What a great tale of imagination, perseverance and determination! Professor Savant and the three Porter children go on a wild ride to the land of theWhat a great tale of imagination, perseverance and determination! Professor Savant and the three Porter children go on a wild ride to the land of the Whangdoodle all with the help of their imagination caps. The different creatures that they meet and overcome are interesting and wonderfully described. I definitely want to read this to my child/ren when they get older.
Favorite quote and one I'll take with me "Well it's alright to cry. It helps a great deal sometimes..."...more
Locos: A Comedy of Gestures (American Literature is a collection of short stories. Thank goodness there was an editor of some kind this time unlike Chromos (American Literature and there are acutally short stories, not just one long rambling piece of nonsense. The characters are entwined throughout but it takes a little detective work and reasoning to follow who is who and how they actually connect. It was actually quite clever and the afterword in my edition by Mary McCarthy was able to point out more connections than I even realized.
My problem(s) with this book were not very large but they were so grating that I couldn't enjoy the stories.
1. The narrator/author was so arrogant that I almost quit reading after the first story. I don't necessarily mind an "all knowing" narrator but this was absurd. The narrator messed with the characters and moved them away from their purpose and then apparently feels the need to tell the reader about this. I wanted to yell at him "knock it off, leave them alone".
2. The obsession with death of many of the characters and the author was a bit much. Encouraging characters to commit suicide is not ok with me, even if it is fiction, which leads me to my next point.
3. This was clearly fiction, or was it? The stories are so out there and wacky that they can't be real but is truth really stranger than fiction? Alfau mentions himself in the stories as well. Who knows? That's a problem for me. If you are going to be fanciful, wacky and out there. Keep it there. Don't wander back into potential reality.
So overall, didn't really love this. Again, much better than Chromos (American Literature but still not good. It also may be possible that I just don't get this "modern" fiction of the 30's....more
It has cute line drawing pictures that make it a bit more fun. I haven't tried any recipes from this book yet but there are a few that I would like toIt has cute line drawing pictures that make it a bit more fun. I haven't tried any recipes from this book yet but there are a few that I would like to try. The recipes are separated out into your normal sections: Breakfast Dishes, Appetizers, spreads and snacks, Soups and stews, Salads and salad dressings, Sandwiches, Fish and shellfish, Poultry, Meats, One-Dish meals, Vegetables, Pasta, rice and grains, Sauces, Breads and Desserts. Heart healthy meals for the family....more
I think that the beginnings of books are so important. It's where you get a feel for the book. It sets the tone and prepares you for what you are readI think that the beginnings of books are so important. It's where you get a feel for the book. It sets the tone and prepares you for what you are reading. So it would figure that the first poem in a collection of poems, needs to grab your attention. I almost stopped reading. The first poem in this collection is entitled "Woolworth's, 1954". Blech, Blah, and Triple ICKY. This poem rubbed me the wrong way. The way that things are portrayed cheapened sensuality. It seemed that a bit of a shock value was being reached for. I don't appreciate things written for that purpose. I had read some Carver before so knew that this was not how all the poems in his collections are so I continued reading and did find some gems in this collection. I guess if he was going for emotional impact, he got it. I'm just not sure it was the "right" impact.
The poem of the title of the collection "Where Water Comes Together With Other Water" was hidden in the middle of the collection. Although the title is striking, it was not the most dynamic poem to pull out for a title piece. I think utilizing one of my other favorite poems as the title of the collection would have been better. To each his own, I guess.
Favorites: Fear Romanticism The Poem I Didn't Write After Rainy Days My Death
Un-Favorites: Woolworth's 1954 The Juggler at Heaven's Gate My Daughter and Apple Pie
Very cool premise to this book. Drakon (Dragons) surviving in human form and able to change to smoke (Poof!) and then to dragon at their leisure. HowVery cool premise to this book. Drakon (Dragons) surviving in human form and able to change to smoke (Poof!) and then to dragon at their leisure. How wonderful.
This book really is a romance though. It is done pretty well for a romance but still.... a romance. Character acquisition is not bad. Loved the descriptions of the scenery.
Overall, good to ok book but not sure I will read more in the series....more
Well researched, well written tome. Ackroyd includes a lot of information about the time period and Shakespeare's family and associates. This is veryWell researched, well written tome. Ackroyd includes a lot of information about the time period and Shakespeare's family and associates. This is very lengthy but worth the read. Different biographers thoughts are also included along with Ackroyd's opinion about whether they are correct or not. Overall, glad that I read it....more
I loved the differences between the book and the movie. I watched the movie first and the differences kept the book ineresting and kept me reading. II loved the differences between the book and the movie. I watched the movie first and the differences kept the book ineresting and kept me reading. I love them both. ...more
I was slightly surprised at how much I enjoyed this colleSNARK!!!! Beautiful, wonderful, snarkiness!
