I started reading according to my mum about 4 years old thanks to her love of books, but this was considered the "first" book I read alone and quietlyI started reading according to my mum about 4 years old thanks to her love of books, but this was considered the "first" book I read alone and quietly at 6 years old. I finished it in one day! I still have my original copy from all those years ago, and remember it fondly =) Very cute for kids!...more
Like an original Shel Silverstein, or at least the Victorian variety. Mum shared this with me when I was little, and it still holds a dear place in myLike an original Shel Silverstein, or at least the Victorian variety. Mum shared this with me when I was little, and it still holds a dear place in my heart. We lived in England, and each night before school I'd read. This book was often my friend through the night. All night long I'd read, and later my mum would tell me of her own love for the Dong and the Jumblies, and still I love this book so much. Once he catches your heart and mind, it belongs to him forever....more
"I believe that words uttered in passion contain a greater living truth than do those words which express thoughts rationally conceived. It is blood t"I believe that words uttered in passion contain a greater living truth than do those words which express thoughts rationally conceived. It is blood that moves the body. Words are not meant to stir the air only: they are capable of moving greater things."
This book is an epic piece of art that captures the honest, uncomfortable side of the heart and the whole being of the human conscience. I suffer from depression, and I move often to fast to guilt, so I read each situation of Sensei's life with empathy but also chastised him - then quickly chastised myself.
The fading of an era is not a milestone i have not yet reached nor perhaps a thing culturally comparative in the US, but I think we all relate to good times past that flash before us as the world moves in and replaces our sentiments. Sometimes these new inhabitants of modernity leave no room for sentimentality and perhaps we too die with them.
"I do not want your admiration now, because I do not want your insults in the future. I bear with my loneliness now, in order to avoid greater loneliness in the years ahead. You see, loneliness is the price we have to pay for being born in this modern age, so full of freedom, independence, and our own egotistical selves.”
Someone on here wrote it was dense, and it is. It is packed full of intense emotion beyond it's mere 220 some odd pages, which I read to the very end and I'm not ashamed I closed it while crying. ...more
I do not read manga... but this I had to because I thoroughly enjoyed the drama series and the beautiful movie. The movie made me cry so hard! I foundI do not read manga... but this I had to because I thoroughly enjoyed the drama series and the beautiful movie. The movie made me cry so hard! I found the manga by searching online for it, and someone had generously uploaded all the volumes. My very first manga! ;)...more
Hilarious, until some of the things you realize ACTUALLY scare you and could happen... then you start reading it a little more closer and seriously orHilarious, until some of the things you realize ACTUALLY scare you and could happen... then you start reading it a little more closer and seriously or you start smiling more at what they have included. My boyfriend got this for me for my birthday this year, after I was always talking about wanting to know "What if" type situations. "What would we do if we ran across a bear?" and other questions that scare you. You see the quiz type board game at certain stores and you smile and think its totally cute... but who needs anything like that, right? Not in this day in age.
I could agree, and my boyfriend and I at first were laughing at the illustrations, and you probably will, until a topic title grabs your eye and you read more.
At first you laugh when it tells you how to survive things like the wedding night, not being caught sleeping during class, how to escape a business meeting and how to crawl under the desk, or trying to buy a last item in a store full of shoppers on the verge of rioting. Then is has more interesting "hmmm" topics like disarming a bear trap and other actual useful things, such as being bitten by snakes, or how to scare off mountain lions, avoiding certain stampeding animals (who knows, maybe someone will ask you to safari out in Africa), dealing with an evil vending machine (properly of course! haha) that takes your money but doesn't drop your goodies, and other stuff you think actually is chit chatty type handy tips or noteworthy things to store away in your brain.
Then, you might run into one of the topics that grabs your eye and it is something you are ACTUALLY scared of... and you read on and on it is something you NEVER forget, that I can promise! These are usually from the "EXTREME" edition of the Worst Case Scenario series, and some of them are things most of us have feared at one point or another. I was up a little too late one night, hooked on reading about being buried alive and escaping the grasps of nature, and insomnia induced hysteria started having me think "Oh my, I should keep this with me at all times on road trips". Of course, I also have studied and hold onto the Zombie Survival Handbook so, just a heads up haha.
Some other topics will have you flipping right through, but being a reader nerd I have to read everything cover to cover. Being "Complete" it has more than you could definitely want, and some topics you might raise an eyebrow for them including, but then shrug because who knows, it might not help you but someone else. Sort of like those obvious signs that tell you DANGER, low ceiling or something or another, but it can't stop there it has to include a comical yellow and black sign of someone hitting their head.
As a result, combining the useful with the more trivial and funny is great and if you like buying "Complete" editions packed with all the other side books and don't want to dish out more buying all the other books (and I think at this point there are quite a few), this is a good buy. However, if you want just the serious or the funny, looking at the catalog of their separate books is probably a better idea to suit your tastes.
