One Piece is definitely a series I would recommend. I admit that the overall plot of the Straw Hat crew's adventures is getting somewhat repetitve and...moreOne Piece is definitely a series I would recommend. I admit that the overall plot of the Straw Hat crew's adventures is getting somewhat repetitve and some variations. But, the part which captured me the most is the characterization.
Eiichiro Oda is good at drawing the readers in through the characters' past and their interaction. A web is woven between the characters, connecting them together (whether as enemies or allies) and drawing us into their lives. The more we learn about the characteres, the more we are able to sympathasize with them, even if they are the "bad guys".
Of course, there are characters which I just really dislike, namely Spandam, Blackbeard, and Akainu. I don't think I would be able to like them even if Eiichiro Oda have them a bad past which led them to the way they are in the story.
I like how it's shown how nothing is black and white, but everything is in shades of grey. I also like how the Straw Hat crew aren't proclaiming themselves as heros but acknowledging themselves as criminals, even though they had saved many people during their adventures. Their main objective wasn't to save those people but to defeat their enemies and protect their nakama and friends. Saving hundreds of people was merely a side effect of their actions.
I'm not really sure if I make any sense anymore.
All the same, One Piece is definitely a series I would recommend.(less)
I received Girl the Reaper from a goodreads giveaway.
I liked the book, but it just wasn't a page turner for me, so it took some time for me to actual...moreI received Girl the Reaper from a goodreads giveaway.
I liked the book, but it just wasn't a page turner for me, so it took some time for me to actually finish the book.
Girl the Reaper focuses on the maturation of the main protangonist, Cate Evans. Even though there is a paranormal element to the story, it is merely an important catalyze that leads to Cate learning about faith, courage, and how to let go.
THe way the book is formated is interesting. Each chapter is like a short story that doesn't neccessarily connect with the chapters before and after it, epecially since some characters are mentioned in one chapter only. So I often got confused as I was reading, which led to me putting off the book for some time. The only common points between all chapters are Cate and a small lesson she has learnt from her interactions with others, to which she brings with her to the other chapters.
All in all, Girl the Reaper is a nice and slow-paced read (not counting the sudden jumps from chapter to chapter) which leads the reader step-by-step through Cate's psychological, emotional, and spiritual maturation. (less)
I had gottn Pedophilia: A Cause and A Cure from a goodreads giveaway.
I give 5/5 to Mizera for the courage to actually publish this book, a recollectio...moreI had gottn Pedophilia: A Cause and A Cure from a goodreads giveaway.
I give 5/5 to Mizera for the courage to actually publish this book, a recollection of his less-than-pleasant and less-than-honorific history.
But, I'm only going to give 2/5 for the book itself. That rating has nothing to do with the content itself. I wouldn't have entered the giveaway for Pedophilia: A Cause and A Cure if I was going to be highly offended by its content and rate the book according to that.
However, I was expecting more from the book.
I had expected more theories, and perhaps even his own, regarding pedophilia, and not mostly articles from wikipedia. Maybe it's due to high school and university research project requirements, but to me, wikipedia isn't a valid source for research. It's an encyclopedia, a starting point for research.
Putting that slight disappointment aside, I still found it hard to finish the book. It started out strong and interesting, but about 1/5 into the book, it became rather flat and dry.
And Mizera seemed to want to stuff everything he thought was important in his life into this book. Simply put, there was just too much information! And most of that information is irrelevant to the topic of this book.
In my opinion, Pedophilia: A Cause and A Cure should focus mainly on pedophilia, and not wander off topic so often.
I have read quite a few memoirs before, and the authors typically manage to stay mostly on the topic they want to focus their book on (e.g. family relationships, self-esteem, narcissism, etc). Yes, they do stray off topic from time to time, but it's a memoir, not an essay. Besides, more than 80% of their book focuses on the main topic.
I know that Pedophilia: A Cause and A Cure is also a memoir, but I found that, at maximum, only about 60-70% (I think I'm rather generous with that percentage) of the book was related to pedophiles (I am not counting the fact that this is a memoir of a pedophile in this statement)and pedophilia.
