I read this book because there's a deaf character in it and it's science fiction or fantasy. And honestly I couldn't tell you if it was science fictio...moreI read this book because there's a deaf character in it and it's science fiction or fantasy. And honestly I couldn't tell you if it was science fiction or fantasy. It seems to be trying to be both.
It was also horrible. And yet, and yet, I couldn't stop reading it, so I had to give it 2 stars for compelling me to finish the dratted thing. And I'm even tempted to read more of the series to figure out what happened to the other two 'otherworld assassins'. Argh.
I didn't like the main characters. One was a weak, abused, limp, lacking in any personality other than 'oh I like taking care of animals' chick. The other was a beastly man who had like no humanity at the start and only a bit by the end and was /still/ all possessive and crap.
As for the deafness, it was just a gimmick. To make her seem more weak and helpless. To be forgotten by the author at times when the main male character is whispering against her throat, or when she's perfectly lip-reading a guy with sabretooth fangs protruding from his mouth. And she senses vibrations on her face when someone some distance away shouts? Mmmhmm. And then there's a Magical Cure (tm), so reader beware.
For the sake of completeness, if I need to refer to this later: She's deaf as the result of physical abuse, so she speaks and lipreads. No hearing aid, cochlear implant, magical device, futuristic device or any mention of any of those even being possible. No sign language.
And though she's a perfect lipreader, even in low light, she doesn't know English well enough to know the word 'cool'.
She kisses a guy she thinks is unconscious (yay, sexual assault!) These aliens are kept in cages in a circus and treated cruelly for the sake of human visits (yay, humanity!)
Didn't like the characters. Didn't like the plot. Didn't like the world.
Didn't like the writing style. Here's one example: "A sudden longing for what could have been swelled the chambers of her heart."
The sex scenes were mercifully tame!
Heart-shaped lips, and hips that 'flared into a heart'. But no heart-shaped face, somehow!
And is there something with this genre that has to refer to guys as 'males'? It is driving me up the wall.
The cover is pretty cool. Although I have no freaking clue what the dagger hanging down her back is about.
Okay. I think that about covers everything I wanted to say about this. As I said, she did /something/ right to keep me reading. Rather like Stephenie Meyer. If I can work out what, I'll have learned something.(less)
I'm not a fan of biographies and this certainly hasn't swayed me. Found this in the children's room, but it seems rather dull and sort of packed (not...moreI'm not a fan of biographies and this certainly hasn't swayed me. Found this in the children's room, but it seems rather dull and sort of packed (not quite dense, but packed) to me.
It's told sort of like a third person close point of view story, which just strikes me a little weird. (As I said, not a biography reader.) I guess I expected 'just the facts', even if it did tell a chronological story.
Gallaudet grows up, has a couple jobs, becomes a minister of some sort, heads to the UK to learn how to teach the deaf. Is denied, so goes to France instead. And he and Clerc come back and get the first school for the deaf opened in America. And American Sign Language is born.
I felt I would get more and more efficiently from a Wikipedia entry, but I kept reading to find out about his lung ailment. Were we going to get a diagnosis? Was he going to be cured? Was he going to die young because of it? I never did get much closure on that. Was it 'just' asthma, or was it something else?
A couple things I found questionable. The author describes the sign for 'home' like the modern sign for home, which is not even the first sign for home I learned about 15 years ago. But another sign did seem older and perhaps correct.
There are a number of words used that make the deaf seem like poor souls needing to be saved or enlightened or something. I can't say that's not consistent with the times, but it might give the modern reader the wrong impression. She also used both 'deaf-mute' and 'hearing impaired'. Considering the end brings things up to the present (of 1980-whatever when this was published), she left quite a few things out that I felt she could've said.
So, overall. Meh. I learned things, but not in a particularly enjoyable way.(less)
Didn't expect this to be very good. Thought it'd be dated at the very least. But it proved it was definitely worthy of the Reading Rainbow endorsement...moreDidn't expect this to be very good. Thought it'd be dated at the very least. But it proved it was definitely worthy of the Reading Rainbow endorsement on the cover. If it is dated, it's only because there seemed to be a closed caption device attached to the tv. But it's easy enough to imagine it was a vcr or dvd player or cable box or something!
