This was my all time favorite of Heinlein's. I believe I read it twice... maybe three times as a teenager. Awesome story in fine Heinlein style, withThis was my all time favorite of Heinlein's. I believe I read it twice... maybe three times as a teenager. Awesome story in fine Heinlein style, with subtle parallels to modern society and Christianity. Would absolutely LOVE to read this again one of these days....more
Breaking Dawn, the final book in the best-selling Twilight Saga, will take your breath away. Stephenie Meyer's Twilight Saga, a publishing juggernaut,Breaking Dawn, the final book in the best-selling Twilight Saga, will take your breath away. Stephenie Meyer's Twilight Saga, a publishing juggernaut, has built fan anticipation to a climactic ending for this fantastic vampire-romance series. Breaking Dawn was released on August 2, 2008. From its initial print run of 3.7 million copies, 1.3 million were sold in the first 24 hours of the book's release. Fascination with Bella Swan and Edward Cullen spans the globe, with more than 30 countries snatching up translation rights for Twilight.
Breaking Dawn was a satisfactory ending and a triumphant finale to the vampire saga that reshaped an entire pop culture genre. Meyer’s best-selling vampire series, molded around Bella and Edward's love story, has proved – in the end, if not initially – to be a successful concoction of blended ingredients. Young readers cannot get enough of these riveting novels - a captivating combination of vampires, werewolves, romance, magic, danger and suspense. Parents rest easy, knowing the Twilight books are free of graphic language and sexually explicit material.
In Breaking Dawn, Meyer wraps up the young romance, and the Twilight series, while catching a few unsuspecting fans off-guard in the process.
Beginning just days before Bella and Edward’s wedding, Breaking Dawn takes some dark turns that may leave unprepared readers gasping in shock. The final installment in the Twilight Saga launches the anxiety and indecision of the first three stories into a heart-pounding culmination of emotions and issues with eternal ramifications.
Split into three sections, one of which is narrated by werewolf Jacob Black, the story opens with Bella thinking about her impending wedding to Edward. She seems to be on the verge of getting exactly what she wants, but Bella has no idea what dangers loom in her future. A near-death experience, a terrifying vampire war and divided loyalties among those she loves.
Pulled in one direction by her intense passion for Edward Cullen, and in another by her profound connection to the werewolf Jacob Black, Bella has endured a tumultuous year of temptation and loss to reach the ultimate crossroad. Her imminent choice; to join the dark, seductive world of vampires or pursue a fully human life with a finite future and no danger.
Of course, the entire premise of the Twilight Saga is built upon Bella’s ultimate quandary. Facing eternity with – or without – her beloved Edward. To choose a “normal” life that won’t threaten her loved ones or an immortal life that will satisfy her voracious desire to be with HIM – regardless of the cost. Breaking Dawn brings the reader to that much-anticipated point of no return. Will she, or won’t she?
As with earlier Twilight installments, there are no wooden stakes and no vampire fangs. But, plenty of bloodlust, melodrama and sentiment will keep the reader turning the pages all the way to the unforeseen conclusion of this enchanting tale.
Unlike its predecessors, Breaking Dawn plunges deeper in the vampire world – according to Meyer’s creative imagination – exposing, in exquisite detail, the sensations of actually being a vampire. A descriptive revelation about the strength, sights and smells acquired during the transformation to vampire was a nice touch. Similarly, the interactions between various vampire families during dramatic alliance scenes were quite intriguing.
Some of the more shocking scenes in Breaking Dawn include a vampire fetus clawing its way free of the mother’s womb, breaking bones and shredding flesh. Stephenie Meyer does a sufficient job of straddling that pensive fence between eye-popping and just plain gory, keeping Breaking Dawn well within the acceptable parameters of its intended audience. Yet, adults can and will appreciate the depth of the story and the compelling plight of the Twilight characters.
All of the cliffhangers are tied up nicely in this final segment of the Twilight series. The love triangle is re-aligned into a singular union. The vampire-werewolf truce holds long enough to accomplish its tasks and the threat of the Volturi is dealt with in true Meyer-like fashion. Breaking Dawn propels the biggest vampire love story of all time to a tantalizing conclusion.
