"I know that I am crazy. And that has made all the difference."
I found this book on the shelf at the local library. I wanted to read it because of the"I know that I am crazy. And that has made all the difference."
I found this book on the shelf at the local library. I wanted to read it because of the happy raccoon on the cover. When I opened the book, inside the cover, I found more pictures of the raccoon riding an orange cat and a sign saying "This Way To The Midnight Cat Rodeo!" - I immediately took the book to the checkout counter and held out my library card.
Reading this book is finding someone who understands. Everything she is saying is exactly what I've been thinking for years. This book will be helpful for many people. This book is amazing, beautiful and speaks to me on a level that I can't simply mention any favorite passages because it's one of those books where I love every word. Jenny Lawson is my hero now. I must read her previous book and anything she writes in the future.
What a rare book that makes me laugh out loud so much. This was a real trip!...more
In the past I have been disappointed with some of the Scarpetta Novels by Patricia Cornwell, but recently I've been enjoying them again. I was actually very impressed with Depraved Heart.
I've spent countless hours in unwelcoming places but it's not by choice. _____
Our lives together started with hopes and dreams and promise, and incrementally got worse and better and finally not so bad and then pretty good until it all went to hell again.....It's as if I outran a speeding train only to be hit by it coming the other way around a bend in the tracks. _____
I imagine odors and sounds as colors in a spectrum or instruments in an orchestra. _____
He dabbles in comedy, occasionally does stand-up in local clubs. He thinks he's quite entertaining. He's not. _____
"....trauma changes your perceived reality" _____
Technology made everything better for a while and now it seems life is circling back around to the dark ages. Digital communication has begun to make me feel I'm moving faster than ever even as I lose the trusted navigational equipment I was born with. My own eyes. My own ears. My own sense of touch. I miss paper and pen. I miss face-to-face conversations. I worry we're on a collision course with doubt and delusion on a galactic scale. _____
"If you're never an original thinker how can you possibly get in trouble? If you're banal and unoriginal enough you'll get promoted."
It's like a crater, a hole where something happened.
Room is about more than breastfeeding. Room presents the idea (which I agree with) that we all livIt's like a crater, a hole where something happened.
Room is about more than breastfeeding. Room presents the idea (which I agree with) that we all live in our own reality based on our experience and knowledge. Perspective is so important to Understanding. We have so much to learn from each other.
"....everybody's damaged by something."
I read Room after I saw the 2015 film adaptation. That film affected me emotionally in a way that doesn't happen very often. I knew that I needed to read the book. The book likewise, has many emotional triggers and I am impressed with story told in both formats.
"Ever taste a tear?" asks Grandma. "Yeah. "Well, that's the same as the sea."
The opening of the book is very intense and there are some interesting story developments throughout the novel. The only thing that really annoyed meThe opening of the book is very intense and there are some interesting story developments throughout the novel. The only thing that really annoyed me was the frequent reference to the main character's preferred email program, Outlook Express, Outlook Express, Outlook Express. I certainly appreciated the referenced to Harold and the Purple Crayon.
A few passages: Without warning, the whole tableau - boy, pizza, dog, Zach, room - shifted an shimmered as if my vision were blurring or the whole scene about to disappear, like a faulty Star Trek holodeck program. As if this were a safe ending I'd dreamed up while in the lake struggling to hold my breath, wondering if I were alive or dead. After what seemed a lifetime I heard Zach say something and laugh, and with an almost tangible ching, I shifted back into the hear and now. ______
It wouldn't sound rational to anyone. I knew that. But neither had it been rational to have been on a deck on a gray misty day - or to have believed what I saw was a child, or that I could find him in the murky water. Or that we could survive that long cold swim to shore. But we had. And maybe I wasn't meant to blithely pass him on to someone else. _____
(view spoiler)[ "I already knew we were going a different direction than I had hoped." A tear fell down my cheek. If I could have changed how I felt about Thomas at that moment, I would have. (hide spoiler)] But you can't create emotions. You can fake them or pretend they don't matter. But I've tried both, and it never works.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
It is interesting that I read book two in this series before book one. In book two, The Likeness, the story is told by Cassie Maddox. When I started IIt is interesting that I read book two in this series before book one. In book two, The Likeness, the story is told by Cassie Maddox. When I started In the Woods, I was again expecting to hear from Cassie, but the story is told by Ryan. I preferred the Cassie Maddox narration, but I still look forward to reading other books in this series.
