and have their traditional roles at home. It does get ahead of its time at some point, with Jo's character as well as in the desires and thinking of the other little women.
An unforgettable and heartbreaking part is the passing away of one important character, whom a lot of the readers surely have seen in their lives, failed to notice or give much attention to but missed terribly when gone. These characters, as they exist in real life, give people sweet pain as the memories of their goodwill and selflessness serve as reminders that there is still goodness in this world. ...more
I think it is not as good as other Scarpetta novels. The plot is somewhat loose and compressed only at the end. There is not much thrill reading thisI think it is not as good as other Scarpetta novels. The plot is somewhat loose and compressed only at the end. There is not much thrill reading this one, less gore, too much drama and quite uninteresting characters, especially the killer. A schizophrenic killer, with childhood troubles is frankly common. Though most murderers are loose in the head, writers of this genre must make the person interesting and amuse the readers on the workings of a criminally insane mind as Cornwell has done in her other books; in this one her characterization of the killer fell flat.
One thing I am starting to feel as a reader of this series (though I did not read the books in order) is that the focus on Kay Scarpetta has become somewhat tiring. Somehow she ends up always at the center of everything that happens, even the killings turn out to involve her personally; it is always about her. It may be understandable as she is, after all, the hero, the protagonist of this series, but it maybe good to give her a break and make the character see that not everything is about her. A little less focus on the hero perhaps and more on the killers, victims and the amazing technical details will probably help refresh the readers of the wonderful complexity and excitement expected from books in this genre....more