If I am perfectly honest with myself, I bought this book because I really liked the cover. What's not to like about it, it's a bunch of super colourfuIf I am perfectly honest with myself, I bought this book because I really liked the cover. What's not to like about it, it's a bunch of super colourful Venn diagrams with tons of nostalgic references!?!
Written by 2 sisters born 14 apart, this book is a comparison of 2 generations and the things that define them according to the authors, who identify as either generation X or generation Y respectively. As someone who was born in the early 80s, I identify with generation Y even though according to some definitions I don't really belong to either generation (I was born in the dreaded grey zone between 1979-1982). Because of this, I found the dialogue between the sisters particularly interesting. The book is divided in chapters that cover music, fashion, technology, sex & dating, books, movies and TV shows. Each chapter has short essays from each sister as well as various graphics to add to the comparisons. I do wish the authors went into more details for some aspects, and there were parts that went over my head since I didn't grow up in the US, but overall I really enjoyed it.
This was a fun and quick read, and would be enjoyable for most Gen X and Y-ers, at the very least for the fun and nostalgic references. ...more
I admit that I am often guilty of judging a book by its cover, but this book brings this habit to a whole new level... judging a book by its spine. II admit that I am often guilty of judging a book by its cover, but this book brings this habit to a whole new level... judging a book by its spine. I really enjoyed looking at others' favourite books and their bookshelves of "significant" books. More than anything else, it made me ponder which books are important to my and why... and yes, I'm currently colouring in the bookshelf line-art at the end with my own favourites! ...more
The Violinist's Thumb was a wonderful overview on the history and the stories behind DNA, and its importance in biology. Kean mixes humour and variousThe Violinist's Thumb was a wonderful overview on the history and the stories behind DNA, and its importance in biology. Kean mixes humour and various historical anecdotes, to soften the so-called harder scientific bits of each chapter, in an effort to present a wider perspective of the role of DNA in our lives. He manages to do so in such a way that both the science-y individual can enjoy, as well as those who are not as well versed in the topic. That being said, I admit that I found the first few chapters a bit more tedious to read, simply because they were mostly stories I was already familiar with. Once I got further along however, I really appreciated the variety in subjects and the very conversational approach of the author.
Kean also hid a biological Easter egg within the pages of this book, and I had great fun solving it. Though I was initially stumped (I was missing the very first clue), I was tickled pink not only when I solved the problem, but also when the author responded to the email I sent in order to confirm my answer.
Overall it was a great reading experience, and one that I will definitely be recommending to my students....more
I've read a few of those 'apple on the cover' books for teachers and was thoroughly disappointed each time. The tone was always rather condescending,I've read a few of those 'apple on the cover' books for teachers and was thoroughly disappointed each time. The tone was always rather condescending, and little if any of the content could directly relate to my classroom. This book did the complete opposite!
Though aimed more towards the beginning teacher, it was an enjoyable read even for the slightly more experienced teacher than I am. I laughed aloud a number of times, and identified with many of the issues and difficulties identified by the author. I enjoyed the honest and sometimes slightly scary way things were described, because let's face it... it's how things REALLY are in our classrooms. It's good (and reassuring) to see that it's normal to feel overwhelmed by your classes sometimes, and that everybody (even those who boast that their classes are wonderful) have hard moments.
This book is full of helpful advice and anecdotes, and I'll probably give my copy to the next student teacher I have... it'll probably be more helpful than some of the pre-service classes offered. Definitely well worth it, especially for new teachers!
I must preface my review with the simple fact that I am not a fan of cliffhanger endings. This is especially true when the next book doesn't come outI must preface my review with the simple fact that I am not a fan of cliffhanger endings. This is especially true when the next book doesn't come out for another few months. Let's just say that I'm not a very patient reader. ;)
I absolutely loved Soulless. It was such an original story, with just the right mixture of historical intrigue, paranormal, steampunk wonderful characters, and awesome clothing/esthetic. As such, my expectations for Changeless were pretty high.
My first impression was that there was a lot more steampunk in this one, something that I really enjoyed. From Madame Lefoux's laboratory, to Lady Maccon's new parasol and the fancy Victorian fax-machine, I was tickled pink reading about these fanciful objects/places. I also quite enjoyed the increased presence of characters such as Lord Akeldama and Biffy. Some of my favourite parts of the book were the repartee between Alexia and Connall. Their diatribes were sassy, satisfying and sexy. I also enjoyed the Scottish Clan problematic, and was satisfied with its resolution.
As for some disappointments. I really don't understand the importance or relevance of Felicity. I'm hoping her presence is some kind of foreshadowing for Blameless, because otherwise I simply don't see what role she served to the story. Also, I really liked Ivy in the first book. Her quirky naivety was amusing and added some lightness to the story. In the sequel however, I found her to be more irritating than anything else, and though her unique style of clothing did offer a few humorous moments, she was more silly than anything else, and at times even a bit annoying.
Overall however, it was a very enjoyable read. Carriger really knows how to mix various elements into an engaging story, and her primary characters are well developed and captivating. I'm sure most fans of the Parasol Protectorate series won't be disappointed, and like me, will be left impatiently waiting until September for the next installment of this series....more
Blackbringer is simply breathtaking, it's as simple as that! After reading Lips Touch Three Times, I was mesmerized by Laini Taylor's way with words aBlackbringer is simply breathtaking, it's as simple as that! After reading Lips Touch Three Times, I was mesmerized by Laini Taylor's way with words and determined to read something longer... something that would satiate me just a bit more. Blackbringer was definitely the answer to that.
Laini Taylor presents us with a story set in Dreamdark, an imaginative and beautifully constructed world where faeries co-exist in a place filled with mannies (humans), crows, Djinns, demons, imps, and dragons. But this isn't just your typical fairytale... it is so much more! The prose is exquisite, the descriptions evocative, the world-building fascinating, and the characterizations are rich and varied. The story moves at a great pace, never slacking, through all its twists and turns, all the way to the end.
It's the story of a feisty little faerie who must save the Tapestry of the World from unraveling, all while trying to capture the Blackbringer before it destroys them all. It's one of those books that you can't put down, and when you turn the last page, it leaves you with a feeling of satisfaction and longing for more. The best part... there IS more! Taylor has written a second novel set in Dreamdark, which I can't wait to read. ...more