I really did not expect to enjoy On the Island as much as I did. In a way, it is a perfect summer vacation read. Set on an isolated island in the MaldI really did not expect to enjoy On the Island as much as I did. In a way, it is a perfect summer vacation read. Set on an isolated island in the Maldives, On the Island explores the hardships of being marooned on a desert island, with little hope of rescue. Written in alternating first person point of view, the book tells the story of teenager T.J. Callahan and Anna Emerson.
Life on the island is difficult. Our survivors must contend with the lack of supplies: no food, fresh water, or shelter. There is also an abundance of insects, rats, bats, and other critters. Then there is the weather – a lengthy dry season and a destructive tropical storm season. I couldn’t help thinking of Gilligan’s Island when I first read about the lagoon. I loved that lagoon, full of colorful fish and a pod of playful dolphins. I’m not sure how realistic the dolphin scenes were, especially when the dolphins ganged up on a shark, but I was OK with it.
I liked Anna and T.J. Both characters seemed very mature and resourceful. There is an underlying attraction that perhaps started as a young student’s teenage crush on his tutor. But then again, throw two people together under such intense conditions and eventually something will happen. I did like how they waited until TJ was of age – I’m not sure if it was intentional or if it just happened that way. I think it was good that they waited until TJ was older. I’m not sure if I would have been comfortable with the book had they jumped into a sexual relationship right away.
I was surprised by the circumstances of their rescue. I won’t go into more details because I don’t want to spoil that moment. I did get teary-eyed and I don’t usually cry when I read.
Three and a half years later, Anna and T.J. return back to civilization. Their return is handled well. Anna and TJ’s relationship is questioned. Anna has difficulty finding work as a teacher and begins to suffer from depression. T.J. has some difficulty adjusting as well. He yearns to be with Anna. Anna worries that she and T.J. are not at the same stage in life. She wants him to experience college life. I was fascinated how these two characters coped with life at home.
Overall, On the Island was an enjoyable read. I look forward to reading more books by this author in the future.
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a review copy of this book.
OK, I’ll admit it. I had never even heard about Game of Thrones until HBO decided to produce the series. If someone had told me to read it a while bac
OK, I’ll admit it. I had never even heard about Game of Thrones until HBO decided to produce the series. If someone had told me to read it a while back, I probably would have passed. But I watched the first episode of the show and I was hooked. My only problem was that huge cast of characters. Those men in armor all looked alike to me. I then decided that I had to read the book.
Wow! Epic! I am at a loss of words to describe this book. I will say that once I finished Game of Thrones, I ordered the rest of the series right away. To my chagrin, my favorite book store kept running out of copies. In the end I prevailed and got my hands on the next 3 books.
For those of you that are put off by the length of this book, it really does not feel like an 835 page tome. It reads fast. Chapters are not numbered; they are named for a specific character and told from that character’s point of view. It could be confusing, but it is not and the reader gets to see things from many different angles.
Let’s just say I had favorites. I would speed read to get to the characters I loved. Arya, Bran, Tyrion, and Daenerys were my favorites. Sansa’s chapters made me want to throttle her. I didn’t really care for Catelyn’s chapters either. Jon and Eddard (Ned)’s chapters were interesting.
I won’t go into the plot. Basically the title says it all. The smartest, sneakiest, most conniving ones seem to win (not sure if I’m right). I enjoy watching the game being played. Being honorable like Ned is definitely not an asset in this world. Ruthlessness and power hungry – those are the traits one needs. These characters make plotting and conniving seem like an Olympic sport. I love watching the side characters and the hangers on. Some of them such as Varys and Littlefinger are hard to figure out. It seems like the “Trust no one” motto would be a good one to follow.
The author put a lot of thought and research into this book. Each “House” has its own motto, sigil, color, flags, etc. The symbolism of these sigils is very important to the houses. For example, the sigil of House Stark is the direwolf. Each Stark child had a pet direwolf. The Stark family motto was “Winter is coming,” something that every Canadian can relate to.
Be prepared for some heartbreak. Characters do die in this book. Characters are much younger in this book than they are in the show. Be prepared for an epic read. ...more
This is a review of the audio book which, in my opinion, has to be one of the better audio books I've listened to in a long time. There is a full all-This is a review of the audio book which, in my opinion, has to be one of the better audio books I've listened to in a long time. There is a full all-star cast and it is really fun trying to place those familiar voices. The story is told in a kind of news magazine format with the main narrator interviewing zombie war survivors as they talk about their experiences. The voices and locations change often, which provides a nice variety - if you grow tired of a certain narrator, chances are that in the next 5 minutes or so, there will be a new narrator with a different story. The audio book is very well done and I even listened to the final credits where the cast members names were read out. I was surprised by some of the Hollywood talent that participated in the book.
Listening to this makes me wary about going to see the movie - there's no way it could hold up to this fantastic version. I understand that the movie has Brad Pitt running around (which shouldn't be that difficult to watch) but it doesn't really have the individual stories told by the survivors.
If you are going to listen to one audio book this year, I'd recommend this one.
I must confess that I have not read this series in order. Most of my knowledge of Dexter comes from the TV series which I enjoy watching. When I found
I must confess that I have not read this series in order. Most of my knowledge of Dexter comes from the TV series which I enjoy watching. When I found this book at my local library, I did a little happy dance. They finally got the NEW Dexter book. Woo-hoo!
I settled down to read it and was immediately struck by the change in Dexter. Part of the appeal of the previous books (or Dexter 1.0) was that the reader is immersed in the thoughts of a serial killer. The Dark Passenger compels Dexter to kill according to Harry’s code.
In this book the reader is treated to Dexter 2.0. Dexter now has a newborn daughter Lily-Anne. He becomes a neurotic father, worrying about everything. Fatherhood brings out the humanity in Dexter, or as human as Dexter can be. Maybe it’s because Dexter knows what monsters lurk out there. Dexter wants to be different.
Dexter’s Dark Passenger is not amused. He’s having a snitfest and is not responding to Dexter.
I think I like this Dexter, for now…
Oh, the plot…Aside from being a new daddy, Dexter is busy with an investigation into two missing girls. I thought I had picked up a book to get away from all the paranormal creatures on my to-read list. No such luck. This case had vampires and cannibals, even references to the ubiquitous Twilight.
I enjoyed the story, but I worry about Dexter staying this way. There are just too many bad guys in Miami for this to last. ...more