My first real Terry Pratchett book after Good Omens. What an eclectic read!
Funny, scary, and intriguing all at once. There were times I laughed out loMy first real Terry Pratchett book after Good Omens. What an eclectic read!
Funny, scary, and intriguing all at once. There were times I laughed out loud and times when I got the heebie jeebies. Then I found myself wondering about the "secret". A great yarn, masterfully done. I will read more of these books, you can count on it!...more
I'm only on about page 40 or so and this is the O.M.G. funniest damn book I have EVER read. I can't stop laughing. It's like reading Monty Python. I kI'm only on about page 40 or so and this is the O.M.G. funniest damn book I have EVER read. I can't stop laughing. It's like reading Monty Python. I keep picturing my favorite Brit, Eddie Izzard, which just makes it funnier........ *my sides hurt*...more
**spoiler alert** Hmmmm. I read a review of this book while I was reading it even tho it I knew it was a mistake to do so. Anyway - someone said that**spoiler alert** Hmmmm. I read a review of this book while I was reading it even tho it I knew it was a mistake to do so. Anyway - someone said that the 1st 2/3 of the book was great but the last third was dull. I agree with that assessment completely and can't help thinking if I think that b/c I read that review first. Grrrr..
Anyway. It, for me, was an odd little book. I came by it almost accidentally, as I was wandering the rows of my library and it seemed to jump out at me for some reason. I thought 'Well, I've always been curious about it and I haven't seen the movie to ruin it for me, why not?"
It is surprisingly interesting. For what it is; basically a treatise on the psychoactive properties of certain plants, to begin with anyway; it is an engaging read. Not dull or text-y in any way. But I experienced a very odd reaction while reading it. While reading it, I was engrossed and engaged. But when I stopped for whatever reason, I had little desire to pick it back up and start again. Yet when I did, I was happy that I went thru with it. I don't think I have ever had that while reading a book.
I did learn quite a bit in this book, as I think I was meant too. Certainly not everything the author may have wanted as I am quite sure most of it went right out of my head unfortunately. I have been aware of voodoo all my life and always knew it was a reality. Being open to other religions and ways of life also helped keep a somewhat open mind. Even as an animal lover, I understand in principle anyway, live sacrifice, no matter how much I may disagree with it and see it as spiritually degrading. Having said that, the author didn't quite get across to me why it is "OK" to zombify a person and that was what I began to look for about halfway thru the book. Maybe I missed it. I read the reasons given for why it could be done, but never why it was accepted as a form of corporal punishment. Maybe as one victim is described "They had become a pariah to the community" and they were therefore condemned to a time of servitude. But that just doesn't do it for me. And as I type this, I feel I may have missed the entire point of the book. Maybe the culture itself is to foreign for me to comprehend at this point in my life.
Instances of animal cruelty are numerous and considering the subject matter, to be expected. Mostly chickens but some experiments done on lab monkeys and rats bothered me only b/c the thought of lab animals is such an abhorrent idea. One particularly disturbing instance of a cat killing is also included. ...more
I've read books by both Mr Preston and Mr Child and books by both of them together. This is one of the most horrifying of all of them, because it is tI've read books by both Mr Preston and Mr Child and books by both of them together. This is one of the most horrifying of all of them, because it is true.
I'm sure the point of the book is to point out the horrors of the investigation into the series of crimes. The murders were horrific, to be sure, but the investigation is truly scary.
And the scariest thing is this; if you don't think this could happen in the US, think again! *shudders*...more
This is a grail mystery. There was a time not so long ago that that was all you could find in the new fiction department and so I put off reading it fThis is a grail mystery. There was a time not so long ago that that was all you could find in the new fiction department and so I put off reading it for a while. Thinking it was just a copycat. Having read it - I cant say that it isn't riding the coat tails of DaVinci Code but an acceptable read nonetheless!
It is the story of 2 young womens lives. One is 13th century France and one, a young British woman vacationing in modern day France. It includes mystery, betrayal, rituals and knights. The Inquistion, the Crusades and the Cathars. I had a tough time in the first few chapters with the authors choice of person. It seemed odd and disconnected, but either I adjusted quickly or she changed to a normal third person narrative. But the epilogue threw me off too so I guess the author used a different writing style in those instances.
I found the story quite good overall. When I find myself sitting at my computer wondering what the characters are doing or trying to fit pieces of the puzzle together that means it is a good book. That doesn't happen all that often for me! It was a bit far fetched but the author's idea of the grail itself is unique. It certainly wasn't preachy or favorable of the Catholic church. Most of the Cathars ideas (as presented in the book) are quite attractive. Which explains the persecution of them!!
Anyway - the book didn't blow me away but I did find myself making time to read it and at the end wanting to find how all the pieces fit together. There were many ends to tie up there and that dont get solved till the last chapter or so. I don't think I will read it again but I do give it a 7 out of 10.
Instances of animal violence: Two that I can remember. While unpleasant they were not all that disturbing. (Not like Preston and Child - those guys must HATE dogs...)...more
I finally figured out why I am reading these. It is not my normal type of book; it is just so bizarre. Then it hit me. It's like readingShort Review:
I finally figured out why I am reading these. It is not my normal type of book; it is just so bizarre. Then it hit me. It's like reading a dream. I mean, flying stone heads over 150 feet tall. Egyptians with solar powered sun barks. Flying stone lions. A master thief who communicates with cats. Sphinxes. Messengers from Hell. It is all so convoluted and yet, it still works. Somehow!! I can't stop reading these and read them as fast as I can....more
I feel every American woman should read this book. It was a surprise to me how forward thinking and strong these women were. It's just not what we werI feel every American woman should read this book. It was a surprise to me how forward thinking and strong these women were. It's just not what we were taught about them, if we were taught anything at all. It gave me a new respect for women of all ages.
Now - I will admit it was NOT an easy read. Some of it is taken from these women's actual letters from the times, so some of the language is archaic to us, but I still recommend it whole heartedly (sp?). It took me a long time to get thru it but I really wanted to finish it and I was happy I did. ...more