First sentence: “Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank, and of having nothing to do: once or twice she had peepedFirst sentence: “Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank, and of having nothing to do: once or twice she had peeped into the book her sister was reading, but it had no pictures or conversations in it ‘and what is the use of a book,’ thought Alice ‘without pictures or conversation?’”
P. ??: “Alice caught the baby with some difficulty, as it was a queer-shaped little creature, and held out its arms and legs in all directions, ‘just like a star-fish’, thought Alice.”
Last sentence: “Lastly, she pictured to herself how this same little sister of hers would, in the after-time, be herself a grown woman; and how she would keep, through all her riper years, the simple and loving heart of her childhood: and how she would gather about her other little children, and make THEIR eyes bright and eager with many a strange tale, perhaps even with the dream of Wonderland of long ago: and how she would feel with all their simple sorrows, and find a pleasure in all their simple joys, remembering her own child-life, and the happy summer days.”
Although this is a children’s book, it really is a magnificent read for grown-ups too. The story is certainly enchanting, but there are a lot of layers that you perhaps miss as a child, but that you can discover and enjoy when grown-up. I especially like the play with language, and that was the reason I re-read it.
I've enjoyed this trilogy immensely. I was a bit afraid that with all the hype and the fuzz around these books, I wouldn't like it, but I did. I evenI've enjoyed this trilogy immensely. I was a bit afraid that with all the hype and the fuzz around these books, I wouldn't like it, but I did. I even found the end appropriate, although I know many people found it disappointing. It isn't a very happy ending in a way, but I don't think a happy ending would have been very credible.
Plot (from Wikipedia): Isabella "Bella" Swan moves from sunny Phoenix, Arizona to rainy Forks, Washington to live with her father, Charlie, while her mPlot (from Wikipedia): Isabella "Bella" Swan moves from sunny Phoenix, Arizona to rainy Forks, Washington to live with her father, Charlie, while her mother, Renée, travels with her new husband, Phil Dwyer, a minor league baseball player. Bella attracts much attention at her new school and is quickly befriended by several students. Much to her dismay, several boys compete for shy Bella's attention.
When Bella is seated next to Edward Cullen in class on her first day of school, Edward seems utterly repulsed by her. He disappears for a few days, but warms up to Bella upon his return; their newfound relationship reaches a climax when Bella is nearly crushed by a classmate's van in the school parking lot. Edward saves Bella when he instantaneously appears next to her and stops the van with his bare hands.
Bella becomes determined to discover how Edward saved her life, and constantly pesters him with questions. After a family friend, Jacob Black, tells her the local tribal legends, Bella concludes that Edward and his family are vampires who drink animal blood rather than human. Edward confesses that he initially avoided Bella because the scent of her blood was too desirable to him. Over time, Edward and Bella fall in love.
Their relationship is affected when a nomadic vampire coven arrives in Forks. James, a tracker vampire who is intrigued by the Cullens' relationship with a human, wants to hunt Bella for sport. The Cullens attempt to distract James by separating Bella and Edward, and send Bella to hide in a hotel in Phoenix. There, Bella receives a phone call from James, who claims to be holding her mother captive. When Bella surrenders herself, James attacks her. Before James can kill her, Edward, along with the other Cullens, rescues her and destroy James, but not before James had bit Bella's hand. Edward successfully sucks the poison from her bloodstream and prevents her from becoming a vampire, after which she is taken to a hospital. Upon returning to Forks, Bella and Edward attend their school prom, and Bella expresses her desire to become a vampire, but Edward refuses.
When I would have to summarize the plot of Twilight, it would sound like: boy meets girl and they fall in love. And yet there is more to it. Because, despite the fact that the first half of the book is mainly a description of Edward, every look he has on his face (from neutral through every possible emotion there exists) and all the colours his eyes have according to his mood (from light amber to impenetrable black), there is always a feeling of tension that reaches its peak in the second half of the story. And so I kept listening and wasn't disappointed at all.
But although the book ends with a major cliff hanger, I am not curious enough to read the sequels.
First sentence: "The surfer sat upright on his board, blue eyes intensely focused as he scanned the action at the breakers." P. 99: "No one joined us,First sentence: "The surfer sat upright on his board, blue eyes intensely focused as he scanned the action at the breakers." P. 99: "No one joined us, and pretty soon it became apparent to me that Cruz and Megan were social outcasts." Last sentence: "Listening to each other breathe, all we needed was simply to be together, earth and water in perfect harmony."
From Smashwords: The first installment in the "Marina's Tales" series, "Between The Land And The Sea" is a sweet romantic suspense. After she discovers a mermaid lurking in the deep waters off the California coast, Marina survives one dangerous adventure after another. Along the way she finds first love, discovering just how strong and brave she really is as she uncovers shocking secrets about her unusual past.
This book was pure fun to read, although it would have been better if I could have read it while lying on a beach, hearing the sea in the background. The story has got twists enough for wanting to keep turning the pages, and the main characters are all friendly, talented, sympathetic people. It didn't even bother me that there were mermaids involved. I just put off thinking, and enjoyed the story. In short, a great summer read....more