**spoiler alert** This was a book that even after I had forgotten the title I was describing it to people, and when I saw it on my little cousin books**spoiler alert** This was a book that even after I had forgotten the title I was describing it to people, and when I saw it on my little cousin bookshelf years later I snatched it up and held it like an old friend.
I read this book when I was in elementary school but I can't remember if I read it own my own or if it was assigned for class. I had never read any of the books in Magic Tree House series before but I was fascinated with the story of Titanic.
I remember the opening of this book, it was storming outside and the children went into the tree house. I remember it being sad and crying at the end, and the odd calm of the children waking up in the tree house, safe and alive.
I don't know if I would enjoy it or not if I were to read it again but the emotions and images I remember from reading it the first time will always make this book special to me. ...more
**spoiler alert** When I was in second or third grade my class read this book. I remember loving the twist that he was given vanilla, the opposite of**spoiler alert** When I was in second or third grade my class read this book. I remember loving the twist that he was given vanilla, the opposite of chocolate, to cure him (I thought this was very clever) but this was pretty much the only part I remembered.
I reread it sometime this summer and was disappointed but I'm glad I still have the hazy memory of reading it when I was young. I did like the man at the end of the story who told Henry, the Chocolate Fever ridden boy, about the cure. Although I wasn't thrilled with the story, it's short and cute so I think most children would enjoy it. Plus it has great imagery of chocolate sweets. ...more
**spoiler alert** The Princess Bride is one of my favorite films but I didn't find the book as good. I really wanted to love this book and I was surpr**spoiler alert** The Princess Bride is one of my favorite films but I didn't find the book as good. I really wanted to love this book and I was surprised that I didn't. It took me much longer than I expected to read it, not because of it's length but because I got bored with it. I wish I was one of those people who were taken with the book, who took some great lesson or had amazing memories of it but it falls short to me.
You are given more insight into the characters lives, which is nice but at times feels like it drags on. I love Inigo Montoya from the movie and he's my favorite character from the book as well but I still wish there was more. I would have read the book just for his parts and I was very pleased with his back story. I did want a happy ending for him, for all of the main characters really. Miracle Max and Valerie were loads of fun, Prince Humperdinck is funny and evil, and the Archdean who presides over the wedding makes more sense. I'm not a huge fan of Fezzik, unlike Goldman, but I appreciated his character much more after reading "Buttercups Baby." Overall the characters in the book have as much or more personality in the book but not less in any case I can think of.
It reads nearly identical to the dialogue of the film which is nice because you can hear the amazing voices of the actors as you read but there is interruptions from Goldman that threw me out of the story.
Throughout the book Goldman interrupts with commentary about the book itself (as he's supposed to be abridging a classic tale from an author called S. Morgenstern) or about his "life." Some of it is enjoyable but I often found myself dreading reading if I saw the change in font that told me his input was coming. Towards the end I didn't mind Goldman's commentary so much, it was almost if you could feel him maturing.
There is a really nice part where he interrupts a scene of Buttercups nightmares and talks about his experience of being read that scene. It's one of my favorite parts of the book because it's one of those moments when the author is just telling a simple truth. My friend and I read books all the time that we know the other wont read so we mark pages and read the good parts to one another and this is one of those parts I read to her. It's in chapter 6 (215-18 in my version) if you're interested.
I loved the ending of "Buttercup's Baby"; The last line of the story-"Fezzik closed his eyes then, thinking only this: thank God I was a giant after all. . ." - to the final commentary of the book. I loved that Fezzik found purpose in what he considered a disability, I really like that Goldman gave that to him.
I did laugh out loud a few times and get caught up in the emotion but I have to say that I was disappointed. This book didn't live up to my expectations and although I wish I could say it was every bit as good as the film, it wasn't- at least for me....more
11/25/11 I read the first half of the book several years ago and put the book down because I hated it. The first half wasn't in4/23/09 Not an easy read
11/25/11 I read the first half of the book several years ago and put the book down because I hated it. The first half wasn't interesting but when I picked it up again and the main character got away from her mental-patient lover things got better. It's ironic to me that the lovers are Edgar and Stella and they have this obsessive romance which puts Stella in danger but she doesn't want to live without him. I have to wonder if Meyers was inspired by this little gem.
When I got to what I consider the major climax of the book, I still had about a hundred pages to go so I was curious to see where things were going. I guessed right about a few things but I think the novel wrapped up nicely, and creepily. A good Grotesque novel ending. After finishing the book you can see an interesting essence of Poe's "unreliable narrator" showing through connecting the work to it's Gothic roots. I found several of similarities between this novel and Chopin's The Awakening. Both main characters decisively come to terms with what they want, are resolved to have affairs, abandon their children and there are a few places where the imagery and conversations echo each other. While I wasn't fond of either novels main character (and the novels themselves for the most part), Asylum redeemed itself in the end for me.
I'm sticking with 2 stars for now because I have such bad feelings towards the first section of this book. I would like to read the beginning again to see what the narrator weaved in that I missed the first time through. ...more
My grandmother gave me a box of old books a few years ago and this was in it. It's a cute children's book that I hadn't read before. Although the storMy grandmother gave me a box of old books a few years ago and this was in it. It's a cute children's book that I hadn't read before. Although the story is cute, I really love the illustrations of Darius, the dragon.
This is a cute book of photographs and haikus. Each of the photographs are brightly coloured pictures of a stuffed animal Hello Kitty and on one sideThis is a cute book of photographs and haikus. Each of the photographs are brightly coloured pictures of a stuffed animal Hello Kitty and on one side of the page there is a haiku about the photo. ...more
An Agent Tells All is a really helpful guide into finding and working with an agent. It gives an in-depth and entertaining look into the world of an aAn Agent Tells All is a really helpful guide into finding and working with an agent. It gives an in-depth and entertaining look into the world of an agent and understanding what goes on there gives you a definite advantage. Martinez lays out what you need to do, keeps the book honest but never boring. I would recommend this to anyone looking to get into acting or even with experience. ...more
My fourth grade teacher read this book aloud to my class and we all fell in love with it. I still have great memories of the class begging her to readMy fourth grade teacher read this book aloud to my class and we all fell in love with it. I still have great memories of the class begging her to read "just one more page." It's been quite a while since I read it but this was one of the first books that made me love literature. ...more