I chose this for a goodreads challenge where I needed a book with the word OCTOBER in the title. The Hunt For Red October is a favorite movie of mine,I chose this for a goodreads challenge where I needed a book with the word OCTOBER in the title. The Hunt For Red October is a favorite movie of mine, so I had always meant to read the book. Also, I love submarines. I got to go onboard a Russian Submarine docked in Stockholm, Sweden in the 90s. I've since heard that it sunk. Weird! ;)
As much as I love the movie, this book dragged for me. I think it got bogged down in details. I love the major plotline, but I plodded through the military details in this book....more
I really had no idea what this book would be about, but my co-worker told me that she really enjoyed it and lent it to me. I liked how the book skippeI really had no idea what this book would be about, but my co-worker told me that she really enjoyed it and lent it to me. I liked how the book skipped around from future to past to present. It was like piecing a puzzle together reading it.
I didn't find the romance as gripping as some reviewers would have you believe. It was a depressing book, but still interesting. ...more
Re-read 1/25/10: I last read S&S in the mid-1990s when in college. I decided I wanted to re-read it this year after watching the Masterpiece TheatRe-read 1/25/10: I last read S&S in the mid-1990s when in college. I decided I wanted to re-read it this year after watching the Masterpiece Theatre movie a couple weeks ago. The story is one of my favorites by Jane Austen.
I will say that even if the Emma Thompson movie doesn't follow the story verbatim, I still prefer that version of the movie to the more recent Masterpiece Theatre version from last year. I watched the MT version and it was more faithful to the original, but it somehow lacked emotion to me. ...more
Ahhh! So many mixed feelings about this book :) I always loved the movie, so it was a dream of mine to eventually read the book. I am glad I got arounAhhh! So many mixed feelings about this book :) I always loved the movie, so it was a dream of mine to eventually read the book. I am glad I got around to it. It was definitely interesting to see where the movie stayed true to book and where it strayed. I would say I was generally pleased with how the movie handled the book.
Scarlett -- I really hate her character, but I don't fault Margaret Mitchell's writing or grade the book on whether I hate a character. If anything, she provided interest in the story :)
Rhett -- He is so despicable, but soooooooooo appealing at the same time. He is definitely an unforgettable character in literature. I found him utterly fascinating, and his passages in the book made its 1000+ pages go by more quickly.
The historical side of things -- I must say it was kind of hard to read this book at times with its portrayal of slaves and the South. Then again, it's a brutal time in the USA's history, so I can't fault the author for trying to capture sentiments of the era. I have to say I kept thinking of how weird it would be for someone to try to write a "politically-correct" version of Gone With the Wind while I was reading it. That, or a Disney-fied version. I started laughing when I thought how Disney would glorify/slaughter everything.
Anyway, I"m torn about what to rate the book. Part of me would give it 3 stars, but the Rhett-loving-crazy side of me would give it 5 stars. So, I'm settling for 4 stars to even it out....more
I first read this book roughly 20 years ago when I was a Freshman in high school. I am doing a challenge on goodreads where I needed a book publishedI first read this book roughly 20 years ago when I was a Freshman in high school. I am doing a challenge on goodreads where I needed a book published in 1979. I was curious if this book was as funny as I remembered it being. So, I decided it would make a good re-read for me.
I am such a geek! This novel is still hilarious to me. It didn't feel dated. It was still as zany as I remember. It is still one of my favorite books.
Sometimes I wonder if this book helped influence my career path in Computer Science. I know it influenced my sense of humor ;)...more
Re-read 2011: I cried again reading this book, even though I knew exactly what would happen. Funny thing, that :) Original Review 2009: I went intoRe-read 2011: I cried again reading this book, even though I knew exactly what would happen. Funny thing, that :) Original Review 2009: I went into THE HOST thinking I was not going to enjoy it. As a 34 year old female computer scientist, I like science fiction television shows/movies, but I thought the book wouldn't be that good. I had a tough time getting through the first few chapters in the book. I thought the story was a bit too out-there for me, and a bit boring...
However, once the book settled in about 100 pages, I became engrossed by the story of this apocalyptic society of 20+ people living together. Stephenie Meyer's descriptive writing had me picturing every scene with vivid imagery. Her characters seemed more realistic because of their flaws - she didn't write people to be perfect like so many authors. I could feel the characters. I could picture the caves and smell the sulfur. The way Meyer was able to describe something as simple as a character's level of thirst, or sitting in solitude in the dark for hours without speaking or eating... It was gripping.
I could put myself into their situation and asked myself constantly what I would do if it were me. It wasn't so much a book about aliens and science fiction as it was an examination of humans and relationships. I routed for characters to learn from their mistakes. I saw hope in humanity reading this book.
I've read some reviews where people were frustrated with the author making characters to be misogynistic. I believe that is over-simplifying the complex situation that these characters were put into.
The book brought forth a lot of emotion from me. I sobbed during sections of the book because it was so moving and emotional - yet, I didn't feel depressed reading it. It was almost cleansing. I highly recommend this book (though there will always be people that don't like it). To me, it was very much worth reading. Just believe me that it will get better if you find the first few chapters a struggle to read. ...more
Several years ago I watched the BBC production of Wives & Daughters and had a strong intention to read the book by Elizabeth Gaskell. I finally haSeveral years ago I watched the BBC production of Wives & Daughters and had a strong intention to read the book by Elizabeth Gaskell. I finally had the opportunity to read the novel and enjoyed it. The beginning and ending for me was a bit anti-climatic, but I really adored the characters that Gaskell portrayed throughout the bulk of the book.
Molly, the heroine, was a bit sassy at times, but yet was constructed by the author to be of the highest character. On the otherhand, Cynthia, her step-sister, seemed to be very immature and had a callous and flippant disregard towards any men in the novel who showed the slightest inclination toward her. Despite her apparent naïveté, I have come to believe that Cynthia was very cognizant of her own behavior: “I cannot live with persons who don’t think well of me. It may be a weakness, or a sin, I am sure I don’t know and I don’t care; but I really cannot be happy in the same house with any one who knows my faults, and thinks that they are greater than my merits.”
If Cynthia was negligent with her thoughts and affections, her mother, Hyacinth, was considerably worse. Hyacinth had no compassion for anyone’s feelings the entire novel, even through the end. I feel considerably for Molly’s father for having married her.
Perhaps my favorite character in the novel was Squire Hamley. I believe he definitely had some of the best lines in the book, particularly when it came to insulting others. Here he is insulting the wife of Mr. Gibson (most deservedly): “[y:]our wife and I did not hit it off the only time I ever saw her. I won’t say she was silly, but I think one of us was silly, and it was not me.” And here he is insulting his beloved first-born, Osborne: “Osborne will be here, too; and he’s always in his element talking to women. I sometimes think he’s half a woman himself, he spends so much money and is so unreasonable.”
I think that the BBC production stayed fairly true to the book and was impressed with their adaptation. I enjoyed the novel so much that I will likely read additional Gaskell books in the future, likely starting with North and South....more