I set out to buy this book after my own dog died, and it was a great comfort, and a very heartwarming story. Its funny, sweet and very charming. MuchI set out to buy this book after my own dog died, and it was a great comfort, and a very heartwarming story. Its funny, sweet and very charming. Much better than the film, as the book gives no delusions to the fact John and his wife do not look like Hollywood film stars, and its from the mans own mouth.
Chuck Palahniuk is delciously insane enough to have refered to this book as a romance. Weirdly enough, on closer inspection, there are romantic elemenChuck Palahniuk is delciously insane enough to have refered to this book as a romance. Weirdly enough, on closer inspection, there are romantic elements there, if somewhat tragically comedic. Mostly on poor Marla's part.
"I once dated a guy who wanted me to fake a lesbian scene with his blow up doll."
Oh Chuck, you are nuts.
Otherwise, its a darkly delcious tale of nihilism, crime, philosophy, consumerism, and expressing ones self. The characters are wonderfully believable even though they do things that you couldn't believe any normal person doing. Every word feels important and Chuck writes with a glorious amount of dark humour and satire that shows you how we're living now, and also makes it terrifying.
Its not promoting anything. Its merely demonstrating, but I do come away with a sense that if this book got into the wrong hands, it could be rather dangerous. All the recipes for explosives and such have been thoroughly researched and I now know how to make a lightbulb bomb.
None the less. The book is a wonderful read. Its one of my favorites, and no, it isn't just for men (i'm female ;)) I highly recommend it if its your kind of book. Prepare to open your eyes.
"Yeah. Well. Whatever. You can't teach God anything."
I was just about ready to buy anything this man would ever produce, and when it was announced that he had a book on the way, I was beside myself withI was just about ready to buy anything this man would ever produce, and when it was announced that he had a book on the way, I was beside myself with excitement.
Its everything I wanted it to be. Derren Brown is the definative man of mystery, who I hold above Houdini himself, owning to the fact Derren does not claim to be anything more than a psychologist who has studied magic for years. To add, he is a complete atheist.
Watching his programmes, there is a sense of awe when it comes to his trickery. You believe, more than most magicians, what he does must be magic, and he'll tell you its not. Sometimes he'll reveal how he does it. Most times he doesn't.
This book lets you into the mind of the man, and shows you exactly how he does it all. Well, not all, he's admitted to keeping some of the mystery. The book combines resolving the mystery behind just how he does it, tips to help improve your memory (and by God, it helps), how to start up becoming a professional magician, with anecdotes and funny stories along the way. Not only was I pleasently surprised at his skills as a writer, but he's bloody funny as well.
I was never a huge fan of Russell Brand, but I did find him obscenely funny at times. Occasionally annoying, and the sort of person you'd quite like tI was never a huge fan of Russell Brand, but I did find him obscenely funny at times. Occasionally annoying, and the sort of person you'd quite like to take a crow bar to, but proceeding finding out he'd written a book, I was quick to buy it owing to the fact he admittedly has a beautiful way with words.
By chance, he happened to have a book signing in the area which I attended with a friend and he turned out to be quite lovely. Rather the gentlemen, and I left with a signed book and a kiss.
I don't generally read biographies, but it really was a splendid read. Tragic and funny all at the same time. Even some of his darkest moments are underlined with a degree of humour. All his quirks are left in, and you can actually hear him speaking the words as you read the book.
His vocabulary is highly impressive and his philosophies are strange and unique. If Russell weren't real, i'd still read this book, as it would've made an extreamly interesting tale none the less. ...more
I know this play is ment to be a comedic tale of female enpowerment, and is all about the feminist statement, but I don't feel strongly enough about aI know this play is ment to be a comedic tale of female enpowerment, and is all about the feminist statement, but I don't feel strongly enough about any of those ideas to interpret the play in such a way.
And i'm glad I don't because seeing past the feminist message, as ignorant as this may be, allowed me to enjoy the play itself a lot more.
I'm studying it as a drama student, and upon first reading it, it was simply one of the most hilarious and delightful pieces i've ever read. If the translation is accurate, then the greeks had an incredible talent for comedy as well as tragedy. Its a wonderful, wonderful piece of work.
I originally bought this book for my mother, owing to the fact Misery is her favorite film of all time. I rather liked it myself, and when she was finI originally bought this book for my mother, owing to the fact Misery is her favorite film of all time. I rather liked it myself, and when she was finshed, and claiming she'd never read another Steven King book because this one disturbed her too much, I knew I had to read it.
I'm starting to believe that my stomach is too strong for my own good.
The book was so much richer than the film, and even though Kathy Bates is magnificant as Annie, the character in the book is SO much more sinister. In the film, the portrayl of Paul I found to be very one dimentional, and in the book, he's such a detailed character. He has his own little ways of manipulating Annie, and he's so interesting. I loved that about the book.
The book, might I add for anyone who has seen the film and not read the book, is a LOT more graphic, and a hell of a lot more violent. That famous scene from the film is very different too, and she uses an even more bloodcurdling method to you-know-what him. ;)
While I was reading this book, I hasten to add, I had recently had an operation, and was on pain medication. He describes pain as like two pillars in the ocean, and when he takes his pain killers, its like the water washing over them and he can no longer see them, until they start reappearing again, poking out of the water. That is how I have come to see pain ever since. I was with him all the way.
Its a fantastic book, and I recommend it to fans of Steven King and horror. Or pretty much anyone with a strong stomach.