Another one of Francesca Lia Block's mind-bending stories. It annoys me when the book doesn't have a blurb on the back or on the front sleeve. I wantAnother one of Francesca Lia Block's mind-bending stories. It annoys me when the book doesn't have a blurb on the back or on the front sleeve. I want to know what this book is about, darn it! It always leaves me wondering a little when I start the book. What is this going to be about? Am I going to enjoy it? Is bacon going to be involved?
But in FLB nature, this is a real FLB book. Poem-styled writing, lots of words I don't understand, and shifts in character development. It wasn't until the end of the book that I realised Psyche had become other characters- Persephone, Demeter, Eurypides and the like. It would have been nice if that had been pointed out earlier. I thought they were simply interwoven tales, how Psyche's story related to Eurypides, and that Demeter was Psyche's mother and so on. I guess this isn't meant to be modern interpretation of Greek mythology, however, and in a sense, the characters from Greek stories could all be seen as aspects of one greater person/god.
Anyway, this is another FLB book that I'll probably mull over a bit and decide much later that I did like it a lot, like the Weetzie Bat series....more
Please note the fantasy tag isn't because there's faeries and unicorns and rainbow fart clouds but because there are fantasy elements in the comics, sPlease note the fantasy tag isn't because there's faeries and unicorns and rainbow fart clouds but because there are fantasy elements in the comics, such as the exploding coins and the like.
I think I've kind of ruined part of this comic series because I saw the movie before reading the comics. I kept picturing the scenes from the movie while reading this, particularly the characters.
The art is very simple, which is a good thing for me. Unless I'm reading an artsy type of graphic novel, such as The Fountain, I like my comic design simple and easy to follow. (I think my dislike for overly detailed art is what caused me to stop reading the DMZ series.)
I will admit that I think I've gotten too used to reading manga in this size book, as I kept wanting to flip it around and read right to left....more
At first I thought this book wasn't going to be for me. It's one of Peter's ridiculous sci-fi novels, and I could picture myself curling into a ball aAt first I thought this book wasn't going to be for me. It's one of Peter's ridiculous sci-fi novels, and I could picture myself curling into a ball and crying to myself as I sludge through heavy duty sci-fi. So when I started and the first chapter was one giant fart joke, I wondered what I had gotten myself into again.
But then I got through the fart jokes and it was pretty damn funny. It's completely over the top in parts, and some of the characters start to blend into one another, but if you can get past that, then you can start to get into it. My favourite part is the description of Robin's mother.
Scalzi has a tendency in this book to start chapters, or new sections of chapters, with a long winding history of the events leading up to the current point of the novel. It does get a touch annoying, but not enough to want me to groan and roll my eyes. Actually it's very useful, and I liked that he had added this information in, though some parts could have done with a bit of trimming.
Comedy and sci-fi don't always go together, though there's no real reason why they shouldn't mesh. The Fifth Element is a brilliant example of the seamless blending between the two genres. Mammoth (a movie that goes from bad, straight past good, and back to bad) is another example, though one that doesn't really ever succeed. But The Android's Dream tends to hit it straight on the nose. If you can get past the fart jokes in the beginning you should be able to enjoy it.
And does anybody know what was the fart that killed Lars-win-Getag in the beginning, or did I miss that fart? Er, I mean part....more
What a marvelous story. I've heard so much about this story, both the movie and the novel, and having heard so many brilliant things about it, I couldWhat a marvelous story. I've heard so much about this story, both the movie and the novel, and having heard so many brilliant things about it, I couldn't wait to read it. And I'm so glad I did! It's a delightful story, and with vivid characters, all who are very much likable. I can't say I disliked any character.
This book, I think, requires two readings, or at least I chance to really mull over the ending. Everything falls into place here- Wynne Jones wanted everything to make sense. Yes, plot holes could be picked at, and flaws pointed out, but there's no point in doing that in this story. Everything is as it is. Sophie's curse, Howl's curse, Calcifer, the scarecrow, all that. Everything has a point in this story. Sure, there's good and evil here, and they're both fairly defined. But there's no moralising, and there's no Self Important Educational Tales. This isn't a Very Special Episode book.
I haven't finished watching the film yet, so I can't comment on how the two relate.