All in all, I think that Mizera could have tightened his writing more and added more research papers into this book. He could've written another memoir on another topic using some of the contents this book contains.(less)
Personally, I find The Emotion Thesaurus a bit expensive, seeing that I have thicker books which are still cheaper than this one, but it was worth buy...morePersonally, I find The Emotion Thesaurus a bit expensive, seeing that I have thicker books which are still cheaper than this one, but it was worth buying it.
It can sometimes be hard to think up of all the nonverbal cues an emotion would bring out in a character when writing a story. The Emotion Thesaurus is an easy way to find such information.
While there are nonverbal cues and emotions that are missing from the book, you could still mix and match things from The Emotion Thesaurus to get the description of the emotions your character is feeling. And it isn't as if you can come up with nonverbal cue ideas after referencing from the book and thinking back to when you, yourself, have felt a certain emotion.
All in all, The Emotion Thesaurus is a great book to have by your side when writing any story - children's books, short stories, novels, comic books, and more. It could also help in recognizing what another person is feeling through their nonverbal cues.
**spoiler alert** Madapple by Christina Meldrum is a novel which focuses on the psychological aspects of things. It explores the slightly darker side...more**spoiler alert** Madapple by Christina Meldrum is a novel which focuses on the psychological aspects of things. It explores the slightly darker side of humans and how fantasy plays with reality. The reader follows the protagonist, Aslaug, as she becomes ensnared in the web of lies her mother and relatives weaved around her. As the story goes on, the truth is revealed bit by bit, both trapping her and freeing her.
This novel is an interesting read, even though the plot is unrealistic. The main story takes place from 2003 to 2007 in America. Aslaug lived with her mother, Maren, far away from society. “She was always alone” (Meldrum 20). The only education she has received is from her mother. Maren always blackens passages out from the books the government provides, leaving Aslaug with very limited knowledge. After Maren dies, Aslaug escaped from her social worker and somehow finds her way to a building she hardly has any recognition of to her relatives, whom she has never met before.
Also, Maren claims Aslaug is of virgin birth. This ‘virgin birth’ idea continues on in Aslaug’s life as she gives birth to a child seemingly of virgin birth. Her relatives encourage that thinking, saying that her daughter is not hers.
It is unrealistic that in that time and place people could live like that and think like that for so long. The police don’t even try to find Aslaug when she escapes. Also, Aslaug carried her baby for nine months and allows her realtive to take her away and feed her lies about her never giving birth.
However, the way Meldrum wrote it makes the book interesting. Every other chapter, starting from chapter one, is Aslaug’s story. The other chapters, conversely, are written in plain dialogue and takes place during Aslaug’s trial. The trial gives away certain aspects layered with assumptions while the story reveals the truth. It keeps the reader in suspense, making continue on reading to know the truth.
Meldrum has done a lot of research and placed it into her book.
Nevertheless, there are just too many information and it is hard to process it all.(less)
Truthfully, when I had first read the description of the book, I hadn't thought much of it. Autobiographies aren't the type of books I normally read....moreTruthfully, when I had first read the description of the book, I hadn't thought much of it. Autobiographies aren't the type of books I normally read. I had only gotten it because it was a free gift from school.
But her writing drew me in. Once I had started reading, I find myself hard-pressed to stop.
The Glass Castle may be Jeannette Walls' memoir, but she wrote it as if it was merely a novel, a story, and not her own history. She had woven her memories, both sad and happy, into art, a wondrous piece of art. It is a feat not many authors can perform.
This is a book I definitely won't be giving away. (less)
The Hobbit is beautifully written. Unlike some of J.R.R. Tolkien's novels set in The Lord of the Rings universe, The Hobbit is a book even primary sch...moreThe Hobbit is beautifully written. Unlike some of J.R.R. Tolkien's novels set in The Lord of the Rings universe, The Hobbit is a book even primary school kids have the ability to read.
Having read The Lord of the Rings triology beforehand, I had noticed that the vocabulary and tone of voice is rather different. The Hobbit has a lighter, more playful, tone of voice; and its contents is less dark than The Lord of the Rings triology, which includes suffering, the loss of loved ones, moral conflicts, etc.
If you're looking for a fantasy adventure novel without heavy romance and with a rather light-beat mood, I would definitely go for this book.(less)