Opening Lines: My father and mother should have stayed in New York where they met and married and where II am interested in reading the sequel 'Tis.
Opening Lines: My father and mother should have stayed in New York where they met and married and where I was born. Instead, they returned to Ireland when I was four, my brother, Malachy, three, the twins, Oliver and Eugene, barley one, and my sister, Margaret, dead and gone.
When I look back on my childhood I wonder how I survived at all. It was, of course, a miserable childhood: the happy childhood is hardly worth your while. Worse than the ordinary miserable childhood is the miserable Irish childhood, and worse yet is the miserable Irish Catholic childhood.
Closing Lines of Chapter One: The ship pulled away from the dock. Mam said, That's the Statue of Liberty and that's Ellis Island where all the immigrants came in. Then she leaned over the side and vomited and the wind from the Atlantic blew it all over us and other happy people admiring the view. Passengers cursed and ran, seagulls came from all over the harbor and Mam hung limp and pale on the ship's rail.
A few other passages: I know that big people don't like questions from children. They can ask all the questions they like, How's school? Are you a good boy? Did you say your prayers? but if you ask them did they say their prayers you might get hit on the head.
The master says it's a glorious thing to die for the Faith and Dad says it's a glorious thing to die for Ireland and I wonder if there's anyone in the world who would like us to live. My brothers are dead and my sister is dead and I wonder if they died for Ireland or the Faith. Dad says they were too young to die for anything. Mam says it was disease and starvation and him never having a job. Dad says, Och, Angela, puts on his cap and goes for a long walk.
Brendan Quigley raises his hand. We call him Question Quigley because he's always asking questions. He can't help himself. Sir, he says, what's Sanctifying Grace? The master rolls his eyes to heaven. He's going to kill Quigley. Instead he barks at him, Never mind what's Sanctifying Grace, Quigley. That's none of your business. You're here to learn the catechism and do what you're told. Your not here to be asking questions. There are too many people wandering the world asking questions and that's what has us in the state we're in and if I find any boy in this class asking questions I won't be responsible for what happens. Do you hear me, Quigley? I do. I do what? I do, sir.
I think my father is like the Holy Trinity with three people in him, the one in the morning with the paper, the one at night with the stories and the prayers, and then the one who does the bad thing and comes home with the smell of whiskey and wants us to die for Ireland.
"When we look back, we think our lives form patterns; every event starts to look logical, as if something - or someone - has mapped out all our steps"When we look back, we think our lives form patterns; every event starts to look logical, as if something - or someone - has mapped out all our steps (and missteps)." - Revival, Chapter Four.
"That is not dead which can eternal lie, And with strange aeons, even death may die." - H.P. Lovecraft
Something happened. The story of Revival is extremely creepy, with some horrific & disturbing scenes - which I rather enjoyed. I liked that a major part of the story takes place in Colorful Colorado. The storytelling is good, perhaps a bit repetitive. The time that the story is set begins in October 1962 and the story unfolds for fifty plus years. Later in the novel, we learn that the story is written in the post-publication date future (after 2015) which I thought was interesting.
There are some very dark themes regarding some people's inability to deal with the past. The idea of "Fifth Business" is interesting - certainly there are people who impact each of our lives.
I really liked it. I guess I need to read Crank since that seems to be the most popular Ellen Hopkins novel. I liked Rumble better than Impulse. My faI really liked it. I guess I need to read Crank since that seems to be the most popular Ellen Hopkins novel. I liked Rumble better than Impulse. My favorites so far are Burned & Smoke - because I can relate to them. I listened to the audiobook which is narrated by Kirby Heybourne - probably my favorite narrator. My favorite character in the story is Alexa.
Rumble contains some very beautiful lines. I loved the way it opened with:
In the narrow pewter space between the gray of consciousness and the obsidian where dreams ebb and flow, there is a wishbone window. And trapped in its glass, a single silver shard of enlightenment.
