One of the best children's books of all time is The Goat in the Rug by Geraldine. Geraldine, the goat, tells of his favorite Navajo weaver Glenmae. T...more One of the best children's books of all time is The Goat in the Rug by Geraldine. Geraldine, the goat, tells of his favorite Navajo weaver Glenmae. The story told from the point of view of the Goat, gives the reader a unique perspective. At times the story is funny, and other times seriously woven.(less)
Read with Sarcasm please: This book is a brilliant exploration of postmodern language. There is double meaning to every word. I imagined a fox in sock...moreRead with Sarcasm please: This book is a brilliant exploration of postmodern language. There is double meaning to every word. I imagined a fox in socks and my mind went wild. What does the Fox stand for? Why is he wearing socks? What do the socks represent? Notice the fox is nude and only wearing socks! Why is there a box? and what is up with Knox? Does Knox mean Fort Knox - Is this a critique of General Patton's strategies employed in World War II? And then there is chicks with bricks and blocks and clocks, and where are they coming from- a critique of Chinese Political policy with Nepal? Was Dr. Seuss commenting on how language often falls short of explaining anything? And the crow, is this a critique of Native American Crow Tribe, is he saying that the Crow Tribe was too slow in reacting to a modern world? Is he also saying that all of life is merely a game played by capitalists? HE also critiques the use of music to move the populace. They march when the band comes in... and what are they licking. His tongue is not made of rubber, a critique of deforestation and use of rubber trees and our over use of a natural resource. The book also examines global conflict between water between two like creatures. What is the reason for atomic proliferation?(less)
**spoiler alert** Lehane takes a departure from his regular series and takes us to Shutter Island. This book is full of twists.
Lehane called his book...more**spoiler alert** Lehane takes a departure from his regular series and takes us to Shutter Island. This book is full of twists.
Lehane called his book, homage to gothic, but also homage to B Movies and Pulp!" Teddy is on Shutter Island to find a missing mental patient. As you travel with him the story becomes more and more twisted, and more focused on Teddy’s case. The story looks at mental health treatments of the past compared to methods used today. You hear the whispering echoes of the past as you find more and more clues. All illusions of control and all surefooted terrain ware away as you get deeper and deeper into the twists of the story. You will haunt your mind into many knotted knots. Your breath becomes stilled as you get caught in the currants off Shutter Island’s shore. The story line however stays constant and will all make sense in the ending conclusion. This book is a true joy. Lehane asks his readers, "What is the fine line between treatment and sterilization of the mind? This books is A definite cluck, cluck, cluck. It will appeal to readers who like to read books with faulty narratives. (less)
Wow! What can a man say that has never fought in a war, never been shot at, and never seen the effects of wars first hand: I feel kind of cheap in rev...moreWow! What can a man say that has never fought in a war, never been shot at, and never seen the effects of wars first hand: I feel kind of cheap in reviewing this book especially about the war scenario portrayed in the book Slaughter House Five.
But this book is more a commentary on life. Vonnegut is not a a bleeding heart liberal, a pacifist. He is a "modern prophet" telling humans to wake up from their vegetative state,wake up, and feel again. This book will make you feel again. It will make you question again. It will not be easy to feel again, but weak people should die from their need to hide history in volumes of correlated data points. And so it goes...
The role of the author according to Vonnegut(from my extrapolation) is to be the optometrist for the historical era they live in. Optometrists help near sided people see far away, and far sided people to see what's near. The optometrist helps people see again rightly. One way the novelist does this is by providing a way to break from the cold, safe, logistical view of humanity. We are to see the heart of entombed volumes of historical data, by walking with the participants of historical moments. It is easy to distance oneself from a number, 135,000 people. It is easy to dismiss the death of characterized evil beings from a far away land. But Vonnegut forces one to look again at these people, and what war did to Dresden.
The book is a puzzle to be puzzled out and will be fully answered at the end of the book. So read the whole thing before quiting it.
Science Fiction Elements Tralfamadorians and the Zoo on Zircon 212: The reader can safely compare their own time with that of alienated world of the Tralfamadorians on Zircon 212. Time Travel: Time is moved by the semioticians, people who interpret the signs of the time, and uses time to frame life.
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom always to tell the difference.
