Really enjoyed this book. A very interesting into not only the events that made her the star she was but those events' effects on her. A very interestReally enjoyed this book. A very interesting into not only the events that made her the star she was but those events' effects on her. A very interesting look into how Norma Jeane became Marilyn and how she interacted with the world. Reading this can not help but ive you an appreciation for who she was and what she did.
Honest without being salacious, reading this book I felt I was getting the truth of all the rumors, from affairs to her death. These are the things that drew me to the book, but what made me stay was the character study of someone so immensely talented and beautiful, yet so frighteningly insecure. A fascinating read....more
Liked the story, hated the book. Maybe it was unique to the e-book version, but the story jumped back and forth between plot threads and points of vieLiked the story, hated the book. Maybe it was unique to the e-book version, but the story jumped back and forth between plot threads and points of view with no rhyme, reason, or warning. At times I would have to go back and reread multiple paragraphs because it took me that long to realize I was in a different part of the world with different characters. The stories were as intriguing as ever (although I'm getting bored with Welstiel and Chane sucks since he died, um, again), but the lack of transitions made my head hurt.
I will certainly continue in this series, but if the next book is like this...I won't be able to take it. ...more
One of the best Stephen King novels in recent memory. I put it above Under the Dome and Cell for siure, although I loved both of those as well.
There aOne of the best Stephen King novels in recent memory. I put it above Under the Dome and Cell for siure, although I loved both of those as well.
There are plenty of reviews out there that you don't need mine. But I would like to comment on the main gripes I hear cnstantly repeated. They say that Stephen King takes too long to get to the point and the Kennedy assassination, and that he doesn't flesh out the "future" after the main character changes everything.
Quite frankly, I never got the opinion that alternate history was what this book was about. In that way, the main plot that so many find lacking, is really a setting. This is the story of a man adjusting to a new time. A man takin gmodern sensibilities to the early 60s. It's about a man's struggle against inevitability and inevitabilty's fighting back. The Kennedy assassination may bring people to the book, but it's the main character's journey that we are following here, not JFK. JFK is just the MacGuffin....more
A very good source and book to read before taking on a coaching challenge. It covers everything from the broad strokes of theory and philosophy and hoA very good source and book to read before taking on a coaching challenge. It covers everything from the broad strokes of theory and philosophy and how to deal with people to the minor details of technique and in-game strategy. A wonderful resource I will likely return to often....more
A very good book. I would recommend it to anyone interested in coaching youth sports, and not just football. While the specifics and drills it discussA very good book. I would recommend it to anyone interested in coaching youth sports, and not just football. While the specifics and drills it discusses are obviously limited in scope, the principles of youth coaching that it espouses apply regardless of the shape of the ball the kids are throwing around.
It made me think several times on how I approach the youth I am currently coaching in basketball, and in my planning process for future sports as well.
The drawback on this book is that it's really not a one-stop shop for even the football coach. It has good ideas for drills, just not nearly enough. And frankly, I refuse to let my players see some of the photographs it puts forward as "examples." Bad stances, poor form, etc. Shouldn't see that in an instructional book. It would be like seeing poor spelling in your grammar book or rounding errors in your math book.
So go to another book for drills and techniques and the specifics of football. But for the approach to coaching, preparation, and dealing with youths, this book is outstanding....more
A decent enough book, probably one of the better of the series. It mostly styas away from the constant pull of Star Wars novels to fall into cliche, aA decent enough book, probably one of the better of the series. It mostly styas away from the constant pull of Star Wars novels to fall into cliche, as though people are still using the same catch phrases 30-40 years later...this novel has allowed growth while remaining true to the original characterizations.
The story was good, although it seemed to be mostly another transition novel. This series seems to be the worst at that, although more and more this is where the Star Wars novels have headed. I saw the biggest twist coming, although it wasn't telegraphed too badly. I had to be paying attention for that one and occasionally thought I might be wrong...I wasn't. The other "big" twist I did not see coming, at least not unti lthey telegraphed the Hell out of it so that my 5 year old who isn't reading this book saw it coming. I'm not complaining about the twist, just the presentation. If someone is going to change sides, it should be presented from another characters POV. I would rather be surprised with everybody else than "hear" the thought process that led up to the betrayal. Let me read the motivations later...give me the shock now......more