I won the last book (Hurt) which kinda sucked, because... well it's the last book and who wants to read the final book of a series first? However, I wI won the last book (Hurt) which kinda sucked, because... well it's the last book and who wants to read the final book of a series first? However, I was really grateful to receive all four of the books and tore through them all.
I will just say that I think he is a good writer, really. However, I just think the stories are a bit too formulaic and then little bits of weird things are thrown in to spice it up that just don't make sense or are left unfinished.
Very predictable story about a boy who does not like God, hates his dad who found God, and pretty much thinks people who have faith are dumb. However, through events that transpire he will probably start to have faith and then go all Godly. It's not marked as Christian Fiction on the back for shelving, but I'm finding online reviews are shelving it that way. My particular package came with pamphlets about how I can be a soldier for Christ (something like that, and to be fair it's the publisher and not the author) which made made me weary. Someone complained that it was "pushed" on them - I didn't feel that way at all. Once I knew what I was reading, I took the story as it was and could look past the bible verses.
What I really disliked most (although it was a little creative but executed poorly) was the author added a "dessert" which is advertised as a little bonus section after you read. It's just his iPod list. Booo.
I like a lot of the songs that isn't the problem, but I thought this was a little pretentious. There are several created playlists for the books, and then one was pretty arrogant enough to include a play list "For the Movie" and then adds to the list several other songs - including songs from other movie soundtracks like Donnie Darko. No. Don't touch my Donnie Darko! ;)
Even one of the chapters quotes too much of Mad World (Gary Jules style, and not Tears for Fears although they are mentioned several times in the other books).
Overall, great story telling, intriguing environments, great details and imagery, just a little messy in some parts....more
The book is so named for the flower, which is poisonous and serves as the means and warnings for Ingrid Magnussen to murder an ex-boyfriend out of revThe book is so named for the flower, which is poisonous and serves as the means and warnings for Ingrid Magnussen to murder an ex-boyfriend out of revenge. As a result, Ingrid's daughter Astrid travels through the Los Angeles region as a foster child, which unfolds not only a poetic map of LA, but a lesson to be learned for survival in each setting.
Shuttled from foster home to foster home, the story is the survival of a girl hoping to be reunited with her mother, but finds the pain of impermanence as a constant theme in her life. Astrid stands out not only because of her inherited fierce beauty from her mother, but her extreme talent in drawing and painting.
Ingrid is still able to keep a firm grip on Astrid's life even while behind bars, but the price of her actions and words lead Astrid on a search for the pieces of her life, the truth, and a forgotten past with unanswered questions. The writing is intense, magical, and certain passages are unforgettable and haunting....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