I enjoyed, as I always do in books and on screen, the idea of alternate realities and parallel universes. I also found myself reading this book at a time when I was surrounded by Irish influences. I had just finished reading Angela's Ashes and while in the middle of reading IN THE WOODS, I went to see BROOKLYN at the movie theater. I love the interconnectedness of things.
A few passages that stood out to me:
Sam appears blithely unaware of subtext and emotional cross-currents, but I sometimes wonder if anyone can be quite as oblivious as all that. -Chapter 9
"All I'll say is that there's been something just a little off kilter about that place all along. Do you know the rate of injuries and fatalities during construction was almost three times the national average? Do you believe, my body, that a place can have a will of its own - that it can rebel, so to speak, against human mismanagement?" -Chapter 10 All these private, parallel dimensions, underlying such an innocuous little estate; all these self-contained worlds layered onto the same space. I thought of the dark strata of archaeology underfoot; of the fox outside my window, calling out to a city that barely overlapped with mine. -Chapter 12
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.
It's a good thing that a warning comes in the subtitle Stories You Can't Unread. Chuck is an author who will push the limits. This is the second bookIt's a good thing that a warning comes in the subtitle Stories You Can't Unread. Chuck is an author who will push the limits. This is the second book I've read by the author and I am impressed with his skills. I should probably read Fight Club sometime - there were several Fight Club references salted among these stories.
TORCHER and MISTER ELEGANT are among my favorite stories in this collection.
Some favorite parts of various stories:
And we'll take the kid who picks his nose and eats it. And we'll take the kid who smells like piss. We'll take the leper and the left-handed Satanist and the AIDS-infected hemophiliac and the hermaphrodite and the pedophile. We'll take drug addiction and we'll take JPEGs of the world instead of the world, MP3s instead of music, and we'll trade real life for sitting at a keyboard. We'll spot you happiness and we'll spot you humanity, and we'll sacrifice mercy just so long as you keep Cannibal at bay. -CANNIBAL
"Five dollars," the shout came from among the garbage cans on the sidewalk. It was Flamingo, she shouted "I'll treat you. Whatever you want, it's free for five dollars!" -WHY COYOTE NEVER HAD MONEY FOR PARKING
A troupe of differently abled exotic dancers. They were all young and bored with Salt Lake City. Their thinking was: Anyone can bulk up some muscle, bleach their hair, and spray on a fake tan. Why not offer an audience something that wasn't based on a pile of lies? Why not serve up dancers not hiding behind fake smiles? That bunch of crazy idealistic kids. Only in Utah. -MISTER ELEGANT
She showed up maybe a little unsteady on her feet. It was hard to tell because she was in a wheelchair. -TUNNEL OF LOVE
Bringing about Armageddon can be dangerous. Do not attempt it in your own home. - Inside the cover of GOOD OMENS
The authors would like to join the d Bringing about Armageddon can be dangerous. Do not attempt it in your own home. - Inside the cover of GOOD OMENS
The authors would like to join the demon Crowley in dedicating this book to the memory of G.K. CHESTERTON A man who knew what was going on. - Dedication for GOOD OMENS
Don't see how you could have anythin' better than going to America. They've got thirty-nine flavors of ice cream there. Maybe even more. - From the Final Chapter of GOOD OMENS
GOOD OMENS is what Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett started in 1985 and together they brought us an apocalypse. The humor in this classic, creative work of satire starts at the very beginning and continues to the very end. A sense of humor is required to enjoy this book. If you like this, I would also recommend Lullabyby Chuck Palahniuk and the The MagiciansSeries by Lev Grossman.
I have never considered Intensity among my favorite Dean Koontz books, but it is a beautiful story. There is very little supernatural element to thisI have never considered Intensity among my favorite Dean Koontz books, but it is a beautiful story. There is very little supernatural element to this one.(view spoiler)[my favorite part is the female elk which are portrayed as mysterious guardian angels - really the only supernatural element - so you can see what attracts me to Koontz stories :-)
"The elk's heart-shaped face was barely visible from a distance of only eight feet. It's eyes, however, shone." (hide spoiler)]
I love the references to several classic works of childrens fantasy such as Narnia, Frog & Toad, Alice in Wonderland, Oz etc. Chyna uses these stories (as well as her mantra) to cope through her ordeal.
These great closing lines summarize the story: (view spoiler)["How scared Chyna had been that night, risking so much for a girl she had never seen. Scared less of Vess than of this new thing that she had found in herself. This reckless caring. And now she knows it is nothing that should have frightened her. It is the purpose for which we exist. This reckless caring." (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more