That caught my attention immediately. I like the unique poetic writing style of Ellen Hopkins. I definitely plan to read more books by this author :-)...more
Whether you read this as book one or book six, it will be fascinating. Recently, I read The Magicians by Lev Grossman and the similarities to C.S. LewWhether you read this as book one or book six, it will be fascinating. Recently, I read The Magicians by Lev Grossman and the similarities to C.S. Lewis's classic Narnia series, made me want to re-read these books. I love the ideas of magic and the ability to transport into other worlds. Now, I'm thinking whose idea was it to re-number the books anyway?...more
This is the first book I have read by Ellen Hopkins and I really enjoyed it. I like the format of writing that was used - a novel written more like aThis is the first book I have read by Ellen Hopkins and I really enjoyed it. I like the format of writing that was used - a novel written more like a poem.
I could relate to the subject matter since I grew up in Mormon culture. Also, I could relate to nuclear testing mentioned in the book which took place in Nevada. Some of that nuclear testing drifted over to Southern Utah where I grew up. I knew of a lot of cancer and birth defects....more
I liked the early chapters best, found a lot of things I could relate to and laugh with.
I found it very interesting how Joanna's Mormon Heritage was sI liked the early chapters best, found a lot of things I could relate to and laugh with.
I found it very interesting how Joanna's Mormon Heritage was so important to her even though she disagreed with many of the ideas. I also found it interesting how she is bringing up her children in both Mormon and Jewish culture.
I love how Provo, Utah! is always italicized with an explanation point! :-)
I think this little memoir will be best appreciated by individuals who were raised LDS. Outsiders may not appreciate the quirky weirdness quite as much as those who have been there. My favorite chapters include:
Chapter 3: Signs of The Times Chapter 5: Mormons vs. Born-Agains Chapter 6: Sister Williams's Tampons Chapter 7: Object Lessons
I also recommend Leaving the Saints by Martha Beck.
I am a very slow reader. My apologies to the author for taking so long to finish this review. I started the book and then set it aside and then pickedI am a very slow reader. My apologies to the author for taking so long to finish this review. I started the book and then set it aside and then picked it back up. I am impressed with this story which explores the ghosts of our past. I think every reader will find a bit of themselves among the cast of characters. I like the areas that this book dares to explore - there are some surprisingly dark places. Quite a journey.
The first work I read by J.S. Bailey was The Land Beyond the Portal and it was Amazing - Dean Koontz meets The Chronicles of Narnia. When I heard the author was releasing a new title I immediately got excited for Rage's Echo. Rage's Echo - just considering the title causes me think about the implications that resonate and hope that this novel will be nothing short of Wonderful.
Is there life after death? Could one of life's greatest mysteries be answered and life after death proven? What will happen when a paranormal investigator meets a ghost in a graveyard and the ghost follows her home?
Thank you to the author for providing me with an free, advance, signed copy of Rage's Echo....more
I absolutely loved this story until chapter 73 (approximately the final 35 pages) :-( From then on it was a disappointing disaster. Wow!
Until ChapterI absolutely loved this story until chapter 73 (approximately the final 35 pages) :-( From then on it was a disappointing disaster. Wow!
Until Chapter 73, these are my thoughts as I was reading Innocence: Amazing, Beautiful, Sweet, Delightful. A story of Love, Friendship, Trust, Destiny, Time and the Magic of Life. In chapter 73, information is given to the reader about the two main characters and at that point it was make it or break it for me. I saw that Dean would either blast off into a rocket of amazement and wonder or derail. I asked myself, "Is Dean going to be able to pull this off?" In my opinion, the story derailed. For me, the magic and wonder was lost and I was filled with anger. Dean, and those who appreciate the main message of this story, might conclude that I have a lack of innocence.
Dean has ridden a fine line with his religious beliefs in his writing and in some books (most specifically The Taking) done really nice and thought-provoking work. In Dean's two most recent novels, Deeply Odd and Innocence, I believe he has crossed into territory where his religious views take away from the story. This really saddens me.
Thank you to Bantam/Random House for giving me the opportunity to read this book 3 months in advance of release date!!!!!...more
I've never read another book by Edward Abbey and I'm not in a big hurry to go find more to read, but I do enjoy his frank opinions and ideas :-) I fouI've never read another book by Edward Abbey and I'm not in a big hurry to go find more to read, but I do enjoy his frank opinions and ideas :-) I found this at the library looking for something easy to read, light and amusing. I really liked some of Abbey's thoughts and others were blah to me. This volume was sent to the publisher just two weeks before the author died in 1989.