A conclusion that sates the most fervent appetite for the Twilight vampires; while leaving the door just slightly ajar for a fifth rendering of this popular yarn....more
I was eager to soak up all the Meyer imagination that I could. Being more of a sci-fi book, I didn't expect romance. And I don't think it IS a romanceI was eager to soak up all the Meyer imagination that I could. Being more of a sci-fi book, I didn't expect romance. And I don't think it IS a romance. But, it definitely has emotions... and sappy dialogue. Struggling to get through the first 3 or 4 chapters seems to be common among readers of The Host. Yet, after that, it quickly becomes a real page turner that you can't put down. I admit, even as a man, that by the end... I had a lump in my throat and I was truly involved in the story. Sad, isn't it? Is this a great novel? Probably not, historically. It will be forgotten. Is this a great story? Definitely. Did I enjoy it? Absolutely. Glad I read it. And so are the friends I've loaned it to. Stephenie Meyer has her own style, her own niche. She's comfortable there. Once people understand that, they'll know if they should read her books or not. The Host emphasizes the extremes that some people will go to... to be happy, to save the ones they love and to accept their situations. Well done, Stephenie....more
After grabbing the attention of millions with Twilight, Stephenie Meyer responded with the sequel, New Moon. Reactions varied, but most prevalent amonAfter grabbing the attention of millions with Twilight, Stephenie Meyer responded with the sequel, New Moon. Reactions varied, but most prevalent among them were the complaints about not enough Edward. Some devoted fans had to literally force themselves to finish Book Two in The Twilight Saga.
Of course, they were glad they did.
Twilight fed us a delightful romantic tale about Bella and Edward; clumsy teenage misfit falling in love with the mysterious and irresistible vampire. New Moon broadens the stage to include the emotional triangle with Jacob Black as the third pivot point. Add to this the inclusion of werewolves in what was assumed to be merely a vampire tale and now you had some tasty fodder for a story that could branch out in numerous directions.
Since reading fiction is about letting your imagination run wild, New Moon makes that possible with a full spectrum of characters and possibilities. Taking the romantic and somewhat predictable frustration from Twilight and opening a Pandora's box of potential plot twists; New Moon was actually the perfect step for securing my allegiance to The Twilight Saga and Stephenie Meyer. This episode transformed my sufficiently satisfied reaction to Twilight into an awe-struck reaction of anticipatory anxiety as I cracked the cover on Book Three.
Fans who howled about the lack of Edward in New Moon were obviously entranced by the initial romantic pairing and assumed Edward Cullen was the end-game for the Twilight story. In truth, such a restrictive plot line would have greatly limited the author's ability to expand her vision into a true saga with multiple books. Either they stayed together or they didn't. Either Bella became a vampire or she didn't. Then what?
After hooking the Twilight audience with Edward Cullen's appeal, removing him from the drama, even temporarily, was a story-telling stroke of genius on Meyer's part. Teasing readers with the possibility that Bella would never reclaim her true love was the mid-story cliffhanger that kept us all turning the pages.
It helps to be reminded that Twilight is not about Edward Cullen. Twilight is about Bella Swan dealing with deadly encounters and life altering decisions that are beyond her years.
Expanding the mythical aspects of The Twilight Saga with werewolves and the venues with a trip to Italy allowed our imaginations to stretch beyond the limited confines of a vampire family in Forks. Bella's relationship with Jacob and the wolf pack multiplied the "what if" factors exponentially. Volturi danger combined with the historical revelations about vampire families simply strengthened the backdrop for a story that now stretched far beyond a juvenile crush on the ultimate boyfriend.
