I remember watching the movie with Jodie Foster when it came out, but I'd never read the book before, so I ordered it in preparation to watch ArrivalI remember watching the movie with Jodie Foster when it came out, but I'd never read the book before, so I ordered it in preparation to watch Arrival (which is kind of Contact but for linguists rather than radio astronomers).
The final rate is a 3.5 but pointing upward. The novel is a bit clunky at times, very important in its message but kinda muddled in its handling of characters apart from Ellie. I got a really sour note towards the end, when it's revealed that (view spoiler)[Ted is not Ellie's biological father. The text keeps saying that Ted's not her real father from that point on, and no, no, sorry, nope. A father is someone who raised you, not just someone who donated some DNA to a fertile egg. Ellie is not really a people's person, but even her should know this. Plus, her actual bio father was against her STEM studies and (along with her mother) never told her the truth until after her mother died, so it's not like the story or her family gave Ellie any reason to like him in the first place (hide spoiler)].
In a way I think the movie depicted the wormhole travel part best, although it evened it out by completely bungling the final message from the book in favour of a more religious approach. I prefer the book best, on that front. If there is proof of a creator, it will not come from blind faith, but from the universe itself, and science....more
Uno spaccato di una famiglia palermitana, di una madre e dei suoi cinque figli, e delle assenze che minano i loro rapporti - in primis l'assenza del pUno spaccato di una famiglia palermitana, di una madre e dei suoi cinque figli, e delle assenze che minano i loro rapporti - in primis l'assenza del padre, sparito vent'anni prima. Ma Basilicò è anche un giallo, e un libro di cucina, e un salto nella memoria, il tutto legato appunto dal basilico di Maria Morreale, la figura che nel bene e nel male permea tutto questo volume.
Non si può dire molto altro di questo volume senza svelarne la trama, se non che è un'altra ottima prova del bravissimo Giulio, nonché un'evidente lettera aperta alla città della sua infanzia....more
A nice regency romance in the style of Georgette Heyer. It doesn't really stand out in the genre, but it's a fun, good read - or good listening, in thA nice regency romance in the style of Georgette Heyer. It doesn't really stand out in the genre, but it's a fun, good read - or good listening, in this case, since I got the Audible version.
I really loved Heath Miller's characterization of the various characters, but I'll admit I still got lost a couple times with who was who, as the narration swaps several times from first names to surnames even inside the same paragraph. (On the other hand, I listened to most of the book while driving, so it's probable I was just distracted at the time.)
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the audiobook as part of a giveaway....more
Will I ever stop adoring everything Ursula writes? Probably not. This is a portal fantasy with a girl who is wise beyond her years but still gets scarWill I ever stop adoring everything Ursula writes? Probably not. This is a portal fantasy with a girl who is wise beyond her years but still gets scared and doesn't know how to fight and has to rely on her friends and the goodwill of others for most things. This is a story where the bad guy razes villages to the ground but also wants the time to read some more books before the end. This is a story with a frog tree and antelope women and phoenix hedgehogs and a glorious wolf who turns into a house at night. This is a story that must be read....more
A suspenseful, atmospheric horror set in the Himalayas in the 1930s. The story follows Doctor Stephen Pearce, a last minute replacement on an expeditiA suspenseful, atmospheric horror set in the Himalayas in the 1930s. The story follows Doctor Stephen Pearce, a last minute replacement on an expedition to climb Kangchenjunga, back then believed to be the highest peak in the world.
A malaise seems to follow Stephen, in the beginning seemingly only due to the bad weather, his love/hate relationship with his brother Kits, and troubles he left behind in London. But as the story progresses and the group climbs higher, to where the air is rarefied and the mind starts playing tricks, the doubt starts creeping that something else seems to be following the expedition - something dark, and malevolent, and tied to the fateful expedition that preceded them.
Michelle Paver spins another wonderful tale of natural and supernatural horror, where the hardship of climbing an indifferent, dangerous mountain is interspersed with the horror of a mind that starts doubting itself.
My only niggle is that, due to the time, setting, and first-person narrative, the cast list ends up being a bit of a "Boy's own adventure"/white dude fest: the only named female character of significance is a memory, and the Indian and Nepalese natives are treated by the "sahibs" as little more than superstitious children, despite that they do most of the actual work. The text name checks the deeds of female Alpinists and mountaineers, and Stephen himself takes baby steps towards understanding his own racism, but Paver herself acknowledges this historical limitation in the afterword. ...more
The art is gorgeous, but when Rebecca Sugar said she wanted to expand on the story as told in the cartoon, I must admit that I expected something moreThe art is gorgeous, but when Rebecca Sugar said she wanted to expand on the story as told in the cartoon, I must admit that I expected something more. Rather than looking at the same story from a different angle and/or with a different pace from TV, this just seems to be a retelling of the same thing but with less details. ...more
Laser Moose and Rabbit Boy protect the forest with the power of, well, lasers, and unending optimism. Alas, they're likely to cause as much trouble asLaser Moose and Rabbit Boy protect the forest with the power of, well, lasers, and unending optimism. Alas, they're likely to cause as much trouble as they prevent.
The book contains three stories and a short adventure, full of improbable happenings and a mix of dark and goofy humour. It's a very short read for adults, and I think kids will find it funny as well.
If you like this book you might want to follow Doug Savage's online comic, Savage Chickens, which sports much of the same humour, albeit over 1 or 2 panels drawn on post-it notes. ...more