The Good: The story is classic and the writing is easy to get though.
The Bad: This was definitely the case of the movie being better than the book. IThe Good: The story is classic and the writing is easy to get though.
The Bad: This was definitely the case of the movie being better than the book. I saw the Gary Sinise version in high school and I remember the visual portrayal being a lot more entertaining that the writing here. For a short book, not much happens and it what does happen is very slow paced....more
I think Little Women is best read at a younger age. As an adult, I can see the important lessons in regard to friendship, family and finding your placI think Little Women is best read at a younger age. As an adult, I can see the important lessons in regard to friendship, family and finding your place in the world even when it goes against the norm. I appreciate the simple tone and wording that would make this book an easy read for a middle school child. And in the end, the book is ultimately a coming of age story that would be better suited for someone much younger than myself.
Reading the book as an adult, I found it hard to get into. It went from slow and meandering in the beginning to an almost break-neck pace towards the end. It was heavy on description and the characters weren't all that deep. I know it's a classic and people love these girls, but they seemed very two dimensional to me. Each had her very own set of traits and none seemed to share a trait with another as sisters would. While that could allow for each character to be her own person and made it easy to distinguish one from the next, it didn't seem real.
A wonderful book for children, but the experience doesn't justify a reading as an adult. I'm glad to have read it to try to understand the perpetual love people have for it, it wasn't something I enjoyed enough to ever want to read again. I would recommend it to my daughters for it's message, but I wouldn't recommend it to my friends as recreational reading....more
I did not enjoy this book. I should have and probably would have if I hadn't seen so many Frankenstein movies. I knew that the movies veered pretty faI did not enjoy this book. I should have and probably would have if I hadn't seen so many Frankenstein movies. I knew that the movies veered pretty far from the actual plot of the book, but still expected something more. While the book was probably very scary and very controversial in 1818, it didn't really translate through the centuries. At least for me it didn't. I rated this book based more for being a horror classic and for basically inventing the creature feature horror genre and less on actual entertainment and merit....more
What can be said about The Da Vinci Code that hasn't already been said before? The book is one of the bestselling books of all time. The movie was equWhat can be said about The Da Vinci Code that hasn't already been said before? The book is one of the bestselling books of all time. The movie was equally popular. The story line, characters, and quality of Dan Brown's writing have been debated to death. The Da Vinci Code truly swept the world.
The Da Vinci Code has been criticized for being poorly written fluff. I just don't see it. The book isn't a hard read, but books don't have to be difficult to be considered good. The concept is intriguing and the adventurous mystery completely sucks you in. The pages fly as you unravel clues and learn a little history along the way.
Obviously everything presented in The Da Vinci Code isn't entirely accurate. Historical or not, the book is still fiction. Not every portion of the mystery is going to be completely true, but there are some interesting educational facts to be found for those not well versed in secret societies or anything biblical.
The bottom line is that The Da Vinci Code isn't perfect, but it is a fast-paced, engrossing historical mystery that can completely wow you if read with an open mind. ...more
By now, most people have seen the movie adaption of Jurassic Park. I think it's safe to say it was well liked and memorable. The original novel is soBy now, most people have seen the movie adaption of Jurassic Park. I think it's safe to say it was well liked and memorable. The original novel is so much more. With more background, more authentic (if not always easily understood) science and lots of detailed description that paints a picture more fantastic than the film's special effects could ever hope to reproduce, Jurassic Park is a book not to be missed. Action, adventure, dinosaurs, DNA, cloning, ethical/moral dilemmas and so much more, Michael Crichton's Jurassic Park cannot be completely appreciated without reading this book....more
I read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone for the first time right before the movie adaptation was released. I was a bit behind the already numerouI read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone for the first time right before the movie adaptation was released. I was a bit behind the already numerous series fans, but still managed to experience Harry before he took the remaining non-reading, but movie-loving world by storm. I read the books. I saw the movies. A lot. And as I patiently, yet sadly, await the release of the final part of the final movie I finally sat down to re-read the series in its entirely.
