If you're interested in close friendship or in the mood for a big, big tearjerker, or if you are a dog lover, or if you love great writing, Cambridge,If you're interested in close friendship or in the mood for a big, big tearjerker, or if you are a dog lover, or if you love great writing, Cambridge, Massachusetts, or Texas, read this. *And, Gail Caldwell is a personal friend of Louise Erdrich. Louise Erdrich!...more
I'm honestly surprised at how much I loved this. In 2002, I tried to read THE CORRECTIONS, and I couldn't get through it. I only read FREEDOM becauseI'm honestly surprised at how much I loved this. In 2002, I tried to read THE CORRECTIONS, and I couldn't get through it. I only read FREEDOM because it was getting so much good buzz. Yes, FREEDOM can be depressing but only because it is so real. Everything here rang true to me, which is a huge compliment. I loved it. The Minnesota lake setting was beautifully written, too. I just finished this last night, and I'm already missing it....more
Like so many books that I end up loving, I almost didn't read this one. I just decided, "Eh, what the heck? Since I'm reading Tiger Mother, it might bLike so many books that I end up loving, I almost didn't read this one. I just decided, "Eh, what the heck? Since I'm reading Tiger Mother, it might be fun to read this at the same time." And I'm so glad I did! It reminds me of some of my other favorite books about Asia: Matterhorn and Sea of Poppies especially. Those two books are fiction, and this is non, but still . . . the descriptions of the river and scenery seem so green and beautiful and Asia in all three. I absolutely love books like this.
I'm in love with Peter Hessler a little, too. His style is excellent. I respect the way he ties everything together, especially within chapters. That's hard to do, and he does it well. I like his candidness throughout, and this book made me laugh and made me cry. What more can I say?
I want to read the other two books in Hessler's trilogy about China. But I'm going to pace myself a little so that I have something to look forward to....more
Is Among Others my favorite book? Well, not sure about that--but it certainly is a contender. The narrator, Mori, is the kind of girl I am now. She'sIs Among Others my favorite book? Well, not sure about that--but it certainly is a contender. The narrator, Mori, is the kind of girl I am now. She's the kind of girl I wish I could have been back when I was 15--if I'd have had more guts. Mori says, "I normally read now in the early morning if I wake before the bell, for the three hours of compulsory games, during any boring classes, in prep after I've finished my prep, in the half-hour free time after prep, and for the half hour we're allowed in bed before lights out. So I'm getting through a couple of books most days." Now, that's good stuff.
Among Others also raises what I see as important questions about magic. I'm honestly not sure if magic is out there in the world. You know, it just might be. Did Mori use magic to make a karass? I think she did. But, I think all close relationships have a little magic sprinkled on them. How else is it even possible that people fall in "like" with each other. Even if Mori created the book club as a karass, who is to say that all relationships don't have a touch of magic in them. You're going about your life, then one day, one moment--enter stage left--is this person. This person, your close friend. And, really, if that isn't magic, what is?...more
We all know of my major crush on one Mr. Holmes. And, after reading the first two collections of the original Doyle mysteries, the crush remains. TheWe all know of my major crush on one Mr. Holmes. And, after reading the first two collections of the original Doyle mysteries, the crush remains. The Holmes I love, though, is Laurie R. King's, where he is an older man in Sussex, dealing with WWI and the changes of the 1920s, as well as falling in love with his young assistant. I also know Holmes as the much older brother of Enola, in Nancy Springer's brilliant Enola Holmes mystery series.
Because I've read so much King and Springer, I was apprehensive about reading the "originals." What if I didn't like them? What if I found them dry? Well, I'm happy to report that they are not dry at all. They're terrific.
The world is a better place with Sherlock Holmes in it. At the end of "The Final Problem," Watson describes Holmes as, ". . . the best and the wisest man whom I have ever known." I'm most impressed with Holmes's sense of right and wrong and how he always carries the day.
Everything you hear about the Holmes stories is here: hansom cabs, London, fog, cozy Baker Street rooms. Ah, love it! My favorite story is "The Speckled Band." Creepy stuff. Definitely gothic.
All in all, excellent reading. Terrific plots, classic characters, and an all-time great setting. What makes it interesting, and in its way, better than King or Springer is that the Holmes stories were written in "real time." That was real life back then. Ah, back then. Just so....more