I gave up on this work by JK. I couldn't stomach the swearing and hot topics she tried tackling. With three teenagers (two boys & a girl), all I c...moreI gave up on this work by JK. I couldn't stomach the swearing and hot topics she tried tackling. With three teenagers (two boys & a girl), all I could think about were Harry, Ron & Hermione gone terribly wrong.(less)
Those in possession of the Twilight series, pitch those doorstoppers in the fire and pick up a refreshing steampunk series! I plowed through SOULLESS...moreThose in possession of the Twilight series, pitch those doorstoppers in the fire and pick up a refreshing steampunk series! I plowed through SOULLESS cover to cover in one relaxing afternoon, but I'm already priming my imagination for the next book in the series. I enjoyed building my vocabulary with the eloquent vocabulary and period diction provided by Ms. Carriger's novel. A healthy mingling of supernatural, preternatural, and historical fiction, SOULLESS does not fail to disappoint. For those wanting less high school drama, and more bodice-ripping, Victorian era grandeur, this in the launch pad with zeppelin awaiting to wisk you away. (less)
**spoiler alert** Upon hearing about The Hunger Games, I was immediately reminded of Koushun Takami's controversial novel in 1999, Battle Royale, in w...more**spoiler alert** Upon hearing about The Hunger Games, I was immediately reminded of Koushun Takami's controversial novel in 1999, Battle Royale, in which a randomly selected class of Japanese junior high school students were placed on an island in a government sanctioned death match. The book and film were later banned from release in the US in the wake of the Columbine High School shootings in the early 2000s. I found it interesting that a book of a similar premise would gain such popularity in the United States, despite Battle Royale's rocky introduction into American literary and popular culture.
Personally, I tend to dislike like books written in first person perspective. Yet, like The Twilight Saga, I found myself turning the pages very quickly. The concept was interesting, and many of the characters memorable. Geared toward young adult readers, I felt some of the events moved too quickly and several of the characters remained too shallow. Try as I may, I find Katniss to be on the same level of mediocre as Bella from the Twilight series, despite her meager upbringing. I feel that her character is a little flat and has that same awkward, tomboyish quality who always manages to "clean up nicely".
I like the in-depth political controversy within the structure of the book, and I am curious to see how it continues in the second and third installments.(less)
Brutally honest, but she owns up to every event which transpired. It's been a while since I've read anything cover to cover in a day. Not for those wi...moreBrutally honest, but she owns up to every event which transpired. It's been a while since I've read anything cover to cover in a day. Not for those with weak stomachs.(less)
[Loves] The witty quotes and honest language, really puts a marathon virgin like myself at ease. It makes attempting the epic task of a full marathon p...more[Loves] The witty quotes and honest language, really puts a marathon virgin like myself at ease. It makes attempting the epic task of a full marathon potentially possible for anyone willing to put in the work. Early on, a questionnaire is presented to the reader, requiring serious thought as to the individual’s personal evaluation of their physical and mental fitness as well as their goals and motivators for attempting endurance racing. The eight training plans provide clear and reasonable training patterns for those with different levels of fitness and goals.
[Likes] The book reads like a journey from the moment one decides to attempt the distance, and culminates in their crossing the finish line. The side bar anecdotes of actual participants who utilized Bingham & Hadfield’s method were interesting, but sometimes detracted from the actual text presented.
[Dislikes] The book is written in a format where both authors express their opinions conjunctly. Sometimes an image is used to indicate a change in speaker, other times it’s designated as “I, John…” I would have preferred a clearer division of speakers, instead of reading through half a paragraph or so to find a clue as to who is making the point.
[Disappointments] This book is not available in eBook format for the Barnes and Noble nook, but is available for the Amazon Kindle. I am searching for a way to request this book for the nook, as I would like it to be a part of my permanent, running library. I was lucky to find it in my local library system, but it’s harder to find in others. (less)
Unlike many reviewers who complained that the book didn't fulfill their expectations of what an "elite runner" advice book should contain, I found Kar...moreUnlike many reviewers who complained that the book didn't fulfill their expectations of what an "elite runner" advice book should contain, I found Kara Goucher's anectdotal approach reassuring and comforting. Having started running two years ago this coming December, I picked up "Running for Women" to gain an informative, but realistic female perspective on running. A sweeping range of themes are covered from basic nutrition and training plans, to discussions about injury prevention, race training, and how running impacts women's bodies.
As I am aspiring to run the 2012 NYC Marathon, I found her tips easy to digest and remember. Many of the books on running tend to use "runner speak" which requires a dictionary to decipher or superhuman abilities to complete the training plan. The simplicity of the provided training plans inspires confidence in me that I, too, will be able to conquer the City "where the world comes to run."
The format is written in an informational format, with chapters providing quick reference points. The topics are addressed in a bullet point format, but the information is concise and clear (and sometimes light, like chatting with a close girl friend). Goucher also highlights tricks of the trade that she uses as well as includes advice and tips from those contributing to her success as an elite athlete (trainer, massage therapist, nutritionist, and even her ob-gyn). She does a little myth breaking as well as highlights great quotes from famous runners, both female and male.
Initially after reading the mixed reviews, I picked up my copy at the local library, but now that I am finished, I will be adding a copy to my personal library. Anyone curious about starting (or returning to) running should consider picking it up. Kara may just give you that extra push you need to lace up and get out the door. (less)