Below are some thoughts that stood out to me-
Chapter 1:Philosophy, Religion, and So Forth
"The more fantastic an ideology or theology, the more fanatic its adherents."
"The missionaries go forth to Christianize the savages - as if the savages weren't dangerous enough already."
"When I hear the world culture, I reach for my checkbook."
"What's the difference between the Lone Ranger and God? There really is a Lone Ranger."
"Proverbs save us the trouble of thinking. What we call folk wisdom is often no more than a kind of expedient stupidity."
"In my case, saving the world was only a hobby."
"Mormonism: Nothing so hilarious could possibly be true. Or all bad."
"My cousin Elroy spend seven years as an IBM taper staring at THINK signs on the walls before he finally got a good idea: He quit."
"God is Love? Not bloody likely."
"I always write with my .357 magnum handy. Why? Well, you never know when God may try to interfere."
"Better a cruel truth than a comfortable delusion."
Chapter 2: Good Manners
"There is nothing so obscene and depressing as an American Christmas."
Chapter 3: Government and Politics
"Democracy - rule by the people - sounds like a fine thing; we should try it sometime in America."
"The ideal society can be described, quite simply, as that in which no man has the power or means to coerce others."
"The best cure for the ills of democracy is more democracy."
"War: First day in the U.S. Army, the government placed a Bible in my left hand, a bayonet in the other."
"Taxation: how the sheep are shorn."
"The more corrupt a society, the more numerous its laws."
"Freedom begins between the ears."
"J. Edgar Hoover, J. Bracken Lee, J. Parnell Thomas, J. Paul Getty - you can always tell a shithead by that initial initial."
Chapter 4: Life and Death and All That
"When the situation is hopeless, there's nothing to worry about."
"The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time."
"Beauty is only skin deep; ugliness goes all the way through."
"Longevity, like intelligence and good looks and health and strength of character, is largely a matter of genetic heritage. Choose your parents with care."
"Life is cruel? Compared to what?"
"Beware of your wishes: They will probably come true."
"Life is unfair. And it's not fair that life is unfair."
"If you feel that you're not ready to die, never fear; nature will give you complete and adequate assistance when the time comes."
"Those who fear death most are those who enjoy life least."
"To the intelligent man or woman, life appears infinitely mysterious. But the stupid have an answer for every question."
Chapter 5: On Writing and Writers, Books and Art
"There is a kind of poetry in simple fact."
"I've never yet read a review of one of my own books that I couldn't have written much better myself."
"'The mind is everything,' wrote Proust. No doubt true, when you're dead from the neck down."
"Most of the literary classics are worth reading, if you've nothing better to do."
"Jane Austen: Getting into her books is like getting in bed with a cadaver. Something vital is lacking; namely, life."
Chapter 6: Sport
"Football is a game for trained apes. That, in fact, is what most of the players are - retarded gorillas wearing helmets and uniforms. The only thing more debased is the surrounding mob of drunken monkeys howling the gorillas on."
Chapter 11: Money, Et Cetera
"Phoenix, Arizona: an oasis of ugliness in the midst of a beautiful wasteland."
"The rich are not very nice. That's why they're rich."
Chapter 12: On Cows and Dogs and Horses
"A landscape, like a man or woman, acquires character through time and endurance."
Chapter 13: Places
"New Yorkers like to boast that if you can survive in New York, you can survive anywhere. But if you can survive anywhere, why live in New York?
I received this book through the goodreads first reads giveaway program. After receiving my free book, I realized it was a Christian Ministry book - tI received this book through the goodreads first reads giveaway program. After receiving my free book, I realized it was a Christian Ministry book - the religious overtones did not bother me until the second half of the book. My copy arrived in hardcover - which was a nice surprise. I read the dust jacket flap and was hooked right away - unfortunately the first half of the book interested me more than the second half. The second half is more about Kristen finding a new life in Christ than the attempted suicide issue. Here are a few examples of how the religious tone annoyed me:
Kristen goes to church and a stranger approaches: "It's a good thing your suicide attempt didn't work," she said. "You would have gone to hell if you'd died." -Chapter 13, A New Reality
"Gratitude filled my heart. I was grateful that I'd lost my legs. That, more than anything else, had brought me to Christ What if it had never happened? I shuddered, thinking of where I could be. Losing my legs showed me how big and real God is. For the first time I realized losing my legs was worth it. I wouldn't go back, even if I could." -Chapter 21, Overwhelming Gratitude
"Urge anyone expressing suicidal thoughts to get professional help from a doctor or counselor - preferably a Christian counselor." -Resources
Another pet peeve in the Resources section, Kristen keeps going back and forth between including males in her advice. She writes "listen to him or her" and then two sentences later writes: "If she says that she hates her life, she can't handle it anymore, she hates herself, she wants to commit suicide, she wants to die, or something similar, believe her words. And if she won't tell you with her words but is telling you with her actions, listen to and believe those." Following all these her and she directives, "he" is included in the next sentence.