I could rave maniacally over the utter perfection that is Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, but I won't. That's been done. To death. Over 4,700 5-star reviews on Amazon.com alone.
What I will do is point out the things that became very obvious to me during this re-reading of the book. So many things became clear years later, that I never noticed or appreciated at the time of the first reading. As much as I'd like to take credit for being older and therefore wiser, the real truth of it was I became so enamored with the book from the first chapter that I devoured it as quickly as possible. Needing to know what happened, needing to experience this new and fantastical world, I read as fast as I could - totally glossing over things I wish I'd took the time to notice the first time around.
We all know Harry Potter is a wonderful story. Arguably the best of its generation. But I never noticed how wonderful the writing was until this re-read. This new world, complete in every minute detail, is world building at its finest. Never is the reader confused as to how the world is supposed to work or appear. Never do we stumble over the many invented words. The story flows so smoothly that you never realize how huge an endeavor this must have been for the author.
As the first book in a series, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone lays the groundwork for everything to come. Harry's relationship with the Dursley's. Harry's friendship with Ron and Hermoine. Harry's rivalry with Malfoy. The tone is set for Harry's future interactions with Dumbledore, Hagrid, and Snape. So much character interaction, coupled with the introduction of both Hogwarts and the magical community as a whole, in such a small book. We know Rowling can write a doorstopper, so fitting all of these important things into barely 300 pages is nothing short of miraculous.
More than just magical adventure, Rowling weaves some charming humor into the Harry Potter world from the get-go. Naming Filch's mean, old cat Mrs. Norris - genius. And the school song. How did I miss that? It's ridiculous and wonderful all at the same time.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is often dismissed in favor of the later, darker books in the series, but I think that's a mistake. The entire series hinges on what is contained in this one book. The magnificence this series reaches by the end is only possible by the limitless imagination Rowling puts forth in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone....more
I watched the movie before reading the book. Big mistake. The movie followed the book very closely. While that's awesome for the movie, it kind of lefI watched the movie before reading the book. Big mistake. The movie followed the book very closely. While that's awesome for the movie, it kind of left the reading a little unfulfilling. I skimmed more than read. I hate that. The story was great and very entertaining. I just screwed myself. It was very good but could have been a lot more detailed....more
Fahrenheit 451 is set in a dystopian society that any book-lover would loathe. Firemen don't put out fires, they start them. They burn books, all bookFahrenheit 451 is set in a dystopian society that any book-lover would loathe. Firemen don't put out fires, they start them. They burn books, all books, for the safety of society. Guy is a fireman who is content with the world around him, until he starts reading a contraband books.
Censorship, freedom of speech and the idea that knowledge is dangerous are at the forefront of this novel. Even today, people are still banning books and trying to stop certain ideas from infecting the minds of the populace. The books relevance has clearly stood the test of time, but perhaps that's more a problem with society than praise for this book.
While the premise is scary and all too possible, the writing itself is dull. Fahrenheit 451 is a short book full of description. In this case, being overly descriptive isn't a good thing. The wording is choppy and the only time you can really get into the flow of the book is when Bradbury goes on a rambling tangent.
The concept is sure to outrage and book-lovers will easily become enthralled with Guy as he embraces the knowledge and power books provide. Fahrenheit 451 is a good book, but it is written in a way that aggravating and distracting. I don't think it deserves the gushing praise that's heaped upon it. ...more
This book was a very easy, very fast read. Much more entertaining than the 2005 movie. It was very sci-fi and very different from anything I have everThis book was a very easy, very fast read. Much more entertaining than the 2005 movie. It was very sci-fi and very different from anything I have ever read. Aliens aren't something I generally enjoy in my entertainment but I really enjoyed the humorous approach and casualness of the book. I was so blown away even though there were aliens and it mostly took place in outer space....more