To those who got knee-deep into the Jacob Black segment of New Moon and gave up - it's your loss. You stopped short of a creative stepping stone into the real world of the Twilight vampires and Bella's inevitable plight to live a normal life - or live forever with Edward....more
Read this when I was a kid. I love period pieces like this, Robin Hood, Three Musketeers, etc. Count of Monte Cristo is a solid piece of literary histRead this when I was a kid. I love period pieces like this, Robin Hood, Three Musketeers, etc. Count of Monte Cristo is a solid piece of literary history and a must read for anyone....more
Tongue-in-cheek humor overflowing the pages of this "senior set" tale! Old folks showing they're still up to the challenge, even if it takes them a liTongue-in-cheek humor overflowing the pages of this "senior set" tale! Old folks showing they're still up to the challenge, even if it takes them a little longer to complete the task. Crime fighting like you never imagined. Brace yourself for some new reasons to roll your eyes around seniors. And mind your manners or they just might whoop you! ...more
Stephenie Meyer's vampire romance escalates with action and ramps up the excitement in Eclipse, the third entry in the Twilight Saga. Instead of attemStephenie Meyer's vampire romance escalates with action and ramps up the excitement in Eclipse, the third entry in the Twilight Saga. Instead of attempting to fit into the mold of the traditional vampire genre, the Twilight series continues to create new fans, attracting a wider audience with its romance and fang-less action.
Historically, sequels and multi-chapter series tend to be let-downs. When a blockbuster story captures the public’s attention, we typically anticipate the follow-ups that inevitably disappoint. Contrary to this expected decline in enthusiasm, I found each stage of the Twilight Saga to be substantially more entertaining that its predecessor.
While New Moon took on emotional plot twists that stunned Twilight fans, it opened the door for broader and more compelling story lines. Skeptical about Eclipse’s ability to maintain the intensity, I entered the third stage of the Twilight Saga prepared to be under whelmed. With mild amusement, I found my doubts fading quickly as I sank my teeth into Meyer’s third Twilight installment.
As in Twilight and New Moon, nearby Seattle is still wracked by mysterious killings and clumsy Bella Swan is still unsettled by her love for vampire Edward Cullen and her friendship with werewolf Jacob Black. Bella and the Cullens eventually deduce that the murders in Seattle are being committed by Victoria and an army of newborn vampires, created to satisfy Victoria’s lust for revenge over the death of her vampire mate. The Cullen family strike and uneasy truce with the La Push werewolf pack and join forces to combat the impending threat of the newborn vampires.
Eclipse continues to underscore Bella’s anguish, acknowledging that her heart is torn between her true love, Edward and her unrequited love for Jacob. Wracked with trepidation, she realizes how her desire to become a vampire will impact the people she loves most. Throughout Eclipse, we see Bella’s struggle to justify the ramifications of her actions before she reaches the final decision about a vampire eternity.
Included in the fun of the Eclipse novel are more historical details about the vampires themselves. Revealing secrets about Jasper’s past and startling events that threatened to expose the vampire race, including bloody vampire wars. Meyer serves up tasty tidbits for those who like an intriguing back story.
With the threat of newborn vampires approaching, Bella won’t allow herself to be left behind during the action. The thought of her true love or best friend being injured is more than she can bear. Bella and Edward use Bella's scent to lure the newborn vampires, which will lead them to into a trap. In the ultimate Twilight battle, Victoria’s newborn vampires must face the Cullen coven and their werewolf allies.
Another respectful nod to Stephenie Meyer for penning a story that draws you in and holds you in its grip. Whether you cheer for werewolves or vampires – whether you long for Bella to choose Jake or Edward – whether you’re a fan of horror tales or romance novels – Twilight Eclipse will capture your imagination. And ultimately, isn’t that the epitome of what any good storyteller can hope for?
An agonizing love triangle. A tense alliance between vampires and werewolves. Vengeance-driven danger from Victoria’s vampires and the ever-present threat of the Volturi overshadowing every decision. Twilight Eclipse has plenty of bite to keep you turning the pages.
Robust and full of drama, Eclipse does just that; it eclipses previous Twilight chapters with heightened action and the looming decision Bella must face about her future with Edward. It’s a gripping tale of action, romance and suspense that will leave you anxious to crack the cover of the final Twilight installment....more
Incredible. Before post-apocalyptic stories were popular, there was Alas, Babylon. Another book I read as a teen and even today I can recall that it hIncredible. Before post-apocalyptic stories were popular, there was Alas, Babylon. Another book I read as a teen and even today I can recall that it had an impact on me. I would definitely read it again and I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a great classic!...more
Read this many many years ago. A huge Heinlein fan. I've read a couple dozen of his novels. I think I loved every one of them, if I recall. Been a lonRead this many many years ago. A huge Heinlein fan. I've read a couple dozen of his novels. I think I loved every one of them, if I recall. Been a long time....more