The writing is great, the main character's Tourette's is well portrayed and believable and it has some funny moments, but I could not get into the sto The writing is great, the main character's Tourette's is well portrayed and believable and it has some funny moments, but I could not get into the story. Those who enjoy mysteries and mobsters, with a not-your-average-detective character, may enjoy this book.
This is a good book for women who've just begun Aikido. It covers some of the basic structure and etiquette in the dojo, overall philosophy and basic This is a good book for women who've just begun Aikido. It covers some of the basic structure and etiquette in the dojo, overall philosophy and basic tenants of the martial art, and the author is inspiring: starting Aikido in her 70's, she quickly achieved her black belt and taught for another 17 years.
The downsides are the jargon, and some overly wordy instructions on technique. A couple segments read like the worlds most disorienting recipes. I feel like the language and techniques should have been simplified. It's great to know the terminology and to have a walk-through of a technique, but the audience is likely either women who have not started Aikido, or beginners who are still wrestling out the basic Japanese words... so I feel it would have been best to keep it as simple as possible. This is where a beginner-as-proofreader may have helped. I could picture someone standing there with the book saying "wait, now I turn to the left...with which foot? What's tsugiashi again?"
Still, I pulled some great information from this book - enough to recognize a couple etiquette blunders I've been making, find a few things to research online, reinforce the understanding of how Aikido works, and come away from it feeling like I've learned something. So if you've just begun Aikido and need some supplemental reading, I recommend it. If you've never heard of the martial art, it could be good, but feel free to skim the wordier instructions.
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Regina Calcaterra's moving narrative of her horrific child Started to write a review for this, was pulled away and came back to find it gone gone gone.
Regina Calcaterra's moving narrative of her horrific childhood, and her hard-won path to a better life.
It's a quick paced book and I had the sense of a minimalist version of the abuse she and her siblings suffered; still, this was hard to take in. She takes her circumstances and background and makes a point to empower herself, to gain control, and to set about working for positive change rather than justifiably using this to follow her mother's path and continue a cycle of bitterness and anger.
It did feel like the narrative jumped around in time a bit here and there. But while that was a little disorienting, it wasn't enough to detract. I think the only place I got hung up a bit was over her grandparents - I had to go back and check the earlier part of the book to be sure I was reading about the same people.
I stumbled across this book - a patron had requested it, and when I read the description, I requested it for myself, as well. I'm glad it fell into my hands.
I picked up this book because I was mystified that someone thought it would be a good idea for artwork - much less the cover of a book - to photoshopI picked up this book because I was mystified that someone thought it would be a good idea for artwork - much less the cover of a book - to photoshop a bundt cake over the top of a mountain. (Seriously, here's the stock photo they started with: https://www.dreamstime.com/stock-phot...)
Does the book have anything to do with mountains that have turned into cake? Cake at all? In any way?
No. Nope. It's supposed to be dark and mystical and I *think* (admittedly, I didn't get very far) magical realism.
I brought it home to try because I wanted to see if the writing inside was actually decent. If it wasn't, then, the book cover wouldn't matter much (to me, at any rate. The author should still be upset). If it was good writing, someone totally screwed her over. How can you take a book with Bundt Cake Mountain on it seriously?
I'm left without much of a helpful conclusion. I really can't tell you if the writing is good, or bad. It's certainly poetic, but it's also vague. It is a little like having a conversation with someone who might be a little high and wanders off on tangents.
One would not imagine a book could be criticized as having 'too many words,' but that was my feeling three chapters in.
But, as far as language goes, it's being (poetically) flung around all over the place here. Some may love it, I did not. Bundt Cake Mountain cover is still a disservice to the author, as it does absolutely nothing to reflect the contents of the book, and just made me crave cake. Same goes for the comments on the back of the book. Well... they didn't make me crave cake (more is the pity) but there was no book description to even give a clue what to expect, and the comments were obtuse and wacky (and pretty darn loose with sentence structure). Something about tessellations and dragons eyes and cold words and hot human hearts...I dunno, the cover was awful, front and back.