Parker does this brilliantly and in 1924 no less.
I was slightly surprised at how much I enjoyed this collection. I am not usually a fan of short stories because I enjoy the depth of characterization that usually occurs in a novel. Parker may have converted me. Her stories were witty; Her stories were fun; and they included a lot of snark. She called out the rich, the entitled, the immature, the liars and the unfaithful in a passive aggressive way that was pure entertainment. I would suggest having a sense of humor in reading her works and looking for sarcasm in every sentence. No topic is out of bounds.
The "Sketches" at the end were probably my least favorite in the collection. Favorites include "Such a Pretty Picture", "Too Bad", "A Telephone Call" and "Mr. Durant. Least favorites include "A Certain Lady" and "Mrs. Hofstadter on Josephine Street".
Trying to choose a genre for this book would be very difficult. There are some reliLook... It's a Western... It's a Fantasy... No, it's The Gunslinger
Trying to choose a genre for this book would be very difficult. There are some religious undertones, western characters and situations, and fantasy elements as well. Put them all together, and you get a pretty crazy, entertaining story.
The characters were fleshed out well even though there are gaping holes in their background and thinking patterns. Somehow, King makes it work. I like the world that he created. It is believable.
Understanding that this is the first volume in a series, it didn't feel like that until the end. The end left me wanting more but not irritated at the lack of closure either.
All in all, a good read. I hope to continue with this series....more
This book is about SAND. SAND, Sand and more sand.
Being as sand is not very exciting in itself, one would think that this book wasn't very excitiSAND.
This book is about SAND. SAND, Sand and more sand.
Being as sand is not very exciting in itself, one would think that this book wasn't very exciting. But it was! It was amazing and beautifully written. The sand stood for so much more than what it was. The descriptions of it sticking to everything and getting in everywhere can easily be compared to the consumption of ideas in one's mind or ideals in one's soul. This book does this but in a subtle way so it is intreging.
The writing was amazingly detailed but not in a droning way. The author's wife provide illustrations for the book which were also very fitting and much appreciated by this reader. How the author went from an entomologist trapsing around the desert, to him being captured in a hole, to the sand, to the deep feelings and emotions connected to experiences was amazing!
My only complaint is that the sex scenes were weird but the rest of the book made up for it.
When I was in high school and my brain worked at twice the speed that it currently does, I was a poetry freak. I performed poetry inOh, poetry. Sigh.
When I was in high school and my brain worked at twice the speed that it currently does, I was a poetry freak. I performed poetry in competitions; I read any poetry book that I could get my hands on; and of course I wrote my own poetry and submitted it for publication. Somewhere along the timeline of growing up, poetry fell away from me, or I from it. This is my first foray back into the land of poetry for probably about 10-12 years. I was disappointed. It may be that I am not as "deep" of a person as I was back then. It may be that I don't have the time to peruse every stanza for hidden influxes and meanings. It may even be that I've grown up and moved on. I am not sure that it is any of these things. I think that this collection of poetry was just not my style.
Things that stand out in my mind from the writings were a poem about dead frogs in a pool and one with a stanza about a polar bear's menses. Hmmm...... and I wonder why I was disappointed. There were a lot of poems about nature and science. There was a small travelogue going from the Amazon, to Antarctica to Space. There was a lot written about "important" people (many of whom I had to look up to make certain I knew who they were).
It was interesting to see Ackerman's transformation throughout the time that she was writing. When I got to the section from "Wife of Light", I got excited. The first two poems in this section were what I remembered poetry being like. But then, it returned to the weirdness that I had been reading in the previous excerpts. Her use of repetition in "Beija-Flor" was neat. But the poem is titled "Beija-Flor" (?). The section from "Reverse Thunder" also showed Ackerman's change in style as she progressed as the stanzas were longer and things were a bit more grizzly.
Overall, I was bored. I felt looked down upon and unintelligent while reading this collection. I felt like the kid eating by herself in the corner of the cafeteria while the "cool, exotic" kids drank their soy milk. I did not enjoy it. ...more
Possibly the most sensationalized and publicized divorce in recent history brought to light the horribleness of friends and family and the general pub
Possibly the most sensationalized and publicized divorce in recent history brought to light the horribleness of friends and family and the general public choosing sides. Who was right? Who was wrong? Who failed in the marriage?