**spoiler alert** This is a beautifully written novel. Yes, it does involve the rape of a minor by her perceived father, and another rape of a young w**spoiler alert** This is a beautifully written novel. Yes, it does involve the rape of a minor by her perceived father, and another rape of a young woman by her uncle, and yes it also has violence and sex scenes. But these latter two aren't described in so much detail as other novels that are quite famous and well loved. The most descriptive sex scenes is Celie masturbating, and that only really mentions her touching her 'button' (read: clitoris) and her breasts.
Walker's description of the challenges Celie faces and the love she feels for Harpo and Sofia are delicately described. Her relationship with Shug is also fairly realistic- it's not perfect, and Shug, true to her nature, is somewhat flighty. Nettie's relationship with Samuel is somewhat difficult to swallow, but that could easily be because it's likely Nettie only wanted to write about all the good that had been going on.
What confused me most about the entire story is the pacing and timeline. I know that some thirty years had past over the course of the story, but I just couldn't figure out what was going on the whole time. How much time had passed, the ages of the characters, what happened during all that time. I wouldn't expect Walker to write all the little details that happened in those thirty-some years, but it did do my head in a little, especially with the interchanging letters.
Ultimately, I really did like this book, even if it is slightly misandristic. It's not something you want to read after a hard day at work, or share with the whole family, though....more
**spoiler alert** This book is recommended quite often when the question of books about the land of faerie comes up, and so having heard a lot about i**spoiler alert** This book is recommended quite often when the question of books about the land of faerie comes up, and so having heard a lot about it, I bought it when I found it at my local bookshop. I do like the cover a lot, particularly the simplicity of it, and I also though the blurb could be interesting. Hooray for faeries, hooray for magical worlds! So I looked forward to reading it. From the first page, this book reminded me a lot of The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan.
The pacing is all off in this book. By the third chapter (all of which are short), Liza was off on her mission and the reader is left reeling over the sudden onset of action. I would have liked a lot more worldbuilding to have been done here. How did Liza, her family and her town get to be where they are? What was done? Do the faeries still live in the world? How do children get their powers? Why is her father so cruel? Who, what, when, where, why and most importantly, how?
So Liza goes on her adventure with her far-too aware and complying cat, Tallow. I'll accept that Tallow sits on her shoulder. None of my cats would have ever done that, not without me holding their bum, but I'll accept it. Maybe it's to do with Liza's powers. And then some action scenes occur and I'm left confused and need to re-read the past few pages. Simner has a bit of difficulty with writing clear action scenes, particularly with her pacing of them.
And then we wind up with a much to adult-speaking young girl, Allie, and more odd pacing issues and then there's radiation poisoning and mirrors and... dead cats.
I felt that the pacing got worst towards the end of the book. It started to get under my skin, and I wanted to tell at Simner to SLOW DOWN and DESCRIBE. Especially about the history here. How was the arch built? How does it connect with the faerie world? How did the war start- why did the war start? And what is Liza's ability, truly?
I was able to enjoy the book, though, despite all this, which is why I'm giving it three stars. The pacing does annoy me to bits, but I liked the twist on the faerie world situation....more
I feel bad giving this book such a low rating when it appears so many others enjoyed it. It was the writing style that brought it down for me. The sudI feel bad giving this book such a low rating when it appears so many others enjoyed it. It was the writing style that brought it down for me. The sudden changes in perspective, third person omnipresent, first person, third person limited, and then 'newspaper' articles, and wow, it just ended up doing my head in.
I can't help but wonder how much was real, and how much is Phillips' imagination coming into play. I think if this book was written in a much more linear form, and the perspective wasn't continuously changing, then it would be easier to pick it apart and decide where fiction started and non-fiction ended. Ultimately, I just found this book hard to enjoy when the writing seemed to be all over the place. Instead of appearing artistic, it just seemed messy....more
**spoiler alert** This is a very charming, sweet book. The writing style is quite unique, and, in some ways, really emanates the main character, Chris**spoiler alert** This is a very charming, sweet book. The writing style is quite unique, and, in some ways, really emanates the main character, Christopher. And then the story unravels and it turns out his father killed the dog out of spite and his mother is alive and his father is kind of a bastard. A kind bastard, but it's still rather unnerving that he lied to his son about his mother.
