Why the HELL would you take marriage advice from this crazy harpy? It seems like a how to have a miserable marriage guide instead of something helpfulWhy the HELL would you take marriage advice from this crazy harpy? It seems like a how to have a miserable marriage guide instead of something helpful and useful. The Pearls do more damage to families than a parade of gays all wearing large phalluses.
Sweet goddesss's lactating tits I'd rather swim in alligators or sharks covered in raw meat than marry a man who would want me to follow the advice in this book....more
**spoiler alert** Yes, it feels somewhat bad to give a book about the Holocaust such a bad review but this is not a good book. The parts with Sarah ar**spoiler alert** Yes, it feels somewhat bad to give a book about the Holocaust such a bad review but this is not a good book. The parts with Sarah are extremely interesting, but then you get this jarring switch to Julia, an affluent woman who is just NOT INTERESTING. She's in a horrible marriage, but she doens't do anything about it but complain. I'm sorry, but your marriage is NOTHING compared to the Holocaust! It's difficult if you're a little girl facing the loss of her entire family. If you're some affluent woman in a bad marriage, you can just LEAVE the jerk. There's something called a divorce. He already cheated on you, he belittles you. No amount of good sex is worth being with a man who treats you like steaming dog crap. Julia whines too much. She lives in Paris, has a daughter who is a lot more mature than she is. (In fact, maybe the book would have been better if it was about her daughter having to do a school project.) Why did we even need her parts? They just distracted from the real story of Sarah, her bravely escaping a horrible situation and finding someone to help her and than total devastation. ...more
Book readers, you know that feeling of reading a book and falling in love from the first few pages, gazing lovingly at a books words. Holding the bookBook readers, you know that feeling of reading a book and falling in love from the first few pages, gazing lovingly at a books words. Holding the book to your chest as you exclaim: THIS IS SUCH A GOOD BOOK, IT IS ONE OF THE BEST I'VE READ, IT'S GREAT and you just want to keep reading it and devouring it?
Yeah, this isn't that book. I'm trying, but I just can't do it. It's too dull. The characters are not interesting. They are flat, 2 dimentional. All they do is banter. OSC goes on about bodily functions you don't need the details of and includes heaps of other stuff you're better off not knowing. And just when you think he can get through ONE BOOK without ranting about marriages and babies, you realize he can't, because a character expresses his desire to get married and have babies. You realize you could be with another book, laughing and clapping with glee. I must try to give up. But I really want it to get better!
The problem with OSC is I suspect he's not so much writing for the sheer love and passion of writing but to ca$h another cheque and to send 10% of the LDS church. ...more
**spoiler alert** This book annoyed me! First of all, you can tell Robin Cook hates alternative medicine as much as OSC hates gay marriage because he**spoiler alert** This book annoyed me! First of all, you can tell Robin Cook hates alternative medicine as much as OSC hates gay marriage because he took over Jack and used him to rant about that through half of the book. The other part of the book involves Shawn and his wife Sana and their marriage which is falling apart. Shawn discovers some fascinating scrolls and finds Mary's bones too easily. I don't think you can just go to St. Peter's and take an ossuary, after all. Then the pesky priest James comes along and tells Shawn, no, you cannot tell the world that these are the bones of Mary, Mother of Jesus even if it's super, mega interesting because the CHURCH won't like it. I hate the Church. To make matters worse he sics some ridiculous fanatic on Shawn and Sana and instead of running off with Sana which would be sensible and he'd get to have a normal, healthy relationship he blows up their house with the lot in there to keep them from revealing the identity of the bones! And, Jack's son is sick too. Urg. ANNOYING BOOK. Would the church really do such a thing?! Hide the fascinating truth? Popes are HUMAN therefore they are not INFALLIBLE! ...more
Say you pay 100 dollars for good seats at a show. You're so excited and full of anticipation. You sit down in your seat and hear the familiar strainsSay you pay 100 dollars for good seats at a show. You're so excited and full of anticipation. You sit down in your seat and hear the familiar strains of the instruments tuning. Only for the ensemble to sit, instruments in their hand doing absolutely nothing for 4 minutes and 33 seconds! 4 minutes and 33 seconds of COUGHING, fidgeting and someone shouting "When are they going to start?" This is how this book is to me. You think it's going to be brilliant because it won a Nobel prize. Surely it should be excellent? The best book you've read full of interesting characters that come alive on page and draw you into the book.
Well, you're not going to get that from this book. You'll get the narrator going on and on about snow, about how beautiful Ipek is and even what seems like it would be interesting; the conflict between religion and secularism, women's rights and poetry IT'S NOT! Because this book focuses on the dull, bland main character Ka.
Also, worse crime of all AUTHOR SELF INSERTION!
Trying to read this book again. It still sucks! I still can't stand it! The writing. The characters! Everything about it annoys me. I thought Saints by Orson Scott Card was annoying.
