The story with Hiroshima as a background is a great start, beautiful... but not haunting because there is some dull plot that takes away from it. It'sThe story with Hiroshima as a background is a great start, beautiful... but not haunting because there is some dull plot that takes away from it. It's like trying to understand the impact of say, Pompeii for about 2 minutes and then a chapter dedicated to the characters having lunch.
Great snippets of Japanese mythology (which any Japanese myth book can teach you or wiki digging).
The story itself is dry, the characters dry, and the twist very stupid. ...more
My mum found this for me and while I didn't start it immediately, once I did it was a comfortable page turner and I finished it the same day.
Yuki is hMy mum found this for me and while I didn't start it immediately, once I did it was a comfortable page turner and I finished it the same day.
Yuki is honest, rare, and sincere -- she isn't afraid to tell it the way it is. There are things in the book that mirror real life and it is by no means a fairy tale. Where you feel the need for resolution or find yourself hoping that someone will finally see things the way they are, they just don't. There is no sudden breakdown of apologies, admittance of guilt, or justice. For a girl who faces this and more unfair things, she instead finds and shows a way to still overcome it all without needing any simple nod from her offenders -- her biggest justice is just finding her strength and how to use it.
Where we might be reluctant, Yuki goes forward. Where we might be sentimental and cling to the past, Yuki shows us a way where we ARE the past and it follows us. No photos, letters, or any amount of things represent a life or one moment and it is in this strength she is able to do what most people can not. This left the biggest impression on me, and I think as humans this is the hardest thing for us to do: coming to terms with letting someone go, yet keeping them at the same time....more
Delicious, indulgent... just perfect. I can see the Stephen King comparisons and definitely catch the tones, but Lindqvist is amazing in his own rightDelicious, indulgent... just perfect. I can see the Stephen King comparisons and definitely catch the tones, but Lindqvist is amazing in his own right. I loved the movie, and found the book not only complimenting the movie, but the movie teasing watchers to go get the book. You just can't get enough! After watching the movie I was sad, and after the 500 some odd pages I was a bit more satisfied... though still sad. I just want more!
Also, Tommy is too funny. I silently wished the best for him through the whole story. 1 elephant went out to play... hahaha. READ THIS NOW! RUN AND GO BUY IT!...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 I really hate it, or it is very sad and gnaws at my main emotional nerve (animals)... I hate to love it. May not make sense to s"Ouch! One star?!"
If I really hate it, or it is very sad and gnaws at my main emotional nerve (animals)... I hate to love it. May not make sense to some, but in a sense it is complimenting the book and how emotional the story is, but it is NOT one I could read again with dry eyes. Reading it again would be like torture, ripping open an already very nasty wound. I am a life time dog lover, so this book did not sit well with me as a kid, and I never looked at it again. ...more