I'm not sure yet if this book will rate a one of my top favourites. I did enjoy it- a lot, actually- and it's a very quick read. But I think this is the kind of book that one sits on and ponders over for a while. Digests, stews over it, allows it to marinade, and then one finally comes up with a decision. I do think, though, this is a book everybody should try to read, as it is touching....more
After I finished Nomad by Hirsi Ali, I wanted to read Infidel to get a better idea on her background. I'm glad I did. While Nomad did go over most ofAfter I finished Nomad by Hirsi Ali, I wanted to read Infidel to get a better idea on her background. I'm glad I did. While Nomad did go over most of the second half other back, Infidel goes into greater detail of her early childhood and her teen years. I liked this part of the book, especially the detailing of how she became quite devout in her teen years and the beginning of her 20s.
I know people debate this book, especially Muslims. Some people call Hirsi Ali's biography as being far too political. To those people I feel I must point out that she is a politician. It's like asking a musician to refrain from making their biography too musical, or to ask a sports player to remove all references to sports from their biography. Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a politician. Her life is politics. You can't ask her to remove most of her life from her own autobiography.
Towards the end I started getting a little restless. I felt I had read most of this before, and I had, in Nomad. I mostly just skimmed the epilogue; most of it had been covered in the book I had already.
I find myself reading a lot of autobiographies and biographies about Muslim women who had pulled away from their religion. I think it's because it's so far removed from my life and my experiences. And I think this is partially why Hirsi Ali (and other women from Islamic backgrounds) write these books: to shock people like myself, and to get them to discover experiences that they wouldn't otherwise encounter. This is certainly why I read these books....more
I thought I'd enjoy this book. World War III occurred (and some of it appeared to be fought on Mars), and during that time, most of humanity went undeI thought I'd enjoy this book. World War III occurred (and some of it appeared to be fought on Mars), and during that time, most of humanity went underground. The war finished two years later, but people were told by the politicians that the war was still going on and the surface wasn't safe. And this lie just kept on going. And then there was some kind of political intrigue and time travel and that's when I got lost.
When I should the book to my father, the only thing he said was, 'he wrote most of his work high.' Ah, I said. That makes sense. I found the language to be very difficult to follow. I couldn't tell what was up or down, left or right, forwards or backwards. I struggled throughout all of it.
I'm not sure what I think of this book. I found the premise very interesting, especially all the different Graces people could have, especially the raI'm not sure what I think of this book. I found the premise very interesting, especially all the different Graces people could have, especially the rather useless ones. I would have liked Katsa and Po to encounter more of these folks, though I understand why they didn't. And I also liked how Katsa remained so untrusting of Po for so long, and she still had to stop herself from thinking about him even after their relationship developed. And I also liked the part about birth control, though I did skip the sex scene as I didn't want to read it (unless I'm reading erotica, I just don't like reading sex scenes. What can I say?).
But I felt this book was rather blah in other areas. The last section of the book felt a wee bit forced, and certain areas were undeveloped. Now, this is a very good book for YA readers. Katsa doesn't want kids, she doesn't want to get married and she's independent and fierce. In some ways she's the anti-Bella from Twilight. And as an adult, I did enjoy this book a lot, but I'm just a little out of the age bracket....more
Goddamn Karen decides to make a movie after her father has a heartache. She becomes a mini Kristy throughout the process, and grows into Kristy's alteGoddamn Karen decides to make a movie after her father has a heartache. She becomes a mini Kristy throughout the process, and grows into Kristy's alter-ego, K. Ron Hubbard. Keep sipping that Kool-Aid, kids!
The moral of the story is don't be a bitch to your friends. The end....more
Jostein Gaarder is one of my favourite authors, so I'm torn on what to think of this book- one that carries his name, but is allegedly not written byJostein Gaarder is one of my favourite authors, so I'm torn on what to think of this book- one that carries his name, but is allegedly not written by him. I don't believe the letters are real. Gaarder gives a little tongue-in-cheek mention at the end about the truthfulness of these leters:
And indeed, it was incredibly naive of me not to ask the Vatican Library for a receipt at least!
