So this book is pretty much a social study. What happens when a spell is cast that make women refuse to sleep with men? Silly me, I thought that alreaSo this book is pretty much a social study. What happens when a spell is cast that make women refuse to sleep with men? Silly me, I thought that already happened after childbirth and say, ten years of marriage, but I guess Meg knows best.
The only part of this book I actually liked was the in depth look into several different relationships and how they had changed over the years. That was interesting and felt "real," while the perfectly healthy sex lives of some couples (and yes, some teenage couples) didn't.
The spell and all the "desire" talk was extremely irritating. ...more
**spoiler alert** Really and truly if you are wavering on trying out a Kindle book or nook book, this is the book to give it a try. This was the perfe**spoiler alert** Really and truly if you are wavering on trying out a Kindle book or nook book, this is the book to give it a try. This was the perfect book to read on the Kindle App on the IPAD. I often stopped reading just to look at the IPAD and play around with the applications just to get a feel for what Steve Jobs did. Even though Steve Jobs was a bit of an asshole, this book definitely markets Apple. I appreciate the brand a lot more than I did before reading this biography. I don't have an IPHONE, never owned a IPOD nor a MAC, but I do like the IPAD. Does this book make me want to own more Apple products? No, but I look forward to seeing if they can do something cool with a Tv. I may be interested in that.
Walter Isaacson did a really great job showing the genius and eccentricities of Steve Jobs. IBM, Microsoft, and Google were painted as "Big Brother" by Steve with their big corporation mentality, but ultimately Steve Jobs created a line of products that required loyalty to a dictatorship. Those big companies he repeatedly criticized allowed for user freedom and openness that Steve Jobs would never allow. He lived by the credo that he knew best and his company, crew, and products were created in his image. It is pretty neat to look at the Apple products and see how he influenced the smallest details. He was definitely an interesting person from his strange diets, buddha beginnings, spoiled brat mentality, and his adoption. Really his horrible behavior was fascinating and entertaining to read about. That doesn't mean I'd ever want to meet the guy. Just saying, it was entertaining. Ultimately, his belief that the rules didn't apply to him or what his friends and colleagues called Steve's "reality distortion field" killed him. Walter tied up Steve's life well where the ending made sense. Of course Steve would deny his cancer. Of course he wouldn't follow the advice of doctors and instead think he could rid his body of cancer through weird diets.
My only complaint was that Walter Isaacson felt the need to summarize practically everything we should have learned about Steve Jobs at the end. I thought that was a bit ridiculous. Come on. Have some faith in your readers. We get it. ...more
This was a short, but slow read. I want to describe it as a snapshot of a young boy's life on a ship on the way to his new life in England, but it isThis was a short, but slow read. I want to describe it as a snapshot of a young boy's life on a ship on the way to his new life in England, but it is more about what happens on that ship and how that impacted his life. Well...kinda.
For such a short book, it was all over the place. It jumps from the ship to Michael's life before the voyage in Sri Lanka, then to life after his immigration in England. The key characters in this book all came into Michael's life on the Oronsay, but their significance isn't fully understood until the end of the book. It walks and talks a little like a mystery, but this book is more about what people may risk because of youth and love. ...more
If this book didn't have to do with time travel and was just an alternative history, I think I would have liked it a lot better. I really enjoyed theIf this book didn't have to do with time travel and was just an alternative history, I think I would have liked it a lot better. I really enjoyed the middle of this book (about a hundred pages in excluding the last 50 pages). Stephen King did a great job writing in the sixties. I thought the information about Oswald, betting, and just the overall lifestyle of the 1960s was really interesting. Outstanding job there. The time travel part was the weakest aspect of this novel. I hated the ending! I really did want to know what life would be like if Kennedy hadn't been assassinated. Instead, I get a whole lot of time travel mumbo jumbo dealing with strings of time and the consequences for changing big events. What a cop out! ...more
This is a great book for anyone who wants to ponder "memories" and "nostalgia." that is what this book does. It ponders why people behave the way theyThis is a great book for anyone who wants to ponder "memories" and "nostalgia." that is what this book does. It ponders why people behave the way they do and how are memories may differ from the actual event. I personally found the book a bit tiresome. It was clear from the beginning that Tony Webster was definitely an unreliable narrator, but it took too long in the book for him to realize exactly how off he was about everything in his life. ...more