I cluck this book real high, just be prepared for a book that may move you down into the mucky reality of modern warfare/lifestyles.(less)
(A Short Review for a great book.) Great Read. Chabon an explorer of all genres of fiction, a great story teller, shares his map to Fictional Worlds:...more(A Short Review for a great book.) Great Read. Chabon an explorer of all genres of fiction, a great story teller, shares his map to Fictional Worlds: "It is along the knife border land between these two kingdoms, between the Empire of lies and the Republic of truth, more than any frontier on the map of existence, that Trickster makes his Wandering way, and either comes to grief or finds his supper, his treasure, his fate." 222(less)
Thomas Pynchon is a writer who compels the reader to work hard through his books to find a gem at the end of his rainbow. If you want something easy M...moreThomas Pynchon is a writer who compels the reader to work hard through his books to find a gem at the end of his rainbow. If you want something easy Mr. Pynchon probably is not your cup of tea. But if you are willing to be submerged in a new experience Pynchon is your guide.
Here Pynchon, our rough guide, takes us to the Los Angeles neighborhood that surrounds LAX. The time is 1969, and the mood is hazy. Our government has us involved in a never ending war with a place called Vietnam. The economy is good not great. The beginning of the internet is here but it will not be released to the public till 1991. Charlie Manson has gotten every suburbanite scared of long haired freaks. There seems to be a quite buzz about. Los Angeles feels like it could blow up into a Technicolor Riot at any moment. Pynchon does an incredible job of lifting up what subterranean currants made Los Angeles glow dim in the 1980’s. This is where we find Doc, a private gum shoe, investigating the disappearance of his girlfriend.
I really enjoyed this book and think that anyone who likes Elmore Leonard or Raymond Chandler would find this book a blast. It also could be the book for all of you interested in social history; with a need to find out what caused something to turn from a dream into now a nightmare.
All people who love Shelley Winters will love this book.
Inherent Vice is scheduled to become a movie released in 2014. (less)
People have already commented a lot on this book... read their reviews for a fuller view of Bester's great work. I think that the psycho-analysis, Jun...morePeople have already commented a lot on this book... read their reviews for a fuller view of Bester's great work. I think that the psycho-analysis, Jungian, and Freudian play in this book is great. I truly got caught up in the ultra reality presented here. The book was introduced to me by Michael Chabon in his book Maps and Legends. Chabon made a comment that the ending of the Demolish Man was purely classic. At times this book does get bogged down, but then again it might just be my attention deficit; or it could be that Bester tried to be too mind bending, and played too much with the genre of science fiction, and thus losing the flow of the story. However, the ending (which I refuse to give away) is incredible haunting work of art and worth all of the stumbling through Bester's muddled mind. Maps and Legends(less)
Mulengro is seeking vengeance and purification of the Gypsies (Romany) who have gone astray in modern culture; will the Gypsies be able to stand up to this dark force.
I enjoyed the thought that everything is possible, and our eyes can't perceive everything mentality. The book's flow is one that is not easily put down. This book is a good examination of what is real and what is more real... Jeff can't believe his eyes. Modern science excuses this as him having a concussion. But the gypsies see another world... and their eyes have not been so conditioned as the non gypsies.
De Lint’s master stroke in Mulengro is, 360 degree POV, and shifting perspectives. He shows character motivation for all of his characters, none of the characters are flat-cut out props.
One even knows the motivation of Mulengro the evil one, and can't but help thinking, “hmmm maybe he is right to do what he is doing. Haven’t the gypsies gone astray in modern life, shouldn’t he want to purify the gypsies from gypsies who have gone astray." What does it mean to purify a race to make a stronger group?
Mulengro is addictive fiction, exploring the interplay between the life of the gypsy and the life of the modern man.
A great book for those romantic moments. I really learned a lot from the female perspective and found the book interesting. I hope to read more romant...moreA great book for those romantic moments. I really learned a lot from the female perspective and found the book interesting. I hope to read more romantic books in the future.(less)
Death with Interruptions is an imagined love letter, of sorts, from death to mankind. Jose Saramago magically blends traditional realism with charact...moreDeath with Interruptions is an imagined love letter, of sorts, from death to mankind. Jose Saramago magically blends traditional realism with characteristics of myth and fable, to make an elixir to post 9-11 blues. He proclaims that life will be wasted by those who live in order to not play too many wrong notes. Recommended to Fans of M. Night Shyamalan. (less)
A classic book that should be read before critiqued. I remember loving this book as a teenager full of angst, but my first reading was not a good one....moreA classic book that should be read before critiqued. I remember loving this book as a teenager full of angst, but my first reading was not a good one. I have now heard it at the age of 37 and have gotten much more out of the narrative. (less)