This is basically his way of saying, sup guys, this is just a fictional story, like Sophie's World and The Solitaire Mystery. There's also the fact that Floria writes out several parts of St. Augustine's Confessions verbatim, she also meanders throughout the letters, repeating herself a number of times. She keeps falling back to the part where he asks her if she's ever been to Rome. This continual memory flashback bothers me. It doesn't strike me as true. Floria just strikes me also as being too much of a modern woman. Now, who's to say that the woman of the 4th Century and the woman of the 21st Century aren't very much alike in terms of pre-marital sex, the Catholic Church and sin? But ultimately I just found the entire thing to be too unlikely.
Now, none of this isn't to say the Gaarder made the whole thing up. It is likely he found a letter in Buenos Aires that was supposedly from Augstine's concubine, and it turned out to be a fake. That's definitely possibly. But Vita Brevis being the true thing? Yeah, unlikely. Still, this is a nice, romantic, bittersweet and very quick read. ...more
Throughout this book, I kept waiting for Nicholas Guyatt to come out and say that he thought the apocalyptic believers he was interviewing were a buncThroughout this book, I kept waiting for Nicholas Guyatt to come out and say that he thought the apocalyptic believers he was interviewing were a bunch of nutjobs. That's what I felt he kept building up to. He kept pointing out how wild some of their predictions/prophecies were, and how some of their predictions/prophecies failed. He also repeatedly pointed out how today's apocalyptic preacher's predecessors had been mocked in the past when their predictions didn't come true. But Guyatt didn't laugh at the preachers, and he didn't mock the writers. He just kept going on, occasionally swinging between a casual tone and a serious tone.
This continual see-sawing is what bothered me in the end. I don't know what Guyatt wanted to say in the end, and I would have liked a little more of a conclusive ending. Did Guyatt think the prophesiers were ridiculous or not?
Some of the book was interesting, though- the interviews, particularly. I also liked all the information on the Left Behind series, and I admittedly want to read the first book now. Though whether I actually will is another story altogether. Furthermore, I found some of the anti-American slanting in terms of rapture to be reminiscent of the Westboro Baptist Church's messages- God Hates America and all that. Not perhaps the best thing to be, ahem, left behind with. ...more
Ahh, what a cute and wonderful way to celebrate The Baby-Sitters Club. Raina Telgemeier has such a cute way of drawing the four girls, and I love howAhh, what a cute and wonderful way to celebrate The Baby-Sitters Club. Raina Telgemeier has such a cute way of drawing the four girls, and I love how they are so different from one another. One problem I have when reading black-and-white comics is that I occasionally mix the characters up and often have to rely on a shirt or the colour of their hair, but this didn't happen at all with Telgemeier's designs.
I also really enjoyed how some of the small themes from the other BSC books came into play here. Claudia and the Phantom Phone Calls, The Truth About Stacey, and so on. The character's personalities also all shine through here. It's very adorable, and a really good piece for any BSC fanatic's collection.
This is one of my partner's favourite books. I had to get that out there. He is going to like me saying that.
It was okay. This book actually remindedThis is one of my partner's favourite books. I had to get that out there. He is going to like me saying that.
It was okay. This book actually reminded me a lot of D.E.B.S., except without the lesbian storyline. Elite, secret, all-girls spy academy? And in the end, the school is okay with the illicit romance? And then there's the character types. Cammie is Amy, Bex is Max, Liz is Janet and Macey is Dominque. Hey, it fits!
Yeah, it's kind of D.E.B.S.-ish to me. That's not necessarily a bad thing- I got to imagine lesbian love scenes when it was Cammie and Josh smooching.
I will agree with Peter that the spy development was the good part. This is also what I like about D.E.B.S.. How the girls learn to be spies, all the tricks of the trade, and just the general ins and outs of the school environment. The Red Alert (or was it Code Red?) scene was good fun, too, especially with hearing about what was happening with the juniors and seniors. But I would have liked to have read more about the school itself. What courses could the girls focus in? What were the classes outside Covert Operations like? And also, how did those not from spy families get chosen/accepted? For instance, Liz is shown to be the more intellectually driven in the group, and I would have liked to have read about the options offered to her. And then there's Macey- how did her parents react to Gallagher Academy? Given she's so behind everyone else, would the same course options be offered to her?
