Loved, loved, loved this book. This is Atwood's seminal work. Some would say the Handmaid's Tale is, but that book terrifies me with it's implications...moreLoved, loved, loved this book. This is Atwood's seminal work. Some would say the Handmaid's Tale is, but that book terrifies me with it's implications of what our modern society could easily fall into; this book is a throwback to mid 20th century where things appear to be prim and proper, but are anything but that.
It reads like poetry (which of course she is a poet as well) and with an awesome story to boot. It is a mystery and although I thought I knew what was going on towards the end, it still managed to surprise me. The story is told in flashback, and is also a book within a book. It took a little time to adjust to that, but once you do, you are set for a fantastic read.(less)
If it is one thing that is reliable on this earth, it is a Stephen King novel, that is long and involved, with lots of interesting and well sketched o...moreIf it is one thing that is reliable on this earth, it is a Stephen King novel, that is long and involved, with lots of interesting and well sketched out characters and some scariness and intrigue thrown in for good measure. This book has it. Interesting story, and also an exercise in "how would you act in this circumstance?"
Really my only problem is just a nostalgia kind of thing. Since I didn't read King in the 80s, I never had to deal with this, but when I was reading Under the Dome, with all the modern references to tv shows and current celebrities and politicians, it just felt strange. It really took me out of the book mainly b/c I kept thinking, "really, would such and such act in the way King is portraying them as?" Which of course that doesn't matter, this is a work of fiction.
Anyway, the book. Like I said very detailed characters, there reactions to their town suddenly and inexplicably covered in an indestructible dome. A dome that is so tightly sealing in the town, it creates a kind of greenhouse effect and poor air quality. A dome that somehow gives the town's children nightmares of what is yet to come. Some people's motivations are pure, some are manipulative. The manipulative ones really seem silly, but then again we have sarah palin and the tea party... equally ridiculous, but when they have power, watch out, it becomes downright scary, very fast. King got that down to a science, in this book. I don't want to give anything away, so I'll just say I hated the ending. I didn't like the reason for the dome's existence (what a let down), and I didn't like the end result of what happened to the townspeople (really King? Damn near all of them?).
I guess if you're a King fan, it is required reading, but don't get your hopes up for the redeeming ending he sometimes gives us.(less)
Ugh, what a boring and book I tried so hard to trudge my way through, where towards the end I felt like I was limping to the finish line, barely skimm...moreUgh, what a boring and book I tried so hard to trudge my way through, where towards the end I felt like I was limping to the finish line, barely skimming as I went along.
This book in brief. A dying woman thinking back to a perfect weekend in her twenties where she met and fucked the man of her dreams, who of course had a fiancee.
This book .... I know these kind of writers. The creative writing majors or MFAs who write these deep long beautiful peices, and use a specific device (here was no speaking quotations, which infuriates me in general b/c it is too hard to follow when done inexpertly. Sarmago=expert Minot=suckitude), yet the story is about nothing!! it means nothing!! and this book which actually could be interesting, killed any sympathy for any characters. They all kind of sucked.
Wow, it's been awhile since I read such a shitty book and wrote such a bad review. I think the next books on my lists are better ones, to cleanse my brain. Hopefully(less)
Really a fantastic set of novels, compiled into one. Butler does Post-apocalyptic worlds like no other. This time sci-fi, as aliens try and save the h...moreReally a fantastic set of novels, compiled into one. Butler does Post-apocalyptic worlds like no other. This time sci-fi, as aliens try and save the human race, much to our resistance. What struck me was the fact that even in the face of extinction , humans are so self-interested, we'd rather destroy ourselves, than to save the whole race. Maybe the whole health care debate has got me down in the dumps about the intelligence and altruism of american (as in oh no we can't help others have insurance, what about meeeeeeee) but this book is so super relevant to what's going on today and there isn't imminent nuclear bombs threatening us or aliens coming to help either. sorry, tangent.
Either way, fantastic book. I read it super fast b/c I was so highly invested in characters. Probably my only criticism....I don't know what happened to people after one book ended!!! I guess that's where imagination comes into place! I highly recommend this book.(less)
I was talking to a friend of mine about Stephen King and her main criticism is his famous long-windedness. Which yeah, very true but that is part of w...moreI was talking to a friend of mine about Stephen King and her main criticism is his famous long-windedness. Which yeah, very true but that is part of what I love about his books.
So if you don't normally have the patience for King's longer books, I highly recommend his book of short stories. According to King, they are mainly stories he has been storing for awhile, or doesn't see longer stories in the pages. I agree some of them definitely deserve to be short, a couple are kind of blah, one was downright disgusting and offensive and I completely hated (the maid in the hotel with the literary son to be exact). A couple of stories are so terrific, I wish it was a longer story (my favorite, the kids with the abusive step-dad).