With that said, The first half of the book is 5 star material - the story draws readers in immediately. It's interesting to see how Kristen adjusts to life in a wheelchair - how she faces the obstacles of stairs and narrow doorways. As the book opened, Kristen's story brought back memories of how deaths of grandmothers, relatives and friends affected my life growing up. An emotional story of finding personal meaning in life.
The following lyrics appropriately accompany Kristen's story: "I can see clearly now.... It's going to be a bright, bright, bright, bright sunshiny day." - Jimmy Cliff
"There's a light in me, that shines brightly. They can try, but they can't take that away from me." - Mariah Carey
and finally, Amazing Grace
Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, That saved a wretch like me. I once was lost, but now am found. Was blind, but now I see.
"It hurt to care." -Chapter 3, Carefree No More
"Around us, in all directions, were headstones of others who had died. They'd lived their lives, and all it came to was a name on the headstone." -Chapter 4, What's Wrong with This World?
"Their intentions were good, but I wondered why people had waited so long to tell me. If they really believe I'm special - and that God has a special plan for my life - why didn't they tell me before? Why did they wait until I'm lying in a hospital bed to tell me how much they love me, how much God loves me? I had needed to hear that just as much in the past as I did now." -Chapter 9, Kind Words and New Questions
It's really great that we have this lost gospel available after all these years - it explains the mysterious missing years of Christ's childhood and aIt's really great that we have this lost gospel available after all these years - it explains the mysterious missing years of Christ's childhood and answers many questions. Like other books of scripture, this book is interesting, sometimes funny, but in my opinion too boring. I didn't finish, but I read enough to rate it....more
Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe. -SAINT AUGUSTINE
A fascinating work. Having been born andFaith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe. -SAINT AUGUSTINE
A fascinating work. Having been born and raised in St. George, Utah, this was very interesting to me on a personal level. This is two books in one (The 19th Wife and Wife #19), and the stories are connected. This is the first book I have read by the author. I will probably need to read The Danish Girl. The 19th Wife is quite impressive.
One thing I didn't quite understand was the author's need to change some location names, but leave some as they really are. Hilldale becomes Mesadale, Washington County becomes Lincoln County, St.George Boulevard becomes St. George Avenue. No changes were made to the names of locations such as Kanab, Cedar City, St.George, Hurricane, Snow Canyon etc.
Favorite Quote from the book: The LDS Church has been so intent on distancing itself from polygamy; on letting the world know that we stand adamantly and unequivocally opposed to the institution, that we have ignored its actual role in our own history. By repeating the message "That has nothing to do with us!" we inadvertently minimize the effects it played on our early members, especially its women.
I believe this is the second time I have read Hideaway. I used an audiobook by Brilliance Audio to help me through this the second time and at the endI believe this is the second time I have read Hideaway. I used an audiobook by Brilliance Audio to help me through this the second time and at the end of that program is a fun, insightful interview with Dean Koontz. I love the character of Regina. I love the setting of an abandoned amusement park. This story tells of interconnections and Koontz is not afraid to explore very dark territory....more
Holy Wowzers! Certainly one of Dean Koontz's best. Similar to Cold Fire, but The Bad Place is more bizarre & disturbing. An impressive Cross-GenreHoly Wowzers! Certainly one of Dean Koontz's best. Similar to Cold Fire, but The Bad Place is more bizarre & disturbing. An impressive Cross-Genre novel with Romance, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Horror, Fantasy, Suspense etc. This is the Dean Koontz storytelling that I love....more