1) Justice & Honour: The definition of those words and what it means in the context of Hannah's environment.
2) RA few things that got me thinking:
1) Justice & Honour: The definition of those words and what it means in the context of Hannah's environment.
2) Religion & Customs (Identity): These two things are commonly tied in together. Separating them would be hard due to mostly, tradition pass down.
3) Debates on religion: "I had a tense relationship with the Muslim students, one that was largely debate. Their attitude was a mixture of respect, because I could quote chapter and verse from the Quran, tinged with suspicious. Why was I asking these questions of their faith? Who was I to question what the Imams taught as truth and what they believed? A number of the male students were angry with me, and did little to hide that anger. They just told me that the Quran was the holy word of God, and such should never be questioned."
Firstly, I would like to say that if one goes into a debate, its usually with an intention to win (always wanting to be right rather than being kind) rather than respectfully having a decent and civil exchange with a human being. One I would encourage anyone approaching someone wanting to understand a particular faith/religion from a human soul. And vice versa.
Secondly, Hannah's questioning about her faith. It is her right, in fact, it's everyone's rights to question about anything regards to life. But it is also okay to have intellectual humility and say "I don't know" or refer them to someone you think you can trust and is reliable (given that you have a thinking brain and heart to analyse them to seek for the truth) rather than pretend knowing everything or dismissing someone with "Quran was the holy word of God, and such should never be questioned" just because they feel challenged by the question. I feel that in faith conversations, people tend to speak for God sometimes so quickly and it amazes me by how certain they are about some things. That can totally change someone's perspective about how you view God. I think we all need better conversations with each other because partly of the mainstream media and what we were told when we were young isn't helping us at all.
4) Love: This one sting a lot. From the day Hannah was being perceived in her family and the verbal, physical abuse she had to go through, and the skewed view of Islam (I believed that all faiths are derived from love) forced on her. She suffered and was sickly depraved from LOVE. Here is what I think, when justice isn't put at the right place (in this case, when she was growing up), there will be no peace. When there is no peace, love cannot thrive.
I give this book two and half star for her courage in search for love and found love in another religion....more
"A dream is not needing anything," the BFG went on. "If it is a good one, it is waiting peaceably for ever until it isSome quotes I like from The BFG:
"A dream is not needing anything," the BFG went on. "If it is a good one, it is waiting peaceably for ever until it is released and allowed to do its job. If it is a bad one, it is always fighting to get out."
"It's moving!" Sophie cried. "It's alive" "Of course it's alive." "What will you feed it on?" Sophie asked. "It is not needing any food." the BFG told her. "That's cruel." Sophie said "Everything alive needs food of some sort. Even trees and plants." "The north wind is alive." the BFG said. "It is moving. It touches you on the cheek and on the hands. But nobody is feeding it."...more
I shouldn't have watched Wes Anderson's version first. It's one of those few movies from book that is brilliantly made and it became one of my favouriI shouldn't have watched Wes Anderson's version first. It's one of those few movies from book that is brilliantly made and it became one of my favourite Anderson's movie. (view spoiler)[That aside, I liked how the book had a character that got everyone underground in deep trouble because of stealing food from the farmers but yet managed to crafted up solutions to save all the animals from getting killed. (hide spoiler)]I got a bit distracted though seeing that I watched the movie already and I used none of my imagination when reading the book. Anderson's version of the animals kind of spoon-fed my imagination and it left me dry (well, all of which is my fault). So, I would recommend to read the book first, then watch the movie. ...more
I kind of know what to expect from the synopsis but it took me deeper into the DARK world that bizarro fiction (cameron pierce) have to offer. I cringI kind of know what to expect from the synopsis but it took me deeper into the DARK world that bizarro fiction (cameron pierce) have to offer. I cringed, disgust at what the story offered and at most parts i was unsettled. Serve me right for reading this book. ...more
Repetitive and the content only touches on the surface of the subject. I felt that the writer was indulging herself too much on her experience like aRepetitive and the content only touches on the surface of the subject. I felt that the writer was indulging herself too much on her experience like a broken record.
Here's an example:
"I am a flâneur. Many of my best moments of travel have involved sitting and watching. In New York, I spend hours in Central Park, drifting from one bench to another to watch the passing scene. I did the same sitting alone under the long summer sun in the Vigeland sculpture garden in Oslo. In Venice, my husband and I returned several times to a cafe table under a huge tree passing hours with snacks and cold drinks, watching Venetians go about their business. In Rome, my niece and I ended every day with gelato at a favourite spot outside Pantheon. Sitting, eating watching. Conversation optional.
