**spoiler alert** If you have any preconceived notions about this book/series just cast them all to the side and go in with a totally open mind. There**spoiler alert** If you have any preconceived notions about this book/series just cast them all to the side and go in with a totally open mind. There's alot that has to happen for me to really dive into a book, to be completely in it's grasp and not want to put it down for the world. This book has that in spades.
The bulk of the story consists of a woman named Claire (who I have to honestly say is one of the best heroines that I've read in a LONG time) who was a nurse in WWII. She and her husband Frank travel to Scotland for a belated honeymoon and come across a ancient stone formation that acts a time portal of which Claire falls through and ends up in 1743. It's there she is exposed to primitive highlander life and the harsh realities that come with it not to mention a caring man named Jamie and a ruthless relative of her lost husband Frank.
As strange as the plot sounds, it's not really that crazy. Your guided by Claire with a step by step rationality that really brings everything together in a way that if it was you, you probably would've shared her same feelings and cursed yourself possibly for not being as strong as she was. Claire lulls you into believing what's happening is real and that no matter what survival is key even if it means abandoning your morals and better judgement.
Now, to the juicy stuff. There are quite a few adult passages. It's not trashy, it's not over the top, though descriptive at times, it's all within a context that would be the norm for most married couples I think seeing as the (spoiler) main characters eventually marry. Don't go by what you read from other more unfavorable reviews saying this is some filth ridden tale of sexual debauchery...it is nothing of the sort. Romantic,yes.Steamy,oh yeah but not the crudeness that some see this story to be and it is certainly not a "bodice ripper" series.
There are scenes of rape,torture and abuse.The more violent parts of the story are VERY violent but, look at the time the story is set, look at the characters...most of that violence then was quite the norm sadly. Brutality, flogging, torture it's all there in graphic detail but really no more different than what you would see in historical films or tv dramas today.
I'm excited to read the other books. I'm excited to see the show continue on STARZ (if you haven't seen it, SEE IT!! you won't regret it). This book was epic, adventurous, and everything I expected when I began reading. I highly recommend this book and series.
Being a huge Ghost adventures fan and especially a zak bagans one, I was really excited when this book came out and I anxiously awaited on pins and neBeing a huge Ghost adventures fan and especially a zak bagans one, I was really excited when this book came out and I anxiously awaited on pins and needles for it to be available on e-readers. I have to say my excitement was a little over enthusiastic. I really enjoyed the first half of the book mostly cuz it was about him and so from there on i went into it thinking it was entirely about him, the crew, the show and then about near to the end the book it really veered off on an insane road and I just lost interest. I get how he's trying to convey to skeptics that they really need to take a minute and open their minds to all these possibilities but after awhile his need to express that became at least 5 chapters of a college science textbook. I really did try to follow it best I could (I'm not a science person by any means) and I understood the thoughts and theroies of what he was saying but eventually I had to skip most of the end of the book, in fact, I can't even tell you how it ended. I really feel at some point that he just lost the direction of where he was going with this book and more the likely I missed the point altogether but while it was good, it could've been much, much, MUCH better. On a side note though, if he ever does write another book I will buy it just based on the first half of this book. ...more
I may have mentioned before how much i truly disliked Jane Austen and trust me, I'm being incredibly nice when I say "dislike." this book, however, coI may have mentioned before how much i truly disliked Jane Austen and trust me, I'm being incredibly nice when I say "dislike." this book, however, completely and utterly hooked me. I thought this was a beautiful, poignant story with empathetic and colorful characters that reached out to every single part of the me however cruel or lovely the characters may be there was no trouble understanding all their thoughts and feelings. We've all either known or are these characters from dutiful Eleanor to vivacious and lovelorn Marianne, they just speak to us on so many levels! Sense and Sensibility, to me, isn't just a story about sisters, it's a tale based on that age old thought: is it better to be right or happy? Neither really can win and in the end you have to ask yourself is it all really worth it? As far as this story goes the answer is yes.
Marianne, Eleanor, and Margaret Dashwood along with their mother are forced to leave their home after the death of their father and relocate to a much smaller home and more meager ways of living. Eleanor meets and falls for Mr. Edward Farris but keeps her feelings to herself when she learns he is already engaged secretly to Miss Lucy Steele who befriends Eleanor much to Eleanor's chagrin as she has to endure Lucy speaking of her engagement quite frequently. Marianne falls deeply and madly in love with Willoughby, a handsome young man who seems nearly perfect while the middle aged Col. Brandon suffers in silence much like Eleanor over his same degree of love for Marianne who scarcely notices him. When Marianne becomes gravely ill all hopes and fates are tested.