For any person who is anxious, likes to plan, is the handyman type and needs to know all Plan B's, this is a wonderful gift. Even if they don't read it right away, I can promise it will be something they'll keep with their tools for the handy type, their car/truck for the roady type or those who enjoy camping outdoors... or like me, the anxious type, I keep it with my xanax!...more
This is one of the few times I felt the movie might have outdone the book, but only in ways a book could never outdo a movie I guess. The movie capturThis is one of the few times I felt the movie might have outdone the book, but only in ways a book could never outdo a movie I guess. The movie captured and highlighted elements of the story I found to be the most striking and emphasized them a lot more than the book, and somehow I felt like the characters were better shown. Strange I know, especially when most of the book is from one of the character's point of view and the movie has to hurry to set a foundation for the characters. I felt like the characters were more enigmatic from the book than the movie (which is rare). I couldn't help disliking the character in the book the way I loved and understood him in the movie. (Trying to be vague here so not to add spoilers).
The movie also did an amazing job picking books and splicing lines and themes into what seems to be a weary challenge of trying to do. Also, the book material that is covered at the end... I was sad they didn't bring up what material was read toward the end of the book in the movie.
Still, this is an incredible book although surprisingly short. It starts off quite simple, somewhat predictable, and then progressively gets more intense and chaotic with themes and questions that could be books and books written about those themes themselves, but managed to squeeze all the juice it could into the book without drawing it out.
Definitely a new favorite, it is haunting and I couldn't stop thinking about it afterwards. I can't stop thinking about it, so much in fact, that I am writing on here which I am generally shy to do! =) The story has stuck with me, it feels so real and I can feel that void created by the story as if it were mine. Definitely going to take a few days to shake this one off!...more
I fell in love with the world of Green Sky when I was only 3 years old. Sounds preposterous, but it's true. I sat watching my dad play the Commodore gI fell in love with the world of Green Sky when I was only 3 years old. Sounds preposterous, but it's true. I sat watching my dad play the Commodore game by Windham Classics for hours, and hours. By the time I was 4-5 I could beat it myself by memory - but I always would call him at work if I forgot how to load the game (Load "*", 8, 1) hahaha.
When I was old enough, my mom told me the game was based on a trilogy - and so it began.
These will always be my favorite books, period. It even beat out Alice in Wonderland which was my favorite until I finished Below the Root. I didn't even have to finish the other two - I had already found the books that captured my heart.
Neat little fact I became of aware of years later - in the game you can actually hurt people with weapons. I had never tried, and I still haven't. Something I'm proud of to this day. In a letter I received from Zilpha Keatley Snyder, she said she was happy to have created a game where the goal of completion involved no killing.
Even my alias of over 15 years reflects my love of these books =) I was kindarsky on AOL - until the username character limit was increased and I became kindarspirit forever after. People in real life actually call me kindar which is weird, but I am very used to it now ;)...more
*** If you want to get this book and get the most out of it look for the cheap Bantam Classic! It has an abundance of essays, correspondence letters f*** If you want to get this book and get the most out of it look for the cheap Bantam Classic! It has an abundance of essays, correspondence letters from the author to others, and biographical sketch. (which is amazing if you are into French literature and the author's background ***
I think there is a little of Madame Emma Bovary in all of us, and when asked who the author based Emma off of, he said "C'est es moi", or "She is me". She is me too, I've felt a lot of these emotions, wants, dreams, and the need for something more. She finds them in excessive materialism, religion, romance, and other outlets with varying degrees of outcomes.
The big topic a lot of people write about I've noticed in these critical essays is that she was hard to like or dislike, but I think the reason people are indifferent: we all have that part in us, and some find it a rather unpleasant admittance.
You'll feel her, and whether you have ever felt these emotions to that degree, you'll experience a view of the world through someone that others can most definitely relate to and in fact feel. Her thoughts are revealing, honest, and sometimes I think people who can not empathize will criticize the character too harshly. If you do find that you understand her, you'll travel along with her through her life and feel her hopes and her despair. At times the reading can be grueling, as you are waiting for the very thing she is waiting for to come.
For one, I understood Emma, and I liked her. Flaubert's own father was a doctor, and I believe he had some inspiration for her impulsiveness from what was probably his father's patients with mental illnesses poorly understood at the time. I believe this is why Madame Bovary may be too extreme for others, because they can not understand such poor judgment or empathize with someone looking for something more to life than a common existence. Madame Bovary was an extreme example, and her actions are considerably selfish in that it affects others besides herself, but again it was something she may not have been able to control due to an underlying factor.
After all, aren't we even now raised in a society where we and our kids are dressing up as princesses, princes, or characters of noble deeds and fantastic actions? Why? Maybe some like the characters, but also maybe some want to *be* the characters but find that their dreams are larger than life. Childhood bubbles pop, but for some of us they were never bubbles but part of our being that we could never dream of fulfilling in societal expectations.
I think these people are dreamers, to an extent maybe it becomes a symptom or problem... but some of us don't stop dreaming once we wake up and the result is our unhappiness that we can not make these dreams actions....more