So in general yes, this book is a good read, but if one chooses to skip some stories I feel that would be understandable.(less)
I finished this about a month ago. It's not as quick of a read as I, Claudius, though you would think it would be. I mean Messalina was all sorts of f...moreI finished this about a month ago. It's not as quick of a read as I, Claudius, though you would think it would be. I mean Messalina was all sorts of fucked up! That is the most interesting part of his later life, other than the conquering of Britain.
But one has to get through Graves detailing every little bit of the really mundane stuff, like census, who marries who, battles that really aren't that interesting (with the exception of Britain). 70% of this book was quite a bore, so I can't enthusiastically recommend this one as I have the 1st.
However, the few must read sections is the betrayal by Herod and his downfall, the conquering of Britain, and the fall of Messalina. (less)
Awesome book. I watched the mini-series because my boyfriend said it was a much watch. Definitely so, the Claudian and Caesarean empire can rival any...moreAwesome book. I watched the mini-series because my boyfriend said it was a much watch. Definitely so, the Claudian and Caesarean empire can rival any soap opera of today.
So when I found the books at a used bookstore, it was a must have. It is historical fiction but Robert Graves is very a learned scholar and based his books on Roman histories and words written by Claudius himself. For a book written a very long time ago about a time even longer past, it is filled with suspense, humor and sex and murder. It is pretty awesome.(less)
I'm actually not quite done, but I've spent so much time picking it up then putting it down, it took me forever to get through it. when I amanage to p...moreI'm actually not quite done, but I've spent so much time picking it up then putting it down, it took me forever to get through it. when I amanage to pick it up again, I'll finish.
The book is a really good synopsis of the how things or ideas become popular. According to Gladwell there is a point or threshold that must be reached before something takes off, and a series of events or people that make this happen. There is lots of sociological evidence he uses to back up his assertions. I like this, in that it definitely explains brand recognition, what makes good workplaces and the types of people who can make things happen. The only thing I didn't like about this book is the way he categorizes things (people can be salesman, mavens, connectors) but I know that is they way most sociologists/psychologists etc do things, as inane as that kind of categorzing is.
It took me awhile to get through it but most non-fiction does that to me!
Quick read... I'm so picky I guess, but her writing style reminds me of 11th grade creative writing classes, where people (somtimes including me) try t...moreQuick read... I'm so picky I guess, but her writing style reminds me of 11th grade creative writing classes, where people (somtimes including me) try too hard to have descriptive writing...there was no natural flow with words that I expect even from mediocre books...so that was a first hit against it.
This book starts right off about a pilot's plane going down and the aftermath his wife has to deal with....I think in more capable hands this could be a really interesting story and even the twist at the end I so did not see coming was pretty excellent(which earned this another star b/c it was a good plot twist). However, I have read better.(less)
A book of 7 case studies of various neurological disorders and how the people afflicted with them cope .... as well as their adaptations to these diso...moreA book of 7 case studies of various neurological disorders and how the people afflicted with them cope .... as well as their adaptations to these disorders that either allow them to lead a regular life and how it enhances their own creativity/ work. Disorders in the flavor of Tourette's, autism, color-blindness etc.
From a scientist background I really enjoyed how accessible this book was and if you are interested (like me) in the neurological basis of what's going on the footnotes are quite detailed ...if that technical jargon throws ya off, you probably should skip those and just read the book straight. Either way it is really fascinating and in some parts heartbreaking(less)
I can't say enough tings about this book....LOVED IT LOVED IT, go read it... Who new a time traveling man (it's not even a sci-fi book) and the way he...moreI can't say enough tings about this book....LOVED IT LOVED IT, go read it... Who new a time traveling man (it's not even a sci-fi book) and the way he lived his life and grew to meet and love his wife, could be so moving.
It's also a very funny book.
And some parts were so tragic at times I cried....and I don't cry with books very often.
Decent book, a bit disjointed at times...I feel like she could be me, bitching a lot, cursing up a storm, drinking whilst cooking....
Except I could ne...moreDecent book, a bit disjointed at times...I feel like she could be me, bitching a lot, cursing up a storm, drinking whilst cooking....
Except I could never do what Julie did, cooking her way through Julia Child's "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" The book basically puts together her feeling that she must do a project b/c her life is kinda off kilter (as in not being very purpose driven)....she can cook and she likes to eat (my kind of person) so she does Julie/Julia project...Reading about the process of cooking and ingredient searching and successes and failures were pretty much my favorite part of the book...And made me hungry on more than one occasion. I didn't really enjoy hearing about her friends, I think too many things (though I'm sure details would have changed) are best to remain amongst friends (who weren't very likeable at all) not on a bestseller book. And the chapters were she "imagines" Julia Childs'life weren't written well enough to justify putting them in the book...ah well, I think the movie will integrate that better. (and Meryl as Julia Childs can do no wrong!)(less)