It's simple, heartbreaking and personally I feel the most real and honest of all Austen's work. There's so much under the surface of the title that when read you realize Austen means exactly what she says, that there is a time for sense and for sensibility.
**spoiler alert** A very inviting and entertaining look into the grandaddy of all horror series "The Evil Dead." Bill Warren gives the reader a behind**spoiler alert** A very inviting and entertaining look into the grandaddy of all horror series "The Evil Dead." Bill Warren gives the reader a behind the scenes look into the world of Sam Raimi and how "the Ultimate Experience in Grueling Horror" came to be from the ground up. It also gives a very informative view on the famed director, it's principal actor (Bruce Campbell) and the other key players (Robert Tapert, Scott Speigel, etc.) that came together to bring these cult classics to life. Although interesting and descriptive, the author seems to loose the reader at points glossing over certain scenes or effects even actors important to the films deciding instead to go into lengthy descriptions of certain camera angles or technical lingo that leave you scanning through several paragraphs just to get back to the point at hand. The only saving grace of that minor annoyance is the occassional commentary by Raimi himself or Bruce who add their input on the making of the films throughout this historical and biographical book. Mixed with on set pictures and some hilarious interviews "Evil Dead Companion" is well worth the read, fan or not....more
**spoiler alert** Initially, I really enjoyed it all the way up until the end.the end was awful cause it just...ended. I mean i saw the film so i knew**spoiler alert** Initially, I really enjoyed it all the way up until the end.the end was awful cause it just...ended. I mean i saw the film so i knew how it would end but I thought it would be just as good as in the movie and it wasn't. The movie ending version has the same goodbye chatter and then as Eleanor drives away some unseen force takes over her car and then a woman steps out in the road, she swerves and hits a tree which of course kills her and then it goes in to the "..stood for eighty years..." apeech and ends. In the book, Eleanor intentionally kills herself to stay forever a Hill House which personally I thought was the dumbest thing I ever read. Sorry if I spoiled the end for anyone but most people who picked this up have seen at least one of the film versions and already knows eleanor gets it in the end. You can also tell from how the story is set up. I do however wish the history of Hill House was a little more clearer. The subject of the "troubles" is floated over but as for the haunting, it's not really clear WHY it is. I also found very little evidence of a haunting its self although the idea of it is certainly there. The way I saw it whether the group was seperate or together they all saw exactly what they wanted to see and experience. The name ElEANOR COME HOME wrote on the walls, Theo clothes being torn, the noises, the laughter, the doors pounding and bending...was that the haunting or was it all part of a group imagination? who knows. Did Eleanor really write that on the walls? Did the doctor and Luke chase a spectral dog? Did Theo and Eleanor really see a family picnicing in the woods? Why was Eleanor calling for mother and who was holding her hand? There will be no answers to these questions, there can't be because that's the whole point of the unknown. As far as characters go I think Theo was my favorite so my cat recieved her name. Theo is crafty with a wicked sense of humor and plus she's cheeky with how she knows exactly what your thinking. Although that aspect did fade a little as the story progressed which disappointed me, I looked foward to her calling people's thoughts out. I also didn't see the lesbian connection most got from her I just figured she highly intuitive and sensitive. Nell was a wonderful example at life with held and then finally lived even though she was afraid of everything most of the time and by the time she let herself live it was too late. Luke wasn't i thought as selfish as everyone made him out to be, he was just merely there as was the doctor. All in all it was quite worth the read and did have true elements of terror which were very artfully expressed and at times gave me the chills. In my opinion though, I would have enjoyed a much longer story than what I had....more
I LOVE this play!! Want me to act it out, cuz i will! I remember reading this in class and for everyone else it was a yawn fest but for me I was absolI LOVE this play!! Want me to act it out, cuz i will! I remember reading this in class and for everyone else it was a yawn fest but for me I was absolutely enthralled especially with the history behind it. Abigail was probably the most evil character i've ever read. The way she plots and cons an entire town...you can really give her an A effort! It almost deserves applause really. I know I talk about films alot on here to but you gotta admit, the film version is just as perfect as the play. If only I could see it acted out on stage!! For anyone who has I am so jealous. It can't get any better than the Crucible. ...more
if you don't like 19th century writing it may not be ur cup of tea but most the stories have a subtle "spooky" factor. a very good read. a true classiif you don't like 19th century writing it may not be ur cup of tea but most the stories have a subtle "spooky" factor. a very good read. a true classic....more
breaks your heart. by the end of the book you almost can't believe everything you've just read and you really hurt for the guy. I'm actually making itbreaks your heart. by the end of the book you almost can't believe everything you've just read and you really hurt for the guy. I'm actually making it a point to read it again. it was amazing. be prepared to break out your tissues!!...more