super-indelible-never-come-off-till-you're-dead-and-maybe-even-later colouring markers. This is really great. Like many kids, I enjoyed coloring on mys...moresuper-indelible-never-come-off-till-you're-dead-and-maybe-even-later colouring markers. This is really great. Like many kids, I enjoyed coloring on myself with magic markers. Now that I have gotten tattoos, I can see the correlations:
(view spoiler)[ "Oh No," yelled her mother. "You can't go to school if you're invisible.
"You can' go to university if you're invisible.
"You'll never get a job if you're invisible.
"Brigid, you've wrecked your life!" -Purple, Green and Yellow (hide spoiler)]
I highly recommend this colorful tale. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
A great & happy tail told through the eyes of a Wonderful Dog.This book makes me so happy :-) I read this back in 2009 and in 2012 I listened to t...moreA great & happy tail told through the eyes of a Wonderful Dog.This book makes me so happy :-) I read this back in 2009 and in 2012 I listened to the audiobook with the introduction read by Dean Koontz. Read again on New Years Day 2013. Listened/Read again June 2014. Listed below are Trixie's 8 steps of bliss, but I recommend reading the short book or listening to the 1 hour audio so that Trixie can elaborate on each of these steps for you.
1. Be Calm - Reside in Quiet Heart 2. See the World in all it's Beauty 3. Fun 4. Find your True Purpose 5. Love and Live for Others 6. Humility 7. Accept Loss 8. Gratitude (less)
"Calling all Stupids!" Stanley shouted. Mrs. Stupid, Buster Stupid, Petunia Stupid, and the Stupid's wonderful dog Kitty all crawled out from under the...more"Calling all Stupids!" Stanley shouted. Mrs. Stupid, Buster Stupid, Petunia Stupid, and the Stupid's wonderful dog Kitty all crawled out from under the rug. "The Stupids are stepping out today," said Stanley . . . "Let's go upstairs and get ready," said Mrs. Stupid The two Stupid children climbed onto the banister. "Up we go!" squealed Petunia. They did not move. They wondered why.
........................... Above is just a taste of this Stupid adventure. While I can't rate it 5 stars and call it "Amazing", this Stupid story continues to humor me and I continue to pick it up, smile, chuckle and then do it all again several months later. After reading this today, I requested the two Stupid follow-up books from the library: The Stupids Have A Ball and The Stupids Die. I look forward to seeing this Stupid Family in these other Stupid books. ------
2012 re-reading - here is another fun passage to share - Meeting Grandma and Grandpa Stupid:
"Where's Grandmother Stupid?" asked Petunia.
"Where she always is," said her grandfather.
"She's in the closet."
"Hello children," Grandmother sang out through the keyhole. "How nice of you to come and see me."
It was a lovely visit.
"We must be off now," said Stanley.
"Come again," said Grandfather Stupid at the door, "whoever you are." -Pg 20 of The Stupids Step Out (less)
I started reading the Magic Tree House series to my kids in August. We've read many of them but not all yet. I recently skipped ahead to two that have...moreI started reading the Magic Tree House series to my kids in August. We've read many of them but not all yet. I recently skipped ahead to two that have Halloween as part of the story - this one and Haunted Castle on Hallow's Eve. I must say that A Good Night for Ghosts, a fun and informational story about Louis Armstrong and New Orleans, is my favorite so far! (less)
I originally read this in the fall of 2009, soon after it was published. I read it right after reading Carrie and Duma Key by Stephen King so some sim...moreI originally read this in the fall of 2009, soon after it was published. I read it right after reading Carrie and Duma Key by Stephen King so some similarities bothered me. I re-read this in January 2011 when it was chosen as a group read in the John Saul Lit Goodreads Group and the similarities to King story elements didn't bother me as much since considerable time had passed. The first half of the story bothered me because of the extreme attitudes of the characters and all the father figures seemed to be basically the same. I enjoyed the second half of the story better this time around. I'd give the first half 1-2 stars and the second half of the book 3-4 stars.
John Saul did a great job of creating outrage at the way Sarah Crane is treated by the Garveys. Take for example this episode in chapter nine:
"You have no rights at all," she said, her cold eyes fixing on her. "You're here because you need to be brought up properly in a good Christian home, and that's exactly what we are going to provide. Your father is a sinner, and your mother did of sin, and you're headed in that same direction unless you straighten up and start working and praying for your own salvation. Now stop arguing and get back to work."
Sarah's fingers tightened on the knife and she struggled to keep her fury under control. "My mother did not die of sin," she said quietly. "She died of cancer."
"Same thing," Zach said, and reached over for a handful of carrots. It was all Sarah could do to keep from driving that kitchen knife right through his hand, pinning him to the cutting board.
"Cancer is evil made manifest," Angie said, draining the pasta into the sink amid a billowing cloud of steam. "All illness is caused by evil and sin, and if your mother had cancer, it was because she had fallen from God's grace. Hand me that bowl."
