Fun read! A little clunky when adding a scene here or there that felt like it was from an earlier draft of the script but still one of the best episod...moreFun read! A little clunky when adding a scene here or there that felt like it was from an earlier draft of the script but still one of the best episodes of sci-fi tv ever.
I did have a moment though in the future where the anomaly at first didn't exist but then 6 hours later did. If it's anti-time and growing as time goes backwards, it doesn't make sense that it was created and then started growing as time progressed vs. created and then growing as time went back even within the same time period.
If that makes sense...
And that's why time travel is hard to write!(less)
**spoiler alert** This was a pretty rough read. Lengthwise it was a slog and subjectwise it was difficult to be reading the graphic descriptions of th...more**spoiler alert** This was a pretty rough read. Lengthwise it was a slog and subjectwise it was difficult to be reading the graphic descriptions of the results of terrorist acts at the same time the Boston Marathon was bombed.
It's definitely interesting and I would assume the most Bret Easton Ellis-y of all his books (the only other book of his I've read is American Psycho). The biggest problem is just that it's too damn long. And that's mainly because of the first 1/3 of the novel. I get that it's an intentional choice to show just how vapid and lifeless Victor's life is but it's an awful long time to be stuck wondering what the story is.
Interesting late '90s sociological study. The fact that this and Fight Club came out about the same and time and both before 9/11 is eerie at best and perhaps something to be examined. Not for any conspiracy purposes of course but there must be something to the zeitgeist at the end of the 20th Century that something as seemingly innocuous as pop culture fully embraced the idea that not only are there people out there who want to do horrible things to others but that we may want to brace ourselves worldwide as a species because something's just about to snap.
It's not a bad book, but I'm glad to be done with it. It's not for the faint of heart and my dreams were getting weird.(less)
The last Redwall book I'm probably going to read. Primarily because I've read most of them already. I remember in 6th grade one boy brought in Mossflo...moreThe last Redwall book I'm probably going to read. Primarily because I've read most of them already. I remember in 6th grade one boy brought in Mossflower and within weeks half the guys in class were reading the 3 or 4 books that were available then.
Those early ones still stand up pretty strong. And the descriptive writing style and swashbuckling adventures continue throughout the series. But the books reach a point where everything becomes very formulaic and repetitive. And the never ending cast of characters just gets tiresome.
It was interesting to come back to this series after learning a bit more about British History and literature and understanding that an "Abby" as a refuge in the middle of mysterious forests is as coming in English folklore as finding a Sheriff in the middle of the desert in ours.
I'd definitely recommend these books to the age group for which they're intended. Again, I think the older books are stronger than this one and would even recommend those for older readers looking for a medieval adventure with field mice. If nothing else, it was nice to read this book as it was the final of the 22nd Mr. Jacques wrote before his death. A nice bit of closure all around, but nothing that really blew my hair back (such as it is).(less)
I would love to get this quote tattooed in Hebrew (yes I know getting a tattoo is technically not allowed in Judaism): "He asked for all things that he...moreI would love to get this quote tattooed in Hebrew (yes I know getting a tattoo is technically not allowed in Judaism): "He asked for all things that he might enjoy life; he was given life that he might enjoy all things."(less)
If nothing else, this book was DEFINITELY thorough. For anyone who decides to read Krakatoa based on the description on the jacket which implies that...moreIf nothing else, this book was DEFINITELY thorough. For anyone who decides to read Krakatoa based on the description on the jacket which implies that this it's primarily about the explosion in 1883 that destroyed an entire island and had consequences that are still relevant today, I'd say read chapter 8 (to be fair, it IS the longest chapter in the book) and skim the next one after and you're good to go.
Outside of that, it's very obvious Krakatoa is written by a college intellectual whose background and passion is rocks. There's a WHOLE lot of science in this book that is probably more or less necessary to give the complete picture of everything that's going on but is mostly uninteresting to a lay reader like myself. Especially since I was intrigued by learning about the people affected by the event and not the geology of it. Couple that with the fact that the prose often goes off on tangents (or footnotes) of charming anecdotes which would probably make a lecture more interesting but which pull focus from facts that I was having a hard time being interested in anyway and it's a rough read.
It was a revelation that the concept of plate tectonics was something not fully agreed on until as recent as the mid-1960s. That was just one of those things I grew up knowing as a fact. I guess that's like kids now-a-days always knowing that Pluto isn't a planet. Weird.
I was also thrown by a mention 2/3rds of the way in that this eruption is actually about the 5th or 6th most powerful volcanic event in the history of the world. It kind of made me wonder why I wasn't reading about the #1 event in the world. Winchester makes it clear that Krakatoa had the most documented impact for something that changed the world, but, again, that left me wondering why I spent 150 pages reading about plate drifting if what makes this event so compelling is the human part of the equation.
I read Krakatoa as part of a bookclub. It's definitely not something I would've picked up on my own but I did get a lot of information out of it that I found interesting and educational. I'm sure there are dryer books on the subject and I think ultimately the biggest failing of the book for me is that I'm not really the target audience. But if you think you might be, I'm sure it's a great read that will provide you with much new knowledge. Although, I'd think "don't lock your baby elephant in a hotel room" would be one you could figure out without reading a book...