I picked this up on a featured display table in the library feeling quite intrigued by the story. Funny how a book can change your emotions quickly asI picked this up on a featured display table in the library feeling quite intrigued by the story. Funny how a book can change your emotions quickly as you flip the pages of "A Sister's Gift".
The good thing is that Giselle has a good sense of understanding the art of writing character development. She managed to change my opinions about the two sister's intention of using each other to get what they want easily like the rate of a heartbeat displayed on the heart monitor machine in hospitals. I find myself feeling sympathetic towards the older sister who can't give birth and yet as it progresses, I get really annoyed by her desperate ways of wanting a child badly despite having a caring and loving husband who have to put up with her selfish nonsense all the time, until desperation drove her to a point where she made a VERY silly mistake. The pretension love that existed between her and her younger sister (Scarlett) was unbearable to read because there was absolutely no sisterly bond between them. Except they had play along with the pretense hoping something in return. Initially I did like Scarlett's way of thinking about life and how fearless she feels about living it. Only after chapters that a change of side resulted in me being disgusted with what Scarlett did in the past and how selfish she has been towards her sister all this time. To sum up about the characters, both showed they own side of being, "Heartless and single-minded" in the story.
A Sister's Gift is fairly a good write up about character development and a complex view of past secrets on sister relationship. Similar to Kim Edwards and Jodi Picoult, only that I feel it's not one dimensional and not a drag to read to get to the point....more
John did an exceptionally GOOD job of writing this piece. I am not a big fan of fantasy books or one that is written in a third person's point of viewJohn did an exceptionally GOOD job of writing this piece. I am not a big fan of fantasy books or one that is written in a third person's point of view. But The Book Of Lost Things kept me interested throughout its 400 plus pages and still I wanted more. His take on the fairy tales of the old times are intriguing and are cleverly imagined. Some of the fairy tales in this book I am not familiar with but John managed to keep it interesting enough for me to follow up with his story and that I wanted to find out more about that particular fairy tale. Fear not because what is good about The Book Of Lost Things is that it comes with John's interview about his inspiration and the research he did about the old time fairy tales and how he changed to weaved it into this book. They are tales about trolls, huntress, knights, talking wolves, woodman and alot of memorable characters that just goes on. I did googled about bits of this book and found out that they are going to make this book into a movie which I am NOT particularly excited about. I know its not fair to say it even before it comes out. But reading this book just opens up a world of imagination, how changing old fairy tales to integrate into a modern tale of a coming- age story about a boy who lost his mother to a sickness that brought only endless grief and loneliness to him. How he manage to crawl out of it? Read this book and imagine the things he sees....more
Ok, this book requires ALOT of attention in my opinion because there is ALOT going on in this book. First time reading Rankin and I don't think I willOk, this book requires ALOT of attention in my opinion because there is ALOT going on in this book. First time reading Rankin and I don't think I will ever pick up any of his book again. I like the fact that he tries to keep the interest with his 'stories' in readers glued to his book but I find that it's too messy and too distracting sometimes that I find it difficult to go back to the main story. The Synopsis of the book sure looks interesting but it got pretty exhausting along the chapters that I decided to skip some of the chapters throughout the book (i know it's bad). It just didn't keep my interest going. Maybe if I'm really bored and there's no books around to read, I will (MAYBE) read Necrophenia again....more
I didn't enjoy Malarkey as much as this one by Keith Gray. Ostrich Boys is a quick read with some humour and a good story that teenage boys might likeI didn't enjoy Malarkey as much as this one by Keith Gray. Ostrich Boys is a quick read with some humour and a good story that teenage boys might like. A trip that intended to fulfill the dead's wish turns out to be the biggest truth shocked for the three best friends. It explored many themes such as friendship which we all can relate to. This book is one you should read if you're not doing anything on a weekend afternoon....more
"It was at that moment that I realized this is necessity. It was not a question of him or me, but of him and me. We were, literally and figuratively,"It was at that moment that I realized this is necessity. It was not a question of him or me, but of him and me. We were, literally and figuratively, in the same boat. We would live or we would die together."
Definitely not a fast read. Life Of Pi is one of those books that requires time and patient for one to sit through. If you don't like long description about animals or violent animal killings in the midst of survival or religious faith or a draggy journey/part biography that should end with death , I suggest you skip this book.
The intro was long and it came to a point where someone said "I have a story that will make you believe in God." Now great, I'm stuck with a book that is going nowhere with a character that poses as a self-help "God-guider" trying to convert you. But wait, where's that hyena, a zebra (with a broken leg), a female orang utan and a 450-pound Royal Bengal Tiger on board with a sixteen year old boy they promise at the back of the book cover? Yes, the journey is long but the experience is one hell of a boat ride. Some say why not just kill the tiger and end the story?
That would have been easy right, but the MAIN highlight was about a boy retelling his surviving days with a 450-pound Bengal Tiger in the middle of an open sea!! The question was HOW? Now, that's a story. I personally like his take on FEAR and how it took over him, making plans to kill the tiger. If you have seen the American documentary: I shouldn't Be Alive: this is as close as it gets with more animals encountered. I enjoyed his inner thoughts and how he sees the world, always questioning about GOD and not choosing sides. It's not the greatest book I ever read but if you expect too much from the HYPE it gets, Life of Pi is going to disappoint you....more
How can anyone not like this book?! The Phantom Tollbooth is one of the books that will replace any adults who are suppose to send you to sleep with oHow can anyone not like this book?! The Phantom Tollbooth is one of the books that will replace any adults who are suppose to send you to sleep with other 'bedtime stories'. Heck, I wouldn't let anyone read this endearing story to me because I feel that this book is worth the hours you put in reading it. This is not the kind of book that tells about the main character's lame adventure that they have to complete or a destiny they have to fulfill. Juster's attempt at Milo's adventure is simply enjoyable and one that I could find myself reading this book over and over again....more
Too good to be missed. Usually, the second book will go stale or just a rip off from the first book with extended stories that you make yawn. EverwildToo good to be missed. Usually, the second book will go stale or just a rip off from the first book with extended stories that you make yawn. Everwild had more depth and interesting concept of the in-between. Those who read the first one definitely have to pick up the second one. Not hyping it up further, leaving you with my full rating for the book. Just go read....more