It's more than just signs in this book, though there are a ton of those. It explains facial expressions and goes over a few points of deaf culture as well. Actually, quite a lot of good stuff packed into this kid's book.(less)
Four stories written by Deaf kids. One retells 'Please, But', the other a hotel story. The other two are original stories, about fishing in a toilet,...moreFour stories written by Deaf kids. One retells 'Please, But', the other a hotel story. The other two are original stories, about fishing in a toilet, and cursed charm bracelets. The main characters in all of the stories are deaf, and so there's opportunity for the illustrations to demonstrate a few key signs from the stories. Ever seen a fish sign that it loves fishing?
It's short, and they definitely are stories for kids, written by kids. But I quite liked the book.(less)
Anne Bolander's story about growing up hard of hearing while everyone thought she was mentally disabled. She's sent away at a young age to an institut...moreAnne Bolander's story about growing up hard of hearing while everyone thought she was mentally disabled. She's sent away at a young age to an institution that is nothing but abuse and neglect. When she comes home, more abuse. It's a very depressing and disturbing story.
As I was reading, I was compelled to keep reading, as I waited for someone to rescue her and give the book a happy ending. Well, there's some of that, but not nearly soon enough.
I realize there's a whole genre of books like this and I just wonder how anyone can want to read more than one of them.
It's important that people's stories like this get told. But why are some people so.. _eager_ to listen?(less)
Not bad. The narrator's father is a deaf printer working for a newspaper. When a fire breaks out, he has to warn his coworkers. There's additional inf...moreNot bad. The narrator's father is a deaf printer working for a newspaper. When a fire breaks out, he has to warn his coworkers. There's additional information in the back about growing up deaf, ASL, newspaper printing, and how to make a printer's hat out of newspaper.(less)
Eh.. girl is supposedly born deaf _and_ mute and how often does that happen? And nobody plays with her. But then she goes to the temple and sees some...moreEh.. girl is supposedly born deaf _and_ mute and how often does that happen? And nobody plays with her. But then she goes to the temple and sees some dancers and learns to be a dancer. And now she has friends. The end.
The story takes place "Long ago in Kampuchea". And I will admit to not knowing where that is.(less)
Well, it was good in that there were a lot of deaf characters. More than two! It takes place in the 50's and we get a glimpse of how it was harder to...moreWell, it was good in that there were a lot of deaf characters. More than two! It takes place in the 50's and we get a glimpse of how it was harder to be a deaf person if you were also black. Not that the main character is black, of course. She's a white hearing girl.
And the main character is most of the problem with this book. She does some really uncaring, unthinking, wrong things and I have trouble understanding why she's doing them when she's doing them. She sneaks into a tenant's locked rock to rummage through and steal the woman's dead husband's clothes so she can pull a prank on her sister. And instead finds love letters from some other guy and takes one of those! And that's not the only wrong thing she does, but it's the one that rubbed me completely the wrong way. Skip Sunday school? Fine. Hum during church? I don't care. But violating someone's privacy like that? For no good reason?
Almost wish the book had been about her father rather than her. He's a deaf minister who travels around all over the place to preach and minister in deaf churches all over the state and out of it.(less)
The title of this book is actually wrong on Goodreads. And, I expect, many other places as well. I didn't catch on at first, because the title on the...moreThe title of this book is actually wrong on Goodreads. And, I expect, many other places as well. I didn't catch on at first, because the title on the book cover is in an odd font and the first word is all caps. If there's a significance to that, I don't know it. But it should definitely be deaf, not Deaf.
This is the memoir of an actor and comedian whose view of her self shifted overnight when she was given thick glasses and a bulky, obvious hearing aid. She grew up in the 50's and 60's.
And I almost don't want to say more than that, because I'm afraid I'll have misremembered or misunderstood something, or just word it badly. And when it's a memoir, it's someone's life, so.. you don't want to put out misinformation.
So suffice it to say that I found this memoir very interesting, and she knows how to tell a compelling and engaging story. She says in the beginning that she's long been a fan of memoirs, and it shows.
Now I am not a reader of memoirs. In fact the only other one that comes to mind is Wil Wheaton's.. though I know I must have read some others. But I'm still confident in saying that if you like reading memoirs, this would be a good one to read.(less)
Reminds me of Westerfeld's Uglies series. It's the future, and people are confined to a couple of cities, so they don't mess up the environment. At so...moreReminds me of Westerfeld's Uglies series. It's the future, and people are confined to a couple of cities, so they don't mess up the environment. At some point, it's decided that resources shouldn't be wasted on people who aren't physically able. But rather than those kids being killed, some of them are saved in an underground fashion, both metaphorically and literally.
The deaf character was a minor role, so that was a bit disappointing. The main character is an able-bodied girl.
Interesting future world and not a bad story.(less)