Gosh. There's one thing I know for sure: hearing the life story of a privileged, upper middle class white male who used to work on Wall Street is abouGosh. There's one thing I know for sure: hearing the life story of a privileged, upper middle class white male who used to work on Wall Street is about as inspiring as seeing a homeless person piss themselves in the middle of the street. This guy included these gems about himself: 1.he and his jock friends stole keys to classrooms in high school and cheated on multiple tests (basically cheated his way through high school) 2.he made $180,000 in one month at his job on Wall Street then complained he wasn't happy in life (relatable? Gimme a break). 3.he drank a lot and was promiscuous with women before he met his wife.
I'm sorry, Jason. I'm...I'm sorry. Exactly HOW am I supposed to read your personal story? Like it's some sort of inspiration that you learned from your mistakes? You are a sad, boring, stereotypical white American. You discovered the wonders of yoga and meditation and now you are an expert and wrote a book. I'm incredibly disappointed that I wasted my time. Your advice is so basic it's laughable and you bring nothing to the table as far as holistic fitness and leading a healthier life. ...more
Truly a disappointment. I believe Ms. Rule thought her unique perspective of this case would add some insight into the tragedy. The fact that she knewTruly a disappointment. I believe Ms. Rule thought her unique perspective of this case would add some insight into the tragedy. The fact that she knew Bundy as a casual co-worker at a Crisis Center is totally irrelevant for any reader who is seriously interested in true crime. I really shuddered at the way she inserted herself into this story, with all her whiny, ignorant, female emotions. She also mis-diagnosed him several times, and actually JUDGED people at the courthouse in Florida who held signs saying "Fry Bundy Fry". To me, it sounds like she refused to believe he was a killer up until the very end because she knew him personally. Ohhhhhh, the ego here is astounding! Almost as huge as Ted's crazy ego! It is clear by her narrative voice that she thought "There's no way he is the killer. He is my friend." Utterly ridiculous.
There sure was a lot of personal emotion in this book, which disturbed me. I wanted the facts on the case, not emotional opinion based on nothing (Ms. Rule is not a criminologist or trained in psychology). It reminds me of Buddhism, and I know that seems random, but stay with me. There are two sects of Buddhism: Theravada and Mahayana. I am simplifying (of course) but the Mahayana are the people who chant, wear beads around their necks and have statues of the Buddha. It's the most popular form. Theravada is a very small group of scholars interested only in the actual historical texts. In the genre of true crime, I am a Theravada. I am interested in the facts. Just the facts, ma'am. I guess most people like the sensationalism and melodrama, which I would assume is why Ms. Rule is such a popular author.
I will NEVER read another Ann Rule book. If I am interested, I will read John Douglas or Robert Ressler: the true experts in this field....more
Utterly charming. I really took my time with this one. It felt like sipping a fancy espresso at my favorite Italian bakery in North Beach: an experienUtterly charming. I really took my time with this one. It felt like sipping a fancy espresso at my favorite Italian bakery in North Beach: an experience that must not be rushed. Such eye candy! So many beautiful pictures to drool over! I was so impressed with her knowledge of beauty and makeup history; so many little gems that I didn't know but now I do. Also, her narrative voice is quite witty and seductive: you can really almost hear her talking, like she's whispering in your ear. Her tips and tools are extremely helpful, thoughtful and interesting. I highly recommend this one....more
Oh GOOD GRIEF. Congratulations to the author of this book: it takes a special kind of long-winded blowhard to make a story this compelling so incredibOh GOOD GRIEF. Congratulations to the author of this book: it takes a special kind of long-winded blowhard to make a story this compelling so incredibly lame. The murder of William Desmond Taylor is a fascinating true crime story, but this book is a far cry from fascinating. There is too much background information about bit players who have very little to do with the actual crime. Reading chapter after chapter, I soon became confused, bored and frustrated.
Oh dear god, SO much background information and minutiae! At one point, I wondered if this was a book about a murder or a book about Adolph Zukor and his megalomaniac personality. The amount of words and chapters devoted to Zukor seemed absurd to me, and honestly, I don't see how it helps further the story of the murder.
A great subject to write about, but this author completely missed the point....more
SENSORY OVERLOAD. OMG! That is my best review of this phenomenal book. I cannot even begin to digest all the information present in this book. I feelSENSORY OVERLOAD. OMG! That is my best review of this phenomenal book. I cannot even begin to digest all the information present in this book. I feel exhausted and elated at the same time! To sum up this book with juicy quotes and a vague idea about the ultimate theory regarding UFO's would be completely disrespectful to John Keel, IMHO. There is simply too much information. There were HUNDREDS of examples cited in this book--not with a few sentences, but pages and pages. And pages. The insight is so brilliant because it is so objective. The painstaking research and the compassion for contactees is mind-blowing. These people are not insane, however, in several cases, their experiences have driven them quite insane which makes for some confusion. And I'm only scratching the surface here. I have 15 bookmarks on my Kindle from this book, and all the quotes are too lengthy to repeat here. In fact, just now I have gone back through those bookmarks, and they are so lengthy that I am already frustrated. So instead of a detailed review, I'd like to give a warning in regards to this book.
To all religious people who also have the ability to critically think: your carefully constructed fantasy worlds will crumble like a house of cards if you read this book. And I sincerely hope you do....more
This book was amazing! I was utterly entranced, I finished it in two days because I simply could not put it down! Although I have to say this: books tThis book was amazing! I was utterly entranced, I finished it in two days because I simply could not put it down! Although I have to say this: books that make a general appeal to a mass audience have never interested me. I love it when an author is totally obscure and appeals to a very erudite, small, esoteric group of readers. I don't care, I LOVE that. It makes me feel special, as a reader. That being said, if you didn't go to college, don't really jive with "school" in general, you probably won't find this an interesting book. Tons of literary references, tons of stuff about campus culture and what student life is really like. Also, an epic murder mystery which was incredibly intriguing.
If you are a scholar (doesn't matter the subject), I highly recommend this book....more