Making the horrible mistake of trying to read this book again. It's awful. Bad enough you'd die of alcohol poisoning drinking the weakest alcohol if you drank every time you saw the word snow in this book but I am at a part where an extremist takes a gun to a principal and goes on and on about head scarves and how girls wearing headscarves will keep them from being raped or harass. He goes on about how headscarves help a man respect a woman.
But you should respect women as people in the first place and NOT rape or harass them whether they're in a bikini or naked or covered from head to toe! Men are not evil rape beasts who have to harass every woman they see unless she covers her hair.
UGH! I despise this book!
Another thing that sucks about this book is it's a sausage fest. It's like all the interesting stuff about these young girls gets pushed aside and no one cares about them. The rest of the women and girls in this are just props or love interests to obsess over. Not real complete people. Avoid this like a plague. A plague would be easier to deal with than reading this damn book....more
**spoiler alert** This was a terrible book! Here's why. First of all, would folks REALLY picket the house of a woman with cancer to torment her about h**spoiler alert** This was a terrible book! Here's why. First of all, would folks REALLY picket the house of a woman with cancer to torment her about her discision to have her baby instead of abort and get chemo. REALLY? Would folks REALLY blame the baby for the mother's death when she decided to have him in the first place? REALLY?! Could a 2 year old child REALLY pull a parking brake when you have to press a button to move it and there's no way a child would have such manual dexterity? REALLY?!?!?! Would a dude really actually allow some random woman up into his house to take over this way? And why wouldn't the police have investigated this? Why did it take so long to figure out that a two year old couldn't have done such a thing? Were all of the adults in this book stupid and crazed by television?! How many times can I say "REALLY?!" in big letters over the dippiness of this dippy book?!...more
**spoiler alert** I'm reading this for book club. So far it's very, very girlly, but I kind of like it for some reason. Things wrap up a bit too easily**spoiler alert** I'm reading this for book club. So far it's very, very girlly, but I kind of like it for some reason. Things wrap up a bit too easily though. I kind of wish that was the case and it's making me want to knit.
Later That's it. This has been a TERRIBLE YEAR FOR BOOKS. I'm so mad at books. Music has been excellent and awesome, leading me to Iamamiwhoami/Jonna Lee, Poets of the Fall and lovely Apocalyptica songs. But books! Not so much. I'm so through with adult books and young adult books. I hate chick lit. I hate all of the stupid chick lit cliches this writer used. I was liking this book, liking the characters and then, THIS PLOT SHIFT! AUGH! WHY!? It had be cussing in rage and frustration. It's like those stupid girl movies when just as the female lead finds love and contently BOOM. She dies of cancer. WHY DO THAT?!?!? I know it happens in reality, but this is just an irritating as heck plot point, is what it is. It's an irritating device designed to drive me out of my mind. That is it. I'm going to read children's books instead....more
**spoiler alert** I will STOP reading this book if the brother sister incest doesn't stop. Ew.
This book is annoying me. Sure the ideas are great like**spoiler alert** I will STOP reading this book if the brother sister incest doesn't stop. Ew.
This book is annoying me. Sure the ideas are great like the ruins, the angels, the weapons, ect, but there are other parts of it that are driving me up a tree. For example, why is this girl so in love with Jace? He's kind of a jerk and possibly her brother. I finished it. It was ok, but annoying in bits. Should I bother with the third one? I like the imagery, and some of the characters, but......more
I do not like this book. I tried to finish it years ago but I just couldn't take it anymore! Bessie Smith was a cool musician, it's true. But you don'tI do not like this book. I tried to finish it years ago but I just couldn't take it anymore! Bessie Smith was a cool musician, it's true. But you don't want to take advice from a woman who sings a song about being with a man who hits her anymore than you want to take love advice from Billie Holiday songs! The music is fantastic, the message, not so good. Man, this book was ANNOYING! I just cannot TAKE these whiny women whining all the time about how much their lives and marriages suck while they enjoy being humiliated and embarrassed by random men in tight leather pants. CUT IT OUT! ...more
People keep griping about the F word. It's just a word. i'm more bothered while trying to re-read this book by- Wrong narrator syndrome. I really wantPeople keep griping about the F word. It's just a word. i'm more bothered while trying to re-read this book by- Wrong narrator syndrome. I really want to get into Thomas's head more. Both Domenicos are just not interesting. Who wants to hear about their grandfather? That guy is such a jerk. He's driving me crazy. Who wants to read about someone thinking he's all that, a bag of chips and a value meal?
Another thing is the dialogue is driving me crazy. The characters are just too simplistic. They don't really have a whole lot of facades to them.
Now to continue tormenting myself.
Dude, first of all WE KNOW THE GUY IS ITALIAN SO WHY ALL THE ITALIAN? Second, WHY MUST YOU CRAM EVERY SINGLE TRAGEDY YOU CAN INTO ONE BOOK?!
