after reading the twilight series and a variety of photography books, i was ready for something heavy. i wanted long, languishing prose that tarries oafter reading the twilight series and a variety of photography books, i was ready for something heavy. i wanted long, languishing prose that tarries on for miles. descriptors that make me stop and re-read them again just because of how perfect they are. i want to make my english degree's heart flutter a bit. i found that in the sea.
i admired this book because it's pretty much the antithesis of a formulaic work of fiction - no chapters, not even much linear thought. i didn't look at this like a novel. i saw it exactly as i think it's meant to be seen: an old man sitting down day after day and recollecting a life that has just about passed him by. memories of childhood bring back memories of adulthood; a tale of one moment will suddenly cease and be interrupted by another, but instead of feeling discombobulated i felt at home. that's what it's like to remember. things aren't always very clear or consistent, and watching max wade through that was most recognizable.
i can see so many different perspectives on this book that i don't have a clue who i would recommend it to - probably no one. but i think max might have liked that....more
i was interested to see what a stephenie meyer "adult" book was like, and i was intrigued by the proclamation that it was sci-fi for people who don'ti was interested to see what a stephenie meyer "adult" book was like, and i was intrigued by the proclamation that it was sci-fi for people who don't think they like sci-fi.
character development was all screwy here. i found myself unable to really care about melanie and jared because i saw so little of what they were like before wanda took over mel's body. all we really got to see was jared being mean. if meyer really wanted us to care, we should have seen more of what they were like earlier in the story, when they were happy. i would have liked to see their relationship progress, and hear more about how they survived on the fringes. not to mention what it was like for mel to have her body back; this book was called "the host," but it seemed to cast mel as a much less central character than wanda.
i really didn't see much difference between her young adult and adult stories; same type of characters, same interactions (or lack thereof). and why is it necessary to bring up the whole age thing again, and have a girl lie about it to get with the guy? i just don't see why that's necessary. if you're writing this for adults, let's make the main characters adult at least.
i did enjoy the concept overall, and even if i saw the ending a mile away i kept reading to make sure i was right. i was; it was fine, but nothing i'll want to crack open again. ...more
i kind of fell in love with this book. i kind of dreamed all about it last night, and can't stop thinking about henry and clare right now. i kind of ki kind of fell in love with this book. i kind of dreamed all about it last night, and can't stop thinking about henry and clare right now. i kind of keep looking around wondering if henry is maybe right behind me and i don't even know it. it was so, so good.
i know a little bit about waiting for someone you love. i did my fair share of it for years, so going through clare's emotions of waiting for henry, and the elation she experiences when she is finally with him -- i'm right there. it's spot on. of course, it's not like my guy was time traveling when he was away; but still.
the last half of this book had me unable to put it down, and the last quarter had me in shambles. for me, this book is something like six feet under meets the notebook meets possession, all shoved in a blender with a little time travel sprinkled in just to make things extra spicy.
i did not expect to love this book - i thought 3 star at best, but it has become an instant classic for me. hell, it made me hand write a love letter to my husband, and i haven't done that in quite awhile. i love this book, and i love henry and i love clare, and i love them in the now and the past and the future, and i wish their moments together could go on forever, and i know somewhere they are, and that makes me smile....more
i read this book in a few hours one day, moments before i watched the movie. the book left me feeling an odd conglomerate awe and anger towards chris.i read this book in a few hours one day, moments before i watched the movie. the book left me feeling an odd conglomerate awe and anger towards chris. sad too, of course; and not just because his tale ended with death, but because he had a family that didn't have a chance to know him as an adult. i realize that the inner dynamic of all of that is beyond me or this book or any other tangible thing, but no matter how you slice it it makes me sad for all parties involved.
i love chris' self portraits from the rolls of film he left at the bus. i wish i could see more of them, because for me, they speak volumes more than words could ever try to convey....more
it took me long enough to finish this one, which says a lot. i'm the person who will willingly give up sleep, food, social interaction and general humit took me long enough to finish this one, which says a lot. i'm the person who will willingly give up sleep, food, social interaction and general human-like activities to read a good book.
