After reading this book, I wonder if I've been missing out all these years because I usually skip introductions. But then again, this is Neil Gaiman wAfter reading this book, I wonder if I've been missing out all these years because I usually skip introductions. But then again, this is Neil Gaiman we're talking about, and I've never encountered one of his until now.
To be fair, Gaiman is one of my favorite authors ever. I feel about him the way I did about C.S. Lewis as a kid. Thanks to his Twitter feed and his blog, I've picked up books based on the authors he's mentioned, so it was cool to recognize some of those people along this particular journey.
"The View From the Cheap Seats" isn't all book introductions, but it is all non-fiction, and it's great stuff. His speeches are in here, as well as articles he's written over the years. I've learned what feels like loads more about him, and my to-read list has grown scary-large.
Pick this up if you're a fan of Gaiman's work. Pick this up if you're looking for more books to read. Pick this up if you need some inspiration and art in your life. Just pick it up....more
Sundays have been bleak since Season 6, Episode 10 of Game of Thrones aired. Which is why I finally picked up this 1,016-page behemoth. Although, I diSundays have been bleak since Season 6, Episode 10 of Game of Thrones aired. Which is why I finally picked up this 1,016-page behemoth. Although, I did not read the Appendix, so it was just 959 pages for me.
Unlike A Feast for Crows, A Dance with Dragons kept my attention and satisfied my Game of Thrones addiction. As many TV series viewers know, the show has diverged from the books; and I like what they (the showrunners) have done. The essence is still there, and while one character carries out an action sequence in the book, and a different one carries out the same action in the show, it's still chillingly gruesome.
Almost all the characters a reader like me care about returned in book five, which should be a huge motivation for anyone who has been putting off continuing with the book series. If you're still holding back for a publish date on The Winds of Winter, I say stop waiting! You could probably read this book, and then go back and re-read all five books again before the sixth installment is written. If you're a show-watcher and book-reader, this works in your favor because now you can go and look for clues on that huge Season 6 reveal....more
Dave Eggers has shown me the future, and I don't like it.
Before I tell you why - spoilers abound, so maybe stop reading. If you have read this book,Dave Eggers has shown me the future, and I don't like it.
Before I tell you why - spoilers abound, so maybe stop reading. If you have read this book, and want to discuss, keep reading because maybe you actually enjoyed this book and can tell me why you like it.
"The Circle" creeped me out, and makes me want to unplug (which I won't). It had one foot firmly planted in reality, and is just close enough to real to be disturbing.
Take our lives now - all the computers, smart phones, Google, social media, etc. - and fast forward to the not-so-distant future. That is "The Circle." Which by the way, is also the name of the powerful company at the center of the book. The company is something I think of if Facebook and Google were to join forces, and go for total world domination.
I enjoyed the premise of the book, but thought the execution was lacking. Eggers could've taken the story to another level and really blown my mind. Instead, the characters didn't totally develop, and I didn't buy into Mae, the main character. It seemed as if all of a sudden she was swimming in the Kool-Aid, as well as drinking it. She seems independent and intelligent, but doesn't ever question what's going on at her company.
Eggers also didn't flush out how or why her best friend Annie suddenly had a change of heart. One moment Annie is the star of the company, the next she's jealous that Mae has found success and is doubtful of the work they're doing.
Maybe there's another one of these books out there, but I don't know if I even need to seek it out. Looks like I can just read articles about Facebook being all too powerful nowadays....more