The actual review:
Dang, this book frustrated me. So I took away its stars. It's just like with She's Come Undone. Oprah rants about it, most people love it, but it's full of- Stereotypes. Every character is a stereotype. The lesbians, the Indian from India doctor, the Black Power/Native Power part black part Native character, the DON'T YOU DARE BE A SISSY stepfather, the long suffering mother. I just don't think real people are LIKE this, this simplistic and cardboard!
The book suffers from Wrong Narrator Syndrome. Dominick isn't as interesting as his brother, but we get his point of view, then we get to read about his asshole grandfather! He was such a hateful and unsympathetic, dickhole of a character that it was just so unpleasant to read about him. He was full of himself. He was proud to treat the people close to him like steaming dog crap. Why did we even need so MUCH of him anyway?
As I said above, Lamb has to cram every single tragedy in this book he can think of. You have to have mental illness, rape, abuse, more abuse, racism, AIDS, suicide, killing a monkey and then he's got to add even more of that! It's like you are in a boxing ring being punched over and over and not getting a break from all the mega-misery! Same thing with She's Come Undone! Stuff besides rape and abuse happens to people! It's contrived, it's cringe-worthy. I will not read any more of this poxy writer! People are out of their minds if they think adult books are better than children's books JUST because have adult protagonists. I've read young adult books that tackled these subjects a hell of a lot better....more
The thing about this book is, is it necessary for the author to be so rude towards fat people? I get that she hates being overweight, but a lot of theThe thing about this book is, is it necessary for the author to be so rude towards fat people? I get that she hates being overweight, but a lot of the things she did was unhealthy, eating 200 calories a day? Not a good idea. Though I am not the best to get health advice from as I'd like a piece of cake and I haven't read this book since college, but I remember how annoyed it made me feel. Do uncool kids really need to learn how to be cool? Or do cool kids need to learn to stop being jerks towards uncool kids?...more
I just didn't like this book because it was so...stupid. Maybe there's some sort of satirical metaphor I missed or something. Perhaps it was me, but I jI just didn't like this book because it was so...stupid. Maybe there's some sort of satirical metaphor I missed or something. Perhaps it was me, but I just didn't like it. Especially all of the gruesome descriptions of female issues that thankfully don't exist....more
This book should be called how to have a marriage that sucks. I hated it. If I was married and it was like that I'd jump out of a window. It's basicallThis book should be called how to have a marriage that sucks. I hated it. If I was married and it was like that I'd jump out of a window. It's basically all about the man. The woman exists to obey, to do all of the heavy emotional work and take care of the children. It puts just enough feminism to fool women into thinking it's about being strong and confident, but it isn't. You can't really discuss things with your husband, you have to baby him, but he can ignore you. Everything is about one sided sacrifice. How is that a healthy relationship? It isn't! It says nothing of abusive relationships either. Avoid. It's better to be single with a house full of rabbits and moths than have a marriage like this.
I got to add that the big trouble with books like this is that they push the idea that having a husband is more important than anything else a woman could be doing. It's more important than her sense of well being. It's unhealthy to have a relationship where only one person compromises. When the man doesn't want to listen to his heavy metal music using earphones which is what I would do, but the woman has to wake up early in the morning? What if she wanted to sleep late? It doesn't seem like it's worth it to give up everything you want or need just because of some guy. You're not an empty shell if you don't have a man, you know....more
I always thought human beings were individual people with individual likes and dislikes that do not relate to their genitals. Apparently I am wrong. MeI always thought human beings were individual people with individual likes and dislikes that do not relate to their genitals. Apparently I am wrong. Men and women are actually from different planets! We're alien species! Sure we can have babies together, but we are totally different. Women like to shop because they come from a planet full of shopping centers. Men like to fix things and play sports because that's all they did on their planet. Now if we would just remember that we are two different alien species, we can get along! Women must accept that men need to hide in their caves. Men need to accept that women need to talk about everything and don't actually want solutions. Women must accept that men will not ask for directions and not make them feel less manly. Men need to accept that women want to buy a lot of shoes.
I hate these sort of books. Does it occure to people to actually TALK to their mate? To get to know them as an individual and not a series of stereotypes? Notice that most of these sort of books state that men are the way they are and you just have to deal with it. Men can't change, women! Their penises and testosterone prevent that! It's ridiculous! People are all DIFFERENT! Some women don't like buying shoes that bend their feet in weird ways! Some men *Gasp* hate sports! Also, I think this writer was divorced several times and doesn't have a real PhD, so why LISTEN TO HIM?!
Also, as an introvert I NEED A CAVE! I need somewhere where I can relax, recharge and have peace and quiet after dealing with... SOCIETY. Why do just men get to have caves?...more