i really liked kate atkinson's case histories. it's been awhile since i read it, but it left enough of an impression that i was willing to dive into this one with little knowledge of what it was about, or what people thought of it. all in all, it had a very slow start for me. in fact, that was the biggest obstacle - the first 100 pages or so left me unmotivated to continue. once i was in the middle things picked up, but by the end i was just waiting to get to the last page.
i love a good mystery, but something was lacking here. the characters were odd, and not exactly in a good way. things were made needlessly complicated with too many characters, and behind the sheen of the mystery, there was a distinct lack of sincerity in this book that i found in case histories and really missed here. i didn't find myself particularly caring about the secret behind all the seemingly random events that were actually tied together; and without that, there wasn't much to grab onto....more
i didn't even have time to move this from my "to-read" shelf to the "currently-reading" shelf. i got this book for christmas - i tried to avoid readini didn't even have time to move this from my "to-read" shelf to the "currently-reading" shelf. i got this book for christmas - i tried to avoid reading it during the holidays because i knew it would depress me. one night i couldn't resist any longer and i read it in 2 hours. i should probably preface this by saying that i harbor a strange fascination with the story of nigella lawson/john diamond. i've loved nigella and her shows for years, and recently learned about the death of her mother, sister, and husband; all to cancer. i read many of john's columns online and decided i had to have this book, even though all i could find were used copies.
the title says it all - he's no hero. he's doesn't want to be called brave. he did what he had to do in the face of some fucking awful things that happened. especially heart-breaking is his recount of trying to find the primary location of the cancer and just barely missing it, possibly costing him precious time. also, watching his predicted odds of survival slowly dwindle make you question your faith in medicine, and even your faith in your own body (is it just a ticking time bomb?).
think your life sucks? read this book. think of having a 3 year old and 10 month old and knowing that you will not see them grow up. think of losing your tongue to cancer when your life is all about expressing your thoughts and opinions.
but don't think this book is all about wallowing. to the contrary, it is filled with humor and surprises and left me amazed; not just saddened (john died in 2002). this book is unlike any other that i've read, and i feel like a better person for having read it. what more could you possibly want from some bound pages of paper?...more
it is a chilling experience to read this. if you keep a journal of your own you probably understand how odd it is to imagine people around the world cit is a chilling experience to read this. if you keep a journal of your own you probably understand how odd it is to imagine people around the world curling up with it/them. i am a self-admitted voyeur so i couldn't resist this glimpse into her mind.
as always, ted had a say in what we (and more importantly, her children) would know of her:
"I destroyed [the last of her journals] because I did not want her children to have read it (in those days I regarded forgetfulness as an essential part of survival)"
yes, it is disappointing to know those words are forever lost. fortunately she has other ways of guiding us through the darkest portals of her mind, and i am grateful for the challenge of the journey....more
i don't know if it was plath who brought me to yeats or vice versa; that one is a bit like the chicken and the egg. at the end of the day though i guei don't know if it was plath who brought me to yeats or vice versa; that one is a bit like the chicken and the egg. at the end of the day though i guess it doesn't really matter, because both are really tasty.
so does that make plath fried chicken and yeats scrambled eggs, or vice versa?
oh, right. enough of that line of thought. i think yeats would be smacking his forehead right now if he read this.
to say something worthwhile, the second coming is a brutal masterpiece, but that's not all he has to offer. if i had the book in front of me right now i could be more specific - i'll try to remember to do that at some point. but come on, any guy that proposes to the same person 4 times only to be rejected again and again is bound to have some interesting things to say.
in all seriousness, one of my life goals is to visit 23 fitzroy road in london. to think that two amazing writers lived in the same place really tickles my fancy....more
this is mammoth, and i'm pretty picky, so a lot of this didn't click with me. but what did stand out was some really really good stuff. give it a go ithis is mammoth, and i'm pretty picky, so a lot of this didn't click with me. but what did stand out was some really really good stuff. give it a go if you're patient and have an open mind....more
read this whenever you feel like life sucks. it will remind you that it could always be worse - you could turn into a bug and your family might try toread this whenever you feel like life sucks. it will remind you that it could always be worse - you could turn into a bug and your family might try to squish you.
but seriously, a great book. another one i need to re-visit someday....more