I know the point of the story is to tell about the relationship between Cammie and Josh, and the secret between them, but there's a lot of fun to be had elsewhere. So, a little disappointing, but not a horrible story....more
So Karen decides to create a newspaper of her very own as she decides that newspaper editors are boring as she doesn't understand concepts like CubismSo Karen decides to create a newspaper of her very own as she decides that newspaper editors are boring as she doesn't understand concepts like Cubism and doesn't know that rite is a word. Whatever, Karen. Then she convinces Hannie and Nancy to jump on board. Then she realises that holy shit, this crap is hard, and decides to end it seven weeks later.
One thing that tickles me is that they mention they're on summer break and Karen and Andrew are pumped about returning to school. Karen talks about all the teachers she loves, but there's no mention of Ms Colman, her beloved second grade teacher. Is it perhaps Karen is upset that she needs to repeat the second grade? And Andrew is only four- yet he's changing schools? Lisa, why are you fobbing your child off at such a young age?...more
I feel kind of bad giving this book only 2/5 stars. It's not a bad book, or at least I didn't find it bad. It's somewhat engaging, and Michelle Zink dI feel kind of bad giving this book only 2/5 stars. It's not a bad book, or at least I didn't find it bad. It's somewhat engaging, and Michelle Zink does her best to weave a delicately balanced Victorian world where the main female characters are strangely empowered and knowledgeable. A part of me (the part without the history degree) can accept that. I know young adult authors want the girls reading their books to have feminist role models. But it didn't quite work when Lia, the main character, is rather drab and flops around in her role like Magikarp's main attack.
Someone on here said that this novel repeats itself. Story is told, characters talk about it, they find someone else to tell it to and repeat. Nothing really happened beyond that- the story didn't particularly move along. I wound up getting the impression that everything was just being rehashed and there was no real progression or climax. It was easy to figure out what (or who) they keys were. It's unlikely that real keys would need to be inserted into Lia, being the Gate and all. And in most stories such as this one, keys are people.
And what of Alice? If their mother and father knew that Alice was going to be the one to guard the gate, shouldn't they have shown her more affection, instead of allowing her to grow up to become a bitter, cruel woman? Even then, it's important to let your children know you love them, prophecy aside.
I'm nitpicking here, but I just kept thinking of these things as I read along. It's a fine story, but in my opinion it's only really okay....more
In this episode of Baby-Sitters Little Sister, Karen follows in Kristy's footsteps by creating a carnival. Her minions, Hannie and Nancy, go along witIn this episode of Baby-Sitters Little Sister, Karen follows in Kristy's footsteps by creating a carnival. Her minions, Hannie and Nancy, go along with it. But Hannie grows a backbone for a day and realises that Karen is actually somewhat of a bully and fights back. But eventually she succumbs and apologises... while Karen doesn't.
The hell, Karen?
I always feel sorry for Mrs Porter, AKA, Morbidda Destiny. She's probably just a lonely old woman, who is perhaps a touch senile. She just wanted to help out at your carnival, Karen. She wasn't going to curse you! Though I really wouldn't blame her. I'd turn to witchcraft, too, if the child next door kept taunting me....more
This book is brain mush, but it's enjoyable brain mush. It's part of the new trend of 'dark' faerie tales, which I find to be fun, albeit quite gratinThis book is brain mush, but it's enjoyable brain mush. It's part of the new trend of 'dark' faerie tales, which I find to be fun, albeit quite grating. This book is in the same vein as Wicked Lovely- faeries are dark creatures, with strange fantastical features and they have a monarchial system where the one who kills the monarch becomes the next ruler. The main mortal, female character also seems to be quite grungy, smokes, drinks and has rather negligent parents. However, Holly Black does take this last feature a step further and the mother actually is quite negligent and a bad parent and this explains Kaye's other tendencies.
Tithe also skips another feature of other popular YA fantasy novels: Kaye's love interest, Roiben, doesn't love her back. He seems to hold some affection towards her, yes, but his love is elsewhere. Furthermore, it's implied that he put an enchantment spell over her at the end. I'm sure Roiben falls in love with Kaye in the sequel, though. But hey, this is a YA novel after all.
