I liked how I was able to relate to the insecurity, the doubtfulness, uncertainty of the narrator ('I' is the only thing he refers to himself). There...moreI liked how I was able to relate to the insecurity, the doubtfulness, uncertainty of the narrator ('I' is the only thing he refers to himself). There is something about the rawness of the character as he speaks to the 'you' he's in love with; he reveals to her everything he felt, everything he couldn't say. I felt like this was the bigger picture that I pieced out from the insignificant and significant details of their relationship.
As much as Levithan's writing is a little dramatic for effect and the narrator's "sensitive" tone takes a bit of getting used to (I thought it would've been more appropriate for the voice to belong to a woman), the familiar adjectives and nouns of every relationship shines through still.
I have a strong feeling that I would've given TLD four or five stars if I had read other Levithan books before this but I'll leave my rating at 3 and a half.
"So should we define him by his psychopathy or by his sanity?”
This is a major question that Ronson proposes at the end of his book: should we trust an...more
"So should we define him by his psychopathy or by his sanity?”
This is a major question that Ronson proposes at the end of his book: should we trust and use the labels that psychology gave us, following checklists and guidlines, placing people in black or white areas based on those labels?
The synopsis of the book was a bit misleading; I thought that "The Psychopath Test" would delve more in the theory of psychopaths being at the top of the world's pyramid (or -to avoid labeling- businessmen and politicians who have 'psychopathic' tendencies) but that wasn't so. The book has a very "stream of conciousness" style that talks about the literal journey that Ronson took for around a year and a half, moving all across Europe and North America because of a sparked interest in the validity of psychology (this was how I saw it but I'm sure some people may have a different interpretation).
I've already forgotten most of the names that were mentioned here (they were too many anyway), and there were too many stories that I'm already forgetting, but what I got from the book is a new-found doubt in psychology. It's not a definitive science--psychologists can predict many behaviors and have a great understanding of the human psyche, I admit, but psychology tries to define every human behavior, even labeling what should be normal human behavior as a mental disorder or illness. Take for example the diagnosis of some children as bi-polar simply because they can get a bit moody. All kids are moody and bratty by nature and some eventually out-grow it when they turn to adults, and some never get over it; I just don't believe this should be called a mental disorder.
Does anybody share the opinion that sometimes psychology overdoes the labeling, and that there should be some "gray area", flexible diagnoses? (less)
This was a very strange thing to read for me, like personally. Back at my old house, there was a really old tree with a bark so thick I couldn't compl...moreThis was a very strange thing to read for me, like personally. Back at my old house, there was a really old tree with a bark so thick I couldn't completely wrap my arms around. Among my imaginary friends, one of them was that tree. I could still remember talking all the time to a very scratchy bark (hey, I was around six or seven and my brother was too busy playing legos) and imagining it replying back. LOL.
Here comes this story about a girl who comes to meet a tree spirit (I think that's what he was) who lived inside a tree, with blue hair and an eternal state of youth. AWESOME! My inner child enjoyed this like hell...not to say this is for kids. It's much deeper than it's apparent, I like to think.
Wickedly intense. I really liked this more familiar/traditional concept of vampires than what's been the rage recently (you could say it's closer to C...moreWickedly intense. I really liked this more familiar/traditional concept of vampires than what's been the rage recently (you could say it's closer to Count Dracula than Twilight). There wasn't much world description, but it's clear that it's in some parallel world to ours. Another thing, I didn't mind it because it was a pretty action-driven short story.
Reviewing this would be a waste of time - if you haven't read HP, then it's better to start now :P My friend got me hooked on the series so she could...moreReviewing this would be a waste of time - if you haven't read HP, then it's better to start now :P My friend got me hooked on the series so she could have someone to gush about it with, and here I am. LOL.(less)
**spoiler alert** Carrying on with the tradition from the last book, another character was killed off, and this time it wasn't some guy we didn't care...more**spoiler alert** Carrying on with the tradition from the last book, another character was killed off, and this time it wasn't some guy we didn't care about. Why Sirius? Why not Snape or the absolutely loathe-worthy Umbridge (whom I spent the whole book hating over. Twisted little piece of twist). If it's some plot-device to make us worry about characters the next time something awful happens...then it's not working. Every book in the series so far had a nicely-wrapped-with-a-bow, all-is-fine-eventually ending (except maybe the fourth book, which ended on a more somber note). I don't really worry about the main characters (Harry, Ron, and Hermoine) because I know they will pull out of it in one piece in the end.