Divorce is an interesting thing. Two people once so committed to each other deciding that it no longer is worth it. Worth the work. Worth the communication. Far too often, the games begin- he said, she said - power and control ..... It becomes even more complicated when there are children involved. Parenting apart requires more communication and more work and less games then if the couple had remained married. One person may have committed a "wrong" against the other. Is forgiveness lost? When does a couple get to that point? What stops a couple from getting to that point? What if only one person in the marriage wants out?
Marriage is an interesting thing. Two people ascribing to be loyal, committed and love each other, until death do us part.
This book is about divorce but it about so much more. It factors in so many aspects of life including religion, children and philosophy.
Questions and discussions in my own head that this book raised were many. Can an individual be in love with two people? How far does the loyalty of marriage, even one that has disolved, go?-til death do us part?
I didn't love this book but it made me think a lot. It was not easy to read, not because it was difficult, but because of the intense feelings that are portrayed by the character's hands. Black Box is written as letters being exchanged. The only other book I have read like this was The Color Purple. In my opinion, Oz did this so much better. It fit. As the reader, I was able to read into the writing and interpret it as I chose to by things that I myself have experienced. Was this a manipulation? Was this true love? What was the intent? Both my husband and I have had failed relationships. I can see the viewpoint of many different parties in this book but yet can't entirely relate to one. My own feelings and beliefs shaped the way I read this book. I don't believe that another person reading it would have the same experience and in my mind that is what amazing literature is made of....more
Hughes definitely writes some intense, powerful poetry. In this collection, it almost become overwhelming because it is so intense. I often had to putHughes definitely writes some intense, powerful poetry. In this collection, it almost become overwhelming because it is so intense. I often had to put the collection aside and read something else as I was emotionally exhausted. Things do get a little bit lighthearted in the section "Madam to You" where Madam Alberta K. Johnson tells us what's up. Love her! Hughes does overuse his theory of a dream deferred in that section. I do not want to read the book of the same name just because of this section and how over used the phrase is. Overall, very powerful poetry....more
**spoiler alert** I listened to this on audio book on a work trip where I was in a car for 14ish hours. I liked the music. I thought there were pieces**spoiler alert** I listened to this on audio book on a work trip where I was in a car for 14ish hours. I liked the music. I thought there were pieces that weren't answered or completed in the book but what with this being a series, I hope they would be answered in the future like what was going on with her father's job, were the wealthy individuals involved more than the book let on? ANSWERS PLEASE!...more
**spoiler alert** "It's letting go of the sense that the past should have been any different or better" This quote is from the last page of this book**spoiler alert** "It's letting go of the sense that the past should have been any different or better" This quote is from the last page of this book and it is correct, that is the tricky part. That quote really sums up many of the ideas in this book quite nicely. This was a brave book for Moran to write and in that braveness I found weaknesses in my own emotions. This was a very difficult book to read. Not because of the graphic descriptions (which there were) and not because of the subject matter but because of all the "in your face" reality checks it gave. Moran describes his own emotions so well that it hurts. The story can be described as painful yet gripping. There are so many facets to abuse and Moran did a good job at explaining a "victim's" (a word that is a struggle to use) thoughts. How Moran found theater, Christianity's role in his guilt, his family's unacceptance and the world's harsh expectations were wonderfully wove through the story. In summary, the book was amazing, but it was a tough read just for the emotional heaviness of it. One does not have to be a victim or an abuser or a therapist or homosexual to glean amazing insight from Moran's book....more
WARNING!!! WARNING!!! Alarms and sirens and stuff.
This may be a boring review.
Then why write it, you may ask. I have no answer besides the fact that IWARNING!!! WARNING!!! Alarms and sirens and stuff.
This may be a boring review.
Then why write it, you may ask. I have no answer besides the fact that I review 90% of the books I read but it has been difficult to review this book of poetry because it was just meh.... and blah..... there is not too much to note. Typical collection of poetry.
My favorite poem was probably "An Afternoon".
Other poems of note were: Circulation The Best Time of Day The Phone Booth The Gift
The reason that they were of note is that they were the only poems that elicited any sort of emotional response from me. Then why three stars, you may ask again (you have lots of questions, don't you?)? Well, I will tell you (but this is the last question that I'm answering). It wasn't bad. It had some entertainment value. I kept reading. It was OK. Kind of good in spots. But that is it, truly....more