I also liked the following from Chapter 22 - it shows how John Saul mixes humor into his horror: "Over the course of a decade, Tarbell had apparently married three young women and fathered five children; only the last wife and one of the children survived. Tarbell according to the notes, had eaten all the others."
Overall, I enjoyed the book once I got past the extreme characters. It was a good story with a fitting title. The ending had closure and the epilogue was humorous. (less)
2011 Update - I'm upgrading this book to 5 stars. I've been planning on doing this for some time because ever since I read Duma Key back in 2009, the...more2011 Update - I'm upgrading this book to 5 stars. I've been planning on doing this for some time because ever since I read Duma Key back in 2009, the story has stayed with me. As you may very well know, I mostly read Dean Koontz because besides the fact that he is my very favorite author, he writes shorter easier to read books than Mr. King. I've enjoyed Stephen King's short story collections of Just After Sunset and Full Dark, No Stars. Stephen King is an amazing storyteller his books just tend to be rather lengthy :-)(less)
A Big Little Life ranks among my top 10 personal favorites by Dean Koontz. This one of Dean's rare non-fiction books and offers great insight into the...moreA Big Little Life ranks among my top 10 personal favorites by Dean Koontz. This one of Dean's rare non-fiction books and offers great insight into the personal life of Dean and how one dog changed his life.
In each little life, we can see great truth and beauty, and in each little life we glimpse the way of all things in the universe. If we allow ourselves to be enchanted by the beauty of the ordinary, we begin to see that all things are extraordinary. -Dean Koontz, A Big Little Life, Chapter One(less)
Better than I expected! This fun collection of five stories by Beedle The Bard offers a window into the wizarding world of Harry Potter. While keeping...moreBetter than I expected! This fun collection of five stories by Beedle The Bard offers a window into the wizarding world of Harry Potter. While keeping her promise of not writing another Harry Potter book, Rowling allows Professor Albus Dumbledore to give readers insight and elaboration through his commentary following each of Beedle The Bard's tales (the tales can be compared to the muggle's Grimm Brothers Fairy Tales - although completely different). "The Warlock's Hairy Heart" is especially dark and bloody - parents would be well advised to not read this particular story to young children; it is not a good bedtime story for any age.
After the tale called The Fountain of Fair Fortune, Dumbledore shares in his commentary that Mr. Lucius Malfoy had requested a ban on this specific story and the two had exchanged several letters on the subject. Dumbledore claims: " This exchange marked the beginning of Mr. Malfoy's long campaign to have me removed from my post as Headmaster of Hogwarts...". I found Dumbledore's commentary on "Babbity Rabbity and Her Cackling Stump", to be the most informative, interesting, and amusing of the five stories.
The Tales of Beedle The Bard is a volume of just over 100 pages, extremely easy to read and features not only cover art by Mary Grand Pre (who did the cover art for all the US versions of the Harry Potter books) but also illustrations within the stories by J.K. Rowling herself. Rowling has done a wonderful job on this book and I look forward to reading future works by her - whether they have anything to do with Harry Potter or not; she's a fabulous author.(less)
This is the first John Sandford book I've read - and I'm an instant fan! Sandford was recommended to my by a flight attendant in 2007 and also by fans...moreThis is the first John Sandford book I've read - and I'm an instant fan! Sandford was recommended to my by a flight attendant in 2007 and also by fans of Dean Koontz looking for similar authors. I will probably start reading Sandford's Prey series but I wanted to try some of his stand alone novels first. I have already started reading Dead Watch and look forward to reading Rough Country later this year.
The opening scene in The Night Crew is extremely intense and the book contains a high-quality of writing throughout. I loved the character of Anna Batory and think Sandford's writing is superb - I like that his writing is so genuine and unforced. I must admit I'm not usually very good at figuring out who did it in a mystery novel, but I thought I had figured out this one - in the end it was someone else.
Here is a sample from The Night Crew :
"I couldn't help noticing that you're carrying a gun." "Yup." She nodded. "You got a permit?" he asked. "Are you kidding?" "Maybe you should give it to me - the gun," he said. "Maybe not," Anna said "I could take it," he suggested. "Cop takes gun from woman stalked by serial killer who brutally murdered movie actress." She looked over her shoulder at Louis. "Could we get that on the air?" "Are you kidding?" Louis said. "I could sell it everywhere. But it'd sound better if we said, ' Cop takes gun from woman stalked by serial killer who brutally murdered movie actress, while gangs run wild with assault rifles in South Central.'" "That is an improvement," Anna said. "It'd do okay," Louis said. " But if you could get him to rough you up a little bit, we'd get more than we got for the jumper." "How about it?" Anna said, turning back to Coughlin and batting her eyes. " Do you carry a club or a sap or anything?" Could you push me around a little? I mean, I kind of ... like it." "Louis said, " ' Cop takes gun from beautiful woman stalked by serial killer who brutally murdered glamorous, drug-abusing "90210" actress, abuses her with baton, while gangs run wild with assault rifles in South-Central -- and she likes it.' " Coughlin hunched over the steering wheel and shook his head sadly, "Christ, this could be a long night," he said.(less)