Still, I enjoyed reading this one like the others-- especially noticing Harry's transition into a teen with emotional problems and issues(it makes him easier to relate to). (less)
I think what you should know before reading this is this is all about memory and the fallacies of memory, the details of why and how we choose to forg...moreI think what you should know before reading this is this is all about memory and the fallacies of memory, the details of why and how we choose to forget things we obviously don't want to remember.
It gets really philosophical at times (something that I don't exactly mind but it makes my head spin when it extends for pages) and brings us deep into the dark depths of a "sinned" soul.
How could we be sure that a memory that no one but us remembers has really happened, or at least went the way we think it did? It's kind of scary when you think about how unreliable memory is, and how hazy it gets with age.
So many strange, unlikely incidents happen that make me doubt the credibility of the narration and make me wonder if they really happened or if it was a figment of the character's imagination. There's also the narrator, who from the beginning made us believe he was the author (I mean Sam Taylor) before he starts to inject himself in the narration -- using "I" and mentioning following and seeing James (and at the same knowing his innermost thoughts). So the mystery of the narrator's identity was more interesting to me than the rest of the supposed mystery of James' past.
The ending was a bit of a let down because I kind of pieced together the details over the whole book, but I'd never get a chance to think about them in my mind because Taylor would cleverly toss us around and give us other things to think about. So, I don't really think the mystery of James' past three years (anybody thinks it's weird to suddenly remember that you have no memory of three years of your life?) was the purpose of writing this book. Like I said, it's more a philosophical examination of memory...
Note: The author has no reserves to using drama and overwritten prose (the purpley kind).(less)
then you have the signs of the angel-cliché syndrome. Like I did... before I was blown out of...moreIf your idea of an angel is something like this:
then you have the signs of the angel-cliché syndrome. Like I did... before I was blown out of this world by Laini Taylor's hybrid of a book.
So yeah, there are angels, there's a war, there are some supposedly "evil" beings (devil-like) but this is not what you think this is. The best part is reading this with your silly preconceptions about angels and chimaraes just to be surprised when there's almost nothing familiar about them.
At some parts, Taylor's writing was a little purple prose-ish, but mostly, it stunned me with its lovely descriptions.
Side note: I've been wanting to dye my hair an electric blue since last year but so many things went against it so I love, love, love what Karou did to her hair XP (less)
سحبني الكتاب (و اختفيت مثل ليلى) إلى قصص خرافية تختلف كل الإختلاف عن تلك التي يقرأها الأطفال مع أن شخصياتها واحدة, و لكن بين يدي بثينة تحولت ليلى و ال...moreسحبني الكتاب (و اختفيت مثل ليلى) إلى قصص خرافية تختلف كل الإختلاف عن تلك التي يقرأها الأطفال مع أن شخصياتها واحدة, و لكن بين يدي بثينة تحولت ليلى و الجميلة و الوحش و سندريلا و الأمير و الضفضع و الأميرة إلى أناس نستطيع أن نرى أنفسنا فيهم و نستطيع القول بأن: "نعم, هذا ما كان سيحدث في الواقع". تحمل كلمات الكاتبة بين سطورها نوعاً من المعاتبة و السخرية من المجتمع الذي يأسر نفسه بنفسه و يجعل جميع من فيه في دائرة من الإحباط و إحساس قوي بالغبن, و فحوى كلامها بأن هذا هو ما صنعناه لأنفسنا و أن بيد كل واحدٍ منا مفتاح قيده. (less)
This book automatically wins brownie points for having a five year old narrator for something aimed at adults, with all its dark and bleak-slash-hopef...moreThis book automatically wins brownie points for having a five year old narrator for something aimed at adults, with all its dark and bleak-slash-hopeful themes. How the author managed to write up Jack convincingly I’m still wondering.
I liked how Ma created this whole independent environment for Jack with barely anything. Jack grew up a normal kid—as normal as anyone in his situation can get at least. He’s also pretty observant for a kid, it makes it worse on the days when his Ma’s Gone or especially upset because he’s not an oblivious child who’d just go on and play.
I can’t comment about the plot without giving it away but I thought it was convincing how things played out in the end (there was a part that was just crazy though).
Oh, and this is not really about the kidnapping or the crime itself, it's a lot more about this special bond between Ma and Jack, and the small sacrifices we don't really consider(crime fans would be disappointed but I recommend the book anyway).(less)