Overall, I think this book was a nice wrap up for the series. What I didn't like and what drove me nuts is the ending. There was only one little hintOverall, I think this book was a nice wrap up for the series. What I didn't like and what drove me nuts is the ending. There was only one little hint about the entire ending of the series and it wasn't well played up. Instead, at the climatic moment, Katniss does something totally unexpected and something that wasn't very well thought out and reasoned like the rest of the book. It is almost as if Suzanne Collins was tired of writing and wanted to simply put an end to the story and so she did it in a manner in which I found annoying and that is why it didn't get a higher star rating from me. After finishing the series, I would say my favorite book was The Hunger Games....more
Excellent sequel to the The Hunger Games. Equally gripping and telling but this time it seemed that Suzanne Collins was getting things set up for theExcellent sequel to the The Hunger Games. Equally gripping and telling but this time it seemed that Suzanne Collins was getting things set up for the conclusion. As such, it seemed that there was a little more background in this story, even though it still was missing major portions of the back story. I'm excited to read Mockingjay and see how everything is wrapped up in the series and where she heads even though I've heard mixed reviews about it falling short....more
Overall a pretty decent read. I really enjoyed having the story of Kahlan and Richard continue but was unsure what was even going on for most of the bOverall a pretty decent read. I really enjoyed having the story of Kahlan and Richard continue but was unsure what was even going on for most of the book. The print was large making it easy to read, but the book would have been much shorter if they had printed it the normal font. Also, I'm not really sure that I love the whole rehash prophesy thing that went on and on for pages and pages. It was so slow to get into this book and I was disappointed by that because most of the book are well worth the time even through the slow parts. This book however dragged on for almost 2/3 of they way until things finally started to make sense and fall into place. Of course, there is going to be a sequel to this book as it leave you hanging, but not in a really good place. I'm finding that I just don't care that much about the characters after finishing this. Not that I want a happy ending every time, but the entire series of the Sword of Truth was so engaging that this one just seemed to fall short in comparison. There was not really any growth of the characters either. It was simply taking familiar characters and placing them in another dangerous and unknown situation. It will be interesting to see where the next book goes. I for one am hoping that everything gets wrapped up in one book and this doesn't turn into the start of another long series....more
Of all the books in the Twilight series, this was probably one of the better ones and it is only a short story! Maybe it was the fact that we didn't hOf all the books in the Twilight series, this was probably one of the better ones and it is only a short story! Maybe it was the fact that we didn't have to hear Bella's rants and psycho babble throughout the entire book. Maybe it was the fact the there was actually a plot and storytelling happening. Maybe it was because for once there was actually a decent story being told that I found myself interested in. Or maybe it was all of the above. What I didn't like was that the story assumed you read Eclipse and knew what was happening so there wasn't a lot of back fill. That was probably intentional with it being a novella and outside of the main story line, but again, there was so much potential here that I kept wanting more and I think that Ms. Meyer has left room for that and the possibility of more to come. Only time will tell....more
A short, easy read, I was impressed by the story of Fred the postman going above and beyond his job duties to take care of his customers, not becauseA short, easy read, I was impressed by the story of Fred the postman going above and beyond his job duties to take care of his customers, not because anyone was making him, but because he had a genuine love for what he did and those he served. This book outlines principles everyone to do to increase their own personal satisfaction and "Fred Factor" in their lives. The subtitle, "How passion in your wok and life can turn the ordinary into the extraordinary" really sums it up nicely as well as the final two paragraphs of the book:
"What makes any act extraordinary is doing it with hear. What makes any life extraordinary is living it with love.
That's the secret of the Fred Factor."
While I enjoyed this book, I was a bit underwhelmed by this as a whole. Good principles and good ideas, but could have been twice as short and I would have enjoyed it more. Also, really liked the appendix in this book as it provided a nice summary of what I can personally to on my journey to become more like a Fred....more
I really wanted to like this book, but it just wasn't holding my interest at first. There was too much commentary by the narrator and not enough storyI really wanted to like this book, but it just wasn't holding my interest at first. There was too much commentary by the narrator and not enough story telling. I was frustrated because the story had so much potential. Then somewhere around 2/3's of the way through the book it suddenly changed. My perspective shifted or the action started to happen and I was hooked! The books ends on a bang and I'm ready for the sequel. My favorite line from the book: "By now, it is probably very late at night, and you have stayed up to read this book when you should have gone to sleep. If this is the case, then I commend you for falling into my trap. It is a writer's greatest pleasure to hear that someone was kept up until the unholy hours of the morning reading one of his books. It goes back to authors being terrible people who delight in the suffering of others. Plus, we get a kickback from the caffeine industry." pg 251....more
This book began with a lot of promise to chronicle the life of a man who started living a minimalist lifestyle and pared down to 100 personal items (eThis book began with a lot of promise to chronicle the life of a man who started living a minimalist lifestyle and pared down to 100 personal items (excluding shared items such as dishes, bed, etc. that the entire family would use). Mr. Bruno provided a great argument for paring down and there are four or five passages that I'll quote from the first 50 pages, however, the book simply fell flat for me. I wasn't interested in the diatribe that proceeded throughout the rest of the book. I simply could not understand why there was a 200 page book containing all this fluff! For someone preaching about decluttering and avoiding American style consumerism, it seemed as if this book was the antithesis to that and was simply written to have us consume the book and add it to our bookshelves. Sorry Mr Bruno, no offense, but I'm not a fan of the snide remarks or sarcasm that was so prevalent throughout the book which is why it took me so long to get through it. While there were moments of wisdom, overall the book was not worth the time it took to read it....more