Sitting and watching is a complete feast for introvets' super sensitive sensory perception. We take it all in....the way people walk, how they dress, snippets of conversation.We take the time to notice what a place smells like. I like watching the light change as the afternoon winds down. I try to imagine the homes people are hustling to, heads down, filled with purpose, at the end of the day"
I got tired after the constant struggle of emo-ing and trying to get away from the love interest (*roll eyes - forbiddden love). The only thing that kI got tired after the constant struggle of emo-ing and trying to get away from the love interest (*roll eyes - forbiddden love). The only thing that kept me reading was the Valefar and Martis war but it was disappointing in the end. A weak start but I will give book two a try....more
Maybe its the translation or maybe its the planets that the little prince visited that I'm suppose to understand. Or it could just be the bland littleMaybe its the translation or maybe its the planets that the little prince visited that I'm suppose to understand. Or it could just be the bland little prince. I get it that children have all the 'special' things that grown ups have lost. But the division between the grown ups and children world mindset was huge that it made me feel that The Little Prince was an anti grown ups story.
With quotes like this below, a two star rating is sufficient.
"Grown ups are certainly very strange."
"To forget a friend is sad. Not everyone has had a friend. And if I forget him, I may become like grown-ups who are no longer interested in anything but figures."
"Grown ups never understood anything by themselves. And it is rather tedious to have to explain things to them time and again" ...more
I liked the first book better. In the second book, I felt that it was too self-indulgent on Adam side. The grieving for three years felt like foreverI liked the first book better. In the second book, I felt that it was too self-indulgent on Adam side. The grieving for three years felt like forever and the ending felt formulaic to me. (view spoiler)[Is the sex scene really necessary? They only spent like less than three days and all it takes is a make up sex? With just a click of a finger (one phone call, everything is settled - how convenient), Adam dropped the band, his bandmates, his girlfriend, his future. All because he's TIRED. (hide spoiler)]I felt that there wasn't any growth in the characters, like they were still in high school. This could have been a good follow up because book one was not bad....more
The level of weirdness in this book is pleasantly addictive especially when you have food characters that represents human emotions. The concept/ideaThe level of weirdness in this book is pleasantly addictive especially when you have food characters that represents human emotions. The concept/idea works brilliantly even though I find the sex scene hard to digest. It's like the oddest thing I've read in a long time. The book is a quick read but incredibly fun and imaginative. I believe that this book isn't just written for the sake of being weird. Pierce's ability to talk about deep matters without being overly emo or annoyingly angsty made it such an honest story to read. This is one of the many books that I will re-read again....more
“And I don’t ever really want to know you. What do you mean? If you can ever completely know someone then that means that person has stopped changing, h“And I don’t ever really want to know you. What do you mean? If you can ever completely know someone then that means that person has stopped changing, has stopped thinking, has stopped doing anything it is that makes a person unique and individual. The fun is in getting to know someone. Experiencing things with them, watching them change and just hoping they don’t change so much they no longer interest you.”...more
I lost count of the phrase "I love you" in this book. Too much telling than showing. I was fine with the mushy touchy feel in the relationship until tI lost count of the phrase "I love you" in this book. Too much telling than showing. I was fine with the mushy touchy feel in the relationship until that phrase kept repeating in the book. Yeah, we got it Weatherly. Now, can we get to the action part? I was really looking forward for more angel vs humanity action and Raziel's character development. I didn't get much from both in this book. Instead, Weatherly shifted the focus of shaking up the relationship between Willow and Alex. (view spoiler)[While the focus was perhaps important to the development of the series, I felt that there were too many characters thrown into this book. We have Kara, Wesly, Sam, Liz, Charmaine (I can't remember the rest) and there's Seb - the one that really shakes the relationship and tested the true meaning of "I love you". There's just too many love triangles going around involving confused girls being fickle about who their love is in the middle of the conflict. But it was interesting to know about Willow's love triangle story because the physic knowledge of having the power of thinking about Seb's whereabouts in Willow's mind while with Alex is a good catalyst for the relationship to fall apart. Other than that, it was just an excuse to create conflict between them. (hide spoiler)]I prefer Book one to Book two simply because the concept sparked my interest about the angel-feeding world and I felt that Weatherly didn't take it up further in Angel Fire....more