The sideline characters are all rather one-dimensional, including Corny, the main secondary character. The novel is also all over the place, and at points I had to flip back a couple of pages and re-read passages to make sense of it all. But if one accepts this novel as fluff and brain mush, then it isn't all that bad. It's better than Hush Hush to say the least. I'm also inclined to look into the sequels for this book, perhaps further down the line. I found Tithe to be enjoyable, if a little frustrating at points. ...more
So, I might get jumped for this opinion, but I plainly didn't enjoy this book. I feel in a way obligated to, as it won the Nobel Prize for LiteratureSo, I might get jumped for this opinion, but I plainly didn't enjoy this book. I feel in a way obligated to, as it won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1957, and it's a well loved novel and many people enjoy it, but I just couldn't get into it. It was quite philosophical, and at times I couldn't help but feel that Camus was waffling on. Maybe it suffers from the same thing some translations of Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, in that the purity and true intent of the author went awry when translated into English.
I do enjoy philosophy texts, when the author has a good grasp on what they want to discuss. And I do really like stories on the human nature, particularly when trapped with a disease ravaging their locality. But what I can't hand is continual paragraphs of text that can be skipped and not miss anything. I call this The Lord of the Rings effect or The Bold and the Beautiful effect.
Perhaps I was hoping for more action. Perhaps I was hoping for more of a struggle in fighting the plague, and less of a story on the way the people in Oran dealt with it. But very few of my hopes were reached. Or, as I'm certain some will argue, I didn't understand the point of this novel. I can accept that interpretation as well.
Quite ultimately, I just found this a struggle to read and didn't enjoy it. I would rather rate this novel 1/5 or 1.5/, but I gave it a 2 as I feel that the long-standing love of this book and the fact it won the Nobel Prize should factor into it....more
The next edition of Spider Jerusalem's adventures in the world where the year is not known.
I've been fairly ambivalent of these comics so far, but thiThe next edition of Spider Jerusalem's adventures in the world where the year is not known.
I've been fairly ambivalent of these comics so far, but this one really kicked it up a notch. I'm starting to enjoy this series, especially now there's an actual overarching plot and Spider has moved on from merely screaming obscenities and his motive has started to come out. His filthy assistants, as he calls them, are also starting to grow and I like how they're starting to become different from each other (Channon appearing to be the more enthusiastic of the two, while Yelena appears to be more sedate).
I'm looking forward the the last five of the volumes now. I still don't particularly love any of the main characters, but somehow I think none of them are meant to be loved. They're meant to be enjoyed, yes, and I do believe they're meant to be relatable, but I don't think they're meant to be loved like some authors encourage. I think this is good- nobody is 100% likable, and, given the context of these comics, I think that it works well in this series....more
Given that Kerr wrote this about her own experiences as a young Jewish girl fleeing Germany in 1933, it's not surprising that this tale rang so true.Given that Kerr wrote this about her own experiences as a young Jewish girl fleeing Germany in 1933, it's not surprising that this tale rang so true. While some parts are really only skimmed over, such as who Hitler was and why the family had to leave Germany in the first place, these were probably not the most important problems for a young child at the time. This is also somewhat different from other WWII novels/memoirs. This family escapes, and it's not the war that effects Anna so much as constantly moving and having to adapt to new people, places and situations.
It may be a trying book for some of the younger readers, and I'd recommend talking about what is happening in the book. Some children may be confused with the issues presented, and uncertain of who Hitler is, what World War II was and why the family had to move.
Furthermore, I am distinctly disappointed that the titular pink rabbit doesn't make more of an appearance beyond two lines....more
What a fascinating book. I have previously read Oliver Sacks' other book, The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat, which I enjoyed. I was a bit curiousWhat a fascinating book. I have previously read Oliver Sacks' other book, The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat, which I enjoyed. I was a bit curious as to what this book would entail. I couldn't quite picture how Sacks was going to intertwine music and psychology. When I did start reading it, I was pleasantly and quickly surprised, and I very much enjoyed the book. Many of Sacks' stories deal with various forms of memory loss (such as dementia and Alzheimer's), but also cases of mental retardation.
As a musician (albeit a very average one), I liked reading about how the brain becomes alive when one plays an instrument. It's so true that playing an instrument stimulates the brain in oh so many ways. But it was wonderful to read about all the other possibilities music can offer people- freedom for disabilities, opening the doors to emotion, allowing communication and what else. I like the other Sacks talks about his patients, and how he relates to them. I also like reading about how the patients relate to him, and what they teach Sacks and also those reading the story.
This is definitely one for those who enjoy reading psychological non-fiction books, but without the added melodrama. It's also one for musicians interested in discovering just how music is part of human nature....more